Yoga Meet Safari-5 Reasons to do Yoga on Safari

Yoga is everywhere, even in the African bush. In its enlightened path is over 15 million yogi’s, which is the global estimate of how many people are currently yoga obsessed and who are gaining from its mental and physical benefits. Ask any yogi and they’ll tell you that yoga is so much more than just a form of physical activity, it helps calm the mind, increase mental and physical awareness and it renews spiritual and physical balance. You’d think that a luxury holiday would do all of that for you and when booking your five star safari, being in the African bush is already quite a rejuvenating and connecting experience. However, there are advantages to experiencing a safari with a healthy twist. These are our top 5 reasons why you should be practicing yoga on your luxury holiday:

1.  Practice in remote, peaceful bush locations

Safaris are in remote destinations, often with very little outside world contact. You’ll be absorbed into the untamed land of Africa and with it comes a peaceful and tranquil environment to do yoga under African skies. The natural surroundings and stunning vistas provide a backdrop that will take your practice to the next level. There’s also a profound motivation that happens in beautiful surroundings and a chance to maybe even hold your Warrior One position under the watchful gaze of a giraffe.

Londolozi is one of the original pioneering private game reserves in South Africa and a serene yoga deck is where classes take place and pilates classes are also available.
Londolozi is one of the original pioneering private game reserves in South Africa and a serene yoga deck is where classes take place and pilates classes are also available.

2. Personal attention from highly trained yoga instructors

If it’s five star, you can be assured that your instructor will have years of yoga knowledge and will be one of the best. It’s an intimate focus for you and extremely beneficial for your practice. The groups will never be large in size and you’ll have the attention you need to develop. Being guided in yoga helps you to learn invaluable techniques and take full advantage of your personal yoga journey.

Unchartered Africa-San Camp in Botswana is classic white tents that stand perched on the shore of an enormous salt pan. Practice your yoga in the beautifully set up Yoga Pavilion after a thrilling safari adventure.
Unchartered Africa-San Camp in Botswana is classic white tents that stand perched on the shore of an enormous salt pan. Practice your yoga in the beautifully set up Yoga Pavilion after a thrilling safari adventure.

3. Digital and Physical Detox

When you’re making your way through the bush, a digital detox is encouraged. It’s about turning off your phone, averting your eyes from the computer screen and being ever present in the moment. This is in line with the core principles of yoga. Placing yourself firmly in what is happening in the now. The rat race can wait till you’ve chanted your last holiday yoga OM. Combining the digital detox on safari and the physical detox of yoga, it’s the ideal detoxing recipe to getting yourself to a place of good health and well-being. You’ll still have the chance to indulge to your heart’s content with delicious African cuisine and all the trimmings of a decadent luxury holiday but also be able to then balance it out with your yoga practice.

In South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari is one of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’ and hosts regular yoga classes.
In South Africa, Tswalu Kalahari is one of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’ and hosts regular yoga classes.

4. Taking the holiday with you and meeting new friends

The beauty of travel lies in the moments that become treasured memories, like the time you saw a leopard peering down from a tree, his golden curious eyes surveying you, so close you could almost reach out and touch him. When you add yoga into the mix of your luxury holiday experience, you take home the techniques and the inspiration to continue practicing at home. Yoga is also a common thread that connects like-minded travellers to each other and you’ll possibly form lasting friendships from your yoga encounters while on safari.

African Luxury Hideaways- Elephant’s Eye is in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. They host exceptional safari/yoga retreats.
African Luxury Hideaways- Elephant’s Eye is in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. They host exceptional safari/yoga retreats.

5. The perfect way to start yoga

Have you never been near a yoga mat? Or even attempted to relax into the downward dog position? Then yoga on your luxury holiday safari is the best way to start. The instructors are familiar with beginners as they were once beginners themselves and will ease you into the routines with finesse. Before you know it, you’ll be able to bend, twist and stretch in ways you never thought possible as well as open a door to a healthy and relaxed state. There really is no better environment to work your way to becoming a true yogi.

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