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Yoga retreats in Varna – Summer 2017

Yoga retreats with Anna Vesna in Varna, Bulgaria – Summer 2017.

» Dates

– 30 April – 7 May 2017
–  25 July – 1 August 2017

For the first time this year I invite you to join my yoga retreat in the Summer capital of Bulgaria. That’s why we chose a place very close to the seacoast – beautiful beach with clean seawater and fresh sea air – just 2 minutes walk.

This yoga retreat in Varna will be the first one after my big Asian program: regular Yoga classes in Arambol, Goa, Yoga Teachers Training Course in India and The Yoga recreation in Bali. It will be taught in St.Nikola complex located at the Black Sea coast in Varna

A few steps from a quiet beach, gentle spring sun, the fresh clean sea, fruits and yoga – the plan for May this year, which will restore you body and mind after the long winter.

What to EXPECT

The program – two asana practice in the morning and in the evening (hatha, vinyasa flow and – upon request – mixed with other styles of yoga). The afternoon – workshops on yoga philosophy, in-depth work on adjusting the asanas, a seminar on motivation and methods of organizing your home practice, talk about yogic diet. Also in this round, we pay attention to breathing and meditation – morning classes, we will start with the development of breathing techniques – pranayama, and the evening will end the practice of familiarity with different ways of concentration and meditation.

And, of course, we’ll take a few walks in Varna – the old center, the seaside park and the surrounding area.
May – this is the beginning of the love season, we will avoid the crowds of tourists and will be able to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the city and the beach.

July – the high season, you will enjoy the hot summer sun and the green city of Varna. Walk thru the center and feel the night life.

Climate and temperatures: balanced weather, temperatures around 23-25 degrees in May and around 30-35 in July.

» Yoga retreat program

These days will be a thorough research and development for you using the best yoga techniques. Two asana practices per day, thematic seminars, a lot of communication and interaction. You can get answers to questions about the theory and practice of yoga as a philosophical system of personality development. We will also exploring ways to relaxation and recovery used in yoga.

  • Hatha and Vinyasa Flow yoga.
    – 1.5 hours of practice twice a day, morning and afternoon
  • Workshop “Principles of home practice and motivation”
  • “The basics of yoga philosophy” – Workshop
  • Discussion about healthy eating
  • Daily short meditation
  • Yoga nidra practice
  • 108 Surya Namaskar.

» Daily schedule sample

8:00 – 9:30 – Yoga practice
10:00 – breakfast

13:00 – 14:00 – workshop

17:00 – 18:30 – evening yoga practice
18:30 – 19:00 – meditation

» Yoga retreat prices

€ 560 =  7 nights – double room
€ 600 = 7 nights – single room

To book your Yoga retreat with Anna Vesna in Varna you need to transfer a prepayment of €200.
Please send an inquiry to get the payment details.

Included in the price:

  • yoga practice, twice a day
  • double room accomodation in Villas,
  • vegetarian breakfast
  • transfer from Varna airport.

» You can take your friends or family with you. Book the Villa just for you – please write me to send you details for this option.

Book your flight now to get the best rate for this Yoga retreat with Anna Vesna in May 2017 – Varna, Bulgaria.

Note: Classes will be taught in Russian but I will give you private guidance in English when needed. And of course I will adjust you properly.

» Information, inquiries and questions:

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Yoga in Arambol – Goa

My regular yoga classes started this season in Garden Of Dreams – Aambol.
Every weekday, 10:30 I teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

You may join also Pranayama classes at 7:30 on Tuesdays-Thursdays-Saturdays.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Price for a drop-in class is 300 rupee.
Buy ten classes and get on class free! Offer valid til 15.01.2017.

9 Drishtis of Yoga: What You Need to Know

What is Drishti?

Many of us have heard our yoga teacher say, “Find your drishti. Fix your gaze.”

So where do you look, and what exactly are you supposed to be looking for?

Drishti, the Sanskrit term for sight, direction or focused gaze, is a tool used in asana practice, traditionally Ashtanga, to bring you closer to dharana (concentration) and pratyahara (sense withdrawal).
Practicing drishti teaches you to control your wandering eyes, limit your intake of external stimuli and thus manage your mind instead of allowing it to manage you. These components of the eight limbs of yoga – asana, dharana and pratyahara – along with the others of yamas, niyamas, pranayama, and dhyana support the ultimate yoga goal of attaining enlightenment, or samadhi.

Not only does a fixed gaze limit visual stimuli and distraction, it also enhances your physical practice by preserving and directing your energy, enhancing alignment and even deepens a pose. Think about it. Low Lunge with an upward gaze lifts the chest, lengthens the spine, sinks the hips much more so than if we collapse the chest, hunch shoulders and look down at the toes. Downward Facing Dog’s drishti is the navel, encouraging the lifting up and back of the tailbone instead of rounding the spine to check out your pedicure.

