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Are you fond of yoga? If you do, you are certainly aware of all the wonder-working properties of this kind of physical training. But if you are not acquainted with the wide range of the yoga benefits, then it will be very useful and interesting for you to learn them.

First of all it’s necessary to mention that yoga can help to improve your state of health, that is to widen the range of motion, to increase flexibility by means of stretching and to assist in weight loss. Hardly can you find any contra-indication against yoga exercises, as there are many different types of yoga. That’s why your age or body constitution makes no difference. So, yoga is available for nearly everyone.

The second reason for taking up yoga exercises is the fact that it improves your well-being by reducing the stress level. Our everyday life is often full of troubles and nervousness. Sometimes that even may cause depression. It has been proved that deep breathing and meditation are helpful in reduction the fatigue level. All these factors point at the fact that yoga is effective in achieving the inner harmony.

Nowadays there are a lot of yoga classes available both in cities and in smaller towns. But that can’t be compared to the conditions for yoga exercises the exotic place can offer you. Explore the opportunities for yoga classes on Dominica– a wonderful exotic island in the Caribbean. The island will strike you by its miraculous nature which is a store of many amazing activities such as hiking, sailing, diving and, of course, yoga retreat.

Photo:Yoga in Dominica

Doing yoga exercises in conditions of absolute serenity will help you to achieve and maintain the peace of mind, the strength of spirit and, as a consequence, improve total well-being for a long period in advance.

Tourists from all over the world have already appreciated the fabulous effects of yoga on Dominica at its true value!

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Come to Dominica and enjoy a week (May 09 to 15, 2010) of Pilates and Yoga body work while staying at the award winning Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, meditation and relaxation for mind and spirit, little adventure in the wonderful rainforest of Dominica, snorkeling trip to champagne beach, a free spa treatment, nutrition workshops, pure fun and much more.

The retreat is conducted by Personal Trainer, Pilates and Yoga Instructor Petra Rakebrandt. Born in Germany, Petra is living mostly on Guadeloupe (since 2007), but traveling a lot to NYC. After many years in the engineering business she decided to become a Personal Trainer, Pilates and Yoga Instructor.

The price per person (double cottage) is Euro 940 / $1270 US dollars and per person (single cottage) is Euro 1195 / $1605 US dollars.

Your 6 nights stay includes:

  • transfer from the port to Jungle Bay and back
  • accommodation in private jungle cottages (1 king-size or 2 full-size beds)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches and fresh fruit juices
  • 1 welcome dinner on the first night of your stay
  • daily Pilates & Yoga Classes (1 ½ h. mornings & afternoons)
  • 2 Nutrition workshops
  • 1 half-hour massage
  • 3 excursions: a hike to the Victoria Falls, snorkeling at Champagne Beach & a hike to Boiling Lake or Ocean Kayaking with snorkeling.

For more information, please click to view the retreat flyer or visit PetraRakebrandt.com

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A guide to wellbeing in Dominica

The Discover Dominica Authority has launched a new health and wellness directory outlining what the Caribbean’s Nature Island has to offer for wellbeing breaks.

As well as information on Dominica’s natural wonders such as its hot springs and waterfalls, its organic cuisine and rejuvenating activities, the online directory provides A to Z listings of practitioners in a complete range of holistic therapies including crystal bowl therapy, baby massage, herbal medicine, meditation and yoga.

Colin Piper, director of tourism, comments “The vast array of wellbeing services available in Dominica clearly positions the island as a leading destination for health and wellness travel. This new directory makes it easy for travellers to search for options that will make their holiday on the Nature Island exactly what it should be – relaxing, enjoyable and revitalising.”

The island’s health-boosting properties are also backed up by its unusually high rate of centenarians – people living to over the age of 100 – which the people of Dominica attribute to the island’s mineral rich waters, fresh foods and the active lifestyle dictated by the mountainous landscape.

A feature article within the directory examines the secrets of Dominica’s centenarians, including Ma Pampo who it was claimed was 128 – and the world’s oldest person – when she died in October 2003.

Other features within the health and wellness directory include information on how hiking in Dominica can tone the body and lift the spirit; and a guide to Dominica’s ‘healing foods’. Visitors to the island will find most food and drink is locally sourced and organically grown, so it is rich in vitamins and nutrients. The food guide lists the benefits of various local ingredients such as:

CACAO TEA – Studies have linked drinking minimally processed local cacao to increased blood flow to the brain; a positive effect on cardiovascular function; healthy cholesterol levels; reduced blood clot formation; lower blood pressure; improved insulin resistance; clear skin; the release of endorphins in the brain; increased energy levels; cough suppressing abilities; diuretic abilities; eased menstrual symptoms; lower cancer rates; and an enhanced immune system.

COCONUT WATER – Also known as jelly water, this is a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytes present in our blood. The liquid contains vitamin C and some B vitamins, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and traces of iron to maintain good health and boost the immune system.

SPICES – The herbs and spices traditionally added to Creole dishes have a variety of health benefits. Some have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, others aid digestion or simply contribute nutritionally to the diet in Dominica.

PROVISIONS – Breadfruit, dasheen, Tanya, yam, cassava, green kokoy, plantain and fig are the tropical answer to grains, providing a great source of complex carbohydrates and fibre, plus a wide range of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

The guide also examines how natural features of Dominica can promote good health. For example:

SEA WATER – Inhaling sea water has long been recognised as a curative for clogged-up, painful sinus cavities. In addition, bathing in sea water following a strenuous hike draws out waste acids released by muscles that have been tensed and stretched, preventing stiff legs the following day.

SULPHUR WATER – There are various warm and cold sulphur water sites and spas dotted around Dominica. Many medical skin treatments for conditions such as eczema contain sulphur-based ingredients, confirming what the people of Dominica have known for hundreds of years – that sulphur water is a natural path to smoother skin.

Dominica’s new health and wellness directory can be found at discoverdominica.com/site/spa.cfm. For more information on Dominica, see DiscoverDominica.com.

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