Yoga : 3 Vallées experiences that are worth the trip

Yoga : 3 Vallées experiences that are worth the trip

  • Half day
  • Winter
  • Adults
  • For all
  • A wellness destination

Yoga and the search for harmony

While its recent rise in popularity was initially seen as a fad, yoga has proven to be an authentic, long- term practice for countless people. This discipline has also enjoyed a widespread boom because it offers real physical and psychological benefits in the daily lives of those who have continued with it. While on holiday in the mountains, far from your regular routine, if you really want to take a break from it all then we recommend keeping up with your yoga classes! They may be part of your normal day-to- day life, but will take place in a far different setting and with a set of new objectives.

High up in the mountains…

There are many yoga enthusiasts out there. Combining poses and breathing exercises, it’s a great way to enhance both your physical and mental well-being, and it’s something you can do all over Les 3 Vallées, both inside and out. Have you ever dreamt of placing your yoga mat in the snow, and doing your sun salutation facing the snow-covered mountaintops ?

“When you arrive at the top of a mountain, keep climbing.” Tibetan proverb

As well as the advantages targeted specifically at skiing, yoga provides a number of other benefits in the mountains. Going even further in your approach to alpine yoga, considering the mountains to perhaps be a symbol of spiritual elevation.

Yoga in Les 3 Vallées
Yoga practice during the Yogiski week in Les Menuires

One for all, and all for yoga

Regular yoga sessions before your trip, with fluid, dynamic movements, can have great effects on your muscle chains to energize and oxygenate them while also boosting endurance, recovery, and flexibility.

  • Anita Thévenot
    Anita Thévenot, Hatha yoga teacher in the Vallée des Belleville

    Yoga helps skiers prepare before they set off for the slopes. In physical terms, it warms up and stretches the muscles. The positions are adapted to skiing with a focus on the quadriceps, the pelvis, and the shoulders. In psychological terms, a selection of breathing exercises (called Pranayamas) enable skiers to start their days with a clear mind, stay focused for longer, and be more attentive to their surroundings.

  • Loréleï Rodrigo
    Loréleï Rodrigo, From the Manalaya yoga school

    You breathe pure air, not like in sweaty gyms, and your airways are completely clear. There is also a different concept of the space in which you can move, and a feeling of harmony with nature.

  • Magali Salles
    Magali Salles, Certified teacher of Prana Vinyasa yoga and parent-child yoga in Méribel

    When on holiday, yoga is also highly effective for aches, pains and other issues linked to intense days on the slopes. It is a chance to slow the pace of your day and foster actual rest.

  • Loréleï Rodrigo
    Loréleï Rodrigo, From the Manalaya yoga school

    As yoga is profoundly integrated into the environment, the place you practice can naturally make it a truly singular experience! As the biggest challenge of our time is trying to ensure our daily lives are in line with deep-rooted human and environmental values, the mountains offer an exceptionally powerful setting for changing and redefining our mindset. This is because they are so present, so solid, as if eternally immovable, and their particular temporality offers a far wider dimension in terms of space and time.

  • Loréleï Rodrigo
    Loréleï Rodrigo, From the Manalaya yoga school

    I offer a type of yoga that totally respects differences. These differences are immediately perceivable in the bodies and breathing of my students. By adapting to the vibrations of others, I strive to create unison, fluidity, and ease in the practice of yoga.

Snow yoga

There are as many types of yoga as there are people who practice it, and the teachers in Les 3 Vallées have fully understood this dynamic, adapting each of their classes to their students.

Some students are first-timers, and others are looking to improve technically or to untangle the mysteries of the self. Wherever it is practiced, yoga seeks to reveal personal potential by respecting the most precious teachings the leading yogis have passed down – the joy of the continuous breath of life present within us all…

Take a break in Les 3 Vallées

A blend of skiing and yoga

Courchevel

The Manalaya association hosts a large number of groups, workshops and other courses including mountain therapy trips, yoga, meditation, and ayurvedic cooking.

Perhaps the mountains are a symbol of spiritual elevation?

Méribel

A Return to Your Roots trip is possible in Méribel at the end of the winter season. There will be "Zen Altitude" : for purifying body and mind in a magical alpine setting. These will involve yoga, energizing walks, meditation, breathing exercises, coaching sessions and diet advice.

Les Menuires

The Yogi Ski Week in Les Menuires is back at the end of the winter season : an ode to slow attitude. Each day will feature free workshops open to all and focused on Do-in, Sophrology, Plantar Reflexology, laughter & vinyasa yoga, Shiatsu, conferences, meditative walks, sylvotherapy workshops, as well as Qi gong ... Enchanting!

Pranayamas enable you to start your day with a clear mind, stay focused for longer, and be more attentive to your surroundings.

Val Thorens

In Val Thorens to do good for both body and soul, opt for Snowshoes & Yoga with Anita Thevenot.

Recharge your batteries

Wellness
and relaxation

Escape to a place of peace and quiet made just for you. Up close and personal with nature and wide-open spaces, fill your lungs with pure mountain air, let a sense of well-being and relaxation take over. Skiing, hiking, yoga, spa treatments, the healing powers of the trees... nurture yourself in Les 3 Vallées.