Why we love 'holiday yoga'
Let’s set the scene…
It’s 8.30am on a Monday morning. Instead of being near the end of your morning commute to work or rushing the kids off to school you are on a beach in Cornwall. Perhaps it is not just you but the whole family is there with you. The beach is still quiet, there are only a few people walking their dogs. Instead of being sat on a train or in traffic you are sat on a yoga mat with sand between your toes and the sound of the sea and the birds. Your yoga teacher asks you to close your eyes and for a few minutes just allow yourself to really listen to everything going on around you, to be ‘present’ and enjoy where you are in that moment.
It’s hard not to enjoy where you are when you are sitting on a beach with the sun on your back and the sound of the waves. For the next hour you are guided through a yoga class that has been created specifically for you with careful guidance and assistance when necessary, ensuring plenty of time to come back to that place of just being still and listening to the world before rolling up your mat and heading off for breakfast.
What a great way to start the day.
We are exceptionally blessed in Cornwall to be surrounded by beautiful coastline, hidden coves and tucked away woodlands that are open for us to use as our ‘yoga studio’. Instead of four walls, air conditioning, false lighting and the person next yous mat being less than and inch away from yours, we want you to be able to experience space, the ability to move freely and breathe deeply. If you have never stood and intentionally taken lung fulls of fresh sea air before, you are in for a treat.
The outdoors is part of a Cornish lifestyle and our environment is our greatest asset. We want to share it with you.
Over the years there has been an abundance of research done into the effects that our modern, indoors lifestyle has on our physical and mental health. Studies have shown how positive just a simple walk in the park or stroll across the beach can be and the longer you spend outside the more positive those impacts are! Just a 20 minute walk can improve short term memory, boost creativity, reduce stress and anxiety, allow for clearer thoughts, lower blood pressure and even reduce inflammation in the body. Yoga also helps with all of these things - combining the two is pretty magic and the beauty of the practise is it can be done anywhere you have space to roll out a mat.
A lot of the yoga classes that we do are actually within holiday homes making use of the wide terraces, private gardens and beautiful views from open plan sitting rooms making it easier for whole families to join in together and not feel rushed. We understand that your time away is precious so we bring the yoga studio to you. It may be that you want to have just one class to end your stay or daily classes to really reap the full benefits, create your own vinyasa flow, experience yin, yoga nidra or even just master your Downward Dog - the choice is yours. You could even turn a day of your stay into a mini yoga retreat to include a morning and afternoon class, massage treatments, sound baths and even a cookery class with a nutritionist.
We want you to feel free to create what you need to help you truly, relax, recharge and ultimately go home feeling like you have a new found love for ‘self care’ and can take on the world.
Maybe after one more Savasana…