Anna


Hello, I am Anna. My passion (sounds corny, but its true!) is to make people happier and healthier by introducing them to fitness, yoga and healthy nutrition. I have been practicing yoga for 7 years and now am Qualified Yoga Alliance Teacher RYT200 as well as hold a full diploma in Personal Training,


A bit more about me…

 

I am a British/Russian and have lived almost equal amounts of my life now in both the countries, before moving to Paris 2 year ago. I have a background in corporate career, but I packed it in and quit my job to become a health and fitness professional 3 years ago when I qualified as a yoga teacher as well as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Aside of my work-related passions, I love photography and design. I love trying to understand contemporary art, and spotting street art. I also love being outdoors, mountains, sea, forests, – all give me great pleasure to explore, especially when I’m doing something active with a great group of friends.


Professional history

 

I Have been into sports and fitness from a young age. Growing up in a very sporty family (my dad is ex-elite decathlete, and my mum owns and runs a successful fitness centre for over 20 years.) I always got involved in and loved everything my parents did, and after getting a degree in Business Management in the UK and a brief stint in the corporate world I realised that my true professional calling was my lifelong passion for sports and fitness. I then quit my job and re-trained as a Personal Trainer, nutrition consultant, aqua-fitness instructor and then went to India where I trained to become a yoga teacher and reiki healer. After coming back from India I moved to France where I saw a need for affordable health and wellbeing and shortly after founded Affordable Yoga, where I now work full time.

There has been tremendous support and interest in this initiative so I have lots of exciting plans of expansion into different locations and adding new exciting services. If there isn’t something yet on offer that completely suits your needs in terms of time and location, please follow keep checking back for news!



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  • Winter Ski & Yoga Retreat in Chamonix - Free Spirit Value Package
  • SOLD OUT!

    We are delighted to invite you to the annual Affordable Yoga Winter Retreat in the French Alps.

    Set in one of the most jaw dropping places in the world, the Winter Yoga and Ski & Snowboard Retreat is a 7 day event filled with equal measures of relaxation and activity in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

    Renowned as the adventure sports capital of Europe, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is an ideal place to enjoy the healing and invigorating energy of the mountains, experience physical and mental exhilaration and joy doing your favourite snow sport, and reward your body and mind with the practice of yoga.

    The unique combination of activity, relaxation and healthy nutritious food will ensure you come back feeling invigorated, full of energy and wonderful memories.

    The retreat is open to all levels and abilities. Complete beginners are welcome. The classes are suitable for all and you will be given lots of alternatives to make sure everyone experiences the soothing energy of the classes.

    PHOTOS

    For the photos from previous events - check out our Facebook album via this link
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.328851483967768.1073741835.121169194735999&type=3

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    Welcome each day with a rejuvenating yoga practice before you hit the slopes or enjoy your day in the valley doing one of the other numerous fun activities. And wind down with a deeply restorative session to help you relax.

    Allow us to introduce you to a holistic way of holiday-making as well as take care of lodging, healthy diet, and your orientation in the resort so you can enjoy your perfect active holiday to the maximum, forge new friendships and pamper your body with a healthy active lifestyle.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Luxurious chalet-style apartment, sleeping a total of 8 people. Decorated to a high standard, in the centre of downtown Chamonix and walking distance to the lifts. It comes with a large open space lounge area where we will practice yoga with uninterrupted views of the mountains. A large and private terrace with BBQ and chaise -longs is available for the sunny days.

    THE PACKAGES

    To make the retreat Affordable we are offering flexible package options.

    Full Indulgent Package - Extra comfort shared room (with 1 other), yoga twice a day - €835 + option to add food shopping service throughout the week, to include a welcome meal and a fridge full of food for 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners + 124€

    Free Spirit Value Package - Mezzanine floor accommodation shared with 1 other, yoga once a day, Fridge full of food for 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners - €595.  + option to add food shopping service throughout the week, to include a welcome meal and a fridge full of food for 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners + 124€ - all food provided as part of the package will be From Organic/Bio.

    For more details of what is included in each package, please read below.

    What’s included in the price.

