Living in a world where Yoga is considered for the young, the hippies and the restless is far gone. Yoga as we know it today is widely evolved from its origins in ancient India. The physical benefits have shown to be the main reason why Yoga attracts so many new practitioners. The global Yoga phenomenon has yet to reach its top level, and is therefore still a growing industry that should not be ignored. Aruba has jumped in this bandwagon as non-other, with different possibilities for tourists and locals to enjoy sun, sea, sand, tranquility and serenity.
Just a few numbers for you to consider: western world wide, there is a 87% increase in yoga product sales over the last 5 years, 29% increase in yoga participation from 2008 till 2013 and in the US alone there are over 20.4 million yoga participants. Haven’t jumped into the bandwagon yet? Yoga are the physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. Yoga can be divided into many different forms, of which the most popular is Hatha Yoga following the success of Yoga Gurus introducing this practice to the west.
Aruba would not be Aruba, if it did not participate in the latest trends all across the world. With different possibilities, yoga can now be practiced on one of the Aruba Rock formations, beaches, lagoons and waters. Yes, waters. The latest trend in Yoga practice is SUP Yoga; perfectly combining two of the latest physical trends. Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Yoga. Swedish native Rachel Brathen gives you this possibility. After moving to Aruba in 2010, she is one of the first people in the world to take yoga from a mat and onto a paddleboard. You can join one of her classes, or take part in a course of becoming a certified SUP Yoga teacher. She organizes SUP yoga retreats, master classes and workshops.
Other possibilities are of course joining one of the few certified yoga centers on the island. Happy Buddha Aruba by Corinne Voermans teaches to mostly locals. Great way to step out of your villa vacation rental in Aruba into local daily life! She has established a large following of repeated guests from all over the world visiting Aruba for vacation. Or how about Prana Health Yoga and Training? Besides regular yoga classes the variety of teachers and therapist also offer prenatal and yoga kids programs. Possibilities enough for beginning, pregnant, young, and more experienced yogi’s!