During this amazing trip together, there will be food, there will be wine, but thank god for yoga and meditation to balance it all out!
Here is what we'll learn:
If you're looking for a new fitness routine to challenge your body and your mind, Ashtanga yoga may be worth a try. Today, the name Ashtanga generally refers to a specific flow of postures, in a specific order: each class follows this same sequence of poses, with an emphasis on breath and gaze to help deepen the practice.
Ashtanga means "eight-limbed," and traditionally the term refers to a yoga practice that includes all eight limbs: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi... Say whaaaat!!! Together, these limbs encompass the entire yogic philosophy --
from morals and ethics, to physical movement and breathing, to meditation and enlightenment.
This is a slower, more restorative class -- less vigorous than, let's say, a Vinyasa or a Power Yoga.
The word hatha translates to "sun and moon," which, in yogic philosophy, refers to our masculine and feminine qualities and our attempt to find a balance between strength and flexibility. I don't know about you, but this sounds very interesting to me!
This yoga style is made up of three components: steadiness, stillness, and softness. During a yin yoga class, you'll hold poses for much longer (3 to 10 minutes at a time) than you would in traditional yang yoga. That what makes it a more intense yoga. Oh Lord! I can't wait for that one lol.
For most yin poses, your muscles should be soft and relaxed; otherwise, it's hard to really stretch the connective tissue and the joints. Because of this, poses that require muscle activation (think inversions, arm balances, and standing poses) do not work as yin yoga poses. Instead, the practice focuses on seated and reclined poses, such as hip openers, backbends, and twists.
Now you've learned enough and the best way to learn is to practice.
So ladies, join me on this ommmmmmmmazing journey. Let's do it!!!
Meet Your Yogis
Benoit has practiced yoga and meditation on a regular basis since 2010, after meeting his current spiritual master, Somasekha Ros. Benoit is licensed from the Yoga Nisarga International Training School, in India, where he traveled to pursue training in order to become a qualified instructor. Yoga Nisarga is a school certified by Yoga Alliance, the biggest non-profit organization representing the yogi community, whose mission is
to promote and support integrity and diversity in the teaching of yoga.
Jean began his yoga practice in Calcutta, India, 15 years ago. His philosophy is based on the idea that through the practice of yoga, we can lead a better quality of life, reduce our suffering, the suffering of the ones around us, and find the universal unity. The primary focus of his work is on the importance of breathing and how to incorporate it in a more intense yoga exercise that creates freedom and a lightness of being.
With his fluid style and his rigorous alignment, he teaches beginners by guiding and encouraging them, while pushing the more advanced practitioners to challenge
Carline is 50 years old now and had been practicing yoga since she was 20 years old after an accident. She experimented with different kinds of yoga throughout all those years.
After 4 years of training at the French Institute of Yoga, she has been teaching yoga for 2 years now. The yoga she teaches focuses the image of femininity as a yogi, the importance of respecting our body, and synchronizing our breathing with our physical possibilities. The practice of yoga is, for her, a source of inspiration, always renewed, but anchored in its tradition. Yoga frees people and is practiced in freedom.
Experience the French Spa
Enjoy a European spa experience at Le Domaine De Fayence!
Our program announces a Spa day on Saturday, but some you might think a facial, possibly a body treatment? So, let me explain a little more about the spa experience in France.
First, here is a little background:
In France, until about 50 years ago, spas were mostly popular for seniors suffering from arthritis or other kinds of muscular diseases. They were quite pricey and only seniors could afford them. They would go to a spa for a cure.
While the medical benefits were undeniable, the spas also realized that improving physical health was connected to being emotional well-being.
Starting in the 50's, with the changes in society and women going to work, the spa image was rejuvenated little by little, to become what it is today.
Thanks to a new marketing approach, Spa Centers nowadays emphasize on both the physical and mental benefits. Did you know that in France, a lot of places offer week-long hotel and spa packages at amazing prices, and depending on your health, it could even be covered by Social Security/Health Insurance?! Seriously, all you have to do is spend all your time in a robe and sleepers, hours in jacuzzis and baths with jets, and eat delicious, nutritious food for a whole week! What a great way to recover!
