8 yoga spots with a view in Wales
Imagine channelling your inner yogi in the great Welsh outdoors. Where can you stretch, pose and flow in nature with an awe inspiring view? Here are eight al fresco locations across Wales where you can do just that.
Submerged Forest – Borth, Ceredigion
Sunken Forest, Cardigan Bay
Plan your yoga session around the changing tides to witness the lost and submerged forests of Mid and West Wales. These date back to the Bronze Age, and surface at various beaches along the Welsh coastline including Borth and Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, when the tide is at its lowest point.
Suggested pose: Tree – Reflect your nature-filled surroundings by adopting the majestic tree pose. Extend your arms towards the sky and work on your balance while soaking up the calming benefits of this beginner yogi pose.
Skirrid Fawr Mountain - Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Skirrid Fawr, Wye Valley & Vale of Usk by eskimo_joSkirrid Fawr, which locals refer to as the ‘Holy Mountain’, can be conquered in just two hours, or two and a half if you throw in a mountain-top yoga session at its peak. The summit itself is fairly expansive and flat, meaning you can spread out your yoga mat and take in panoramic views of the Black Mountains and neighbouring villages of Govilon, Abergavenny and Gilwern, while you say ‘Namaste’ to the calm state that can only be felt atop a glorious mountain.
Suggested pose: Mountain – Obviously. The ultimate place to practice the mountain pose and work on your strong and stable foundation.
Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes – Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan
If you like the thought of a desert yoga retreat then this sand dune nature reserve should definitely be on your radar. Acres of sprawling sand dunes offer seclusion for your practise in an almost other-wordly terrain.
Suggested pose: Back bend - Make the most of the sun warmed sand and challenge yourself with a gentle back bend.
Broad Haven South - Stackpole Quay, Pembrokeshire
Broad Haven South beach, Pembrokeshire by Steve Bridges
Wander onto this sandy, cave and rock-pool filled beach through Bosherton Lily Ponds for a tranquil start to your day. Bring friends, bring food and bring your yoga mat to one of Wales’ hidden gems.
Suggested pose: Sun salutation – Kick-start your day with a series of sun salutations. Better than a cup of coffee any day of the week.
Llyn Padarn - Snowdonia, Gwynedd
This glacial lake in Snowdonia National Park could be a contender for best yoga backdrop ever. At two miles wide there is plenty of space for a lakeside limber up, which you could follow with a spot of wild swimming – something the lake is rather famous for. Remember, wild swimming is best experienced with experts who can teach you the techniques of swimming safely in the outdoors. Find out more at outdoorswimmingsociety.com
Suggested pose: Meditation – The sheer volume of water should be taken advantage of here so channel its energy to meditate and reconnect with nature.
Church Doors Cove - Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
Church Doors Cove, PembrokeshireBest discovered at low tide, Church Doors Cove, and its neighbour bay, Skrinkle Haven, are two secluded beaches backed with towering limestone cliffs. Nature at its finest and the perfect spot for a simple yoga flow.
Suggested pose: Warrior – Take in the sea air and stretch your shoulders by adopting the Warrior pose and holding for 30 seconds while you absorb the awesome view of the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Traeth yr Ora - Benllech, Anglesey
Treat a visit to this isolated strip of sandy beach as your own private yoga retreat. One of Anglesey’s best kept secrets, it’s a firm favourite with locals and it’s easy to see why. Offering an empty swathe of golden sands, a good stretch from the beaten track, it’s pretty much a yogi’s paradise.
Suggested pose: Moving Bridge – Add flow to your traditional bridge pose to channel the nearby water element.
Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, Powys
Pistyll Rhaeadr Falls, North East Wales by @Positive_pixels_photography
Wales’ tallest waterfall is a pretty epic setting to practise yoga. Unwind from a long day or start your morning off right with a session at the bottom of this enchanting fairy tale location.
Suggested pose: Waterfall – You knew it was coming. But this pose is perfect for inducing a calm and meditative state. Make sure you pack a couple of yoga bricks as you probably won’t be able to find a wall to help you remain stable in this position.