Feeling stressed out about work and your monotonous daily routine? A wellness tour is just what you need. Make time for yourself, fully relax and let go of your everyday worries. Wellness tours include various aspects focused on personal care and attention in order to give your body and mind the strength and peace they need. The beautiful natural Ecuadorian landscapes that surround you do not only provide stunning sights, but they are also helpful. Find out more about the benefits of Yoga and Wellness Tours below.
Benefits for the mind
Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is that is helps how a person manages stress. Stress can cause many different physical problems, including neck and back pain, headaches, problems with sleeping and a lack of concentration. Yoga helps you recognize the negative effect that stress has on your body and mind, and lets you focus on the positive things that are in front of you.
Combining Yoga with Mediation and breathing exercises improves your mental well-being. It increases your self-awareness and fosters calmness and mental clarity. As a result, you will notice increased concentration, less stress and an overall sharper mind.
Due to the increased awareness of mind and body, yoga and meditation can help detect physical problems and allow for early prevention of complications. Besides, it also strengthens your body in the following ways:
- Improved energy, vitality and respiration
- Increase in flexibility
- Increase in muscle strength
- Weight reduction due to maintaining a balanced metabolism
- Cardio and circulatory health
- Improved athletic performance
- Protection from injuries
What makes Yoga and Wellness Tours in Ecuador so special is that they take you to the most beautiful places. This not only provides enjoyment of the picturesque landscapes and natural feeling, but it also has numerous physical benefits. You may have heard about yoga in the Himalaya Mountains; an ancient activity developed for the same reasons people practice it today. This so-called “High-Altitude Yoga” has several pros that you will not experience in urban areas in your home country.
High-altitude Yoga in the Andes
Ecuador offers the perfect opportunity to do yoga at higher altitude. Surrounded by volcanoes and mountains, the capital of Quito is already located at an incredible 2,900 meters above sea level. The thin air in the Andes Mountains makes your body work harder. The fresh and pure air contains less oxygen meaning that your body must adapt to these harsher conditions. With practice, your body becomes more efficient at transporting and consuming oxygen. Your respiratory muscles become stronger, and the number of red blood cells increase. When descending back to lower altitude you will really feel the difference, making you feel full of energy and very alive.
Connection with the Andean nature
The Wellness and Yoga Tours are deeply focused on connecting yourself with nature. One of the activities you will do that strengthens this connection is horseback riding. The horses are trained in natural horsemanship-based methods, and after getting to know them for a bit you will fall in love. Riding through the wide-open Andes landscapes instills a certain freshness in your mind.
The tours include visits to natural hot springs, where you can really relax and enjoy a massage, or a visit to Quilotoa Crater Lake, which is famous for its crystal clear turquoise-colored water.
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