Nay’s Yoga: Yoga and Catering In Your Holiday Cottage

May 3, 2016 by becca.lazar No Comments

It’s been a long time since my head’s been this close to my toes. It feels good that they are getting reacquainted. There are many things that I’m doing today that I haven’t done for a long time: standing on one leg with the other stretched out behind me and my arms pushed out in front is one. I’m supposed to be as straight as a ruler, but I feel as wonky and wobbly as a meter long marshmallow. And bizarrely…it’s great.

 

We would like to introduce to you the services of Naomi, of Nay’s Yoga. In short, Naomi is a friendly Cornish yoga instructor. Having trained in Patnem, India, Nay has been busy creating a range of different yoga experiences: some are more traditional yoga classes, others offer something more in tune with Cornwall, such as SUP yoga – yoga on a stand-up paddle board, or beach yoga! But most excitingly, Nay offers personalised in-house yoga experiences.

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Imagine starting the day with a rejuvenating and energising session of Vinyasa Flow within the comfort of your holiday cottage, before jumping into a productive day of sightseeing, beaching or exploring. Then, upon your return imagine having your own personal chef preparing a three course meal of high quality produce, sourced locally by someone in the know (and with connections to the Cornish fish industry).

 

You see, not only is she a yoga instructor, but a chef as well. She’ll prepare a menu to compliment your yoga sessions and your holiday. Apparently her cakes are ‘epic’ and judging from her instagram page, she can whip up a delicious and healthy brunch.

 

Nay learned to cook aboard super yachts in the Caribbean. ‘I enjoy cooking social meals with lots of dishes: informal, family style meals,’ she says. ‘Meals are important for chatting to each other: food reflects the culture you’re in.’

 

Every part of the in-house sessions are tailor made. ‘Sessions are based on ability. They can be as slow paced as you’d like,’ says Nay. ‘There’s lots of communication. We can work towards whatever your family wants to achieve. If you’ve got a particular goal in mind that’s great, and you can get the whole family involved or it can be just the mums.’

 

If you’ve not been to a yoga session before, Cornish Holiday Cottages can highly recommend it. My session with Naomi, which starts with gentle breathing exercises and a series of moves called a Sun Salutation, quickly becomes quite a workout for my un-supple limbs. There are forward folds and times when our legs were tumbling behind our ears. I even keel over a couple of times. I’ve joined a class that had been running for over a year though. A personalised session, this is not.

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I ask about paddle boarding sessions. Having spent half our session on dry land rocking as if I was at sea, I can’t imagine being able to do that on a paddle board, actually at sea: ‘You can’t take it too seriously. Even die hard yogis find it hard on a surface that moves. But it’s great being away from the coast. It’s peaceful, tranquil.’

 

When I meet Naomi before our yoga session it quickly becomes clear why she loves her in-house work. She’s easy going and we quickly slip into conversation about yoga, Cornwall, India and our love of food among other things. As a first timer, she put me completely at ease.

 

‘Yoga is all about calmness and focus. If you can achieve a healthy balance of exercise and eating well whilst on holiday, you’ll be more likely to continue that holiday feel when returning home,’ Naomi says. And it gets me thinking: isn’t that the aim of going on holiday, to feel calm and relaxed?

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