    Accommodation: 11-18th March 2017. - Stay of 7 days (7 nights) Saturday to Saturday in a shared room (with 1 other) in a luxury chalet-style apartment in Chamonix. Comfort ground floor rooms (€835 package) and Mezzanine floor* rooms (€595 package). Single occupancy is available at a supplement.

    *Mezzanine floor accommodation has restricted head space

    Yoga: 6 days of blissful yoga classes, twice a day (€835 package) and once a day (€595 package)- Energising morning sessions - 60mins and relaxing evening sessions - 75mins

    Hosts: Anna and Paul will be there to assist with all your needs on and off the slopes!

    Welcome packs: Special retreat welcome packs will be shared with each guest outlining everything you need to know about the retreat and the resort to help make your stay as smooth as possible.

    Resort orientation: We will be happy to show you the best ski areas for your ability, advice on where to hire equipment etc any time throughout the week,. In addition to that - we will host a special ‘Yoga on the slopes’ session to show you our favourite runs in the valley on one day of the week and great yoga postures you can do in your snow gear just before you hit the slopes.

    What is ‘Communal Catering’

    Following the same successful formula of the past retreats, to keep the price as affordable as possible we offer you to take part in the communal catering activities throughout your stay.

    What we provide - Fridge filling and menu planning service for the whole of your stay. Recipe book to take home for every participant.

    We will design a special healthy, nutritious menu for 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners (Wednesday we will eat out). And will supply you with a beautiful recipe book with detailed cooking instructions and all the food ingredients needed to cook the meals.

    What you provide - your initiative and help in preparing the meals together. We would ask for one or two people to volunteer each morning and evening to be responsible for cooking. That way you will all learn first hand how to cook a healthy meal (knowledge you can take away into your life back home) and considering the size of the group, will only have to cook for the group once or twice in the whole week and relax all the other days.

    * All food items supplied as part of your food package will be from the two local organic shops. 

    If you prefer not to add the food shopping/fridge filling service to your package, we will be happy to show give you an overview of all local supermarkets to help you in buying your own supplies. 

    TYPICAL DAY AT THE RETREAT

    7.15am – yoga to warm muscles and awaken the mind

    From 8.15am – Nutritious, energising breakfast

    From 8.45am – lift up to the slopes for early birds and ski lessons

    9.30am onwards – lift to the slopes for relaxed yogis!

    9.30am – 5pm – Free time to enjoy the mountains. Chose from many activities n the slopes or around the valley. Lessons/guiding pre-arranged if desired.

    From 5pm-6.30pm - relax, afternoon tea and holistic treatments

    6.30pm – 7.45pm - yoga to unwind and warm down achy muscles

    8pm – Wholesome, nutritious and filling evening meal

    From 10pm - bedtime

    THE YOGA

    You will enjoy the daily Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga sessions that are specifically tailored to help skiers and snowboarders increase mobility and stability of joints heavily used in these sports, increase strength and flexibility in the muscles, and cultivate more mental focus and energy

    At the end of the day will restore, relax, stretch, rejuvenate your body, and speed up your recovery for the next day.

    OUR CONCEPT AND PHILOSOPHY

    The uniqueness of this retreat is in its overarching CONCEPT and philosophy.

    Price flexibility and affordability - Be in control of your costs. To make the retreat as affordable as possible we are offering 2 price options so you can chose the package that is most suitable for you whilst enjoying the same core retreat experience.

    Relaxed and friendly atmosphere
    - The package includes a great programme of activities for you to enjoy. However, there is no pressure to participate in all of them. If you prefer to have a lazy morning and sleep in one day, or stay for an extended ‘apres-ski’ in the evening and miss a yoga session or breakfast or dinner - you are free to do so. It is your holiday to enjoy, make new friends and take advantage only of those services you need.

    The healthy lifestyle immersion and education - We strongly believe that a great holiday can become truly transformational if we can learn something new during it that can be transcended into our life back at home. Because of this there will be an opportunity for those who want to ask questions, learn through hands-on practice healthy cooking and eating. We will not only supply you with healthy meals, but will be ready to answer any questions on why and how these have been put together as well as give you a chance to practice cooking them as a group. Aa a special bonus every guest will receive a healthy eating recipe book to take home with them.

