5 suggestions for well-being in the mountains

Cold water bath in Pralognan-la-Vanoise

Practicing yoga in the middle of nature in the mountains and immersing yourself in the icy water of a mountain stream brings pure joy. This is the experience offered by Caroline Favre, yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist, in Pralognan-la-Vanoise. After conditioning with yoga postures, you are ready to immerse yourself up to your shoulders. Once in the water, concentrating on your breath, a feeling of warmth invades you. You come out zen, invigorated with the desire to return! Stimulation of natural defences, cell regeneration, anti-inflammatory action and self-confidence are stimulated by this toumo yoga of the Himalayan highlands.

Price 40 € for 2h30. Reservation: 06 87 01 86 97

Observe wildlife in the Ariège Pyrenees

Accompany a naturalist from the Orlu National Wildlife Reserve by helping him with his fieldwork: radio-tracking and telemetric monitoring, observation, counting… You will leave for a four-hour walk, binoculars around your neck, to observe without disturbing the local fauna: the Pyrenean desman called “trumpet rat” species in danger of extinction, the agile isard, the bearded vulture, the dipper, the capercaillie, the European otter, the marmot, curious but fearful.

Adult price €17, child €15, family €60 in July-August. Duration 4 hours, easy level (from 5 years old). Reservation with the Maison de la Réserve d’Orlu on ariegepyrenees.com

Contemplate the immensity in the Mercantour

Contemplating a starry sky, marveling at the immensity and questioning the infinite soothe the mind. An area of ​​the Mercantour National Park is one of the four International Dark Sky Reserves in France for the quality of its night sky. Anthony Turpaud, photographer specializing in the night landscape and who is also a National Park agent, offers telescope observation trips above Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. From nightfall until 1 or 2 a.m., observe the Andromeda galaxy, the nebulae, the Milky Way carpeted with thousands of stars with the naked eye.

Free activity with the association Astronomie Tinée Mercantour.

A forest bath in the Vosges

Walking in the forest has a soothing effect and “cures” anxiety. Coming from Japan where it is an ancestral therapeutic practice, sylvotherapy rebalances mental, physical and emotional balance, reduces blood pressure, boosts immune defenses and reduces depression. Many benefits for the body, which explain why forest baths are spreading throughout the mountain ranges. Manuela Peschmann, professional sophrologist, guides you through the undergrowth of the Vosges Massif to breathe deeply, smell the essences of the trees, listen to the sounds of the forest, touch the bark, fill yourself with the energy of the trees. . It also offers nocturnal forest baths punctuated by meditative breaks.

Price of €25 per person for 2 hours and €30 for 2 hours at night. Information on massif-des-vosges.fr reservation on

Dive into the large thermal bath of Saint-Gervais

Hydrotherapy has contributed to the fame of Saint-Gervais since the 19th century. In addition to medical spa treatments, the benefits of naturally hot water (34-38°C), loaded with minerals and trace elements, can also be enjoyed during a relaxation session in the thermal spa. A multi-sensorial route winds its way between steam baths, saunas, immersive caves, experience corridors, massage showers, hot slabs up to the four outdoor pools of thermal water. The scenography is inspired by the long journey of thermal water with the ground floor, dark and cavernous, which echoes the passage of water in the earth’s strata while the 1st floor is as luminous as the glaciers are. .

Price of €49 for 3 hours of thermal spa. Open 7 days a week in high season between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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5 suggestions for well-being in the mountains

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