I am enjoying the final days of what is turning out to be a relaxing and memorable spa resort experience on the beach in the Northwest of France. I was not expecting it but this place not only has Yoga but also meditation, Sophrology (concentration) and Ayurveda! I thought we were just going to get massages and hang out in the spa.
The Yoga class was designed for all levels. Leticia the instructor is all about the details. She says that the most important thing when practicing physical Yoga is HOW we get into the position not just to accomplish the position. My second session was basically a dissection of downward dog. I have practiced this position countless times in almost every Yoga class I have been in but I have never had someone break it down for me like this before. My big takeaway was to make sure that I lift myself into the position using my legs and not to use my arms and back.
I also discovered the wonders of the hamam. A Hamam is a sauna that is full of wet steam. It opens up the pores and sweats out toxins. You want a recipe for relaxation? Work out, yoga, spa, hamam, spa, hamam, pool, nap. Bam! I dare you to tell me you donâ€™t feel great after that powerful sequence.
The Thalasso also had Ayurvedic meals. These consisted of sequential courses usually starting with a fruit puree, then onto a cold vegetable, a warm vegetable dish, and finally a healthy desert like a cocoa mix. I was surprised to find a very spicy thai cold cucumber salad on my plate. From my little knowledge of Ayurveda there are three doshas: Vatta, Pitta, and Kaffa. Spicy foods are only healthy for one dosha (I could look this up for you but this is about my experience and not a lesson in Ayurveda). When I asked about this, the Director of the Thalasso Pornic, Madame Berry, told me that the spice was balanced with the rest of the meal to be healthy for all doshas.
Overall, my French improved as I was forced to use it everywhere I went. I got a lot of work done because we had nursery time for the baby which allowed us a lot of free time. My wife and I had fun together and I got some good Yoga in. I didnâ€™t know what Thalasso was before I went and now I want to live there.