Yoga For Everyone

It is more important than ever to look after your wellbeing. I for one appreciate keeping busy, keeps our minds active but taking time out in the great outdoors is relaxing, rejuvenating and for me re-kindles my passions. Yoga is something you can do all year round, in your backyard or at the side of a beautiful lake. Here is why yoga is for everyone.

Yoga at Lake Moubra, Crans-Montana, Switzerland ©Crans-Montana

Yoga For Everyone

History of Yoga

The ancient practice of yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India. Stemming from the Vedas - the Indian holy texts that were composed around 1900BC. The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. It was first mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda.

The Vedas were a collection of texts containing songs, mantras and rituals to be used by Brahmins, the Vedic priests.

Brahmins/Sadhus at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal ©MDHarding

Yoga is very popular with famous A-listers such as Madonna, Russell Brand, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger and many more.

Gwyneth Paltrow has been said to set her alarm clock at 4.30 am to practice yoga six days a week.

“… yoga has completely changed me. I try to do it every day, and the effect is amazing. It’s not just during the hours that I’m practicing. It’s about how it filters through into the rest of my life. It makes all the other bullsh*t dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.” 

As with all exercise please consult your medical physician and learn from an expert.

Yoga Retreats

One of my favourite and unique experiences was at an Ayurveda resort in India. If you haven't been to one, I highly recommend. India the birthplace of Yoga and one of my favourite destinations. The Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort is paradise on earth located in the south of India, in the popular region of Kerala. You can enjoy the delicious food, massages, as well as, of course, the meditations and yoga in the serene and beautiful setting. You can discover what to expect, experience and much more at Ayurveda Health and Wellbeing Travel Retreat.

Re-wind, Relax, Rejuvenate at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort. Can you imagine yourself here? ©MDHarding

Trentino, Italy

Up in the beautiful region of Trentino in Italy, you can stay at the family hotel - Eco Park Hotel Azalea. The sustainable and green at heart hotel is ready to welcome you. Enjoy the delicious dishes including vegan and vegetarian as well as activities including yoga in the great outdoors surrounded by the majestic Dolomites. Having visited the region just last year, I can't wait to return! You can read more about what you can enjoy and experience in Duomo To The Dolomites - Italy.

© Eco Park Hotel Azalea

31 July – 02 August 2020 Morzine, France

With its magnificent mountains, lush green meadows, far-reaching forests and good old-fashioned fresh air, Morzine is the perfect place to visit.

Welcome to the 2nd summer edition of Avoriaz Yoga Festival in the beautiful French Alps. Retaining much of its Old-World charm, Morzine remains free of high-rise buildings with many original wooden chalets still in service, and despite its modern facilities, the resort has a traditional-village feel with boutique hotels, independent shops and a weekly market featuring local produce.

Join a three-day festival dedicated to yoga & well-being, by discovering different yoga techniques and joining classes that inspire you the most. Meet a team of professional, worldwide leading yoga teachers from all around the world. Various passes are on offer, with prices ranging from half-day €40 to €300 for the unlimited three days pass. Beginner and advanced levels are welcome. Experience outdoor yoga classes surrounded by majestic mountain vistas of Avoriaz: Liquid Flow with Simon Park, Yoga Dance with Cecile Roubaud and Nadia Stragliati, Thai Massage & Yoga with Julien Levy and many more. Gain perspective from the epic mountain landscape, bring stability and calmness to the mind by slowing down, focusing on the body and the present moment.

Yoga: It’s time to head to the mountains to understand the interactions between body and mind that come into play during hiking. At 2300 metres, you will perfect your technique and discover the different ways of getting fit with walking. The different combinations of yoga poses will allow you to tone your body and experiment with different breathing techniques that can help combat all types of stress.

Watch the sunrise at 3330 metres: The Mont-Fort is the highest accessible point of the area four Vallées. During the summer, you can access it with the mountain lifts and enjoy the unique panorama on the 4000m peaks of the Alps, such as the Matterhorn, the Mont-Blanc or the Grand Combin. For the early birds, enjoy the sunrise at 3330m high and as a reward, enjoy breakfast at the restaurant Col des Gentianes.