New to Fota Island Resort is Ashtanga yoga, an ancient yoga practice as relevant today as it has ever been, which involves synchronising the breath with a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light strong body and a calm mind. Ashtanga yoga is dynamic and aerobic, and it strengthens, tones, improves posture and flexibility, and releases tension.

During an Ashtanga yoga class, you will be guided through breathing exercises, physical yoga postures and a relaxation session, so it can be a challenging workout, but can also help you relax and handle stressful situations more easily, teaching you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy usefully. Ashtanga also has excellent benefits as a weight-bearing exercise, boosting bone density, which is of particular importance to women. Ashtanga classes are held on Mondays at 10.15 a.m. with a 6 week course of one class per week costing €70.

There’s a fitness solution to suit everyone at Fota Island Resort, from the full-on focus of morning or evening fitness bootcamp to the gentler pace of private swimming lessons, the dynamic postures of Ashtanga yoga to the supportive regime of personal training. Invest in something that will repay your investment on a daily basis – your own health and fitness! For more information contact the Resort on +353 21 467 3131.