It is always good to relax and disconnect, even for a few minutes, from the daily routine. A good documentary, podcast or book can help you to disconnect and refresh, without having to leave home. These are our favourite ways to press pause and return feeling refreshed.
The Asana Rebel app brings together the best of yoga and fitness. Over a hundred sessions divided into five themes: burning calories, building strength, increasing flexibility, improving balance and learning to relax. With its video guides narrated in a reassuring and encouraging voice, you will find you are quickly hooked on this dose of daily physical activity and wellbeing.
Taschen reveals the most exquisite and invigorating retreats in the world from the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, to Santani, a 15-hectare former tea plantation in Sri Lanka where you can achieve inner peace while following the highest environmental and sustainability standards.
To start practising yoga, improve your skills or just train, whatever time zone you live in, try the Yoga Play app by Le Tigre, Paris’s most chic yoga club. Over 200 videos ranging from 5 to 60 minutes long now available off-line. Sessions for different yoga styles like Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin yoga and Jivamukti. New courses are regularly uploaded. Pilates sessions will also be available soon.
A selection of music for meditation to help calm your mind. All of the “mental journeys” on the app last for between 8 to 12 minutes and use specific rhythms and frequencies that help to empty your mind. The app talks about healing energy, which, for those not familiar with the terminology, means entering a state of serenity using the minimum effort.
Similar to the mindfulness colouring books aimed at adults, but now available on your mobile phone. Colour therapy is the perfect way to relax and empty your mind as it gives your brain an activity to concentrate on, freeing your mind of repetitive thoughts giving it time to rest.
Download the app from this German classical music radio station. It’s a treasure trove for music lovers with different styles and composers, a way to discover another type of ambient music inspired by nature or wellbeing. One of the sections focuses on music to accompany yoga sessions.