Lifestyle Wellness


19 May 2017

Today, we present two “feel good” literary works which should be a great source of inspiration, hopefully at least, in your quest for well-being: for a body and mind in perfect symbiosis.

The first, titled “About Yoga: The Architecture of Peace” by Michael O’Neill, takes you on an incredible journey to the origins of Yoga. Michael O’Neill delivers a unique photographic tribute to the discipline. Known for his portraits of the most influential yogis of our time: Rodney Yee, BKS Iyengar or Colleen Saidman but also of personalities which have integrated yoga in their existence such as Donna Karan and Sting. Michael O’Neill was able to combine his passion for photography and his new obsession with yoga through this unique portrait gallery. A method of deepening his practice, he felt the need to discover the roots of yoga and then began a journey that lasted ten years.

Meditating with monks on the Tibetan plateau, sitting under the tents with sadhus at the Kumbh Mela , these are the experiences and new encounters that O’Neill documents, photographs and uses to demonstrate the weath of this discipline today at a turning point in its history. So as not to forget that it took thousands of years to spread yoga from a handful of monasteries in the Himalayas to cities around the world , O’Neill shares the classic tradition of yoga to immortalize it before it disappears.

His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, master of meditation and Eddie Stern, guru of ashtanga yoga are contributing by writing essays on the role of yoga in contemporary culture, the history of the practice since the time of Patanjali and the healing virtues of this discipline. A book to be bought immediately to discover the history of yoga, illustrated with 200 photographs mostly unpublished. A pleasure for an unforgettable experience which will leave you feeling very different.

Now that the practice of yoga starts to make more sense, you might feel a desire for a retreat! Whether a discovery or a lifestyle, it is believed that each of us should try it at least once. Maybe you might have a revelation, others deepen their knowledge, but if you feel the urge, we have what you need!

We present to you the fabulous book “Great Yoga Retreats”. In this book you will find an impressive collection of the best yoga retreats around the globe. From an Ashram in India to a farmhouse in Tuscany via a luxury hotel located in a tropical destination, there is something for everyone. What they have in common is that they offer inspiring natural settings to boost your positive energies, organic cuisine and in most cases, vegetarian, to purify you and regain the love for simplicity.

From mythical addresses like the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, a holy city by the Ganges and a place of pilgrimage (the Beatles went there in 1968) to hippy chic addresses like the Bikini Boot Camp at Amansala in Tulum (which we featured here), you will see that Great Yoga Retreats thought of everyone. Perhaps your holidays will never have the same flavor!

The idea is to do good, everyone evolving at their own pace. Listen, think of yourself, a true new age form of luxury.

My practice.

Michael O’neill. A propos du Yoga : L’architecture de la paix – 49,99€ – Editions Taschen
Great Yoga Retreats – 14,99€ – Editions Taschen

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