For yoga newbies and also masterly yogis, the spiritual and physical exercise is a self-propelling practice to resilience and strength for both body and mind. In the eyes of many, yoga is a powerful catalyst for pursuing peace and joy through a reconnection with your inner self, your surrounding community and nature.

However, the India-originated practice mimics the changing of leaves: its nature is ever-evolving. New types of yoga are constantly created – think Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga, Jivamukti yoga, Acroyoga and more – and none of them happened all at the same period of time. It really seems to be the 21st century’s hyper-seasonal trends of living healthily that puts forth countless health-focused movements. The cultural shift towards healthy eating and exercise seems to be evolving for the better. So if you’re someone who’s nourished through both food and exercising, this Anantara Riverside’s new spa package, ‘Wellness On The River’, might just be the thing you’re looking for.

Welcoming the last season of the year, the riverside hotel’s spa is set on a task in using food and yoga as a way to promote health and wholesome eating. The new Wellness On The River – perhaps better understood as “yoga on the boat” – is a program where guests are welcomed on board every Saturday morning for a session of morning yoga on the beautiful, Thai-style, antique boat that will all the while cruise you along the Chao Phaya River before ending the yoga cruise on a sumptuous note with a nutritious breakfast to keep you fuelled on the ride back to the hotel’s pier.

Now, there seems to be a huge mismatch between a river cruise and yoga. But really, the two are more similar than they are different. Yoga depends heavily on your mind and body. Its practice demands your total attention and balance to adapt to the daily pace of life that often ebbs and flows. Sailing or being on a boat likewise demands your full-on attention over how the waves dance and how the wind waltzes. You move and adjust accordingly to the spirits of nature. In other words, the two activities require you to, first, adapt and adjust to the ever-changing state of mind, body, and nature and second, to switch off the incessant clamouring of the mind and ease yourself away from being distracted by all the gibberish, bringing focus to yourself and the surrounding environment.

So it’s time we leave yoga at the gym in the distant past, and instead stay balanced in this simply unforgettable way. Start your healthy Saturday by setting sail on the Chao Phraya River for a morning workout slash meditation instructed by the attentive yoga instructor along with other yoga devotees. Starting from 8-10am every Saturday morning, guests will be able to salute the morning sun and Bangkok’s far-famed riverside sightseeing like Wat Arun while doing yoga that’s complemented by the gentle rocking of the river and the fresh morning breeze, before being served a post-yoga meal prepared with nourishing ingredients by the hotel’s skilled chef. Expect to indulge in the do-it-yourself cold-pressed juice, seasonal fruit, veggies, a selection of whole wheat bread, and an array of muesli and yoghurt parfaits. Priced at THB 2,950 net per person, the two-hour cruise will be a prime experience for you to reconnect with yourself, food, people, and nature atop the moving waves instead of upon the concrete floor within a yoga studio.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort & Spa, 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand, +662 476 0022

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.