    The passionate and engaged service - Anna and Paul are not just your chalet hosts for the week, but 2 people passionate and knowledgeable about the mountains, snow sports and healthy lifestyle. They will be on hand to take care of all of your wishes for you, as well as share their knowledge about anything from yoga philosophy, healthy nutrition, health and safety in the snow, and their favourite places in the resort on and off the slopes. For more detail of services available see the relevant section below.

    Your hosts’ services include:

    - Welcome pack outlining all you need to know for a smooth stay
    - Resort orientation
    - Booking of restaurants for your meals out
    - Fridge filling service for your individual needs
    - Meal time nutrition lectures and consultations (explaining the concepts of putting a healthy and balanced meal together)
    - On hand to answer your health, nutrition and yoga related questions
    - All cleaning and bed linen services

    Whats’s NOT included in the price of the Packages:

    Trains and flights - Nearest Airport is Geneva (60min drive), and the nearest train station is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, which is only 5 min car drive or a 15min walk from the Chalet!

    Transfers - Pick up and drop off to and from the Chalet from the train station or the airport. can be arranged separately.

    Ski passes - You can buy them once you arrive or pre-order your ski pass from
    http://www.chamonix.com/skipasses,25,en.html

    Insurance - please arrange your own insurance if desired.

    Ski/snowboard equipment hire - Information on best places to hire will be available in your welcome packs

    Ski/snowboard lessons - Information on ski/snowboard schools will be available in your welcome packs

    Supply of yoga mats - please bring your own mats if you have them. If you do not have one, it is possible to reserve one for us to purchase at 24€ each.

    BOOKING

    Book online using our secure payment system, see link at the end of this description.

    Payment options:

    You can pay the package price in several installments or in full
    1. Deposit of €200 upon reservation.
    2. Remaining balance min 4 weeks before the holiday start.

    Cancellation policy

    The deposit of €200 is non-refundable.

    Remaining balance will be refunded as follows:

    75% refund if you pay in full and cancel more than 4 weeks in advance

    50% refund for cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance

    25% refund for cancellations more than 1 week in advance

    No refund for cancellations less than a week in advance

    WHY COMBINE YOGA AND WINTER HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS

    Why go on a winter holiday in the mountains.

    Our bodies are designed to move. Biologically, we require continuous, regular motion. Yet, often in the winter months, we stay indoors, moving less and sitting more. Skiing / snowboarding satisfies our primal need for motion while reconnecting us with nature. Both novice and veteran skiers and snowboarders can attest to the physical and spiritual exhilaration of a day on the slopes.

    WHY YOGA

    - Yoga is therapeutic. To get the most from your days on skis or a board, follow the wisdom of yogis and stretch those muscles before and after you tackle the mountain.

    - Doing yoga before a day of skiing or snowboarding - dramatically reduces your chances of injury, makes your joints more supple, your muscles more toned, and your mind more focused on control and performance.

    - Doing yoga after your day of adventure - helps your body rejuvenate, restores energy reserves, speeds up your muscle recovery, reduces physical and mental tension, induces relaxation and promotes deep sleep, making you stronger both physically and mentally for the next day

    TRAVEL OPTIONS

    Access from airports

    Geneva International Airport ( 88km) - Tel : + 41 (0) 22 717 71 11

    The SAT bus company provides daily connections between Geneva airport and Chamonix.Lyon International Airport (220km) - Tel : +33 (0) 8 26 800 826

    The airport is served by a TGV high-speed train station. www.sncf.frHaute-Savoie Mont Blanc Airport ( 90km) - Tel : +33 (0) 4 50 27 30 06

    Do not hesitate to call upon private or public service professionals for your transfers to or from an airport.

    Access for rail travelers

    SNCF railway stations in the resorts.

    TER regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away.

    The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine.

    Informations SNCF - Tel : 3635 -www.voyage-sncf.com

    London to Chamonix – rail timetables and information :
    www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ski-resorts/chamonix

    Access by road

    From France: Accessible directly via the Autoroute Blanche (A40), which connects to the European motorway network.

