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Strike a pose: practice yoga under a Tuscan sun. Photo: Becky Tranter/Life Through A Lens

Why Tuscany is the ideal place to practise yoga

By Sean Caulfield

Imagine placing your yoga mat next to an old olive tree or at the top of a hill overlooking a vineyard. With such beauty in your midst, and the slow pace of life here, Tuscany provides the perfect conditions to relax body and mind using the power of yoga. Here are some suggestions about where to improve your poses, too.

It’s Yoga Florence
It’s Yoga Florence is a friendly studio set within a 600-year-old building in the city. Sign up for Ashtanga Vinyasa, pre-natal or rocket yoga – even kids can limber up here.

Centro Yoga Grosseto di Ilaria Serini
Centro Yoga runs 90-minute sessions at its base in Grosseto that are suitable for all abilities. The helpful and attentive teachers at this yoga school keep the atmosphere relaxed and friendly.

Cintamani Yoga
Cintamani Yoga offers classes in the heart of the Chianti hills. This studio’s mission is to ‘leave you with a new-won spirit of internal bliss, tranquility and more determination to conquer the objectives in your life’. Choose from private sessions or group classes.

Radici Yoga
Radici Yoga in Florence offers lots of different classes. Choose from Ashtanga Vinyasa, Kundalini, pre- and post-natal and Hatha. The focus here is placed on the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits that yoga can provide.

Yoga Garage
Florence-based Yoga Garage holds classes in the magnificent setting of an old church, quite a different location from your usual studio. Sessions are offered in both English and Italian.

Studio Yoga Maya
You’ll find Studio Yoga Maya next to Santo Spirito Square in Florence. The 90-minute sessions run here aim to provide a cosy , silent and elegant ambience where you can ‘unplug the spine and realign it towards a new centre’.

Centro Yoga Nisargadatta Ashram
Centro Yoga Nisargadatta Ashram in Pisa holds hour-long classes for different levels of ability, including pre-natal sessions. Courses for teachers are also on the timetable.

To Tuscany has a fantastic range of villas across the region.

Over 20 years ago, I moved to Tuscany with my Italian wife and founded To Tuscany as a villa rental company. Our first rentals were in a country residence in Chianti and we offered guests a tailored vacation using our local knowledge and personal service. Today, you can experience the same at over 600 superb villas.

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