alpine yoga holidays

Join one of our alpine yoga holidays for a stimulating week combining mountain sports and yoga - walking in summer or skiing in winter. Give your mind and body a treat with lots of fresh mountain air, exercise and delicious healthy food. 

Alpine walking & yoga holiday

Dates: 7 to 14 September 2013  (7 nights)

During this active yoga walking week in the French Alps, suitable for all levels, you’ll combine walking with tailored yoga sessions that will help improve your core body strength and overall flexibility. By the end of your stay, you’ll feel the benefits both mentally and physically, leaving feeling fitter and revitalised.

About the week

Ease into your day in the mountains with a dynamic 60 minute early morning yoga session with a focus on yoga poses (known as “asanas”) that help build strength, and improve your balance and overall flexibility. Fuel up on a hearty breakfast, and then head out into the fresh air and mountains.

You can either go at your own pace on one of self-guided walks through the surrounding meadows and forests, or alternatively, you can join an accompanied group walk with one of your hosts. They’ll take you up into the Vanoise National Park, famous for its ibex, bearded vultures and rare alpine flora, or off to explore lesser known walks in this beautiful area.

If you fancy more of an adrenalin buzz, you can also try white water rafting, mountain biking or cycling – all within easy reach of the chalet.

On your return, unwind on a deckchair in the garden, or for a bit of extra indulgence, take timeout in the sauna, or book a massage and spa treatment in your room. In the late afternoon, join a restorative yoga session to help your body rest and repair itself more effectively. After that, you have some more free time before sitting down to a delicious vegetarian dinner prepared using produce from our organic garden (meat options possible).

It’s an intensive, invigorating week of walking and yoga that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for anything.

Price:

  • 595€ pp catered (shared room occupancy)

  • 795€ pp catered (single room occupancy)


What’s included

  • 2 yoga sessions each day as described in the timetable (except the day of arrival and departure, and the free afternoon)

  • 30 minute “taster” thai massage

  • Use of yoga studio (mats provided), sauna and chalet facilities

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in an ensuite room in Maison Caramel

  • Healthy continental breakfast every day with hot option on 5 days

  • Picnic lunch bag with sandwich, fruit, home made cake or biscuits and fruit juice (except arrival and departure day)

  • 3 course evening meal with wine every night (the emphasis is on a vegetarian menu using freshly picked produce from our organic garden where possible)

  • Choice of self-guided walking routes with maps & detailed notes, or option to join accompanied walk (available 4 days)

  • Return airport transfers from Geneva (set pick up and drop of times), or station transfers from Bourg Saint Maurice (10% discount for train travellers)

Equipment hire, flights and insurance are not included. Holiday cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Please bring outdoor clothing suitable for the alpine environment.

Your yoga instructor

The yoga is led by Johanna Paxton, a qualified yoga instructor with a practical and informative teaching approach. She is able to adapt the sessions to suit all levels from beginner to expert yogis and is a firm believer in the physical health benefits of yoga such as increased strength, vitality and co-ordination.

Johanna’s personal style of yoga is inspired by a mixture of Ashtanga, Classical and Scaravelli forms of Hatha Yoga. She is also a qualified practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage and is currently studying for a three-year Diploma in Shiatsu. Passionate about nature, martial arts and the great outdoors, when not practicing yoga, Johanna can be found outside walking or on her mountain bike in summer, or on skis in winter.