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Uplift your heart and explore the stunning environment of the French Alps! Find new inspiration, more peace and balance in your life, recharge your batteries and feel fully alive and energized, expand your horizons and feel stronger in body and mind. Join Yoganic Moves for a wonderful mix of nature, yoga, hiking, and adventure. Whether you are a beginner or advanced yogi, a seasoned adventurer, a hiker, a cyclist or just a nature lover, this is the holiday for you.
You will be staying in a beautiful old farmhouse located within walking distance of the historically-listed village of Samoens. On site is a brand new swimming pool and decked area, a sauna and hot tub, and numerous spaces for you to just chill and relax. There is also a beauty and massage room where Debbie, Yoganic Moves' beauty therapist, is on hand to offer a range of treatments from lymphatic drainage massages to pedicures and facials.
The farmhouse is made up of three apartments, each with beautiful bedrooms which have either twin or super king beds and en-suite bathrooms. Each apartment also has its own living room area and kitchen facilities where you can store any snacks and make a cup of tea or coffee. Breakfasts and dinners will all be served in a common area.
Yoganic Moves' program offers you daily yoga sessions along with guided hikes that will lead you along the best routes, showing you amazing viewpoints out the unique alpine wildlife. The program is completely free and "go with the flow." There is plenty of time to relax by the pool, read a book, pamper yourself with massage, explore the village of Samoëns, go for a run, go swimming in the nearby lake or go and discover some of the more adventurous activities like parapenting and rafting.
The June retreat is suitable for all levels of experience. The July retreat, meanwhile, is aimed at yogis who have at least half a year practice and who want to deepen their practice.
The morning sessions are more dynamic and consist of flowing Vinyasa style sequences connecting breath and movement. You will gain strength and flexibility, learn to find balance between action and relaxation, and find a deeper connection with yourself through the breath and your body. The yoga mat is a metaphor for life. By observing yourself on the mat, you can see how you stand in life.
Find your internal strength and discover you are so much stronger than you know, learn how you can overcome certain fears step by step, learn to listen to your body, surrender, let go, and find inner piece. Each class consists of two hours and there will be a different flow including standing, sitting, balance, twists, and inversions. Annick from Yoganic Moves will lead these morning sessions.
The evening sessions will be a mix of Restorative and Yin yoga. For more advanced practitioners who join the July retreat, there will be two afternoon workshops covering different themes like anatomy, asana lab, breathwork, and yoga philosophy.
In Yin yoga, you hold poses for a longer time and work deeper then muscles. You are mainly targeting fascia, joints, and ligaments. Yin yoga is a practice in surrendering and letting go and a meditation on its own. And one of the biggest misconceptions, you don’t need to be really bendy in order to take part in yoga!
Mindfulness is a core focus throughout the week and the aim is to help you really enhance your self-awareness so that you can not only feel empowered but enjoy a greater level of self acceptance and compassion towards yourself and others.
During the retreat, there will be a trip to the stunning classified nature reserve, Sixt Fer à Cheval. On this part day hike, you will go to Sixt Fer à Cheval, which is just a 15-minute drive from the village. The hike will take you to the so called "Bout du Monde" translated as "end of the world."
Here, you can take a dip in the ice cold pools at the base of the waterfall and enjoy the amazing health benefits of the negative ions which spray from the waterfall. You will finish with a picnic at the park and you can take a coffee in a local restaurant.
Another hike will take you to the lovely village of Praz de Lys at a height of 1500 meters, with viewpoints of the Mount Blanc. If you are lucky, you can spot marmots. Your mountain guide is there to answer all your questions and will take you up to the Lac du Roi, where you will have picnic. The part day hikes take place after the morning yoga sessions and breakfast and include a packed lunch.
On full day hike, you will climb the Mont Chéry starting from the charming village Mont Caly. Here, again, you will have stunning views on the Mont Blanc (if weather is on your side). This hike will take place on a morning when there is no yoga session. On all hikes, the pace is fairly leisurely. There will be time to rest and enjoy the stunning scenery. The focus will be more on enjoying the views and the nature. You want to walk mindfully.
Throughout the holiday, you will take part in two half-day hikes and one full-day, guided hike.
Annick is a fully qualified Ashtanga and Vinyasa teacher and inspirator of Yoganic Moves. She is passionate about sports, travel, and connecting people. Since more than 15 years, she has been searching for many ways to grow and develop and she is inspired by yoga and its philosophy to apply in her daily life. She has been working in marketing communications and event management in her previous jobs and is now geared to fulfill her dream, Yoganic Moves.
This yoga and hiking retreat will take place in the French Alps.
Daily meals are provided throughout the retreat. The daily brunches are made from healthy, fresh ingredients such as fruits, yogurt, cereals, nuts and seeds, a cooked option, salads, homemade or local bread, tea, coffee, and juice. There will be packed lunch on the full hiking day. You will also enjoy six delicious evening meals (two-course dinner including drinks).
Step out of your comfort zone and try one of numerous outdoor activities the French Alps has to offer: paragliding, white water rafting, or canyoning. Yoganic Moves can book all these activities on your behalf before you arrive or when you get here. Every afternoon, there is ample time to just relax and enjoy a good book or walk into the very pretty Samoens village for a coffee and a browse around the shops.
If you would like to expand your comfort zone a bit more, this is the hike for you. This hike will take you further away from the village. You will go back to basics and will have one overnight stay at a wonderful gite up in the mountains (optional). During this hike, you will be fully absorbed by the beauty of nature, stillness, and stunning scenery. The views on the hike are stunning. There will be amazing waterfalls and panoramic sights. You even get to see ibex, fox, and marmots in their natural habitat.
You may wish to pamper yourself with a full body massage or a beauty treatment such as a facial, manicure, or pedicure with Debbie, Yoganic Moves' onsite beauty therapist.
Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoganic Moves will pick you up from the airport. There will be two transfers on day of arrival. One pick up service will be around noon, while the other is between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Transfer on day of departure will depend on the earliest departing flight time. Please book your return flight not earlier than 10 a.m.