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Why Malta is Europe’s yoga holiday capital

Everyone has different ideas about wellness.

For some a recharging holiday is stepping out of the normal routine and engaging in intensive activities, for others it is about a laid-back time where revival is about finding space for one’s self and finding peace and serenity.

Malta is fast-becoming the number one destination for yoga holidays in Europe.

After all, what can be better than practising yoga at the beach at sunrise or sunset?

Yoga-themed sports programmes on satellite television regularly include yoga sessions from Malta – with the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Mdina, Golden Bay beach and the Grand Harbour all featured.

Malta was also included in a recent issue of Yoga Magazine, which has a monthly circulation of around 400,000 readers across Britain and Ireland.

Sports tourism is growing in the Maltese Islands, according to new figures from Visit Malta.

The number of tourists visiting Malta and Gozo for diving holidays has increased by 14.7 percent in a year.

Scuba diving increased by 8.4 percent, hiking rose by 32 percent and the number of rock climbing enthusiasts coming to Malta increased by a whopping 91 percent.

Malta Tourism Authority executive chairman Gavin Gulia told us: ‘Sports tourism is attracting more interest from overseas, and in fact, this year journalists were brought in from Canada and Japan for the Malta Marathon in February.’

What is yoga?

Yoga is now one of the most popular fitness regimes available.

The combination of exercise and relaxation seems to be a perfect antidote to our stressful modern lifestyles.

It is thought to have originated over 4,000 years ago somewhere on the Indian continent. Originally begun as a philosophy to help concentrate the mind, the postures were developed later to help aid meditation.

It is believed that yoga can help with a range of ailments. A survey by Health Which? revealed that yoga is a popular treatment for back and neck problems.

It can also help with asthma – due to the breathing techniques – improve the circulation, reduce the frequency of migraines and improve digestive complaints.

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