An alternative to New Year’s resolutions: finding back to yourself at the Yoga Retreat in Gstaad

Tired of wining, dining and partying? Feel like losing a few pounds or simply having more time for yourself in the year that just started? And honestly, are you still living up to your New Year’s resolutions today, 13th of January? The problems with New Year’s resolutions is that they are too often conceived against the background of self-optimisation. But, as meditation teacher Sally Kempton once said: “You are perfect as you are, with the need of a little improvement.” That’s closer to the mark, is it not? Whatever motivates our actions should be rooted in our hearts. What is the inner force driving us? What is the desire deep down inside of us, waiting to be brought to life?  

Are you longing to renew yourself, to be on the move and to feel truly great? The Pillow & Pepper Mountain Yoga Retreat at The Alpina Gstaad will give you the perfect opportunity to leave your day-to-day cares behind, to breathe freely, and to get your energy back. You will be very active, eat fine and healthy food, laugh a lot, and in the process refresh your body, soul and spirit. Take some time out to take proper care of yourself for a change.  

Time out for you — Mountain Yoga Retreat in Gstaad, 14 through 17 March 2019

Intense yoga, balancing pranayama, silent meditation, along with spa treatments, plenty of idle time, excellent food, and communal time spent in a wonderful group—all of these will give you ample opportunity to treat yourself to a good time. Our teacher Umesh Tejasvi knows how to directly interlink Ayurvedic philosophy, yoga and everyday life.   

Umesh Tejasvi is a native of Bangalore in southern India. After studying Ayurvedic medicine, he moved to Europe. Here, he deepened his experience as instructor and yoga teacher. Today, Umesh Tejasvi runs an Ayurveda centre in Zurich together with his team of experts. He is the author of a book on Ayurvedic nutritional principles.  

For Umesh Tejasvi, leading a holistically healthy lifestyle goes far beyond a healthy diet. It is all about the unity of body, spirit and soul. Being aware and taking time out will help you centre yourself, to take a break, and to grant your needs more room. It is precisely this kind of equilibrium that inspires a profound inner contentment, and positively impacts your body, spirit and soul.  

The Alpina Gstaad offers you all the amenities of a 5-star luxury hotel, highly skilled therapists, and unspoilt nature right outside the door. The hotel neatly combines cosy alpine chic with stylistic elements from Asia. Fir wood centuries old, hand-carved stones, natural materials such as leather, linen, cashmere and hides are mixed with tranquil Zen design at the Japanese “Megu” restaurant and at the Six Senses Spa, the concept of which is rooted in Far-Eastern tradition.  

The hotel’s rooms are dominated by a modern design that, while paying homage to the Swiss alpine chalet style, elevates it suavely to contemporary elegance. Ceilings with traditional wood carvings, wooden wall panelling, headboards made of leather and lamps shaped like cow bells create a cosy atmosphere. All rooms come with balcony and scenic views.  

The Pillow & Pepper Mountain Yoga Retreat will give you a brilliant chance to leave your everyday cares behind and to find back to yourself. The retreat in Gstaad will also be attended by Ekaterina and Joanna, the two founders of Pillow & Pepper who are avid yoga enthusiasts in their own right.  

Pillow & Pepper Mountain Yoga Retreat in Gstaad
14 through 17 March 2019

Our package for you:

  • 3 overnight stays in a Deluxe room at The Alpina Gstaad

  • 4 yoga sessions of 90 minutes each

  • 2 evening meditations of 60 minutes each

  • Yoga talk with Umesh Tejasvi

  • Art gallery hopping in Gstaad—guided tour of local art galleries on Saturday afternoon

  • Gourmet breakfasts daily

  • 1 dinner at the Japanese restaurant Megu

  • 2 dinners at the restaurant Sommet, awarded one Michelin star

  • Free admission to the Six Senses Spa, open every day, 7:00 through 21:00 CET

  • 1 “Amethyst Wrap” body wrap, 90 minutes

  • Additional treatments can be booked separately, subject to a 20% discount.

  • Pillow & Pepper will be on hand during the event.

  • Service charge and VAT included

Prices per person:CHF 1,600 double occupancy, and CHF 1,980 single occupancy  

Suitable for all yoga levels. The group is limited in size to 16 attendees. The available slots will be assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.  

Act quickly to secure one of the slots by registering at: concierge@pillowandpepper.com 

By combining yoga, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition and recreation, this retreat offers many ways to attain greater personal well-being. We look forward to spending an inspiring time with you in Gstaad!