What is Zen Yoga?
Zen Yoga combines elements of Taoist Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Qigong, incorporating traditional Chinese medicine in a life enhancing exploration. It’s a gentle and compassionate practice that will strengthen and increase your flexibility along with a whole host of other benefits. Basically, Zen Yoga involves simple breathing, movement and stretching exercises that are available to anyone regardless of age, fitness or health. There are 3 main principles underlying Zen Yoga: Alignment, energy and mindfulness. Although Zen Yoga’s origins are in Buddhism, at Out to Explore our practice is non-religious. Zen Yoga treats the body and mind as one integral body, aiming to enhance physical wellbeing and life satisfaction. So Zen Yoga is often accompanied by meditation practice, or Zazen (quiet abiding).
The same principles are applied to aqua yoga producing a gentle, low impact practice promoting strength and balance through coordinated breath and movement.
Zen Yoga with ‘Out to Explore’ at Edelweiss Hotel
During the summer months there are regular Zen Yoga classes in the lush green gardens by the poolside at Edelweiss Hotel and Aqua Yoga in the pool.
Opposite Edelweiss is the Out to Explore Zen Yoga Studio; a calm and tranquil haven enjoying a spectacular panoramic view of the foot hills of Mount Skopos and the sea. It is fully equipped for year round use. In the warmer months we alternate classes in the studio and outdoors, heading to beaches, gardens, olive groves, and cliff tops … wherever the spirit of exploration takes us to enjoy our practice.