Of course, no matter the direction in which we’re physically looking, drishti teaches us to hone the practice of looking inward. Drishti is a soft-focus gaze, not a piercing stare, with relaxed, possibly even gently blurred eyes. External data intake such as your reflection in the mirror and what others are doing is replaced by internal reflection. Starting to wonder if you need glasses? Let’s break down the drishtis and you’ll be seeing (or not-seeing) clearly in no time.

1. Thumb, or Angusthamadhye, as in Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute in Sun Salutation).

2. Tip of the nose, or Nasagre, as in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold). Also used frequently in inversions such as Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) and backbends such as Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel) and Ustrasana (Camel).

3. Hand, or Hastagre, as practiced in poses such as Trikonasana (Triangle) and Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle) in which the hand directs the pose’s energetic reach.

4 and 5. Sideways to the right and sideways to the left, or Parsva drishti. Parsva drishti is potentially more ambiguous than other drishtis, as “sideways” can be up for interpretation. Generally the sideways gaze follows the direction as the head, ie, upward, level, downward, etc. Practiced in twists such as Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes), Marichyasana (Marichi’s Pose) and Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist).

6. Upward, or Urdhva drishti. This drishti and both Parsva drishtis ask you to gaze into infinity instead of at a specific part of your body. You may practice this drishti in Utkatasana (Chair pose) or Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I).

7. Navel, or Nabhichakra. The navel, also referred to as the magic circle, is the focal point for poses such as Adho Mukha Svanasasana (Downward Facing Dog).

8. Toes, or Padayoragre, as in Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) and Janusirsasana (Head to Knee pose).

9. The third eye, or Bhrumadhye. Here, eyes are halfway or fully closed and gazing toward the space between the eyebrows. Asanas include Matsyasana (Fish pose), Viparita Virabhadrasana (Reverse Warrior) as well as seated meditation.

Bali, favorite place for Yoga retreats

Bali Yoga Tour with Anna & Tania

March 12-24, 2017

After my yoga schedule in India, we decided to organize a new project – BALI Yoga Recreation 2017.
So Tanya and I will be teaching Yoga for Beginners and Intermediate students in Bali. The name of the project is Yoga Recreation – Bali 2017.

Facts about Bali:

Uniquely designed places and spaces that blend with Bali’s breathtaking landscapes, these leading Asian-style Villas, Hotels, Healing Retreat Centers and Beach or Mountain Resorts offer luxurious relaxation in Bali.

Varying to suit groups of all sizes, among these Bali hotels and resorts is the perfect spot for individual travelers, families, executive retreats & conferences, healing detox and spa vacations.


Yoga Instructors

Anna Vesna and Tania MarkelovaThis Recreational Yoga retreat will be taught from:

  • Anna Vesna – Teaching from 2007, Thailand, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia. Experienced in Hatha and Vinyasa flow Yoga, Master Reiki.
    Certificates: India’s Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher RYT-200 + RYT-300 in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India; also certified in 2014 in Moscow by the Russian Yoga Federation
    Fully committed to Yoga, teaching with patience and understanding.
    Anna has a calm and focused approach in her classes that emphasizes how the practice of yoga can improve quality of life and general wellbeing in everyday life.
  • Tanya Markelova – Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (RYT-500), founder of Yanta Yoga



  • March 12 – arrival day, Introduction
  • March 13-23 –  2 daily practices (morning & evening) + 5 theoretical classes
  • March 24 – departure day


The place

The Bali Mandala is a contemplative resort of calm and natural beauty, surrounded by Balinese tradition, culture and warmth. Mandala is a symbol for wholeness, inviting meditation, rejuvenation and healing.


The SunHouse Rooms

The SunHouse Rooms & Suites close to the famous Balangan and Uluwatu beaches, as well as Bingin, Dreamland, Jimbaran, and a host of others minutes away… we offer the best location for potential surfers and travellers of all walks of life.

Situated only a walk from the Padma Yoga Studio and the SmoothieShop cafe, on the highest edge of the Mandala Village complex.

ASHWINI pool villas

Two twins brothers, Ashwini are stylishly decorated villas with private poll access & amazing views 

Two twin brothers “Ashwini” are sublime stylishly decorated 2 storey wooden bungalows. Connected with its private pool Ashwini villas are amazing place to spend your holidays!

