Heritage Resorts - Stories 2018 - Issue 2 - Page 33



SUNSET YOGA
Wellness Bliss features wellbeing experiences in the
wild, from ‘forest bathing’ on
Tuesdays – walking barefoot
among the trees, breathing
exercises and closing your
eyes to listen to the birds –
to Sunset Yoga on Fridays, in
the Heritage Nature Reserve,
550 metres above the sea.
The sun is a symbol of
power and growth, passion
and the cycle of life across
cultures, and since ancient
times. Sunset is a magical
time, as the sun’s golden
orb dips to the horizon, and
performs a light show across
the western sky, before
the deepening twilight, and
descent into dusk, and the
darkness of the day’s end.
Heritage Le Telfair’s Sunset
Yoga celebrates this natural
process, whose beauty has
been shown to boost wellbeing, and even enhance life
satisfaction, combined with
the benefits of yoga – among
them reducing anxiety and
stress, boosting the immune
system, and rejuvenation.
You can take the four-wheel
drive open-sided safari-truck
along a bumpy red earthen
track all the way to Sunset
Point, or take an hour-long
walking safari along a wide
track from a drop off point
part way up the mountain.
This is the best preparation
for yoga, as nature’s five
elements relate to the
chakras, which the practice
of yoga aims to unblock
or rebalance. It’s also a
chance to be inspired by the
beauty of the 1,300-hectare
tropical nature park, home
to endemic plants and trees.
These include Bois d’Ebene
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(Ebony), the umbrella-shaped and spine, and releases
Bois de Natte and uniquely,
stress and shoulder stand
the Jumellea Recurva, a
(Sarvangasana), referred as
white-flowered orchid
‘Queen of asanas’ and highly
previously thought extinct.
beneficial for mental and
It also shelters some of the
physical health, combined
world’s rarest birds: the pink
with energising breathing
pigeon, echo parakeet and
techniques to bring about a
Mauritius kestrel, which can
sense of calm composure. A
be heard, or spotted, on
highlight is performing Suri
walks through the forested
Namaskar (Salute to the Sun)
mountainside. In the early
which honours the passage
evening, tawny Mauritian
of the day, as the sky turns
fruit bats swoop down to
orange, purple and pink over
feast on the giant mango
the glassy sea.
and guava trees, macaque
When the sun’s golden
monkeys play on a sugar mill
orb has disappeared
ruin beside the path and,
over the horizon, detox
tracks in the mud show us
where shy
wild boar
SUNSET IS A MAGICAL TIME, AS THE SUNS’ GOLDEN
have dug
ORB DIPS TO THE HORIZON, AND PERFORMS A LIGHT
for roots.
SHOW ACROSS THE WESTERN SKY, BEFORE THE
DEEPENING TWILIGHT, AND DESCENT INTO DUSK,
Bright
AND THE DARKNESS OF THE DAYS END.
yellow
yoga mats
await us on a grassy terrace
‘sundowners’ await at
below Sunset Point – a
Sunset Point: cucumber
pavilion on top of a small
and mint (with Vitamin B,
hill – with sweeping views
potassium and magnesium,
over the southwest coast.
and antioxidants, and antiThe Mauritian yoga guru,
inflammatory which even
Mr Rama, trained in both
improves brain health) or
Hatha and Ashtanga
ginger and lemon (rich in
yoga techniques, starts
vitamin C and antioxidants,
the energising hour-long
for great skin and which
session with a body shake,
stimulates digestion),
to warm up (which has us
accompanied by healthy,
laughing). He then moves
gluten free snacks. The
onto more conventional
experience is complete with
poses, such as the Forward
a night safari, watching Java
Bend (Paschimottanasana),
deer from the four-wheel
known as the anxiety
drive safari-truck with an LED
buster, the thunderbolt
torch, all before dinner.
pose (Vajrasana) which aids
digestion and bowel function, Essentials: To find out
more about the great value
the fish pose (Matsyasana),
Wellness Bliss package,
a cure all for everything
bookable as part of a sevenfrom respiratory diseases to
day stay, call the spa on
postural problems, and the
(230) 601 5542.
cobra (Bhujangasana) which
strengthens the abdomen

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