Moving to Saint Lucia has been all kinds of fun and excitement! If you haven’t heard about this hotel, you can read my post about my experience when I arrived as a guest “HERE”, and also all about their delicious cuisine in my “Eating at the Body Holiday post.” I wrote these posts when I had no idea we would end up living on this beautiful island, what a crazy rollercoaster life is indeed.
The concept of this hotel is beyond amazing, offering more than 30 options for fitness classes on any given day, I knew as soon as we moved here, that I wanted to try it all. It is my goal to try every class at the BodyHoliday while living here, expanding my fitness horizon and finding something I can’t live without. I love sports and new challenges; so I am beyond excited to enjoy this fitness ride. I hope that you can make use of these reviews to help you decide whether to join a similar class at your home, or if you decide to take a special vacation to this part of the world and stay at BodyHoliday you will know exactly what to expect!
As you know, Jodi and I embarked on a February Yoga Challenge, and we will be posting our joint post next week, but this challenge was the best excuse to start this fitness series at the BodyHoliday with YOGA!
They say if you don’t know what to choose, then aim to try it all, right? So that’s exactly what I did. I still have a few more yoga classes to attend but this month was a great start!
This type of yoga is all about helping the body to decrease back and shoulder pain and tightness and as it says in the name, it is a low-intensity one for beginners, so just perfect for me, and for you if you are a beginner in this yoga world. After taking this class, I felt very light and ready to start my day, and one of my favorite parts of this class was that it always started and ended with a 5-minute meditation which helped greatly to ease the body! This class was taught by Natascha Zeller, BodyHoliday’s new resident yogi.
This yoga class is perfect to loosen tight hips and increase motion and circulation. The asanas performed in this type of yoga help to alleviate pain. It was a great experience to connect mind and body while breathing, and relaxing not only the hips but also all other parts of the body connected to them. At the end of this type of yoga, I was feeling comfortable after what felt like a deep stretch. This class was taught by Natascha Zeller, BodyHoliday’s new resident yogi.
Ashtanga is a type of yoga based on eight principles and consists of poses that are executed combining deep and controlled breathing. This has probably been, so far, the type of yoga that felt harder, as it consists of asanas that are all about synchronized movement and breathing. All of the postures start to flow and connect. Some core strength is needed as it also goes faster than the other types of yogas. If you are more of an active person like me, you might enjoy this class. It is a very dynamic form of yoga. I had never done this kind of yoga before, but the instructions were easy to follow, and at the end I could feel my body “purified” in all physical, mental and emotional states. This class was taught by Renata, one of BodyHoliday’s fantastic bodyguard!
This 30-minute class is great to learn the basics, it teaches the correct form and works towards getting better at some postures. Activating the core will help to get better at yoga and also contribute to making smoother transitions while being more balanced and supporting the back. These types of workshops are ideal for people new to yoga, and are also a perfect opportunity to learn and ask questions. This class was taught by Natascha Zeller, BodyHoliday’s new resident yogi.
Can this be my favorite? I love sleeping, so if you ask me I will tell you this is by far the best yoga class at the BodyHoliday. I am usually a night owl, and I have problems going to sleep because I usually have so much in my head and I love getting things done ASAP. What I don’t have problems with, is waking up. In this workshop I was given tips on how to sleep better, tips on how to breath and tips on how to induce sleep faster. I can tell you that by the end of the “examples” all of us had taken a snooze already. This class was taught by Natascha Zeller, BodyHoliday’s new resident yogi.
It is amazing how yoga can help to calm the mind, body and spirit and all the wonders it can do for your health! I am still surprised with how much I have learned in this month and how yoga has opened my eyes to the understanding that one of the most important things in yoga is that through practice we can connect our mind, body, and spirit.
After trying yoga classes for this month at the BodyHoliday, I feel relaxed, grateful, more flexible and most importantly, full of life. Little steps go a long way!