Each villa spots 2 stories, a pool, the first floor’s bedroom  windows invite an amazing view of the Bali sunset and the ocean. Equipped with AC, twin comfy beds and calm bedroom lights, you will  sleep as a child here. Lounge area on the ground floor is perfect for relaxation, some Bali décor and sultry atmosphere,  a half-bed living room gazebo draped in a romantic canopy, pillows…a perfect place for afternoon reading or chill-out.

CHANDRA sunset-view two-bedroom villa

With the most rooms, the best views, and the most of complete amenities, Chandra offers the best we have on the property.

Nestled high on a ridge above the green hills of Balangan, Chandra villa is a place where you will experience the eternal beauty of Bali. This bright and airy 2 bedroom Villa enjoys sea breezes, gently reminding you to visit the beaches, stop to luxuriate in long lazy sunsets, and marvel at the night sky dotted with an impossible number of stars.

Chandra is situated on the Northern edge of Mandala Village right beside our Padma Yoga Studio. This Villa – one of the most magnificent location on the property, affords guests unrivaled views. The Villa has a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful garden and big chill out terraces.

Air conditioned comfort, hot water, and high speed internet throughout the villa allows you to connect with your world conveniently whilst also getting away from it all. This is where you can achieve the purpose of traveling –”Communing with the eternal both within and without.”


The Hall

Located in the Mandala Village resort, the Padma Yoga studio  features 2 spaces for our practice: amazing Prana hall (108sq Meters) and the intimate Saraswati room (40sq Meters). These two spaces are perfect for our Yoga practice and Meditation.

Both spaces are fully equipped with sound systems, yoga mats, bolsters, pillows and more. The Padma Yoga Studio also boasts changing rooms, showers, a beautiful garden terrace, and of course some of the most stunning views of Bali.

Facts about the space:
  • Rated one of the best Yoga Studios in Bali (BaliBible)
  • Fully equipped with Yoga Mats, Pillows, and Bolsters.
  • Fully equipped sound system, speakers, and mixer.
  • Sunset, sun-rise, mountains and skyline view of Bali
  • 180 degree view of Bukit
  • Right next to SunHouse rooms and Chandra Villa
  • Chilled with modern fans and breeze
  • Full access Internet Wi-Fi
  • Wood floors


Price: $780 USD

➡️ What you’ll get for the price:
  • Yoga Recreation Program for 10 days (twice a day)
  • theoretical course – 5 classes
  • double room accommodation (12 nights)
  • breakfasts included
  • 3 prepayed dinners in restaurant

Prepayment: $200 USD (non refundable)

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Yoga TTC in Goa – Just a few places left

Yoga Teachers Training Course in Goa taught by Anna Vesna

This Yoga TTC in 2017 will be taught ONLY in Russian. Please note that the next Teachers Course will be eventually taught in English. If you are interested please feel free to contact me and discuss the opportunities.

Contact me here.

You might be interested reading the TTC FAQ and TTC Timetable.

Thank you for your interest in Yoga Teachers Training course!

Personal Yoga Sequence

Personal (Private) Yoga Sequence


Dear friends,
I prepare personal yoga sequence for people who can not join Yoga classes neither practice outside home for any reason.

Why practice yoga at home

I understand that nowadays we have less time for us especially when it comes to practice exercises or do more about our health.  We just prefer to drop in at a GYM for half an hour or even more, thinking we’re OK – we did enough for us.  But are we good?
Unfortunately it does not work that way.  Our body needs more.  More attention, more regular practice, more time.

So this Yoga program is for people who really want to do something about their self at home and do it properly, regularly.  You do not need to buy and read unlimited book content about how to do yoga.

With my guidance you’ll get the best for your Yoga practice at home in PDF files.
All directions, asanas, timings, breaths will be accurately made for your needs and capabilities.

How it works

We will have a conversation over Skype and going on the details of your daily schedule.  Then we  will discuss your health and body condition.  Do not worry, this is just because I need to know how to organize your private yoga sequence to fit within your daily needs.  We could discuss it even several times till I have enough details.  After that I will start to work preparing your personal yoga sequence.

If you are interested please do not hesitate to contact me.  All details upon request.

Before you purchase your pdf Yoga sequence

Please note that the time needed for preparation such a program is up to three weeks.

Thank you!

India waits for us, Yoga in Arambol, Goa

I can’t wait to be there again, in Arambol, Goa.

I can’t wait to meet new yogis in my regular yoga classes, beginners and not only. Ready for the whole season of sharing the knowledge. Starting end of November till end of March – all yours in Arambol, Goa.

Varna yoga tour 4-11.07.2016


Yoga tour in Varna, Bulgaria


I decided to organize this yoga tour in Varna because of your demand.

It will be in the hot Varna summer 4-11.07.2016.

Everyone is wellcome.


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