Going away to get well – Financial Review

Travel trend: going away to get well

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Forget fame and fortune; it is well-being that tops to-do lists for global travellers. 

Regular travel can be the enemy of wellness. Jet lag, indulgent food, too much alcohol and scant exercise are just some of the challenges faced by those who value fitness and health.

However, a global movement towards “healthy hotels” means that frequent flyers are able to stay in peak condition on the road. According to Spafinder Wellness, the world’s largest media, marketing and gifting company for the wellness industry, the healthy hotel will eventually become more inspired and comprehensive and move from the exception to the rule.

It says “healthy hotels” fall within the category of wellness tourism, which sits at the intersection of the global $US2 trillion ($2.4 trillion) wellness and $US6.6 trillion travel and tourism economies.

And don’t think we’re talking about health retreats or spas. It’s “secondary-purpose” travellers – those for whom wellness-related activities are part of the trip not the reason for it – who are driving the wellness travel market, according to a research report conducted by SRI International for the Global Spa & Wellness Summit.

Forget fame and fortune; it is well-being that tops to-do lists for global travellers, according to a survey conducted by Westin Hotels & Resorts, which has more than 190 properties in nearly 40 countries and territories.

Maintaining a balanced sense of well-being was seen as a status symbol by 62 per cent of respondents, outranking professional accomplishment (47 per cent). “Global citizens are ultra-aware of their state of well-being and interested in what they can do to maintain it and improve their health and balance – even when faced with accelerated stress,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Sleep, eats and treats

At Westin, “Heavenly Beds (a plush, pillow-top construction), SuperFoodsRx dishes, WestinWORKOUTs and Heavenly Spa treatments” are designed to “leave you feeling better than when you arrived”.

It’s all part of a $15 million brand-wide campaign and includes such initiatives as Westin Gear Lending that offers guests a loan of New Balance workout wear and, from next year, The Juicery, which will feature energising juices and smoothies.

In Australia, a yoga tool kit has also been developed for Westin by Charlotte Dodson, whose A-list clientele which has included Orlando Bloom, Phoebe Tonkin and Stephanie Rice.

According to Andrew Gibson, vice-president, Spa and Wellness, FRHI Hotels & Resorts: “The wellness movement is starting to reach a critical mass of awareness which will mean that hotel brands have to embrace the full concept.”

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Miranda Kerr’s yoga moves – BellaMUMMA

MIRANDA KERR’S FAVOURITE YOGA MOVES

HAVING WORKED WITH MIRANDA KERR FOR OVER 10 YEARS, I CAN TRULY SAY HER PASSION FOR YOGA WILL STAY WITH HER FOR LIFE

Yoga is a far deeper experience than physical exercise, which is why I’d love to share some of Miranda’s favourite yoga moves with you.

 

 

by yoga contributor, Charlotte Dodson


Life is full of surprises and new adventures, and hopefully – with an open heart and attitude – you can see all of those possibilities unfold before your very own eyes. Sometimes we’re just asleep, or simply not ready to see it. It’s all to be found in your own good time. Yoga teaches you to live life in the present moment, to cherish all that you have, and be grateful for all that you are.

But how? As a teacher I have found that the poses and the practice itself act as a mirror for your present state of being, as an indication of your true ‘self’. We can only practice and teach from experience : what we believe, and where we’re at at any given time. As an example, when you open up deeper into backbends, you’ll notice opportunities will open up around you. To stop for a moment and actually ‘check in’ to notice how you feel, rather than running away from yourself, will give you the power to own your world. Yoga will give you the tools to keep you grounded, rejuvenated, and creating a flexible and strong body, mind, and spirit. It really feeds into all areas of your life, you just need to reflect and be open to it in order to truly feel and see it. It really works!

So here are some tools for you to use when you need them – Miranda swears by them, and given her compassionate, kind and considerate nature, they are clearly working for her!. After all, the practice is there for you – both on and OFF the yoga mat.

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5 Yoga Poses on an Airplane – US NEWS

5 Yoga Poses You Can Do on an Airplane

There are plenty of ways to work out in-flight. And what’s better than yoga to stay limber?

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Doing yoga while flying might be the perfect medicine to cure in-flight anxiousness.

By Angela Haupt you hop on a plane and fly a long distance – across the country, maybe, or to the other side of the globe – you’re in for a lot of sitting. And we all know too much of that isn’t healthy.

The good news: Walking 20 feet to the restroom once a flight doesn’t have to suffice as your only workout. Fitness experts say plenty of in-flight exercises are possible – perhaps none better than yoga, which can keep you feeling happy, healthy and limber while you’re in an awfully cramped space.

“The beauty of yoga is that it comes to you, wherever you are, including when traveling on an aircraft,” says Charlotte Dodson, a celebrity yoga teacher who’s based in Australia but has studied in London, India and New York. “It’ll stretch out your muscles, massage all your internal organs, improve circulation and relieve you from any nervousness or anxiety you may experience during your flight.”

In an interview with U.S. News, Dodson shared her favorite in-flight yoga moves – from how to do them to how they’ll help you.

Pose: Seated spinal twist.​

Purpose:​ Balance and center.

Location: In your seat.

Benefit: This pose brings your mind and body back to center, Dodson says. She likes that it helps you unravel from daily stress, soothing knots and tight areas while alleviating strain. “As we twist and turn, it empties and releases your belly, creating lightness and allowing you to get deeper into your practice,” she says.

How to do it: When you’re perched at the edge of your seat, draw your right knee over your left knee by crossing your legs, and place your left hand onto your right knee. Your right hand can stay on the armrest. Keep your spine elongated and your chin tucked into your throat. As you inhale, keep your spine long, and turn toward your right side while exhaling, says Dodson, who’s taught the likes of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. Your head should look over your right shoulder. ​Breathe deeply five times, and then repeat on the other side.

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