Mie is a prefecture with diverse natural landscapes that are great for exploration and adventurous activities. On this wonderful day I was able to visit Taiki Town and connect with a local yoga program that offers so many different types of yoga in three different, beautiful locations. This type of natural yoga, near the sound of the waves and the green forests is so different from yoga in a studio and relaxing while healing. The local team in Taiki welcome you to open your heart and mind to the warm hospitality in their unique yoga program. This program is flexible for anyone from yoga experts and enthusiasts to beginners.
Starting with Ocean Yoga
Next a new challenge SUP Yoga (stand up paddle board style)
When you are relaxed and in tune with the waves it might be time for a challenge., We then changed our location from being on the beach at the water's edge to bringing balance to our practice actually in the ocean for a SUP Yoga Class.
Again, our calm and cool teacher made this activity (quite new for me) less intimidating as I tried my best yoga poses as I followed along with her easy instructions.
SUP yoga is a great cardio workout. It is harder than it looks from the safety of the shore. You will burn a lot of calories but still feel peaceful. This type of yoga is a great stress reducer. The water has been known to have a relaxing effect on the human mind and body. I really connected with the instructor and made new friends in Taiki during this session.
The Yoga area was set up in the midst of towering trees with small platforms and yoga mats that were perfect for our next session of stretches, deep breathing and poses. With your own space in clear view of the teacher it was easy to slow down and take note of bird song and the wind in the branches above us.
Lucky for me the Taiki Cho Yoga plan included an amazing open air, camp-style lunch! It was fun to see all the preparations of local fish, produce and yummy treats that we could cook and enjoy together.
Then it was time to have fun creating our own unique pizzas to cook in the portable wood fired oven. Everyone tried different combinations and we enjoyed being creative
Full in mind, body, and spirit it was time to say goodbye to our new friends in Taiki and head to Taki town.
While in the area I recommend staying at the new VISON hotel and resort area. This gorgeous hotel is seamlessly blended into the natural landscape and features a wonderful onsen (hot spring). There are interesting shops, food stalls, cafes, and local craft products. This modern complex is stylish and there are 360 degree, gorgeous views of nature in all directions.
The rooms feature beautiful furniture, and each has well thought out details and luxurious amenities. The bedding was first class and I loved the misty mountain view from my room.