Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

with Mariela Cruz

7th July  - 14th July 2019

About the Retreat

Come join, Mariela Cruz, KPJAYI level II authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and founder of ASHTANGINI, a yoga company committed to spreading awareness through the practice of yoga, meditation and healthy lifestyle by promoting wellness and sustainable growth through their Master Classes, retreats and events all over the world. It’s a way to contribute to individual development of the true power of humanity.

The company is plastic-free, focused on causes for children and women education and relies on the basic human values for High thinking through a simple life.

Don’t miss the wonderful opportunity to meet this amazing soul in magical Puglia, Italy .  The kitchen will be taken care by Certified Plant Based Chef Tamami Takahashi, asian food lover and avid ashtanga yoga practitioner.

What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • 2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner (except on arrival and departure dates which will be dinner and brunch respectively)

  • Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit

  • Special welcoming Japanese themed dinner

  • Wi fi internet connection

  • 7 mornings Mysore classes

  • Afternoon Philosophy classes (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita)

  • Meditation classes

  • Free time to read, swim, explore or maybe go to the beach

  • Tour to Cisternino town

  • Yoga equipment

What's not included?

  • Flights

  • Transport to/from the retreat centre ( YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)

  • Travel/medical insurance

  • Massages - available upon request at additional cost

  • Extra activities such as tours, visits to wineries etc

  • Cooking classes available upon request at additional cost

More about Mariela

Mariela started her studies of Ashtanga yoga in 2003 at KPJAYI in Mysore, India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois and in the year 2009, she was granted authorization level II. She since then travels annually to Mysore to study with her teacher Parmaguru Sharath Jois.

Her roots to yoga started way back when she was 5 years old. She had always been naturally inclined towards spiritual awareness since she was little. She used to accompain her mother to yoga classes when she was 8 and eventually started practicing herself. She grew up and persued her law studies. At the age of 25 she found herself as a mom of two and after some more years, she had four kids and a painful divorce. Fortunately yoga found her and she started practicing ashtanga yoga in Costa Rica through the sharings of a teacher from Ohio. She fell in love with it and immediately decided to travel to India, a country that she truly respects and loves so much. Since than, her endless journey started. Ashtanga gave her back vitality and energy. She has a loving and authentic approach to all that she does, offering an incredible practice with the only intention of passing on the same lessons she has learned from her time in Mysore, India with her teachers and Gurus: Guruji and Sharath.

Accommodation and Facilities

Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.  


Accommodation consists of seven twin/double bedrooms all with private ensuite bathrooms and AC for the hottest summer months. We are renovating all rooms to a high standard using locally sourced materials, and are aiming to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard will provide the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.


Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.

The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. 

To book this retreat or if you have any questions please contact Tami on the following email

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Contact Us

YogApulia Retreat Centre

Contrada Zaccano 5b,


72014 Cisternino 

BR, Italy


Tel: + 39 39131 35668

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