CASARA WAY (Wellness And Yoga) started life as the dream of a small group of close friends, all of whom are passionate about the importance of well-being and personal growth.
Over the years, each member of this group has travelled different and varied paths to arrive at their destination in southern Spain.
Among us, we all have gained inside knowledge of therapies and practices in countries such as India, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, the USA and Spain.
At CASARA WAY, we are now sharing our own experiences of personal growth, healthy living and spiritual exercises. Here you can enjoy beautiful and peaceful surroundings, organic vegetarian food, excellent and friendly customer service and a spacious and magnificent yoga hall (shala), all in lovely accommodation by the beach.
Our vision is to help all our guests develop a yoga path, expand their awareness, grow their consciousness and create a space for personal growth, inspiration and transformation.
At CASARA WAY, our focus is on developing creativity, enjoying nature and outdoor activities, growing self-reflection and awareness, participating in wellness workshops, sharing delicious meals and community living and providing quiet moments of peace, all to help our guests feel more alive and find a better spiritual balance.
We consider ourselves to be a family. We work together and we learn together, but more than anything else we support and encourage each other unconditionally.
We want all our guests at CASARA WAY to refresh their minds, bodies and souls, to improve their lifestyles, get in touch with who they really are and reinvent themselves for the future.
Wherever you come from, we invite you to come to southern Spain to join CASARA WAY, our home, our family.
CASARA Wellness And Yoga a way of conscious living.
MEET THE TEAM
A few years after I finished my university studies in architecture, I started feeling that there was something missing in my life. That’s when my spiritual path began. On this journey I studied Feng Shui, mandalas, practiced different styles of meditation and took several spiritual workshops, until I discovered Ashtanga Yoga, my real passion. Since then (2007) I haven’t stopped practising and learning this style. To have more knowledge about yoga, I have been practising different styles such as Bikram, Iyengar, Yin and Vinyasa.
In 2010 I started teaching and late that year I travelled to India to learn from the source. I was in different places in India practicing with different KPJAYI certified teachers including five months at KPJAYI (K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute) with Sharath Jois, the Highest Authority in Ashtanga Yoga today. I continued taking classes in Thailand with Kirsten and Mitchell (KPJAYI authorized teachers) and in Mysore with Sharath Jois.
Additionally, I have been taking workshops to learn more about ashtanga, yoga anatomy and yoga philosophy. In recent years I have been teaching Ashtanga and Yin Yoga worldwide. I try to go every year to Mysore to practise with my guru and teacher Sharath Jois.
My purpose is to teach with love and humility and pass along my knowledge and experience obtained by great teachers. I want to help people obtain the multiple benefits of yoga and mainly connect to themselves to grow and gain wisdom to live in happiness, harmony and love.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
I am a Meditation teacher, Nutrition Health Coach and have a true passion for food. In 2013 I decided to leave my job to pursue a more authentic lifestyle and to find a vocation that brought me a feeling of excitement and joy each day. I have chosen to dedicate my time to the wellness of others.
As soon as I started practicing Meditation I fell in love with it! I practice a selection of meditation and stress management techniques, modalities that show us how to utilize the mind more effectively, escape the shackles of anxiety and stress and to function with more ease and confidence.
I am interested in learning more about people, the mind and the science of wellbeing and happiness. I want to help reduce the current epidemic of depression and anxiety disorders and assist others to live a more purposeful, peaceful and fulfilling life. I have noticed profound benefits in my life from daily mindfulness practice. I am very excited to be part of Casara Yoga & Wellness and to be able to share my passion for mindfulness, meditation, nutrition and food.
I studied meditation with the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne and with Fernando A. de Torrijos from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. I am a certified Nutrition Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and I completed a certificate in Spanish Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu.
Sara Pascual Prada
I grew up in Zahora (Cadiz) where I spent a lot of my childhood at my family stable following my passion for the Spanish and Hispano-Árabe horses. I left Spain at the age of 20 to pursue an international career in business management, advertising and marketing. I have lived and worked in Egypt, Angola, the Maldives, Iraq, Ghana, Botswana, Slovakia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, UK, USA, Denmark and Spain.
My adventures took me all over the planet but my job was affecting my health and humour. I suffered stress and developed poor eating and sleeping habits, so I decided to quit my job and change my lifestyle.
In 2014, I moved back to Zahora to fulfil the dream I had been harbouring for a long time of opening a wellness retreat centre. A place where yoga practice, horse riding, outdoor activities and organic food are a daily routine, a place where we can share the benefits of this healthy lifestyle with people from all over the world.
I started practicing yoga in Bali in 2012, where I saw the benefits of hatha yoga and the restorative qualities of yin yoga on my own stiff body after so many years running. I continued my yoga studies in India and got my teacher’s training certificate from Akshi Yogashala, a Yoga Alliance USA-certified course.
My other interests include travelling, running, hiking, diving, nature, nutrition, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I enjoy talking, laughing and spending quality time with friends.
Let me take you on a journey to discover Zahora’s beauty.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore.
I was born and raised in Portugal, but from a young age I began to develop a desire to discover the world. Once I was old enough I started traveling by my own, exploring the nature and culture of many countries, mainly in Africa, Europe and Asia. These travelling experiences changed my vision of the world and encouraged me to always follow my dreams, and keep on dreaming.
I have practiced many sports, but it was 10 years ago when I started surfing in Angola that I found my true passion.
Until my mid-thirties I had a traditional lifestyle, but after living and working in Africa at that time for nine years, I started to feel a lack of identification with the corporate working environment. This feeling led me to start planning a break to reorganize my priorities and redefine my future. One year later, I finally took that step, quit my job and decided to ride my motorbike across Africa, from Angola to Portugal, 17,000km on my own. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I continued travelling by bike around India and Southeast Asia. While travelling in India I was introduced to the practice of yoga and realised that surf and yoga are practices that complement each other. Both promote the development of the body and soul. My vision is that both are deeply meditative and that the benefits are infinite.
I am confident that CASARA WAY has all that is necessary to help you develop that balance between mind, body and soul that we all need.
“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow” – Anonymous
As a teenager I developed a lasting passion for movies, photography and nature. From that moment on, every step I’ve taken has been towards that direction and to make a living out of it.
In my early twenties, I took different acting and screenwriting workshops in the USA and Spain. I completed a “TV equipment operator” programme, including an internship in a TV channel.
After few years living in the “comfort zone”, I jumped into the “learning zone” with my camera in hand, travelling around the world as an independent filmmaker, photographer and screenwriter. Since then, I have been lucky to meet extraordinary people from different cultures and traditions.
The unique beauty of the Taj Mahal in India, the spectacular views of Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal, the breathtaking Machu Picchu citadel in the Andes Mountains in Peru, a sunrise in the majestic Angkor Wat in Cambodia or the spectacular National Park of Jiuzhaigou in China – all these inspiring experiences have shaped the way I perceive the world today. I put my heart and my soul into my work with honesty and humbleness. We never stop learning!
When holding my camera, I always try to keep in mind this motto: “Be creative, original, find the beauty out there and enjoy it all the way.”