5 suggestions for well-being in the mountains

Cold water bath in Pralognan-la-Vanoise

Practicing yoga in the middle of nature in the mountains and immersing yourself in the icy water of a mountain stream brings pure joy. This is the experience that Caroline Favre, yoga teacher and ayurveda therapist, offers in Pralognan-la-Vanoise. After conditioning with yoga poses, you are ready to immerse yourself up to the shoulders. Once you are in the water, you concentrate on your breathing and a feeling of warmth invades you. You come out of zen, revived with the desire to return! Stimulation of natural defenses, cell regeneration, anti-inflammatory effect and self-confidence are stimulated by this toumo yoga in the highlands of the Himalayas.

Price 40 € for 2.30. Reservation: 06 87 01 86 97

See the wildlife of the Ariège Pyrenees

Accompany a naturalist from the Orlu National Wildlife Reserve by assisting him with his fieldwork: radio tracking and telemetric monitoring, observation, counting … You set off for a four-hour walk, binoculars around your neck, to observe without disturbing the local fauna: the Pyrenean desman called “trumpet” species in danger of extinction, the agile isard, the bearded vulture, the thief, the bull, the European otter, the marmot, curious but timid.

Adult price € 17, children € 15, family € 60 in July-August. Duration 4 hours, light level (from 5 years). Reservation at Maison de la Réserve d’Orlu at ariegepyrenees.com

Consider the enormity of the Mercantour

Contemplating a starry sky, wondering about the infinite and questioning the infinite calms the mind. An area of ​​Mercantour National Park is one of the four international Dark Sky Reserves in France for the quality of its night sky. Anthony Turpaud, a photographer specializing in night landscapes and also a national park agent, offers telescopic observation tours of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. From night falls on to at. 1 or 2 in the morning you can observe the Andromeda Galaxy, the nebulae, the Milky Way covered by thousands of stars with the naked eye.

Free activity with the association Astronomie Tinée Mercantour.

A forest bath in the Vosges

Walking in the woods has a soothing effect and “cures” anxiety. Coming from Japan, where it is an ancestral therapeutic practice, sylvotherapy restores mental, physical and emotional balance, reduces blood pressure, boosts the immune system and reduces depression. Many benefits for the body, which explains why forest baths spread in the mountain ranges. Manuela Peschmann, professional sophrologist, guides you through the undergrowth of the Vosges massif to breathe deeply, smell the essences of the trees, listen to the sounds of the forest, touch the bark, fill yourself with the energy of the trees. . It also offers nightly forest baths marked by meditative breaks.

Price of € 25 per person for 2 hours and € 30 for 2 hours at night. Information about massif-des-vosges.fr reservation at http://therapie-forestiere.fr/

Dive into the large thermal baths of Saint-Gervais

Hydrotherapy has contributed to Saint-Gervai’s fame since the 19th century. In addition to medical spa treatments, the benefits of natural hot water (34-38 ° C), filled with minerals and trace elements, can also be enjoyed during a relaxation session in the thermal spa. A multisensory route winds between steam baths, saunas, immersive caves, experience corridors, massage showers, hot plates up to the four outdoor pools with thermal water. The scenography is inspired by the long journey of thermal water with the ground floor, dark and cave-like, which reflects the passage of water in the layers of the earth, while the 1st floor is as luminous as the glaciers.

Price of € 49 for 3 hours thermal spa. Open 7 days a week in high season between kl. 9.00 and 21.00.

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