By Augustine Guégan
It is this winter, in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, that Gwenola De Araujodirector of thePontivy Community tourist office had this idea.
“The tourist office offered a morning snowshoe hike and yoga followed by a picnic with local products. I participated in it and loved it. »
It is therefore convinced that this formula could adapt to the many paths in the area and the wealth of local products, that Gwenola De Araujo returns from vacation.
Beautiful circuits accessible to all
The director of the tourist office then immediately entrusts the project to Nathan Rolland, intern and responsible for the hike. It was he who took care of finding the right hiking circuits for this formula, circuits that can befit everyone and which can allow, at the end of the hike, a place to practice the yoga and picnic. “The idea is to offer a relaxation experience accessible to all, open to families and to all levels of walking and yoga, and also to promote short circuits, with a local picnic”, indicates Nathan Rolland.
He also contacted the local producers in order to plan the packed lunches that will end the morning.
We had to contact a certified yoga teacher and it was Clemence Gambiayoga teacher and manager of the Gambie Yoga yoga and well-being center in Saint-Gérand (Morbihan), who was chosen.
The four locations have been specially chosen: on existing hiking trails, close to water and close to service providers who can offer beautiful products.
“The setting is idyllic for practicing yoga: the water soothes, rejuvenates and makes people more receptive to the practice of yoga. »
- The first morning will take place at Gueltas (Morbihan), tuesday july 19. The hike will leave Boju at 9:30 a.m. for 5 kilometers on the tow and counter tow. At the end of the hike, the yoga session will take place above the wellness barge that has just been installed in Boju. Then the local picnic will be prepared by the ephemeral creperie, present in Gueltas (Morbihan) all summer, on the Boju site.
- The second morning will take place at Saint-Gerand (Morbihan), tuesday july 26. The hike will leave from the Keroret parking lot at 9:30 a.m. for 6.8 kilometers on the course of the Nine Locks. This time the picnic of local products will be prepared by the restaurant The Geranese.
- The third morning will take place at Rohan (Morbihan), Tuesday August 2. The hike, which this time will be more historic, will leave the house of the canal and the land, at 9:30 a.m., for a circuit of 3.2 kilometers. The picnic will, again this time, be prepared by the restaurant The Geranese.
- The fourth and last morning will take place at Saint Aignan (Morbihan), in the Quénécan forest, on the edge of the Guerledan Lake, Tuesday August 9. The 5-kilometre hike is reserved for good walkers due to the steep gradient and will leave from the Sainte-Tréphine car park at 9:30 a.m. The yoga session will take place in the park of the Sainte-Tréphine chapel, with a beautiful view of Lake Guerledan. The local picnic will be prepared by the restaurant Merlinfrom the cove of Sordan.
All yoga equipment is provided, but you must bring shoes suitable for hiking and water to stay hydrated. All the hikes will last around 1h/1h30 and the yoga session around an hour. Nathan Rolland, in charge of the hikes, will accompany and guide each of the walks and will tell the story specific to each hike: the history of Rohan’s heritage or the beheading of Sainte-Tréphine by Comorre, the Breton bluebeard.
As for the yoga part, “we will start with a return to calm after the hike, a reconnection to ourselves and to the environment that surrounds us, then we will explore different yoga postures and we will end with a nice relaxation to let go” , Explain Clemency Gambia. Sessions are scheduled to be accessible to all levels of yogaeven when discovering this activity.
Activity open to everyone from 12 years old. Reservation required up to 3 days before (maximum 12 people) at the Pontivy tourist office (Morbihan) or on 02 97 25 04 10. Price: €22.
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Pays de Pontivy: hike-yoga with local picnic: four mornings to try
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