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The Art Of Yoga And Self Care In The Maldives

Looking to explore yoga? Or are you looking for some insider information from the experts? It’s essential to carve time out of your day to spend time focusing on you.  Self-care is a great way to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, so you can transmit and radiate good feelings to others. As such, Yoga is a great form of self-care. The practice of yoga is about healing the self through self-discovery and self-acceptance. 

Here’s some much-needed inspiration. We have prepared guidance around the art of yoga.

And of course the opportunities available to immerse yourself in the practice at Constance Moofushi and Constance Halaveli in the Maldives.

So delve in our expert yogis’ insight!

Meet The Yoga Instructors

If you will be at Constance Moofushi or Constance Halaveli or both soon, you will be under the expert guidance of Jayantha and Vivek. Both are certified yoga enthusiasts who have a great deal of experience in yoga and self-care.

Jayantha who is the resident instructor at Constance Moofushi has practised yoga for the last 10 years and has an excellent knowledge of wellness activities. He is also a master of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Aqua Yoga and mindful meditation.

Vivek, the resident instructor at Constance Halaveli learned yoga very young. It was a form of traditional Yoga in an Ashram in the Himalayas. Since then, he has become a certified yoga instructor.

His philosophy: learning yoga is to be healthy and to keep others healthy.

Where Is The Best Place To Practice Yoga In The Maldives?

Amongst the beauty and tranquillity of Constance Moofushi, you can head over to the Yoga Pavilion. It is located on a sea view platform overlooking lush gardens.
With the calming view of the sea in the distance, it is surely the perfect spot to enjoy a tranquil experience surrounded by nature. 

At Constance Halaveli you can immerse yourself in a yoga session at the Spa Pavillion, Jahaz beach, or the Meditation Garden.

The Spa Pavillion is a perfect location to practise yoga as it has a flat surface. This enables you to concentrate and regain your centre of gravity.
This location is also renowned for its peaceful and calming scenery.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the serene beauty of the Maldives whilst taking time out for yourself. It’s a win-win!

Best Type Of Yoga For Beginners

If you are a beginner looking to start incorporating yoga into your life, read on.

Give Hatha Yoga a try. This is the easiest type of yoga which will help to ease you into the practice.

The term Hatha was first recorded in the 11th century, but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it came to America and gaining mainstream popularity in the 1960s.

Hatha yogis can expect to feel relaxed and grounded by connecting mind and body through an accommodating practice full of mindful breathwork and static poses at a manageable pace.

These dynamic poses allow for greater focus on alignment and mindful breathing, making the practice accessible to participants of all levels. Especially beginners!

At Constance Hotels & Resorts, our classes are structured around various yoga poses and meditation. 

We want all of our guests to feel happy, enthusiastic and welcome. Thus, we cater to a wide range of needs and requirements, so there’s definitely something for everyone.

Easy Yoga Steps

Below we have some examples of easy steps you can implement into your yoga practice.

  1. Tadasana Pose:

Also known as the Mountain Pose or Samasthiti, is a standing asana that helps in correcting posture and improving balance. It also provides great benefits in regards to flexibility of the ankles, thighs and joints and can help to tone hips and abdomen. 

Begin by standing tall, with your feet placed flat on the floor and arms by your side. Once rooted in the ground, lift the inner ankles and knees and engage the thighs. 

Ground down further by pressing evenly through the three corners of the feet.

Engage the abdomen by slightly drawing it in, lift your chest, roll the shoulders back and down, away from your neck. Be sure to gaze forward, keeping your hands by your sides, fingers alert but not strained. 

Feel the energy lifting up and rooting into the earth at the same time. Hold for five to 10 breaths.

  1. Tree Pose:

This pose can also be referred to as the Vrikshasana and is a balancing asana that strengthens your legs and core while opening your hips and stretching your inner thighs and groin muscles. 

Start by standing tall with your feet aligned and touching. Your arms should be straight along either side of your body. 

Take a few deep breaths and find a place or focal point to devote your attention. With care, slowly shift your weight to your left leg and begin to raise your right foot off the floor. Start to align the sole of your right foot with the inside of your left thigh. The toes should be pointing down and your pelvis should be completely straight.

Once steady, complete the pose by stretching your arms straight up toward the ceiling with palms pressed together forming an inverted V. 

  1. Cow-Cat Pose:

Also called the Marjariasana, this pose is great for strengthening the spine. 

To begin, start on all fours (hands and knees) with knees under the hips and wrists under the shoulders or slightly forward and a neutral spine. 

As you inhale and move into cow pose, lift your sit bones upward, press your chest forward and allow your stomach to sink.

Lift your head and gaze straight ahead. Be sure to relax your shoulders away from your ears.

As you exhale, come into a cat pose while rounding your spine outward, carefully tucking in your tailbone and drawing in your pubic bone forward. 

Finish the pose by releasing your head towards the floor – and most importantly, by relaxing. 

Incorporate these three key poses into your daily yoga routine and elongate your muscles and regain connection between your breath, mind and body with ease. 

What is your favourite yoga step? Let us know in the comments section of this blog, we would love to know. 

How Yoga Can Relieve Stress

Sometimes the pressures of everyday life can take over and cause stress which can hinder your positive outlook.

But we have a solution which can help combat those feelings… yoga of course.

Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practice, which is primarily used as exercise for the mind.

This form of exercise is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. 

If you combine the regular practise of any type of yoga into your routine along with breathing techniques, it will help to relieve stress levels. It also is proven to lower blood pressure, lower your heart rate and enhance your mood. 

Ready to start feeling less stressed and more you? Then incorporate yoga into your daily routine…

What Should I Drink Before And After Yoga?

Ever wondered what you should drink before and after your yoga practice?

Why not try lemon and ginger tea?

This drink has a plethora of benefits for your health and is also delectible to drink.

Lemon ginger tea has a long history dating back to China some 5,000 years ago, where it was traditionally used as a health tonic. It was introduced to Europe much later, originally as a culinary spice. 

The presence of high levels of antioxidants in ginger helps to strengthen immunity. It also reduces free radicals and increases blood circulation in the body which is vital for optimum health.

Compared to other warm beverages you might opt for, ginger tea can be consumed at any time of day as it is 100% caffeine free. It works well as a pick-me-up first thing after morning yoga, but you may also find it helps after a meal to ease digestion.

Or if lemon and ginger tea doesn’t suit the palette, why not opt for a healthy fresh juice?
Combine any spare fruit you have around your home and mix them together to create a flavourful, appetising beverage.
If you are at Constance Moofushi, then something like this 😊

There are many benefits to consuming fruit juices – from recovering your energy to replenishing your hydration levels after your practice.

How Can A Guest Book A Yoga Session And How Much Does It Cost?

Are you thinking about starting your yoga journey at either Constance Moofushi or Constance Halaveli?

Why not plan your yoga sessions at Constance Moofushi in advance?

At Moofushi Maldives group yoga sessions cost $15 per person, a private 60-minute session costs $46 per session and two yoga sessions cost $80 per couple. 

The price at Constance Halaveli is dependent on the timing of the session, so please do contact our Spa receptionist or yoga instructor directly.

You may book your sessions at Constance Halaveli here.

We hope this article has left you feeling inspired and we thank Jayantha and Vivek for sharing their insightful knowledge.

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