When Spanish writer and blogger, Patricia Peyró wanted to explore the benefits of yoga in the desert, she called on In2Jordan expert, Jolinda Cath. Check out her article below which includes seven key reasons to practice yoga.
Click here for the original article, which was first published by Patricia Peyró on The Luxonomist.
“The culmination of pleasure: doing yoga in the desert
Do you like yoga? And travel? Now it is possible to combine both hobbies by practicing yogi tourism, an upward modality of health, well-being and spirituality.
Enjoying yoga in the middle of nature has become one of the favorite retreats of those who practice this type of alternative tourism. Within nature, connoisseurs describe the desert as the culmination of pleasure to make any escape a real refuge where to abandon the well-being of moderate introspection.
How does an early morning yoga session sound? And a walk among dunes, steep rocks and endless plains of intense reddish tones that will change color with light? The desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan may be the best proposal for an unforgettable vacation practicing your favorite sport. Jolinda Cath has Dutch nationality but has settled for years in Jordan, where she develops the greatest of her passions: yoga.
In addition to being an instructor of this modality, she has worked for years in tourism, organizing tailor-made trips in different countries of the world, in each of them adding knowledge and new hobbies. In fact, there are three of her great loves: yoga , photography and travel. Certainly a combination of the most attractive. As she explains: “Perhaps my passions seem very different from each other, but somehow I live them as complementary, since one inspires the other and creates the next.”
” Jolinda offers tailor-made tours for small groups combining yoga with tourism in Jordan.”
Jolinda offers tailor-made tours for small groups combining yoga with tourism in Jordan. A basic yoga trip would have a program with practice in the morning and afternoon, although it can be intensified on demand up to three times daily and with meditation. But what is important is what the group is looking for.
“I prefer groups of between six and 16 people, so it’s an intimate experience that creates a safe and inspiring atmosphere, ” says the instructor. “Travel can be done all year round, but in the summer we go north of Jordan, because in the south it’s too hot.”
“Jordan has many nature reserves and even waterfalls. Not everything is desert.”
What starts out as a yoga retreat trip can also be used to visit a fascinating country that has a lot to offer . It is possible to do this route halfway between the holistic journey and the dream destination: “Many people come a week to the retreat, but it is a perfect country to travel, as well as very safe.”
And this is said by the religious theme, which generates some confusion and resentment, despite the reality: “Here live many Christians in peace and harmony with Muslims.” And, breaking more myths, “Jordan has many nature reserves and even waterfalls. Not everything is desert,” she clarifies.
Yoga: Much More Than Fashion Exercise
In recent years, yoga has gone from being the great unknown to one of the most demanded fashion practices. However, beyond appearances and that is cool to practice, the truth is that it has huge benefits for the practitioner. What in many cases begins being a moment of relaxation to work the muscular elasticity, ends up offering much more and “little by little, the people begin to see it like a very complete practice in physical and mental level”, explains the expert.
Reasons to practice yoga:
- Strengthens and tones muscles, increasing physical endurance.
- Increases flexibility because it favors the stretching of muscle groups.
- It gives more energy and brings a state of well-being.
- It helps to improve posture.
- The positions or asanas are effective to combat different ailments (arthritis, asthma, anxiety …).
- On a mental level, concentration increases, emotional stability and inner peace.
- Spiritually integrates the personal experiences favoring the psychic harmony and favoring the inner connection with the world that surrounds us.
Why Wadi Rum?
It is disconnecting. To achieve this, paradoxically, nothing better than to get in touch with the most authentic and grand nature, which will make you feel small with respect to the universe, helping you to relativize everything. The Wadi Rum desert is located in the south of Jordan, bordering Saudi Arabia.
It is the same that Lawrence of Arabia crossed, and stands out for the beauty of its mountains of rocky sandstones, with spectacular and grandiose forms. The yogi experience in the desert will make you connect with your most mystical side, but at the same time will allow you to do some tourism in the country if you wish, enjoy the good gastronomy of the Middle East and record in your retina forever The ochres of Wadi Rum.
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Photographs: Cath Productions.”
For more information on joining a yoga session or retreat with Jolanda, click here: https://in2jordan.com/tours/vipassana-retreat-yoga-day-silence/