Stretch Your­self

Bend hard and play hard at the Nec­tar Yoga B&B on Bowen Is­land.

Vancouver Magazine - - Travel Summer Getaways -

You need To stretch, right? And to re­mem­ber how to breathe? Yes, you do. At Nec­tar Yoga re­treaters stay in one of two cot­tages (or in a gar­den suite on re­quest) amidst the Bowen Is­land woods. Clean, cozy and min­i­mal­ist, the re­treat’s de­clut­tered at­mos­phere, for­est quiet and tasty veg­e­tar­ian break­fasts—from waf­fles and smooth­ies to chia-pud­ding-and-gra­nola par­faits—will re­con­nect your chi in all the right places.

Along with other in­struc­tors, Nec­tar owner and yo­gini An­drea Clark leads classes in your choice of yoga styles (in­clud­ing Hatha, Flow, Vinyasa and Yin) in a ge­o­desic dome that looks out into the trees. Deep stretch­ing and re­lax­ation are all-sea­son sports, but “sum­mer is the most magical time on Bowen,” says Clark.

Af­ter your morn­ing prac­tice you can read your book in the ham­mocks slung be­tween 100-foot-tall conifers, or walk to the sea at Miller’s Land­ing or Sandy Beach. Lunch on a curry wrap or smoked salmon sand­wich at the Snug Cof­fee House; for din­ner, eat Ital­ian at Tus­cany restau­rant, or Span­ish at the Barcelona Tapas and Wine Bar in Snug Cove.

Back at Nec­tar Yoga, have an evening sit in the wood-fired Fin­nish sauna—hand­made of B.C. po­plar, birch and cedar—and set­tle in for one of your most bliss­ful sleeps of the year.— Tyee Bridge

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