CAM RANH, Vietnam (April 27, 2021) – Holidaymakers on Vietnam’s up-and-coming Cam Ranh peninsula are defying gravity in the name of wellness.
The Anam’s resident yogi Umesh Sharma has introduced aerial yoga classes that suspend participants in an array of reinvigorating poses in mid-air beside the resort’s stretch of Long Beach.
Also dubbed anti-gravity yoga, the resort’s aerial yoga swaps a yoga mat on the floor for a silk hammock suspended from outdoor support beams, permitting participants to practice postures without compressing the spine or applying pressure to joints including the wrists.
The practice, according to Umesh, offers an array of health benefits including weight loss, building core strength, healing chronic back pain, releasing tension, and, through inversion poses, increasing blood circulation to the head to open up blockages and heal the thyroid and pituitary gland.
“Guests who’ve tried aerial yoga say it is so much fun and that they feel a sensation of lightness, as if they’re flying,” said Umesh. “What adds to this novel experience is that it’s practiced on the oceanfront.”
The practice, founded in New York City in 1991 by Christopher Harrison, has quickly grown in popularity worldwide.
For in-house guests only, aerial yoga is an intimate and private affair as only two guests can book at a time because there are only three hammocks available.
The resort has also introduced private 60-minute aqua yoga classes for one to two people in the waters of Long Beach or at its nearby infinity pool, and yoga for children aged five to ten years old at the resort’s yoga room every Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am until 11.30am.
A new yoga trend, aqua yoga takes advantage of the buoyancy of the water to ease pressure on the joints and relax the muscles, thus stretching and strengthening them with less incidence of injury.
In addition to beginners and people who regularly practice, aqua yoga is ideal for people with arthritis, hip and knee replacements, depression, sciatica, difficulty balancing and post-surgery conditions.
According to Umesh, the children’s yoga classes not only teach children how to exercise and incorporate posture, stretching and breathing techniques into daily life, but also develop their confidence and sharpen their concentration.
To complement the new aerial, aqua and children’s yoga classes, the 12-hectare resort also arranges traditional yoga and meditation sessions with Umesh. To maintain their fitness regime, guests also retreat to the resort’s gymnasium, yoga room, three swimming pools, and tennis court. The resort offers additional recreational pursuits such as water sports and mini golf on a putting green.
The Anam serves plenty of healthy dishes at its world-class restaurants, including light Vietnamese cuisine made with fresh seafood and vegetables, in addition to freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and cleansing teas.