World’s First Underwater Yoga Experience – Hurawalhi Island, Maldives
Set in the Lhaviyani Atoll, notably one of the Maldives’ most bio-diverse areas, Hurawalhi Island Resort is setting new standards for an ‘outdoor’ practice and becoming one with nature. For the first time, Hurawalhi͛’s 5.8 restaurant – the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant, will be converted in to a yoga studio like no other.
Hurawalhi’s special underwater yoga experience will be led by Jessica Olie, fitness expert and author of #LetsStartYoga. The captivating views of tropical fish around you as you move from one pose to the next will bring you even closer to a zen-like state of mind. Jessica promises this Vinyasa flow practice will provide physical and mental rewards, only found under the sea.
During the one-hour vinyasa flow class, yoga instructor Jessica Olie will lead participants in a unique session performing downward dogs and, perhaps, the fish or dolphin pose, surrounded by schools of colourful, tropical fish swimming in a liquid azure sky.
According to Jessica, “the most beautiful part of the practice is that you take what you need from it, and it gives you what you need.”
The goal of the vinyasa flow class will be to “improve flexibility, boost muscle strength, power up the immune system and produce an inner calm.”
The aquarium-like conditions of Hurawalhi Island’s surrounding crystal-clear waters, is home to over 2,000 species of sea life including – turtles, dolphins, the majestic manta ray and reef sharks, as well as more than 200 species of coral, the area surrounding Hurawalhi is actually known locally as “The Aquarium”.
Above water, guests can continue tapping into their state of zen at Hurawalhi’s organic Duniye Spa. ‘Duniye’ which means ‘universe’ represents the spa’s philosophy: a universal approach to wellness, with treatments and retreats inspired by ancient and modern cultures from around the globe. The spa villa sits over the ocean, offering a feeling of total immersion into serenity and nature. The spa is strongly influenced by the many healing traditions of Asia and Africa, complemented by The HealingEarth product line which elevates the senses in both solo and couple treatments.
Just a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male, guests can stay in one of 90 Villas including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas. The Villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views.
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