    Via Switzerland: Motorway to Martigny, Col de la Forclaz, Col des Montets.Via Italiy : 15km from the border via Mont-Blanc Tunnel.Mont-Blanc Tunnel information -www.atmb.net

    Coach services: Daily connections with Geneva and Italy.SAT - Tel/fax : +33 (0)4 50 53 01 15 -www.sat-montblanc.com

    Do not hesitate to call upon private or public service professionals for your transfers to or from an airport, station or town.

    MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE AREA:

    The Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley

    Here, it's worth lingering at every stopping-off point. Four places that are part of the same whole but different, four unmissable destinations and a charming little railway line.

    Legendary Chamonix

    Cham' is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you'll hear languages from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this 'summit meeting' share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics.When you're out shopping in the town centre, wherever you are look up and you'll see 'it' there… 4,810 metres (15,781 ft) of rock, snow, ice and dreams of things to come.

    Family-Friendly les Houches

    How do you enable your children to share in the magic of Mont Blanc ? By treating them to a front-row view of thisnever-ending spectacle.In full view of the Aiguilles rising above the Chamonix Valley, Les Houches, a scattering of hamlets set among deep forests and rolling Alpine meadows, is still the 'sentinel of Mont Blanc'. It's the perfect place to introduce children gently to the high mountains, to the sound of rushing mountain streams.>Les Houches Tourism office

    Unspoilt Servoz

    Servoz has long been part of France's mountaineering heritage and is familiar to climbers everywhere. Settled calmly at the foot of the magnificent Fiz Mountains, the village is steeped in authenticity, standing guard over the valley and providing a magnificent vista acrossto its 'big brother', Mont Blanc.>Servoz Tourist office

    Natural Vallorcine

    Would you love to catch a glimpse of chamois, red squirrels and deer?In Vallorcine you're in their territory. This village near the Swiss border has grown in harmony with the untouched countryside and rich animal and plant life. Here, nature is all around.The perfect place to recharge your batteries.>Vallorcine Tourist office

    The snow activities:

    Chamonix offers a multitude of slopes for all levels, each ski area having its own merit. Tremendously long slopes, skiing through the trees, freeride and off-piste, beginners slopes : an infinite number of possibilities for snowriders and mountain lovers alike.

    For detailed description of all the areas please see this link.
    http://www.chamonix.com/ski-areas,22,en.html

    Other activities:

    There is huge variety of things to do beside of skiing or snowboarding, such as hiking, speed riding, cross country skiing, swimming, ice skating.. as well as of course shopping and enjoying the lively town activities.

    For more info see the website. Nearby are also Italy and Switzerland..

  • Winter Ski & Yoga Retreat in Chamonix - Full Indulgent Package
  • SOLD OUT!

    We are delighted to invite you to the annual Affordable Yoga Winter Retreat in the French Alps.
     
    Set in one of the most jaw dropping places in the world, the Winter Yoga and Ski & Snowboard Retreat is a 7 day event filled with equal measures of relaxation and activity in the heart of the French Alps, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.
     
    Renowned as the adventure sports capital of Europe, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is an ideal place to enjoy the healing and invigorating energy of the mountains, experience physical and mental exhilaration and joy doing your favourite snow sport, and reward your body and mind with the practice of yoga.
     
    The unique combination of activity, relaxation and healthy nutritious food will ensure you come back feeling invigorated, full of energy and wonderful memories.
    The retreat is open to all levels and abilities. Complete beginners are welcome. The classes are suitable for all and you will be given lots of alternatives to make sure everyone experiences the soothing energy of the classes.

    PHOTOS

    For the photos from the last retreat -  check out our Facebook album via this link https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.328851483967768.1073741835.121169194735999&type=3 

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    Welcome each day with a rejuvenating yoga practice before you hit the slopes or enjoy your day in the valley doing one of the other numerous fun activities. And wind down with a deeply restorative session to help you relax.
     
