Tall ship specialist Star Clippers has added two new dates to its programme of yoga and meditation themed cruises in summer 2011. Yoga expert Christel Vollmer will now be on board the head-turning tall ship `Star Flyer’ cruising the western Mediterranean on 1st and 8th October 2011, as well as the existing dates of 6th and 13th August, when the ship cruises the Greek Islands and Turkey’s coastline.
The two new yoga cruises are the `Tyrhennian’, which departs Monte Carlo on October 1st, 2011 and calls at Calvi, Bonifacio, Costa Smeralda, Giglio (Italy), Lerici (for Florence) and St Tropez, ending in Cannes. And `Spain and the Balearic Islands’, departing Cannes on October 8, 2011 and calling at Mahon, Pollenca, Formentera and Cartagena. This itinerary includes two days at sea for extra relaxation and contemplation.
Prices for all four yoga cruises are from £1,295 per person, including port taxes, all yoga classes and all meals on board on the ship. Prices exclude flights.
All four cruises include free daily Astanga (power) yoga and meditation sessions on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. The yoga and meditation sessions are hosted by Christel Vollmer, who will also deliver lectures on the philosophy of yoga and advice for practice at home. For those who want to follow a healthy or vegetarian diet during the cruise, Star Clippers’ usual sumptuous breakfast buffets, piled with fresh, seasonal fruits, and magnificent arrays of salads at lunchtime will be available, as well as vegetarian choices at dinner.
Astanga yoga is a dynamic and powerful style of yoga based on a sequence of easy-to-learn movements called asanas. Christel’s classes, which take place in English, will be suitable for all levels and no prior experience is required. There is no upper age limit for practicing yoga; Christel herself is in her fifties, with many years of teaching experience, having trained under West Coast-based Bryan Kest, yoga guru to stars including Madonna, Cindy Crawford and Sting.