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Yoga at the Hotel Eden Roc: A conversation with yoga teacher Nina

In March, we welcomed Nina as our new yoga teacher at the Hotel Eden Roc. Nina is not only a qualified yoga teacher, but also an occupational therapist. With her refreshing energy, she offers our guests a variety of relaxing and beneficial activities, including meditation, mindfulness training and yoga. In the following interview, Nina takes us on her personal yoga journey and reveals how she organises her unique classes.

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What does yoga mean to you, Nina, and how did you get into it?

For me, yoga means a holistic connection between body, mind and soul. I came across yoga eight years ago during my training as an occupational therapist. Through my intensive experiences with various people in the healthcare sector, I was looking for a way to strengthen my connection to myself and to mentally distance myself from all the experiences. Yoga helped me a lot with this. It is a philosophy that teaches us to recognise the interconnectedness of all things and to be present in the here and now.

How would you describe your yoga style?

I teach Hatha Yoga with Vinyasa elements. My classes are suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners. I like the quote from the well-known yoga teacher Anna Trökers: “There is little to achieve in yoga, but a lot to experience.” In addition to strengthening and stretching the body, my yoga classes are about experiencing the connection between body, mind and emotions. I like to invite my participants to feel how the last yoga posture affected their body awareness and emotions. I often start the class by inviting participants to think of something beautiful and smile gently to feel how the breath deepens.

What is your favourite place at Hotel Eden Roc?

My favourite place is the Casa Epper garden. It's a beautiful, sheltered place with marvellous plants and artistic elements. It reminds me of a small Zen garden and is ideal for meditation and relaxation.

How can guests draw strength from nature?

Nature radiates peace, strength and grounding. When we connect with nature, we feel safer and stronger for everyday life. It gives us harmony, peace and love. If we are mindful of nature and allow it to have an effect on us, we can recharge our batteries and feel more peaceful and secure.

How can yoga help in stressful phases?

Yoga always offers us new perspectives and helps us to be more flexible and consider different points of view. After a conflict, I often feel more meek and can better accept the perspective of my fellow human beings. Yoga helps us to be more present and to find our way out of unfavourable thought spirals.

What advice would you give to someone new to yoga? How can yoga become a routine?

I would recommend trying out different styles of yoga to find the one that suits your needs. It is helpful to give yoga a fixed place in your daily routine and to approach it with ease and joy.

Let Nina take you into a world of peace and mindfulness and feel the beneficial effects – whether on a meditative hike, gentle yoga sessions or deeply relaxing meditations. You can find our sports programme here.

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