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  1. Yoga is going places

Yoga is going places

Even the most hardened yoga practitioner can fall into the rut of a boring routine. Since yoga is such a flexible sport, health institutes

Published: November 9, 2014 12:38 AM

Even the most hardened yoga practitioner can fall into the rut of a boring routine. Since yoga is such a flexible sport, health institutes, individuals and travel companies are taking yoga places—some pretty strange. Here’s a look at where you could be doing your next surya namaskar:
Snow yoga: The world’s first yoga piste is located on the Paradiso piste on Corviglia, overlooking St Moritz in Switzerland. The beautiful natural surroundings and the spectacular mountains make for a unique experience. There are four fixed points on the mountainside where yoga on snow can be practiced either independently or under professional guidance. The area is known for its skiing, so the aim is that participants should experience the sport of skiing in a more intensive manner by combining yoga. Check out ‘Yoga on Snow’ on the Piste Paradiso. It is run by the Suvretta Snow sports school and led by an experienced yoga snow sport instructor.
Yoga in the Rockies: This is another unique experience in Canada, near Banff, which takes you by helicopter to a level area on a mountain, where an expert conducts a yoga class in totally pristine surroundings. The helicopter ride takes passengers over a 325-sq-km icefield and through one of the world’s most stunning mountain landscapes. After landing on the mountaintop, the guide-cum-yoga instructor leads an hour-long hatha yoga session on mats spread on the grass, after which you dine on a freshly-prepared gourmet lunch.
Yoga hall in Greece: Angela Farmer and Victor van Kooten’s yoga hall is situated deep in the Greek countryside in a quiet olive grove in the Eftalou Valley, only five minutes from the beach. The only sound you’ll hear is the distant jingling of sheep bells. There are three hours of asana each morning, and evening meditation and pranayama on the upstairs terrace.
Yoga in the saddle: The Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park, Montana, runs a regular retreat, covering everything from pre-ride yoga in the saddle (focusing on yogic breathing and poses to practise while riding) to yoga and meditation on riding trails, where you are surrounded by fresh mountain air and endless open space. A cowboy hat is optional.
Himalayan retreats: There are plenty of Himalayan resorts that offer yoga, but the current favourite is Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort near Kathmandu. The 360-degree panoramas are breathtaking. There are meditation and yoga spots peppered around the sides of two hills, with classes first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This gorgeous property is perfectly situated for relaxing, perched at 1,700 m on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Dwarika’s Resort is surrounded by pine forests, rhododendron and apple trees, and has a 180-degree view of snow-capped peaks and the Kavrepalanchok Valley below. The focus of this beautiful relaxing place is a ‘Himalayan approach to well-being’ in rustic luxury.
Ananda in the Himalayas: Voted among the best resorts in the world multiple times, Ananda is the ultimate yoga retreat. Yoga at Ananda is in its completely pure and traditional form, stemming from the roots of hatha yoga. Ananda has experienced yoga teachers who design specific yoga and meditation programme for individuals. Ananda also teaches the techniques of the Bihar School of Yoga, also known as Satyananda Yoga based on traditional yogic teachings in conjunction with modern physical and mental health sciences. All this is surrounded by nature at its most awe-inspiring and luxurious comfort.

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