Yogic postures and breathing techniques have long been known for their health benefits. The 15th century “Manual on Yoga Practice”, the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika” states that "sturdiness, absence of disease and lightness" will be the result of the practice of postures (asana). Some of the Asanas do activate the endocrine system, which consists of ductless glands. This endocrine system is responsible for keeping all the vital organs healthy and functioning properly, and aims at the perfection of the body.
Apart from the curative value, Yoga brings tranquility and stillness into our lives. The two aspects of Yoga thus provide a powerful tool for coping with the physical and mental stress of modern day living.
Yoga at Barberyn Reef
Yoga practiced at Barberyn is mainly traditional Hatha Yoga (postures) with Pranayama (breathing). It is designed to awaken the Kundalini (third eye). This form of Yoga helps to elongate the spine. If one can keep the spine supple, it helps delay the aging process. "You are as old as your spine".
At Barberyn Reef, Yoga is practiced in the morning and evening. We also organize Yoga classes for beginners and special yoga sessions from time to time. The physicians encourage guests to join at least one session every day. The class held on the roof top with a view of the ocean starts with the “Sun Salutation” and moves on to breathing exercises (Pranayama).The teacher demonstrates up to 12 different Asanas that will be practiced to keep the spine supple.
We also organize Yoga classes for beginners and special Ashtanga Yoga classes so our guests can enjoy different postures and routines. The yoga teachers at Barberyn will adapt their daily routine and postures according to the guests attending the class, so that they can get the maximum benefit.
Tai Chi Chuan at Barberyn Reef
We practice Tai Chi twice a week. The focus is on improvement of health. When doing these soft movement exercises, guests have to focus on the movement and the breathing, which helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. At Barberyn, we do eight simple Tai Chi Chuan exercises for the guests, and a special mediation at the end of the class.
At Barberyn, there is no pressure to compete. The yoga classes are designed to cater to everyone - beginners as well as advanced students, so no one feels left out. Even the most "stiff as a board" types will be amazed how quickly their bodies adapt to tackle challenging and complex positions. In just a few days, your body rewards you with increased flexibility and stamina.
Yoga and other related classes are free of charge for resident guests.