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15 July 2015

Yoga on a Rooftop

As I was travelling to Castiglione della Pescaia, a beautiful seaside place in Tuscany, I was only looking forward to my standard, holiday routine seaside activities - reading my books and magazines, going for walks, bathing, eating ice cream and so on.

However, while my mum and I were checking in, the lady at the reception told us that every morning at 8.15 a half hour morning stretching session was run by a trainer on the hotel's rooftop. This sounded delightful, considering that it has always been my dream to be able to exercise while on holiday as I tend to find excuses to avoid it in summer.
Trying to contain my excitement I sneaked out of the reception to go and see the rooftop (only to find out later that I could also see it from our room's balcony haha).

Needless to say that I got my gym outfit ready the night before and woke up early enough to be perfectly on time for the class. As I got there and saw the familiar colourful yoga mats, my heart made a happy jump. Was this going to be yoga?

The class itself was a mixture of hatha yoga and breathing exercises. It wasn't advanced at all, this being a gentle morning warm up routine for all ages and bodies, but I loved doing it. What I enjoyed the most was just looking up to the morning clear blue sky as the instructor told us to completely relax in savasana. We also focused on the earth underneath us and how important it is for us humans as a source of energy, like the other natural elements. The contrast brought by the sky and the earth was a beautiful one and I loved to embrace it so fully.

Here are some yogi pictures that we took after the class :)



I just love to experience yoga and yoga routines in different locations. Thanks to its nature, it can be done outdoors and still feel amazing.

Where do you like doing yoga?

16 comments:

  1. Wow that's a beautiful view! And doing yoga in that place must have been so wonderful! I loved this post. xoxo

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  2. Something about the sky picture -- it sounds crazy (maybe it is) but just knowing that what looks like a blank digital palette is actually the beautiful sky over Tuscany fills it with meaning.

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  3. Haha yeah I agree! Weird and beautiful at the same time :)

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  4. Thank you so much Josie! ❤️ have you ever tried yoga? xx

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  5. No, but I've been wanting to for so long now. xoxo 😄

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  6. It's a complete sport involving both mind and body. I'm sure you would love it :) xx

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  7. I love these pictures! I've never tried yoga outside but would absolutely love to, especially after seeing these photos!

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  8. Now I am really jealous! Yoga in my boring old living room will never be the same after seeing your beautiful location! I have always wanted to try yoga on the beach. Have you ever?

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  9. I've always thought that in Italy they only made gelato not ice cream. It must be the American influence... Ahah. Sorry but I'm a cookery writer so I like to be precise when it comes to food especially Italian food. I have practiced yoga for thirty years until I became a harsh critic of it and gave it up completely and thank God for that! In such a beautiful setting and with that kind of roasting heat to do all those uncomfortable yoga knots and twists and watching one's navel is not my idea of pleasurable pleasure. Besides, contrary to populist beliefs western Yoga is not good for the body and mind, trust me.. Much better Tai chi or Qigong so gentle, fluid, poetic, relaxing interactive and natural, and also as for Tai chi can be useful in self defence. Nowadays I teach Tai chi in London. It would be lovely to do it on that lovely terrace. Anyway don't listen to me, keep knotting and twisting but make sure that you know how to unknot yourself from your yoga knots. Saluti da Londra.

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  10. Haha! Don't be! I'm sure there are some beautiful outdoors locations you can try yoga in near your home. I've ALWAYS wanted to try yoga on the beach. I'm just too shy to do it while other people stare and don't understand what the weird things I'm doing are haha. How fun would it be to go and do practice together? :)

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  11. Fair enough. I use English words because I like to be consistent; when writing in Italian I would equally avoid English terms and replace them.
    As for yoga, I am sorry you didn't enjoy it. However, it sounds like you found your right path with Tai Chi. I might try it one day, thanks for the advice. Ciao ciao!

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  12. Outside yoga...you've got me hooked 😊

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  13. Actually it's not about words. Gelato and ice-cream are different Ice cream is made with cream therefore it has more fat as well as more air pumped in it during the process to make it bulkier. For me gelato is the real thing, while ice cream as far as I'm concerned is fast food.

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  14. […] Read more about my yoga routine at the beautiful Hotel Lucerna on a rooftop here! […]

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