The NetDoctor website reports that practising yoga for just 15 minutes a day can increase your life, not to mention allow you to function better physically for longer. It reduces stress and your blood pressure, improves your mood and sleep patterns, as well as gives you aerobic exercise to keep you fit, flexible and feeling good. Whats not to like? So why are so many of us yet to incorporate it into our daily routines? Could it be that you dont know how to do it? What you need is a yoga holiday!
Perhaps for you, yoga is something other people do, but youre constantly being told doing yoga will help your bad back? Have you considered taking a holiday which offers you daily yoga classes included in your package, giving you the knowledge you need to do the postures at home (and improve your back without medical intervention) but without stopping you from doing other holiday activities.
Or, perhaps youre looking for more than just a daily yoga class. Maybe what youd really like is to improve your technique and get the mindfulness benefits of your yoga practise in an exotic location? Here at Aspen Travel, we are asked frequently about all-inclusive packages that include yoga and luckily, we have a large range of yoga holidays we can offer. Today were going to have a look at the health benefits of yoga, why its a great idea to develop your yoga practise on holiday and our top 5 most popular yoga holidays.
What are the advantages of developing your yoga techniques on holiday?
How many times have you put off going to your regular yoga class, telling yourself you have too much work, or you just dont feel like it? Perhaps youve always wanted to start attending a yoga class for beginners, but never quite got round to it?
On a yoga holiday, your yoga class will be just a few steps away from your accommodation. You wont have to drop the kids off, get into the car, and schlep through the rain. Most people choose their holiday destinations based on a guarantee of more sunshine! Plus you wont be in the middle of playing catch-up with your work. Youll have time on your hands!
Learning the basic yoga postures will set you up for life; giving you the tools you need to independently reap the health benefits long after you return from your holiday. On holiday, youll have the opportunity to meet new people, many of whom will also be beginners, or at the same level of yoga expertise as you and you wont need to worry about bumping into that neighbour, or mum from the school run, with whom youd rather not spend an hour in a room!
The advantage of a great setting should not be ignored. Not only does that mountain, or rolling ocean behind you make for a great framing device when it comes to taking a holiday yoga selfie, but also yoga is all about connecting with nature. Make the most of having your feet or hands in the air; physically unable to be using technology at the same time, to enjoy a digital detox, breathe deeply and look with fresh eyes at the wonder of the world around you. Yoga is about mindfulness and mental wellbeing, as much as it is about improving your physical health.
The health benefits of yoga
Once the holidays over and you appreciate how easy it is to do it at home in your own living room for just 15 minutes a day, youll continue to improve your overall fitness, strength and agility. Got an injury, or nagging pain somewhere that would benefit from some physio? Then be sure to flag it up during your class. Your yoga teacher will be able to give you specific postures that will address individual complaints.
Yoga will help you avoid osteoporosis arthritis for longer, give you better posture, help you lose weight and increase your energy levels. It essentially exercises with mental benefits because it has been proved to give you a better quality of sleep and improve your mood.
Our top 5 yoga holiday packages:
Mark Warner has a number of different resorts; split into 2 categories; sun holidays and ski holidays. With each, youll have a luxury all-inclusive package that includes a huge menu of fitness options. Not only can you get yourself into the on-site yoga classes provided, but some of their resorts also offer week-long yoga retreats. Youll learn everything you need to know to take your practise further, as well as how to eat better and stay mindful.
2. Club Med
With over 80 resorts worldwide, Club Med is an international leader in exciting all-inclusive resorts. Yoga classes are offered as part of the full range of fitness programmes they offer. In a few resorts, theres even a yoga academy to help you develop your skills to an even higher standard.
3. Saga Cruises
Yoga benefits everyone, but those over 50 may feel those benefits more acutely. Saga Cruises will take you all over the world on a luxury liner, so why not spend those days at sea, making your body more flexible and with a bit of luck, prevent the stiffness of the Autumn years.
Vikings adults-only river cruises will give you the chance to learn yoga with a variety of age groups and abilities, but not push you into any postures youre not yet ready to explore. As you drift around the European waterways, you could be increasing your fitness levels and strength.
Kuoni owns a number of resorts around the world and is a big name in luxury hotel brands. A few of their resorts have yoga rooms with tuition that will be included in your package and one of them even sells itself as a dedicated yoga hotel.
For more details on which particular resorts offer yoga as part of their luxury all-inclusive package, please get in touch with the Aspen Travel team. Aspen Travel partners with a long list of award-winning, internationally-respected travel partners in order to give you, our customer, lots of choice when it comes to booking your holiday. Please email us, or give us a call to find out more.