I attended a yoga retreat with Ari at the Yellow Castle in summer 2020. It was a day and a half of bliss which I wish could have been longer! Ari completely took care of me and all my needs, allowing me to relax deeply and recharge (delicious healthy food, beautiful surroundings, fantastic company). We discussed beforehand about what I was looking for, emotionally and physically, from the weekend and Ari then tailored the yoga and schedule to fit that - so it was challenging enough to stretch me (bad pun, sorry) whilst also leaving me peaceful and at ease. The evening's ecstatic dance session was intense and transformative, preceded by a cacao and oracle card ceremony which brought elation and a sense of deep connection. Thank-you Ari for an experience that will stay with me forever. I would return in a heart beat xx
Ari is an all-rounded, soulful healer that I trust dearly for her knowledge, experience and continued commitment to learning new techniques of her practice.
I have received swedish, deep tissue and Thai massage from Ari. This lady has strong hands! Each session is devoted to responding to my bodies needs and helping me to heal and relax. I have always felt well cared for and I love her choice of essential oils to suit my skin, they smell incredible and add to the sensory experience.
I have attended yoga sessions at The Yellow Castle as well as online Yin Yoga. As a yoga teacher Ari's sessions flow beautifully and leave me feeling grounded and relaxed. While lying in savasana with our eyes closed at the end of a yoga session at The Yellow Castle, we were spritzed with a blend of essential oils and the aroma brought me back to my favourite place in Thailand, I loved it! We also had a delicious fresh homemade juice and healthy veggies for lunch afterwards, a real treat . I have melted into the floor for feeling so relaxed after an online Yin Yoga session. What I also love about Ari is that she explains the anatomy of the body and how it benefits from each pose, this deepens our understanding of the sequence being shown. Her passion is encouraging and shines through in every class
Ari is a wonderful therapist. She is experienced in a range of practices. I have had deep tissue massages and the results were very noticeable from the first session. I am also going to include Indian head massages as part of my therapy routine. I highly recommend Stellar Therapies.
Ellie Forgen, Dancing with Our Goddess, July 2021
"When I saw this offering from Ari, immediately I signed up and the goddess inside me responded with a whoop and a cheer. Although I wasn't able to attend all 4 weeks, I felt so welcomed into the space and the space felt spacious (if you know what I mean!) Ari held the sessions beautifully, yet allowed a very natural flow of chat, yoga and the most exquisite dancing to unfold. The bottom half of my body is an area that is tragically neglected, is full of resistance and rigidity from past trauma and so I appreciated being able to feel some joyous energy move through. I felt safe enough to release a little bit and with that we had some lovely points of connection, dropping self consciousness and laughing together. Ari is a generous human with an open heart, a truly embodied goddess with a wonderful taste in outfits. An inspiring journey of solidarity in the feminine, a tonic for these times. Thank you."
Dancing With Our Goddess Course July 2021
Dancing with our goddess Ari is an amazing teacher, she pays attention to details and is passionate. The classes are beautiful, combining arabic dancing and different styles of Yoga and meditation to help us connect to our inner goddess. Arabic Dancing was a first for me but her instructions were so clear and easy to follow that it was like being with her in a room! She leads us every week with a new theme and a new goddess to learn from! Giving us some ideas and « homework » for the week ahead so we can share together when we meet again the next week! Ari is cheerful and empathetic. She shares from the heart and it is wonderful to have her as a teacher.
Maldives 10- Day Retreat 2022
Ari is a wonderful yoga teacher and massage therapist.
I enjoyed taking weekly yoga classes with her in Albania, so much so that I decided to book on a 10 day yoga retreat in the Maldives with her. Ari is very warm and welcoming and makes you feel at ease throughout the classes. She's great at taking into consideration your level and adapting the positions to it as well as tailoring to what you would like to work on. She's extremely knowledgeable and professional and always makes the classes a very safe and relaxing space. She was brilliant at giving all the details needed for the Maldives retreat in advance which made for a very smooth experience which I was very grateful for during covid times, making the additional requirements a breeze.
I also experienced a lovely relaxing massage and facial with her, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would highly recommend her yoga classes, retreats and massage services.
Thanks Ari, I've no doubt I'll be booking with you again
I was blessed enough to be on a 1-1 retreat Ari yoga retreat. The amazing setting in the beautiful Yellow Castle, which is full of charm and a wonderful, peaceful welcoming place to stay. The weekend was full of yoga sessions, massage, mindfulness, and walks. The weekend was designed around my needs and areas I needed to work on, which was just amazingly relaxing. Ari is warm and welcoming and extremely attentive to all my needs.
The weekend food of juices and soups and roasted goodies was a great detox for my body. This weekend was a real treat all about self-care and working on me, felt truly blessed to be there and would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs some time for themselves.
My body and my mind both left felling relaxed, content and clear. Thank you Ari you are truly gifted!
Maldives 10- day Retreat 2022
As someone who has never done yoga, Ari could not have been more welcoming, encouraging, and patient. She geared the level of intensity to the abilities of the group. As well as offering alternative positions with any given pose that put too much strain on certain areas of your body. She knew this by speaking to each participant individually to gauge the scale and extent of any previous injuries and present fitness level.
The meditative and self-reflective aspects, while completely new to me, I found to heighten the overall experience. Personally, I found yoga to be both invigorating and calming. It relieved my anxiety and had me energized throughout the day.
As for Ari herself, she is full of life and happy to both share and listen to you anytime. Her stellar personal character, combined with her knowledge and expertise, made for an unforgettable experience.
Maldives 10-Day Retreat
I attended the 10 day retreat in Jan 22 at the Kamadhoo Inn Maldives. To say that the location was stunning and the warm welcome lovely, is just the start.
I'm a beginner / new to Yoga and my friend very experienced but we both got so much from it.
There were 2 sessions a day one at sunrise to energise you for the day and one at sunset to calm the mind relax stretch and meditate. We went through each chakra during the week and the sessions were complementary to each other. Each person was challenged and encouraged to the extent of their own ability.
Ari is a competent, experienced, intuitive and caring teacher not to mention amazing massage therapist .
It was a wonderful experience. One I hope to repeat on another of her retreats soon.
Maldives 10 - day Retreat
I have just completed this 10-day yoga retreat with Stellar therapies in the most beautiful part of the world Maldives. Staying on a small local island called Kamadhoo was just blissful. Our wee Scottish Ari, who led the retreat, created a wonderful yoga experience for all levels and needs, covering yoga techniques from Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin & Restorative work on our chakras. She was very helpful and understanding throughout our stay.
Also, I must say Wow for the massage I received, there was no holding back getting straight to my problematic neck and shoulder areas, golden hands! She really is a beautiful soul inside and out. It’s has been magical!! Thank you, Ari, and all at the Kamadhoo inn for making my stay special. Namaste.