Practicing yoga is a great way to maintain good health and relax your mind and your body. It is also said that drinking one glass of wine a day has relaxation potential and health benefits. So why not combine the two? You can find yoga and wine retreats all over the world, from New York’s Finger Lakes Region to California and even in Nicaragua. Yoga retreats in Southern Africa are wonderfully placed to take advantage of the bountiful wine country around Cape Town. Yoga in beautiful nature, gorgeous locally sourced food and wine and outstanding accommodation options are the key ingredients to a superb holiday – Cape Town has it all.
Cape Town has many vineyards to visit, such as Spier Wine Estate – one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms – and Lourensford Wine Estate, which was established by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1709. At Lourensford they frequently host outdoor yoga sessions followed by wine tastings. Earlier this year, Boschendal Wine Farm also hosted a yoga and wellness retreat which is perfect for everyone from the seasoned yogi to the yoga novice.
These events have commonly included yoga mats, meals, a bottle of wine, and wellness workshops which include lectures on stress management, nutrition, wellness balance techniques. Yoga sessions are of course included and these can offer teachings on breath work, movements, dialogues, mantras, and meditation.
Wine and yoga experiences are held at various times of the year, so you need to check with the estates or with your travel agent to book an upcoming event.
Travellers have the option to enhance their yoga/wine experience by choosing to stay on the wine estates. These are usually set amidst majestic views – with mountains, blue skies, fynbos (indigenous plant life), fruit farms and vineyards all around. Some estates also have sea views! Your meals – and many are either farm-to-table or vegetarian – are usually included in your vacation. Cape Town is known as the culinary capital of Africa!
The idea behind a wine and yoga retreat is simple – it’s about dedicating time for yourself. By clearing your mind in the morning and connecting with your body through yoga, and then enjoying a hearty glass of wine later in the day, your vacation centres around the experience of feeling nourished and healthy. A yoga and wine retreat also offers up the opportunity to meet like-minded and open-hearted fellow travellers.
Once you conclude a retreat like this, you’ll hopefully feel invigorated. You could end off by explore the rest of Cape Town on your vacation, including what is referred to as the Big Seven — Cape Point, City Walk, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Cableway and V&A Waterfront.
This truly is a unique and magical experience waiting to be discovered. Don’t hesitate – contact your travel agent and begin planning your ideal yoga and wine retreat in Cape Town, South Africa.