Exhilarating Sailing and Calming Exploration of Mind, Body and Soul – A Yoga and Sailing Retreat with BASEDtravelerBodies and HotYogaMalta
A week fulfilling my curiosities and photographing them motivates me. Yoga and sailing are activities that I am unfamiliar with and so I am keen to develop a further understanding. With the Mediterranean climate, light blue skies and deep blue seas, Malta is a great environment for sailing. Complement this with shorelines that offer interesting and idyllic locations for yoga, makes BASEDtravelerBodies and HotYogaMalta Yoga and Sailing retreat a very inviting trip indeed.
I am excited to be perched on the edge of a fifty-foot sailing yacht as the wind fills the sails. I am eager to sit on the edge of a tiny dingy, as it slowly motors over the clear Mediterranean waters towards the shore; to explore the Maltese coastline, to visit a historic temple or sample local cuisine. I am keen to be snorkelling these clear waters, trying to find Nemo. I am thrilled to have my camera in hand and curious to have my yoga mat positioned in an amazing location, stretching out my body and mind as I develop an understanding of this environment, yoga and the benefits it can bring.
With the help of our very knowledgeable (and often hilarious) Skipper, and the weather, the BASEDtravelerBodies and HotYogaMalta Yoga and Sailing retreat is an experience that will allow us to explore the charming islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, our minds and our bodies.
We explore Malta, Gozo and Comino
We experience beautiful sunrises and sunsets
We get wet
Of course, we practice yoga in amazing locations.
Most importantly, we have a good time!
So far, I ache but feel great. I am not used to participating in yoga and my body is not used to the positions that it finds itself in. Watching the participants of this retreat, I can see the benefits. There is a lot of inner strength as well as physical strength. Emily and Ritianne, the instructors, are tiny and yet so strong. I can see how these practices are transferable to other sports and physical activities. I see it being very beneficial to me as a photographer, carrying equipment everywhere and in keeping still for the slower shutter moments. I feel my back stretching out and my mind clearing. I am keen to develop a further understanding and see where this leads.
Have you been on a Yoga retreat? Have any recommendations for me to develop my yoga skills further that I can pair with what I learn on the trip?
And remember to follow my journey