    Allow us to introduce you to a holistic way of holiday-making as well as take care of lodging, healthy diet, and your orientation in the resort so you can enjoy your perfect active holiday to the maximum, forge new friendships and pamper your body with a healthy active lifestyle.
     

    ACCOMMODATION

    Luxurious chalet-style apartment, sleeping a total of 8 people. Decorated to a high standard, in the centre of downtown Chamonix and walking distance to the lifts. It comes with a large open space lounge area where we will practice yoga with uninterrupted views of the mountains. A large and private terrace with BBQ and chaise -longs is available for the sunny days.

    THE PACKAGES

    To make the retreat Affordable we are offering flexible package options.

    Full Indulgent Package - Extra comfort shared room (with 1 other), yoga twice a day, food shopping service and communal catering - €835 + optional food shopping service throughout the week, including a welcome meal and a fridge full of organic food for 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners - 124€

    Free Spirit Value Package - Mezzanine floor accommodation shared with 1 other, yoga once a day, food shopping service and communal catering - €595 + optional food shopping service throughout the week, including a welcome meal and a fridge full of organic food for 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners. 

    For more details of what is included in each package, please read below.

    What’s included in the price.

    Accommodation: 11-18th March 2017. - Stay of 7 days (7 nights) Saturday to Saturday in a shared room (with 1 others) in a luxury chalet-style apartment in Chamonix. Comfort ground floor rooms (€835 package) and Mezzanine floor* rooms (€595 package). Single occupancy is available at a supplement. 

    *Mezzanine floor accommodation has restricted head space

    Yoga: 6 days of blissful yoga classes, twice a day (€835 package) and once a day (€595 package)- Energising morning sessions - 60mins and relaxing evening sessions - 75mins 

    Hosts: Anna and Paul will be there to assist with all your needs on and off the slopes!

    Welcome packs: Special retreat welcome packs will be given to each guest outlining everything you need to know about the retreat and the resort to help make your stay as smooth as possible.

    Resort orientation: We will be happy to show you the best ski areas for your ability, advice on where to hire equipment etc any time throughout the week,. In addition to that - we will host a special ‘Yoga on the slopes’ session to show you our favourite runs in the valley on one day of the week and great yoga postures you can do in your snow gear just before you hit the slopes.

    What is ‘Communal Catering’

    Following the same successful formula of the past retreats, - to keep the price as affordable as possible we offer you to take part in the communal catering activities throughout your stay.

    What we provide - Fridge filling and menu planning service for the whole of your stay. Recipe book to take home for every participant.

    We will design a special healthy, nutritious menu for 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners (Wednesday we will eat out). And will supply you with a beautiful recipe book with detailed cooking instructions and all the food ingredients needed to cook the meals.

    What you provide - your initiative and help in preparing the meals together. We would ask for one or two people to volunteer each morning and evening to be responsible for cooking. That way you will all learn first hand how to cook a healthy meal (knowledge you can take away into your life back home) and considering the size of the group, will only have to cook for the group once or twice in the whole week and relax all the other days.

    *All food for the week provided will be organic. 

    If you do not take the food package, we will be happy to give you information about the local supermarkets to guide you in getting your own supplies for the retreat. 

    TYPICAL DAY AT THE RETREAT

    7.15am – yoga to warm muscles and awaken the mind

    From 8.15am – Nutritious, energising breakfast

    From 8.45am – lift up to the slopes for early birds and ski lessons

    9.30am onwards – lift to the slopes for relaxed yogis!

    9.30am – 5pm – Free time to enjoy the mountains. Chose from many activities n the slopes or around the valley. Lessons/guiding pre-arranged if desired.

    From 5pm-6.30pm - relax, afternoon tea and holistic treatments

    6.30pm – 7.45pm - yoga to unwind and warm down achy muscles

    8pm – Wholesome, nutritious and filling evening meal

    From 10pm - bedtime

    THE YOGA

    You will enjoy the daily Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga sessions...

    That are specifically tailored to help skiers and snowboarders increase mobility and stability of joints heavily used in these sports, increase strength and flexibility in the muscles, and cultivate more mental focus and energy.

