Angsana Velavaru to host wellness programme with Yogi Filipa Pereira

Angsana Velavaru has announced plans to host Yogi and Meditation Teacher Filipa Pereira for a three week-long programme of wellness and wellbeing.

Kicking off a beautiful new year, the programme from January 15 to February 5 is designed for the modern traveller and their desire for more fulfilling holiday experiences.

“All activities and sessions in this programme are grounded in East and South Asian healing and spirituality where I personally found peace. Breaking away from the conventional yoga retreat that is simply a series of sun salutations, I’ve incorporated my expertise in Reiki and Water Healing to create a holistic opportunity for individuals to explore and discover personal insights that they can take home and continue a sustainable and enriching wellbeing journey,” Filipa Pereira, the yogi behind the retreat, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The central focus of the programme — yoga, takes on multiple forms, including daily Sunrise Hatha Yoga and Sunset Yoga sessions incorporating different types of yoga like Hatha and Yin. All sessions involve stress-relieving exercises and deep relaxation techniques, with Sunset Yoga offering a higher level of contemplation with exercises that focus on awareness and presence through the incorporated elements of Yin Yoga.

To complement the yoga sessions and offer multiple ways of relaxation and rejuvenation, Pereira will also be available during the day to provide private Japanese healing therapy Reiki that harmonises vital energy and Water Healing sessions as a safe and personal space for guests to experience total revitalisation and bliss.

Hailing from the beautiful island of Madeira in Portugal, Pereira is a yoga and meditation teacher, Reiki Master, and Water Healing Facilitator. Formerly a lawyer with a high stress lifestyle, Pereira sought inner peace through Eastern healing, through the Japanese Reiki. This passion led her to become a Reiki Master. In 2011, she broke free and decided to engage in a quest of self-discovery, beginning with yoga. By 2012, she was training in a yoga university and ashram in India, finding her calling in spreading spirituality and happiness to the world.

Velavaru or ‘Turtle Island’ is located in the pristine Dhaalu atoll, and accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport. This 113-villa resort offers 79 island villas and 34 InOcean Villas, revealing spectacular views and direct access to the Indian Ocean.

Spoil your taste buds with fresh ocean picks at the overwater Funa restaurant, or sample international delights at Kaani. Drop in at Kuredhi bar for an exotic cocktail or two as the stars sneak into the sky.Wine and dine in the privacy of your villa, or savour romantic moments with dinner on the beach. Take off to a secluded island with a picnic basket, where powder white sand and turquoise waters set the stage for an unforgettable experience amidst the natural splendour of the Maldives.

Indulge in a myriad of Asian-inspired spa treatments at Angsana Spa. Soak in the tranquil surrounds as our therapists deftly vanquish your world-weary strain and tension, leaving you rejuvenated, energised and radiant.

With guided snorkelling safaris, get your hands wet and join in the efforts to preserve the delicate balance between man and nature. Velavaru is a famed location for turtle-nesting and has its own Marine Lab, particularly committed to protecting marine creatures like the hawksbill and green sea turtles, and coral reefs.

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