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YOGA with a VIEW

May 2, 2011
Have you heard about the terroir of a wine? It means that where you drink the wine actually affects how it tastes to you. Well I’m here to tell you that yoga has terroir or a sense of place. Most of us have our own favourite yoga studio. Each hour we spend practicing there feels challenging, warm and comforting. The time we spend on our practice allows us an escape from the problems of our daily lives, so our yoga studio becomes almost like a refuge.
You might also have your favourite spot at home where you practice alone and it feels different to when you’re at the studio surrounded by others but it’s still yours and it’s still comfy. But have you practiced yoga somewhere incredibly inspiring. Somewhere where you feel you can just do more, focus better and really feel the bliss? A friend of mine always talks about the time she did yoga on a platform in the cloud forests of Guatemala but for me the ultimate spot for yoga is right here in Africa.
There is a deck at a private camp in the heart of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve that has a view which stretches all the way to Mozambique. In the river bed below you can watch elephants sway by while you stretch forward into a cobra. As you push back into a downward dog you feel the wind on your face and know that practicing outside is one of the best ways to feel connected to the healing energy of nature and to bring that energy into your yoga.
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Jenna Wilmot studied at Mahindra, the European academy of Ayurveda. This sister vedic science of Yoga became her passion and she is now living and teaching both in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.
j-classen@hotmail.com
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