Yoga, an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since December 2016, can be defined as a set of practices born in India, meant to promote physical and mental wellbeing. In sanskrit it means “to join” or “to connect”.

Daniela Luz is responsible for the Yoga classes at VILA VITA Parc. Yoga and meditation have been a part of her life for more than 14 years, since she first discovered it in Portimão, Algarve, when she was only 17 years old. But it was in Sydney, Australia, where she moved to 7 years ago, that she had the opportunity to further deepen her knowledge and techniques. A period of intense stress caused by her professional life at the time lead her to reach even further into Yoga looking to feel more connected with her inner self. Trainings and retreats in India, Thailand and the UK made her wish to dedicate herself 100% to Yoga come true. Today she is also a member of the International Yoga Alliance.

She confesses to being passionate about people and that’s one of the reasons Yoga fascinates her: it gives her the possibility to create a substantial change, both physically and mentally, in those who attend her classes, allowing them also to reach deeper into themselves. Her classes are a result of the combination of her personality, her passion for human contact and the knowledge she has been acquiring thoughout the years which she makes sure to share in a personalised and adequate way with the guests in her classes.

The type of Yoga mainly focused by Daniela is Hatha Yoga practised in a flow and dynamic style, consisting of a series of Yoga postures as well as meditation exercises. In VILA VITA Parc’s Classes Schedule are also different types of Yoga such as Wake Up Yoga (made of postures that focus on waking up and preparing the body for the day ahead), Power Yoga (meant for those looking for a more dynamic class, with more intense postures and a faster rythmn that works on energy and strenght) and Yin Yoga (a more passive type of Yoga focusing on the organs and tissue health, based on slower postures).

Every class includes meditation as well as breathing techniques that contribute towards a body and mind detox and a deeper state of relaxation. They last approximately 75 minutes and begin with a short evaluation of the level and goals for each participant, followed by a guided meditation, some warming up postures, the main Yoga postures (that depend on the classes theme) and a final relaxation of the body and mind accompanied by the sound of Tibetan bowls.

Classes happen twice a day in VILA VITA Parc’s gardens, at the beach or by the Lover’s Fountain whenever the weather allows. During winter time they are held inside the hotel, 4 to 5 times a week.

Besides the group classes, free for VILA VITA Parc guests, there is also the possibility to book private classes that are completely adapted and personalised according to each guest’s specific needs. Private classes may be attended individually or as a couple, and may also be acquired as part of a pack of classes so that you may take full advantage of your stay at VILA VITA Parc.

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The new Japanese restaurant Mizu at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, will be officially opening its doors on 23 February.

With a Zen and relaxed atmosphere, stylish contemporary décor inspired by Japanese culture and tradition, top quality ingredients, innovative culinary techniques and a privileged view over the Atlantic Ocean, Mizu intends to establish itself as one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Portugal.

The best of Japanese gastronomy can be experienced at Mizu in two completely distinct ways. For those looking for a more intimate and interactive experience, Mizu’s Teppanyaki, which seats up to 10 people and offers a set menu composed of 6 different courses, allows for a direct contact with the Chef’s skills. With a wider choice, the à la carte menu offers a selection of exceptional dishes such as Alaskan Black Cod with Miso Saikyo or Scallop Skewers with Yuzu Kosho, made on the Algarve’s first Robata Grill, fuelled with white Japanese Binchontan charcoal for deeper flavours and a healthier cooking method without smoke emissions.  The menu showcases the top-notch ingredients including the freshest local catches of the day, like wild grouper, golden bream, horse mackerel, sea bream and flounder.

Dishes such as Hirame no Usuzukuri (a rare flounder carpaccio with citric Ponzu sauce), desserts such as Coconut Namelaka with Yuzu gel and basil and Calpis Sorbet, and a homemade Wasabi grated on shark skin at the table, are some of the delightful culinary highlights.

The carefully-curated menu is accompanied by an outstanding selection of beverages with more than 20 different types of Premium and Super Premium Japanese Sakés, from sparkling to sweet, cold or warm.

Mizu restaurant has capacity for up to 70 diners and is open from Thursday to Monday from 7pm to 10pm.

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