Aman launches sister brand Janu
There's no denying, here at Soul Sanctuaries, we truly are Aman Junkies! There is something about their unparalleled and exemplary service, fantastic places of refuge and personalized wellness offering that ticks all of our boxes. Over the past year, we have sent guests on a `` journey to peace '' with internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist […]

There's no denying, here at Soul Sanctuaries, we truly are Aman Junkies! There is something about their unparalleled and exemplary service, fantastic places of refuge and personalized wellness offering that ticks all of our boxes. Over the past year, we have sent guests on a `` journey to peace '' with internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist Bon, spiritual master and scholar Geshe YongDong, staying at resorts. Amanoi, Amanpuri and even Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Mystical mountains of Bhutan to the biggest on the planet Buddhist monument in Java, Aman serves him with excellence.

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Janu Montenegro Design

We are therefore delighted with the recent announcement of a new sister brand launch, namely Janu. Aman in Sanskrit means "peace", Janu means "soul"; Aman is a sanctuary, while Janu reflects connectivity; Aman provides a refined respite, Janu will give off an energetic vibe for those seeking a greater goal with inner contentment. Building on Aman's excellent reputation in the industry, Janu's goal is to encourage interaction, playful expression and social well-being. Janu will create environments that nurture a useful connection to balance the head and heart and revive the soul.

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Next pool Janu Montenegro

Three hotels are already underway and should be launched in 2022; Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a strong pipeline of future hotels. Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brand's serviced residence concept, allowing guests to fully embrace the Janu lifestyle.

January 1st

With conscious travelers in mind, Janu aims to rekindle the soul by rekindling social bonds. Providing the joy and inspiration of energetic group classes that celebrate the moment in life is key. Ethos is focused not only on strengthening the body, but also calming the mind. Time-aware, high-octane group classes and more sober, mindful practices echo these moments of duality that balance and realign themselves. Extensive wellness facilities will offer state-of-the-art experiences and treatments, as well as access to the latest equipment as well as extensive hydro and thermal facilities focused on finding a balance.

As we develop our beautiful partnership with Aman, we can't wait to see how this brand with a lot of soul develops!

If you would like to join us for a health and wellness or spiritual retreat in Asia, contact us below

email: info@soul-sanctuaries.com

phone: +852 81912707


Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga class can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a solo. damn. pose ?

Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio digital directeur for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a class.

But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.

When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow chic, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the variétés of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But oui, it never hurts to check out a couple different genres of classes to see what feels best to you.

' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to class.

Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you mazout pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty intense workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before chic. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before sérieux out after a meal.

She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during chic. '

' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your groupes musculaires. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long zones musculaires. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )

This depends on the type of yoga chic you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha chic may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the positionnement was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '

For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a single breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.

Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer options for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for aide.

Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and challenges. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '

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