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Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Yoga on St. Lucia

Written by Jill Weinlein
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Cruising on Windstar’s Wind Surf ship, we anchored off the coast of St. Lucia at Rodney Bay one morning. The ship’s tenders brought passenger to the shores of Pigeon Island for a day of beach activities and a festive barbecue lunch right on the beach. 

 

St. Lucia has changed domination fourteen times, due to its lovely coves, turquoise clear water and Pitons that are dramatic volcanic pyramids. The first settlement was in the 1550s by a French explorer named Jambe de Bois (Wooden Leg). He would raid passing Spanish Galleons sailing by the island located between Martinique and St. Vincent. Today, this island offers an array of activities for Windstar guests.

One of the first activities I participated in was a yoga class on the lawn near the beach. We placed our yoga mats under towering trees. As we started warming up, I heard waves gently crashing nearby and birds singing above us. The class awakened our senses and encouraged us to inhale the warm Caribbean air and feel at peace.

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After yoga, another instructor arrived to teach passengers a Chi Gong (Qigong) class. For 30 minutes we harmonized our Chi by learning proper body posture with slow, flowing movements. Inhaling to promote deep rhythmic breathing, promotes the proper way to meditate, improve health and awaken a spiritual awareness. 

 

Chi Gong’s roots are in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts. It encourages one to practice and cultivate balance and energy. coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. Practicing outdoors, near the beach, is an ideal location to take a class.

 

After lunch we were energized to hike to the top of Signal Peak to Fort Rodney. The British conquered the island from France during the late 1770s. British Admiral George Rodney had a fortress constructed to keep watch for invaders. The climb was moderate and the views were spectacular. Along the dirt paths are informational signs offering historical facts about the Amerindians who once called this area home. We learned this was a pirate hideout and military base with barracks, gun batteries and gun slides. There were still a few original cannons left behind.

 

Before going back to the Wind Surf, I carried a paddle board to the water and skimmed along the bay over towards the Sandals St. Lucia resort. This water was active with jet skis, sailboats and motor boats pulling water skiers. 

 

When vacationing in the Caribbean, Pigeon Island on St. Lucia is the ideal spot to relax and breathe and take in the beauty of the Caribbean.

 

 

(c) Jill Weinlein

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