We first started travelling together all those years ago as young girls fresh out of school. We had so many plans about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do with our lives, quite often with the conversations involving the word ‘we’. With a shared passion for immersing ourselves in different cultures and communities, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle, body and mind, we continued to travel at every opportunity throughout our university years.
I, Eloise, then went on to join the world of finance and moved into the city. I enjoyed my job but I craved the freedom of being in magical locations, spending my time in the outdoors and meeting like-minded people from all around the world. My holidays were limited and I very quickly realised how hard it was to have that same experience with only a week or two in a location. It takes time to get to know a place, to suss out the best restaurants and bars, to find the ‘secret’ beach, to discover the best sunset hike, to know the best surf teachers etc. And so the dream was born of creating week-long experiences that replicated what had taken me a month or more to discover.
I, Charlotte, decided to become a yoga teacher after a yoga retreat (cliché I know), but the feeling of freedom in my mind and body was so exciting and uplifting that I became passionate about sharing this experience with others. I went to Spain to get my initial 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Frog Lotus Yoga International taught by Vidya Jacqueline Heisel (who was a student of Osho). In 2022 I decided to add to my teaching skills by getting 100 hours of Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training from the Shree Hari Yoga School in Dharamsala, India. I continue my philosophy of yoga education with online courses such as the 12 month Embody Yoga’s Roots, Yoga Class Curator taught by Susanna Barkataki.
I know how it feels to be living a fast paced life in a city (for us it’s London), having so much fun, working crazy hours, getting to the end of the week and realising that we can’t fully remember what happened. I don’t like feeling disconnected so this is where yoga comes in. Yoga provides me an opportunity to feel grounded, connected to myself, connected to others and just more in the flow of life.
In 2017 one day I had a thought that I wanted to nourish and take care of people in a beautiful setting what would truly allow them to rest and recharge. I believe that we live our best lives and our the most authentic versions of ourselves when we are connected to ourselves, to one another and to our surroundings. Having the opportunity to create this space has been a dream of mine since I was first traveling around Mexico years ago and you can be sure that Eloise and I have poured our heart and soul into creating this experience for you.
During one of our many phone calls we realised that both of us had been gradually developing similar ideas, so we took that as a sign to take the plunge – Yantara is the result!