17 September 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Saluting the Sun

Yoga safaris are a good way to add enlightenment to your holiday package.

Yoga safaris – the art of Zen

The heady combination of yoga and pristine bushveld is a sure way to get your chakras in good working order. Below are some options worth considering.

Practise the art of emptiness

Lisl Bennett runs yoga safaris in the Greater Kruger region (Mpumalanga) from the small town of Hoedspruit. She firmly believes that an individual's health and well-being are key to the well-being of the planet.

Says Lisl: 'Retreats are a way to bring those people who need it back into touch with the healing power of nature.'

She is pretty adaptable to her clients' needs, and says small groups of people work best for these types of retreats.

The general package on offer includes 3 nights' accommodation (at a safari camp), with 2 to 4 yoga sessions, as well as introductions to meditation, t'ai-chi and self-healing. Meals are vegetarian and there is plenty of chill space and, of course, time to go on game drives.

The African bushveld is the perfect place for people to recognise their place within the universe.

Cheryl Lancellas is a yoga teacher and life coach who organises yoga safaris in KwaZulu-Natal. Her yoga safari packages are themed 'Bush to the Beach' and mostly take part along the Elephant Coast (Maputaland). She loves the idea of combining yoga with snorkelling in Sodwana, Big 5 game-viewing and diving with tiger sharks. She also organises yoga retreats in the quiet town of Tulbagh in the Cape Winelands.

Bushveld views that stretch for miles

Hospitality and safari group &Beyond has also added yoga safaris to its luxury bush camps. Each yoga safari is tailor-made by Melissa Adey, a yoga teacher of note, who says, 'The African bushveld is the perfect place for people to recognise their place within the universe and to reconnect with nature and wildlife, but most importantly with oneself.

'Yoga is a fast-track to access this space no matter where you are, and to combine it with a luxury safari offers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect on a much deeper level.'

In South Africa, yoga safaris are on offer at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.

Another fantastic option is to book yourself on a retreat at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. From 6 to 9 October you can spend time with Kate Ball and Maritz Steyn, 2 of Cape Town's finest yoga teachers. Breath-work sessions, meditation, yoga and whale-watching are all thrown in for good measure.

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Whale-watching at De Hoop

Category: Health & Wellness

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