Taking relaxation for busy people to a new dimension, a five-star Turkish resort adds paddleboard yoga to its activity list
Once the stuff of alternative lifestyles and new-age enthusiasts, yoga is now a mainstream activity almost everywhere, practised by some 2.5m people in the UK and championed by the American first lady, Michelle Obama.
This year saw the inaugural International Yoga Day (21 June), thanks to a campaign led by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
In tandem with its whole new fanbase, the ancient physical and spiritual discipline is also being done differently and in different places. Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, in Bodrum, south-west Turkey, is the latest resort to try out the new variant – stand-up paddleboard yoga (or SUP yoga), which only began to ripple out of its Hawaiian home in recent years.
The five-star hotel, set against the Aegean coast, has added SUP yoga to its range of aquatic therapies, aimed at boosting body discipline, strength and balance.
The hour-long classes, following a half-hour warm-up, take place on the hotel’s private Barbarossa Beach and are limited to groups of four, which should help to limit the blushes of those of us who expect to spend more time falling in than balancing on our heads atop the waters.
The SUP yoga is complemented by a programme of alternative therapies such as watsu, a form of aquatic shiatsu massage, and aquareflexo, a hybrid of aquatic acupressure and underwater reflexology, all devised by the hotel’s in-house expert Deniz Susever. It all makes Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay one of the eastern Mediterranean’s most in-demand destinations for business leaders looking for wellness retreats and restorative stays.
Maybe it’s time to splash out.
All levels of yogis are welcome for SUP yoga from total beginners to advanced practitioners. SUP Yoga lessons take place from 9.30–11.30am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 30 September
To book contact Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay 0090 252 3110303 or kempinski.com/bodrum