Guests at The Alpina Gstaad will find they can achieve more mental clarity and balanced emotions and enjoy invigorated energy. Tibetan monk, scholar and teacher, Lharampa Tenzin Kalden will hold hour-long Tibetan yoga classes each day from March 13 to 16 and again from August 20 to 23.
An ancient practice of Tibetan Buddhist, Tantrayanah and Bön traditions, Lu Jong is a series of flowing body movements done in conjunction with rhythmic breathing that releases blockages in the body's energy channels. Tibetan practitioners believe that in opening the body's physical blocks, the flow of blood increases, organs are stimulated and immunity and hormonal balance improve, leading to a deep harmony of body, mind and spirit.
In addition to the Tibetan yoga sessions with the monk, the three-night Tibetan Healing Retreat features Hor-me therapy, an ancient remedy to relieve stress, fatigue and even panic attacks. Tiny poultices of nutmeg and cumin seed in oil are applied to pressure points of the body. Six Senses Spa Head Therapist Antonis Sarris begins each retreat with a personal 60-minute consultation and includes a session with Tibetan signing bowls and a Ku nye massage using salt packs, cups or stones and meditation. The three-night program starts at CHF3500 (about US$3,440) per person, single occupancy.
The award-winning luxury property has definitely brought a distinctive modern vibe to this traditional Swiss Alpine village and continues to feature innovative wellness programs for its discerning guests. Ideal for yogis of all levels, the Yogic Sleep Retreat aims to induce a deep state of relaxation by combining yoga nidra with gentle stretching yoga poses and pranayama (breath regulation). A powerful ancient relaxation practice, yoga nidra uniquely unwinds the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and induce restorative sleep, engendering a deep sense of well-being. The three-night retreat starts at CHF3350 (about US$3,295) and includes a selection of relaxing and energy balancing treatments and massages to ensure a more restful night’s sleep. The program can be extended to 14 days.
All retreats and programs include single accommodations in a Deluxe Room Schönried, full daily breakfast, a culinary credit of CHF100, all taxes and VAT plus all activities, instruction and spa treatments as outlined above.
For more information about winter programs at The Alpina Gstaad, please visit The Alpina Gstaad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-41-33-888-9888.
The Alpina Gstaad's Tibetan Wellness Specialists
After studying for 17 years at India's Sera Monastic University, Lharampa Tenzin Kalden Dahortsang gained the title of Rabjampa and reached the highest level of the Gelug tradition, the Lharampa. He teaches Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation in Zurich.
Named one of the world's best therapists by Spa Finder, Antonis Sarris has been with Six Senses Spas for 12 years and at The Alpina Gstaad since its opening in December 2012. He has studied Tibetan wellness practices for a number of years and since 2012 has been a student of Traditional Tibetan Medicine “Sowa Rigpa” under Prof. Pasang Yonten Arya T. Sherpa at the Tibetan Medicine Education Center.