My blog has been severely neglected in the last few weeks – a life in hyperdrive! Two weeks ago I was in Mozambique for a week’s yoga retreat with Ekam. It was simply awesome. Here’s what I learnt:

  • Tofo hasn’t changed that much in 8 years (which is great, considering the influx of tourists and the nasty neglectful attitude of most humans)
  • Flying to Inhambane is a wonderful experience – 3 hours later and you’re there
  • I life running a little backpackers in Mozambique is a truly appealing thought
  • Beer in Mozambique is delicious (after a day on the beach especially)
  • There are amazing people in the world
  • Matapa (a spinach/coconut milk mix) is delectable
  • South Africans have some entertaining things to say
  • Heartbreak and its effects cannot be underrated
  • I can sometimes be a little reckless and attach too much meaning to coincidence and connection
  • I’m a flirt (this one I’m still grappling with)
  • Sustained concentration during practice is a tough one for me (don’t even get me started on meditation)
  • Judgmental, egotistical attitudes pervade the more enlightened and those living fearfully in a box
  • Backbends remain my much loved nemesis (“heart open, heart open!”)
  • Timing, timing, timing
  • Joy is the middle point between comfort and discomfort
  •  Choosing the unavailable is sometimes a way of keeping vulnerability at bay
  • Men who love dogs and kids are a potent sex appeal cocktail
  • Yoga has altered my body image drastically (for the better) but I can still feel incredibly awkward in my skin (there’s a disconnect between internal feeling and external appearance)
  • Talking a big talk is easy

Jen x

Yoga retreat in Mozambique anyone?

Some sun, sea, sand and asana … yes please!  Here’s the info:

Join Olivier and Sarah for eight days in relaxing Tofo, Mozambique this September! Daily Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa practices in the mornings, Acro-Trust Yoga on the beach for all the Acro-Trust yoga junkies, and yoga workshops (pranayama, meditation, etc.) in the evenings.

When you’re not on your mat you can explore the local reefs teeming with manta rays and colourful fish, enjoy an ocean safari swimming alongside whale sharks, learn how to surf, or just relax on the beach or beside the pool with your favorite books and tunes. Rustic accommodation at Turtle Cove; vegetarian/vegan meals available.

Space is limited so contact us today:!

Where: Tofo, Mozambique

When: 17-24 September, 2011

Cost: Sharing R5440.  Single R7200


  • Accommodation at Annastasea house and Turtle Cove chalets
  • Continental breakfast and dinner at Turtle Cove Lounge
  • 2 yoga classes/day + Acro-Trust Yoga play sessions
  • The ocean breeze in your hair and sand in your shoes!

Not Included:

  • Airfare and airport transfers
  • Drinks
  • Diving packages and Surfing lessons (contact us if you’re interested as we will obtain group discounts)
  • Incidentals and extras

Your hosts:

Olivier David

Olivier has practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga daily since 2004 and started teaching in 2006 after obtaining his 500-hour yoga teacher training at the Ki-Atsu Institute in Las Vegas, USA. He has practiced under yoga masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois, Doug Swenson, and currently practices under Sri V. Sheshadri of Mysore, India. Olivier also teaches vinyasa and hatha yoga styles, pranayama, mudra, yoga philosophy and Trust Yoga, a mixture of yoga, Thai massage and acrobatics. Website.

Sarah Yates

Sarah opened Ekam Yoga in 2010, the first yoga studio in Johannesburg to offer Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore-style practice sessions and led classes teaching in the traditional method established by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She has practiced Ashtanga continuously since 2007 and is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 yoga teacher. Website.