VANLIFE AND YOGA IN SAINT RÉMY DE PROVENCE
By Susanne Rieker
Ahh, la Provence! I’m traveling right now with a campervan, exploring this beautiful part of France and, yes, I’m stuck here. I already said goodbye to my plan of going to Portugal this time, I might not even make it to Italy and Switzerland on my way back.
I’m completely and utterly in love with Saint Rémy de Provence and could see myself living here easily. I would have one of these old stone houses with wooden shatters, a garden where I can have a siesta in the afternoon heat, my favorite produce sellers at the weekly market and of course a great yoga studio around the corner!
And I’ve found just that! I’ve was lucky enough to be invited to one of her yoga classes at Mas de l’Amarine by Sabrina, a lovely yoga teacher originally from Aspen in the US who made Saint Rémy her home together with her French husband.
Mas de l’Amarine is a luxurious hotel with an attached yoga studio where two to three classes are offered daily, for example Vinyasa, Iyengar, Pilates or Yin Yoga.
The yoga classes attract an interesting mix of locals and visiting guests from all over the world. I met a lovely lady from Canada who holidays in Saint Rémy every year and whose husband is a painter. She invited me to his exhibition happening that evening and so I met the local art scene as well.
Sabrina’s teaching was very inspiring, with lots of insights and food for thought, and I felt great afterwards. She’s a dedicated yogi, having studied for example with teachers like Shiva Rea, Cyndi Lee, Dharma Mittra, Elena Brower or Mark Whitwell. You can check out her teaching schedule at www.yogastremy.com or book her for a private session.
About Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence is a cute, fashionable town with a beautiful old center, a great weekly market happening each Wednesday, fantastic food and wine from nearby vineyards and lots of cultural activities, like the Saint Rémy Jazz Festival happening in September. It’s a perfect base to explore the nearby Alpilles (great for biking and hiking) and towns like Arles or Le-Baux-de-Provence.
I stayed at Pegomas Camping which is perfectly located just a 10-minute walk into the old town center of Saint Rémy. You could walk from there to Mas de l’Amarine for yoga, but it’s easiest to rent a bicycle. I rented an ebike from Telecycles which they conveniently delivered to my camping ground.
I had a great time in Saint Rémy, it was a perfect mix of yoga, good food and exploring, and I’m happy to report that I will go back for more yoga in a few days.