Name of company
Lulushanti Yoga Studios
What type of activity is it?
A variety of styles of yoga, suitable for everyone at all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced.
General yoga classes are for those who prefer to modify the more adventurous postures, yet still present them with a challenge and a chance to learn and develop. For the more experienced, there are also intermediate, advanced and ashtanga classes.
Lulushanti offers individual, one-to-one tuition as well as group sessions, at affordable prices. Over the course of the year, guest teachers are also invited to hold retreats, courses and workshops.
What makes it special?
The flexibility, if you’ll pardon the pun. The company is run by Luisa McKay (or Lulu), but also includes a network of other yoga teachers. Classes are therefore held in a variety of locations in the Algarve, on days and at times to suit most people’s routines.
Where do you participate in this activity?
Lulu runs regular classes at the Lulushanti Yoga Studio in Albufeira and the Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago. Check the website for dates and times.
Need to know
One of Luisa’s specialities is Vinyasa yoga, which refers to the alignment of movement and breath, a method which turns static yoga postures into a dynamic flow. The length of inhaling or exhaling dictates the length of time spent between postures. Attention is placed on the breath and the journey between the postures rather than solely on achieving perfect body alignment in a pose, as in some other forms of yoga. It’s perhaps more physical than spiritual, depending on what type of yoga you may have experienced in the past, or what your pre-conceived idea of what yoga might be.
Luisa supplies yoga mats if you don’t have your own, and brings in some spiritual music and incense to set the mood. It’s as simple as that. Wear something comfortable and loose-fitting.
Luisa will take you through the exercises and poses at a rate you feel comfortable with. There’s no pressure to exert yourself, feel awkward, or risk injury. Even if you are a beginner and join in an ongoing class, there will still be various of levels of ability - just watch, listen, practice and learn.
Why do you like it?
The cross-section of people attending the classes highlights that it really is for everyone - regardless of ability, experience, age, weight, fitness or sex. It proves you don’t have to be young, slim and gorgeous to do yoga - despite the fact that Luisa is!
Lulu is English but grew up in the Algarve, so also speaks fluent Portuguese.
Lulushanti also offer a range of complementary therapies including massage, reflexology and Thai yoga massage.
Size of place or limit of numbers
Group sessions tend to be for between 6 and 12, depending on the location and time of year.
Lulushanti is looking to expand. If you can find a group of five or more people interested in yoga, Luisa will open a new slot just for that group, and the organiser will attend the first 10 classes for free.
One session: €10
Session of 10: €80
Private yoga tuition
30 minute treatment: €25
60 minute treatment: €50