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Name of company
Type of activity
Yoga classes and private tuition in Quinta do Lago and Almancil run by Sol Viegas.
What makes it special?
In her yoga classes, Sol combines Asanas (posture), Pranayama (breathing), Mantras (chanting), Kriyas (internal cleaning exercises) and Yoga Nidra (relaxation). The classes are active yet relaxed and fun, and offer you the chance to meet like-minded souls and make new friends.
In addition to being a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, Sol is also an ayurvedic therapist, Thai yoga massage therapist, physical education teacher, fitness instructor, and personal trainer, and can offer tuition in all of these disciplines, as well as private yoga instruction.
Solviegasyoga Studio, Varandas do Lago, Almancil
Quinta da Calma, Almancil
Active Q Gym, Quinta do Lago (Summer and Easter holidays only)
All the venues are comfortable, and heated/cooled depending on the time of the year, so you’re perfectly OK barefoot and wearing loose clothing or sportswear such as shorts, T-shirts, leotards, etc. And bring a towel and water if required.
You can bring your own yoga mat if you have one, but they are provided, along with auxiliary material like towels, belts, blocks, chairs, yoga blankets and bolsters to assist with your alignment and comfort.
The classes are aimed at all levels, from beginners to full-time yoga devotees. Sol makes sure everyone progresses at a pace they feel comfortable with, and has the rare ability to make complete novices feel they aren’t making a fool of themselves, and still pass on valuable tips, instruction and encouragement to those with more experience.
Why do you like it?
Sol is a very patient, hands-on teacher, always willing to help and show, rather than just tell. She seems to have eyes in the back of her head, and can see what each and every pupil is doing, all the time, coming over to put you right as and when you need it, and leaving you to your own devices if you’re OK.
The classes are for everyone, regardless of ability, experience, age, weight, fitness or sex. They’re a great way of getting into yoga if you’ve never thought about it before or been a little wary of trying, and the perfect motivation for regular yoga practitioners who like the camaraderie of numbers.
She also runs Saturday morning yoga classes for kids.
Sol has also trained in Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga (Yoga Philosophy) and Physical Education, and is constantly studying and developing her professional and spiritual knowledge, attending regular courses in Thailand, India, Spain and Portugal.
Born in Argentina, and now living in the Algarve for several years, Sol speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as her native Spanish.
Limit of numbers
Each class usually takes around 8-10 people, depending on the venue.
The communal yoga classes cost €15 per person for each 75 or 90-minute session, with discounts for long-term bookings. Private tuition costs on application, depending on your requirements.
Classes alternate between the various venues depending on the time of year. In summer, Sol also holds some classes on the beach. See Sol's Facebook page for details - click on the link HERE