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
I came from an artistic background, as a dancer and choreographer with a diploma from Colorado College, USA. The foundation of my yoga practice is Iyengar style where I received my teacher training certificate in the year 2000 in New Mexico, USA. I have studied and received many levels of formacion in Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga as well. I have spent over 15 years teaching classes, with ample experience giving retreats in Spain, the United States and Latin America.
My classes usually include aspects of all of the above practices, adapted to the needs of those participating. A class includes Meditacion, Pranayama, Warm-up, Dynamic Poses and Stretches. An added gift in the form of Adjustments or Massage accompanies Savasana with a Mantra to end. The class creates space in the physical body as well as the mind, allowing a place for listening. Focusing on a deep phisical experience, everyone has the liberty to vary their practice according to their necessities.
I currently collaborate in festivals and retreats as a yoga and dance teacher and massage therapist.
I’m Ju. Nearly 20 years ago I fell in love with Yoga and have been practicing it since then on and off the mat. In 2014 I have absolved my teacher training with Inside Yoga and am certified by the American Yoga Alliance. Before that, in my other life, I was an Event Manager at American Express|Frankfurt, Germany where I have also lived most of my life and where I return to whenever I can to see my friends. But…after I discovered the joy of surfing I´ve had enough of that glitter-filled big city life and exchanged it for the constant sound of the ocean, walking barefoot and finding my tribe.
During the past four years I have been teaching Yoga for Surfers in Germany, Spain, Portugal and Bali as well as Ski- and Snowboarders in Austria and since September 2016 El Palmar is my home.
In my yoga classes you will find gentle but demanding Hatha Yoga, partner exercises, Yin Yoga and a bit of meditation. All of it perfectly adapted to the daily changing conditions. My personal mantra is: Inhale, exhale, smile … repeat! If You can breathe, you can do Yoga.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you 🙂
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 am a yoga teacher and a professional systemical therapist working with individuals, families, couples, children and young people.
I started my career in Germany where I worked as a family therapist for nine years, then progressed to Yoga teachings and since 2012 I have been teaching yoga around the world.
In 2015 I moved to Spain to realize my dream of living by the ocean and combining my yoga and therapist experience in my holistic approach to work and life.
My experience give me the knowledge and experience to help you to find your very personal way of life and to be able to go your way without being afraid, just by trusting in yourself, so that you are able to face life and live your dream, your way.
“Decide what you want. Believe that you will get it. Live as if you already have it.” (Vybe Source)
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
I teach a Yoga style that varies depending on the level and daily mood of my students. The course base is Integral Hatha Yoga mixed up with parts of my favourite styles: Dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. I did my Yoga Teacher Training in the International Integral Yoga school in Lisbon/ Portugal.
I focus on adapting Yoga to the students, because I often hear people saying that they’d love to try Yoga but they’re not flexible/strong/etc and I respond them that Yoga is for everyone and that you can adapt the positions for the different needs and bodys. My enthusiasm encourages me to be permanently learning, and I have take many Yoga Therapy workshop to learn more about different injuries, bod and limitations of body and mind.
Personally Yoga helped me a lot getting through difficult phases or moments in my life and focus on the most important things, like health and happiness.
My Yoga classes are open-minded, funny and down-to earth. I have a calm music playlist and if someone looses balance – including myself, I laugh at myself and make jokes to brighten the mood.