Yoga is often touted as a holistic approach to exercise and general health. By combining breathing techniques with strengthening poses and stretches, it benefits mind, body and soul, providing an overall sense of wellness to your whole being. Whether you want to stay in shape or just relax more deeply during your vacation, yoga is a good choice. During your stay, we hope you’ll enjoy a morning of yoga on the beach, which we offer every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30. If you want to join an upcoming class, you can sign up with the concierge to reserve a spot!
In the meantime, here are some of the benefits you can look forward to from practicing yoga:
Doing an hour of yoga poses has been shown to increase levels of the brain chemical GABA. Low levels of GABA have been linked with depression; so quite literally, yoga can increase your happiness. And everyone should be happy on vacation!
Additionally, yoga boosts mindfulness, which derived from the Buddhist practice of anapanasati, means “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.” Mindfulness helps direct one’s thoughts, stave off cravings and overeating, and calm the mind.
Stretching is a large component of yoga, and it contributes to more flexibility and decreased muscle soreness. Deep stretches attained by holding yoga poses can relieve muscle tension from whatever adventure you did the day before (we’re looking at you, paddle boarders!). A good yoga session will get you well on your way to less stiff muscles and better posture.
Perhaps surprisingly, yoga also tones muscles. Yoga is actually a form of strength training, since it utilizes various positions and orientations, forcing your muscles to support your own body weight.
In a study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, it was shown that doing yoga can help insomniacs get to sleep up to fifteen minutes faster. Regular yoga practice can also contribute to a deeper sleep and state of relaxation for anyone who practices.
Another study (UC Berkely) found a correlation between yoga practice and high self-confidence. That’s right – the best way to feel better about your bikini body might well be to hit the yoga mat for an hour.
Meditation and breathing, which comprise a major focus during yoga, can help you get closer to complete relaxation and detachedness from your busy life.