April is a special month in Thailand as it is the month that Thai New Years falls into. Thai New Year also more commonly known as Songkran Festival takes places annually from 13-15th April. Songkran celebrations are rich with symbolic traditions. In the mornings merit makings and offering food to Buddhist monks is common practice. Another common tradition is to show and pay respect to your elders by pouring water over the palms of the elder’s hands. This tradition has since taken on a more modern twist and Songkran is now also known for its water festival. This is where major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arena’s to host the world’s largest water fights! Songkran is an amazing time to visit Thailand and Chiang Mai is the place to be for it! The whole moat road outlining the old town is closed for water fights as well as numerous parades and traditional ceremonies going on around the city. Chiang Mai at this time of year really has something for everyone.
Now it’s time to show some of the past months achievements. This month’s biggest loser was Adil from the UK who managed to lose an impressive 7.5kgs during his time with us. Klara from Australia made the biggest waist width loss, losing 9.4 cms in her short time with us. What amazing results from the both of you!
This month’s highlight of a Fresh Start Activity is Yoga
Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated from India. Yoga can be considered a complete practice as it does more than burn calories and tones muscles. It is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation. There are numerous kinds of Yoga but we have listed below some of the more popular forms.
· Hatha, is the form most often associated with yoga as it combines a series of basic movements with breathing.
· Vinyasa is a series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.
· Ashtanga, is a series of poses combined with a special breathing technique
· Bikram or Hot Yoga, which is a series of challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.
Yoga at Fresh Start
Yoga is offered twice during the weekly bootcamp schedule at Fresh Start. Our teachers are Neil, Koi, Nok and Jez who is also a lead trainer. All our teachers have been teaching yoga for a number of years and often take trips to India to further their knowledge. Yoga at Fresh Start is provided in a more gentle form to help relax, clear the mind and aid recovering after some long bootcamp days. The yoga sessions take place up at Cloud 9 sala, which is an open air sala with an amazing view. Yoga along with a massage or sauna session will go along way in helping your body and mind feel better as well as helping to prevent injuries.