So, our basic French spas generally include a steam room, "hammam," or a sauna and
baths with all sorts of jets offering a pure moment of relaxation. Some spas use salted waters or sulphur-filled waters, recommended for the treatment of rheumatism and respiratory problems. Most likely, the water will contain some type of mineral element used to improve blood circulation and the respiratory system.
The city of Vichy offers the best spas in France, but many other amazing spas can be found all over France.
And, ladies, the spa we will visit, will not disappoint.
Located in a colorful laid-back resort, in the city of Fayence, the spa offers 1,200 square feet of pure paradise. We'll enjoy the "Aqua Douceur" program that includes 2 hours of baths with all sorts of jets. We'll also have access to the sauna, showers, and steam room.
This program will end at the restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious, hearty meal. The view from the restaurant is magnificent. You will see the beautiful colors of la Provence and smell its perfume of lavender. Bliss!
I gathered some links of my other favorite spas in the South of France. Check them out!
The day following the spa day will be a day for “YOU time” and for those who want the relaxation to continue, I gathered a team of experts available to you. First, we'll get a free demonstration by our professionals during a deliciously prepared brunch. Then, you will be able to book one of the three different massage types explained below.
Californian Massage with Oil by Florence or Claudia:
Massage for pure pleasure is the philosophy of Californian massage, the most sensual of all massages, and there ís nothing better at harmonizing the body and mind.
Californian massage was created in the early 70s near San Francisco. It owes its existence to several group therapies that emerged from the USA that advocated and promoted liberation of the body, expression of emotions, general balance, and well-being.
The Californian massage technique was developed and professionalized during the New Age period, when spiritual development and therapy was heavily explored
in the US, before it was introduced more widely to the rest of the world in the 80s.
Californian massage is a sensual massage. You are either naked or just keep your underwear on, and the body is enveloped and massaged in essential oils.
The massage movements are slow and thorough, and are followed by light touches, kneading and stretching. The hands work in a harmonious choreography all over the body. The masseur respects and follows the body's meridian lines, reflex points and muscular traces.
Californian maasage is aimed at people seeking a relaxing break, a moment of abandon, and union of the body and mind. It is gentle and arouses the senses,
which is great for stressed and overworked individuals. It gently stimulates the nerve endings and equally generates a return to balance of the nerves.
The effects are physical and psychological, as it promotes internalization, makes you at one with your body, and promotes awareness of your inner self, bringing about increased fulfillment and self-esteem.
Shiatsu massage by Myriam
A Japanese massage rooted in Chinese medicine to restore the circulation of the vital energy.
The word itself means “finger pressure,” but it generally refers to a relaxing massage that can help you feel completely de-stressed or totally energized, depending on how many mugs of coffee you chug before your appointment (note: do not chug coffee before a massage).
Shiatsu is a kind of Japanese massage, or rather, bodywork rooted in Chinese medicine. This influence can be seen in the two underlying principles of shiatsu massage:
qi and meridian theory.
Qi translates roughly to energy or life force; it is what gives someone their vitality. And qi travels throughout the body along pathways, known as meridians. (If all this sounds a bit familiar, you’re probably recalling what you’ve heard about acupuncture and acupressure, both of which also rely on these theories of traditional Chinese medicine.)
A balanced qi helps the body function like it should and heal itself more efficiently when confronted with illness or damage. But, just like any seasoned yogi in tree pose, this energy can lose its balance, which is where shiatsu massage steps in.
To learn more about Shiatsu Massage, continue reading this blog article!
A wellness journey from your ears to your soul.
It will all start with a short 15-minute walk to get to Jean's studio, where you will experience a relaxing, enveloping sound "massage" session. All you need to do after the walk is just let your body go… let it transport you somewhere only your imagination will lead you.
You'll hear the musical sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls, crystals, and traditional gongs, amongst various other mysterious instruments... Just be prepared to enjoy this magical experience!