Finding Zen On The High Seas
Imagine you’re floating above a calm ocean. The only sounds are the wind passing your ears and the water waving below. You breathe in – pause – breathe out.
Finding inner peace on the ocean, the epitome of tranquillity, sounds easy in theory. But why not board a cruise ship that actually provides dedicated yoga and meditation sessions, just to make it even easier to find your Zen?
Mindfulness cruises can help you find a deeper peace and relaxation when you next set out to sea, and they’re becoming increasingly popular.
Why do yoga on a cruise?
Yoga and meditation are a personal way to disengage from the world and, in some ways, yourself. The ocean provide a respite from land and everything on it. This means there’s no traffic or noisy construction to bother you; there’s just the peace of the sea.
There’s a bunch of benefits to doing yoga on your cruise.
Wellbeing – Yoga has a positive, cleansing impact on your body. It increases your flexibility and strength, eases muscles tension, and improves blood circulation.
Relaxation – You’ll be reaching a new level of relaxation, as yoga can help make you present to the world around you, decrease stress, and even increase your enjoyment of life.
Groups – You don’t have to do it alone. This is an experience you’ll be sharing with likeminded people. It’s also a great way to meet new friends.
What’s different about a yoga-dedicated cruise ship?
Nearly every cruise ship will have a gym and a suitable area for your yoga and meditation needs, but sometimes that isn’t enough. There’s a big difference between a regular ship and one with yoga on its mind. Here are a few examples:
Regular classes – There’ll be more classes available, meaning you can choose the times that best suit you and your itinerary.
Trained instructors – There’ll always be an instructor who knows the ins and outs (and wrap-arounds) of yoga. This makes the experience expertly guided and ensures you get the most out of it.
Dedicated areas – Rather than having spare space in a gym, most dedicated yoga cruise ships will provide the perfect location for you to sink into your yoga mat and let your mind sail.
Which cruise liners offer a dedicated experience?
There are quite a few cruise ships that put a strong focus on yoga. Below are a couple of notable cruise liners that have gone beyond to provide the yoga experience.
Star Clippers has pioneered yoga-themed cruises for the past few years by designing intimate yoga and meditation sessions for guests. With towering masts and sails powering their voyages, board their fleet on the Royal Clipper, Star Clipper, or Star Flyer.
Here’s what separates Star Clippers from other cruise liners:
Stunning locations – Sail through incredible locations, like the Western Mediterranean, Indonesia, or the Grenadine Islands in the Caribbean.
Personal yoga instructor – Each voyage has one dedicated professional yoga instructor running your lessons for the entire trip.
Yoga on the deck – The ships reserve the deck specifically for daily yoga sessions, meaning you get to roll out your mat where the view is the best.
Seabourn has recently launched its Mind and Body Wellness Program, which focuses on a customer’s mindful living and mindful vacationing. The core of the program includes exercise, yoga, and meditation.
With daily sessions run by health professionals, you’ll have expert guidance in expanding your mind and the limits of your body, both physically and spiritually. The classes and lectures are flexible, so it’s up to you how much you’d like to take part and devote to the program.
It’s easy to lose yourself and truly unwind aboard this ultra-luxury liner, with spas, lounges by the ocean, and complimentary massages.
Does yoga and meditating in the sanctuary of the seas sound like the perfect trip for you? Give our friendly consultants a call on 1300 769 228 today. We can help you find the right ship for what you’re after and plan all your travel necessities.