Yoga Holidays are going green. We have a couple of projects planned in the ongoing month and are making positive steps to helping the environment. Read on to find out more about our exciting future projects;
Tree Nation Planting Project
We have decided to off set all of the carbon and are going to join the Tree-Nation Planting project. We’re going to work with Tree Nation and we’re grow a Yoga Wellbeing Forest! To counter desertification we will start to plant a tree for every customer who attends our holidays, in your name! Once you’ve received your tree, you can follow this project and watch your tree grow! Tree Nation’s website has lots of information on the project and the countless benefits to both people, the country and the planet in general www.tree-nation.com
Starting at the end of the yewr, we will be off-setting the Co2 emmisions on all flights within Europe and one-way for flights to Asia (we’re hoping you guys will offer the return flight!). We are going to work in conjunction with Climate Care and they have a calculator where you can see how many tons of Co2 your flight put into the atmosphere and pay to off-set it. For more information on Climate Care, please visit their sitewww.climatecare.org
Yoga is not just about getting bendy. Let us know how your helping the environment by working with different communities. As ever, we would like to hear your thoughts and read your stories – click here.
Meditation is something that has been a part of my everyday for as long as I can remember. Finding a place to meditate in London is a little bit of a challenge. Although that all changes when you get yourself out of your normal environment.
Rates of depression and anxiety are rising in the modern world. Andrew Oswald, a professor at Warwick University who studies wellbeing, recently told me that mental health indicators nearly always point down. “Things are not going completely well in western society,” he said. Proposed remedies are numerous. And one that is garnering growing attention is meditation, and mindfulness meditation in particular.
The aim is simple: to pay attention – be “mindful”. Typically, a teacher will ask you to sit upright, in an alert position. Then, they will encourage you to focus on something straightforward, like the in- and out-flow of breath. The aim is to nurture a curiosity about these sensations – not to explain them, but to know them.
It’s a way of concentrating on the here and now. It doesn’t aim directly at the dispersal of stresses and strains. In fact, it is very hard to develop the concentration necessary to follow your breath, even for a few seconds. What you see is your mind racing from this memory to that moment. But that’s the trick: to observe, and to learn to change the way you relate to your your mind. Here lies the route to better mental health.
Mindfulness is not about yogic flying. Moreover, it is not a fast track to blissful happiness. It can, in fact, be quite unsettling, as works with painful experiences, to understand them better and thereby get to the root of problems.
At Yoga Holidays we would like to offer you the type of yoga retreat that would work for you on the retreat and when you return home to the world of washing up and tube journey’s. On one of our next retreats we will be looking at yoga for a better posture and lower back pain.
We seem to be living in a society that promotes sitting. How often do you hear the words “Please take a seat” in one day?
Statistics show that people spend 35 years of their life sitting. It’s quite shocking isn’t it? The other down side is that most of us sit with very poor posture.
If in doubt, check the way your work colleagues sit at the office or pay attention to the way commuters read the papers on the train. It can be an eye opener.
At Yoga Holidays as yoga teachers, posture and alignement are our specialist subject. If you would like to know more about how you can improve your posture and get rid of back pains. Come along
All inclusive holidays can be eco friendly. Yet choosing a genuinely eco-friendly escape can be complicated; from deciding how to travel, to researching the eco merits of the tour operator or hotel and how the food is sourced.
The first consideration is your choice of location, and method of transport. If you’re off to Europe, even the more distant corners, travelling by train is often a brilliant option.
If you are flying, offset CO2 emissions by paying money to an organisation such as Climate Care (www.jpmorganclimatecare.com). The money will be invested in projects supporting energy renewal schemes and reforestation.
Why not try to opt for greener hotels and B&Bs such as guesthouses and homestays. ‘The ‘eco-friendly’ label is used too easily by hotels, spas and retreats across the globe, which in reality still offer water in plastic bottles, use toxic toiletries in the bathrooms and fill the bedrooms with unnecessary electric gadgets. Most are still using chlorine in their pools and hot tubs, and fossil fuels to heat their water.
Thinking and buying local once your arrive is also crucial. Hiring local guides where possible, staying in locally run accommodation, eating in local restaurants and trading with local craftspeople. A growing number of tour operators and hotels now reinvest in the local community by employing local people and sourcing ethically produced food.
There is also the popular option of volunteering with environmental charities such as Earthwatch; devoting time to working directly with the environment is perhaps the ultimate way to holiday with a conscience. Whichever eco friendly course you decide on for your yoga holiday, it will still have a positive impact.
When we first headed out to Morocco to research good locations to run our Yoga Retreats we askeded fellow travellers to recommend activities that should not be missed by our yogis. This is the list, we have not tried them all, but plan to when we head out to Morocco again this May. If you can think of any other great activities in Morocco which you think we have missed please leave us a comment below.
1.Trekking, the Atlas Mountains
Whether trekking appeals to you or not, a trek through the Atlas Mountains can leave you flabbergasted at the heavenly natural beauty of the area.
2.Camel Trekking, Zagora
Unless you already have an affinity for these animals, you probably shouldn’t try a camel trek that lasts longer than a day. While the experience can feel authentic and provide an interesting way to see the sights, it can also make you feel sore and tired. Despite these after-effects, it is still well worth the effort.
3.Djemaa el Fna, Marrakesh
Go to this amazing city square festival to enjoy a conglomeration of acrobats, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers. Every night people of interest get together in the city square to entertain and delight (and of course, make some money).
4.Goats, Souss Valley – Agadir
If you want to see a truly unique and amazing sight, have a look at the goats of the Souss Valley. These goats naturally climb Argan trees in order to forage on the higher limbs. It is comical and astounding at the same time.
5.Windsufing, Agadir and Essaouira
If you prefer outdoor activities or simply feel like you need a little water on your skin, you should attempt this well-loved sport. These two destinations are famed for providing ideal conditions in which to windsurf.
6.Kasbah Glaoui, Telouet
This amazing relic conjures up images of horse-mounted Arab and Berber warriors riding through plains of Telouet. It is truly inspiring and well worth a visit.
7.International Arts Festival, Asilah
If you are an art lover and enjoy shopping, you have to make a trip to Asilah during the month of August. Every year an arts festival is held here and a riot of color and music grace your senses.
8.Souks, all through Morocco
Where ever you are you should always take a turn towards the local souks and feast your eyes. There is so much on display here that you can literally spend hours just looking at it all. Prices are usually not too bad either.
Skiing season is between February and April and this wonderful, unassuming resort boasts a ski lift and terrain to suit all levels and styles. If you are fond of skiing you should definitely make a stop here.
10.Rock Carvings, near Ouka’meden
If ancient civilizations interest you, then no doubt you’d enjoy looking at these great pre-historic rock carvings of animals.