If yoga plays an important part in your life, and you’re hoping to find a way to incorporate it into your next vacation, look no further as an Abu Dhabi resort has got the perfect yoga experience designed just for you. Located a 2-hour drive from Abu Dhabi, in the Liwa Desert, the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara offers yoga lovers the unforgettable experience of practising yoga in the midst of the stunning desert.
Dating back to around 5th Century BCE in ancient India, yoga is thought to have been created by the Indian ascetic movements and further developed by its various gurus throughout the centuries. There are a broad variety of Yoga schools and practices; however, cleansing the body and mind of stress and promoting spiritual discipline, are some of the core principles of all schools of yoga. Among the most familiar types of yoga, are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.
Travellers to the desert resort can enjoy Hatha yoga classes designed for beginners to intermediate level, with each class focusing on calming breathing techniques and stress release through various yoga asanas (poses). The desert yoga classes take place upon the massive sand dunes that spread out over the famed desert landscape, further adding a sense of tranquillity and comfort to the sessions.
The Liwa desert, also commonly known as the Liwa oasis, is a small settlement of Bedouin villages and the starting point for all travellers who come to view the biggest sand desert in the world, the Empty Quarter Desert or Rub’ al Khali, as it’s known in Arabic.
Other activities to try around the desert include visiting the old forts, falconry, camel riding safaris and experiencing traditional Bedouin life in one of the centuries old communities that continue to live according to their traditional ways.
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