Lying in savasana, vaguely hear the murmur of the voice of my master gently guides me to hear the waves, feel the cool breeze on her cheeks and the warmth of the sun on my skin while breathing in the tropical environment.
waving my eyes open, I fall into the account. This is not a dream or a task relaxation like any other day – I’m at sea, far, far from a studio, on a sailboat, lying on the wooden floor, feeling the buzz of the engine beneath me and waves breaking me like a fresh, salty sea breeze gently caressing Mediterranean my skin.
Presentation floating yoga -. The latest trend of welfare that combines care, yoga, ocean and the outdoors at one
While outdoor classes are no new concept, unlike the experience in order to ensure a small patch of grass in a sea of thousands of yogis (while hitting someone mid-warrior two) at a festival of yoga, floating yoga allows allows you to connect with nature and your true self in the way more intimate and secluded -. at sea
Similar foot paddle boarding but different, ‘boat based “floating yoga removes the risk of constant navigation and sense of instability. Instead, it offers an experience based on stable sea your zen kilter not litter while providing a multisensory experience.
today it is still fresh on the radar of fitness, with only one place in London offering classes on a boat docked in a canal as well as a speck of cruise ships.
But if you’re out for the total immersion experience I’m talking (with the two waves and movement), can only really take place on a cruise – or in my case -. on a sailboat called The Royal Clipper
the largest in the world sailboat, the Royal Clipper has five masts and 42 sails some great so is a beauty to behold in their own right. Then throw in a few tropical destinations, the sensory pleasures of the sea and a wonderful teacher Vinyasa Yoga has an intuitive ability to know exactly what you want your body and is an experience like no other.
And I’ve had my fair share of experiences fitness – fitness 3D within storage containers in London delusions fitness store and glow in the dark yoga in Sydney, but saluting the sun as it rises over the Mediterranean sea was a completely new kind of bliss.
Of course, candle pit stops in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro does not hurt either, but it was yoga every day on the deck that transformed him from a standard cruise for a luxury wellness experience.
Here, perhaps floating yoga is more a fitness retreat experience an exercise activity everyday. But regardless, what I do know is that will leave you with something deeper than any experience in the study.
At its core, we are taught that yoga is about connecting itself through breathing. So when suddenly laid bare daily stress, isolated in the sea with nothing but the sound of the sea and the words of a yoga teacher wash over you, remembering that allows you to breathe, suddenly connected to a quieter sense of self never seemed easier (and natural).
However, my thoughts aside, the floating yoga seems to connect with people in a multitude of ways according to attendees of fellow cruisers.
To Isobelle Smith, 25, an Australian doctor and his companion on board The Royal Clipper experience rekindled his love of yoga and brought a sense of relaxation to your busy lifestyle otherwise.
“Working while often do not have time to be as active as I’d like, so being able to do yoga every morning with the rising sun was such a nice way to start the day (and incredibly idyllic and quaint compared to a sweaty study), “Smith says.
She also experienced a greater sense of self and awareness of thanks.
“It probably sounds wanky, but listening to the waves make it much more real and raw – I was able to get in touch with myself in a way that is so natural, so
I definitely felt more gratitude here than in a normal class, “Smith says.
“In part I think it’s because you’re on vacation see all these amazing places, but also because it makes yoga surrounded by rocks, trees and beaches is what the contents at the sound of the ocean every day in savasana really made me think -.? how lucky I am to be here “
and with relaxation must-see for tourists and attendees cruise alike, Liliana Skinner, 30, the Royal Clipper board he says yoga instructor floating yoga is a win / win.
“People are increasingly interested in yoga for stress, in the US promoted as something you and relax on a cruise that’s what people want a stress-free environment and light exercise. So for anyone in a yoga vacation is really a necessity. ”
With the sea as a backdrop there is also a sense of intimacy and different from an experience of study privacy.
“When he got up before anyone have an hour where only us – it’s quiet, there’s a nice breeze going, sunrise looks and feel the fresh air, is a sensation peace, “says Skinner.
“As a teacher he is also very special because in a smaller class to get to know each other, while a larger cruise or a large outdoor class like yoga Times Square in New York, for example, is just a mass of people who do yoga. I’m sorry you do not connect with people in that environment, but the boat is very cozy and intimate. ”
Interestingly, male yogis are more prevalent on board too. During my ten days, there was a man of equality to women ratio (and on the same day even more men than women attend!)
So, why the appeal the sea? Chris Wheeler, 59, a financial UK and invited on board The Royal Clipper believes it is for the environment all-encompassing and easy accessibility.
“I think most people who come on a cruise come as a couple – and yoga is a form of exercise you can do as a couple and also get some (unlike said weights training where man can enjoy it more than women), “says Wheeler.
“The ship also offers a space where there is no judgment about men who exercise and participate (as it is simply an available supply activity which gives access to a exercise that is not often seen traditionally by men. “
not to mention all the sailing environment plays a role too ….
“sailing is often a male activity, because the candles that require brute force must be lifted, so I think it’s a great leveler – men may feel more encouraged to take yoga because they feel whole environment it is very masculine and not feel like being in a class with women will defeat his masculinity. “
beyond breaking gender barriers, Wheeler says it has offered a number of benefits that have increased their vacation experience alone.
“Do it every day I was allowed to have greater mobility (I’ve climbed hills and steps easier), awareness, improving attention and a renewed recognition of the benefits of yoga I hope leech out the rest of my life, “says Wheeler.
“I also like that everything I’ve done the previous day washed out of me and I’m ready and cleaned for the new day.”
And with each daily destination along the way, Wheeler believes that also creates continuity in the chaos.
“On a cruise to go to many different places that almost merge into one, but the memory of being able to get up every morning and do a yoga session is something that goes to carry you and have a connecting thread throughout the trip. ”
does not come without its challenges however. All those pretty poses Instagram-worthy as crescent warrior 1,2,3 or dancers? You can forget it if it is windy.
“In one day we made a kind of balanced and the next day we lost half the students,” says Skinner.
So yoga teachers looking for a change of scenery, be warned. “If the boat is rock you have to change the whole class -. That is different from a study where it is known that the environment is always the same”
But hell, what a pose here and there by a constant state of contentment?
Like Walden puts it: “Being on a boat sunrise, movement and smells of the sea, fresh air around and the breeze that swept to through which is a grounding experience that simply could not be replicated on land or on a beach. it’s just fabulous. ”
And so, my only challenge doing yoga ten days straight into the sea? The pastry chef on board freshly baked whose pain au chocolat would be tempting waiting beside the coffee table every morning to morning.
Well, in the days when the ship rolled and certain yoga positions were out of reach – you have to come up with something more to maintain the right balance
Sam Bailey was a guest aboard the Royal Clipper during their ten-day Western Mediterranean tour from July to August, as organized by the Clippers stars. For more information on yoga themed cruises, see link here.