    At the end of the day will restore, relax, stretch, rejuvenate your body, and speed up your recovery for the next day.

    OUR CONCEPT AND PHILOSOPHY

    The uniqueness of this retreat is in its overarching CONCEPT and philosophy.

    Price flexibility and affordability - Be in control of your costs. To make the retreat as affordable as possible we are offering 2 price options so you can chose the package that is most suitable for you whilst enjoying the same core retreat experience.

    Relaxed and friendly atmosphere - The package includes a great programme of activities for you to enjoy. However, there is no pressure to participate in all of them. If you prefer to have a lazy morning and sleep in one day, or stay for an extended ‘apres-ski’ in the evening and miss a yoga session or breakfast or dinner - you are free to do so. It is your holiday to enjoy, make new friends and take advantage only of those services you need.

    The healthy lifestyle immersion and education - We strongly believe that a great holiday can become truly transformational if we can learn something new during it that can be transcended into our life back at home. Because of this there will be an opportunity for those who want to ask questions, learn through hands-on practice healthy cooking and eating. We will not only supply you with healthy meals, but will be ready to answer any questions on why and how these have been put together as well as give you a chance to practice cooking them as a group. Aa a special bonus every guest will receive a healthy eating recipe book to take home with them.

    The passionate and engaged service - Anna and Paul are not just your chalet hosts for the week, but 2 people passionate and knowledgeable about the mountains, snow sports and healthy lifestyle. They will be on hand to take care of all of your wishes for you, as well as share their knowledge about anything from yoga philosophy, healthy nutrition, health and safety in the snow, and their favourite places in the resort on and off the slopes. For more detail of services available see the relevant section below.

    Your hosts’ services include:

    - Welcome pack outlining all you need to know for a smooth stay.
    - Resort orientation
    - Booking of restaurants for your meals out
    - Fridge filling service for your individual needs
    - Meal time nutrition lectures and consultations (explaining the concepts of putting a healthy and balanced meal together)
    - On hand to answer your health, nutrition and yoga related questions
    - All cleaning and bed linen services

    Whats’s NOT included in the price of the Packages:

    Trains and flights - Nearest Airport is Geneva (60min drive), and the nearest train station is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, which is only 5 min car drive or a 15min walk from the Chalet!

    Transfers - Pick up and drop off to and from the Chalet from the train station or the airport. can be arranged separately.

    Ski passes - You can buy them once you arrive or pre-order your ski pass from http://www.chamonix.com/skipasses,25,en.html

    Insurance - please arrange your own insurance if desired.

    Ski/snowboard equipment hire - Information on best places to hire will be available in your welcome packs

    Ski/snowboard lessons - Information on ski/snowboard schools will be available in your welcome packs

    Supply of yoga mats - please bring your own mats if you have them. If you do not have one, it is possible to reserve one for us to purchase at €20 each.

    BOOKING

    Book online using our secure payment system

    Payment options:

    You can pay the package price in several installments or in full
    1. Deposit of €200 upon reservation.
    2. Remaining balance min 4 weeks before the holiday start.

    Cancellation policy

    The deposit of €200 is non-refundable.

    Remaining balance will be refunded as follows:

    75% refund if you pay in full and cancel more than 4 weeks in advance

    50% refund for cancellations more than 2 weeks in advance

    25% refund for cancellations more than 1 week in advance

    No refund for cancellations less than a week in advance

    WHY COMBINE YOGA AND WINTER HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS

    Why go on a winter holiday in the mountains.

    Our bodies are designed to move. Biologically, we require continuous, regular motion. Yet, often in the winter months, we stay indoors, moving less and sitting more. Skiing / snowboarding satisfies our primal need for motion while reconnecting us with nature. Both novice and veteran skiers and snowboarders can attest to the physical and spiritual exhilaration of a day on the slopes.

    WHY YOGA

    Yoga is therapeutic. To get the most from your days on skis or a board, follow the wisdom of yogis and stretch those muscles before and after you tackle the mountain.

    - Doing yoga before a day of skiing or snowboarding - dramatically reduces your chances of injury, makes your joints more supple, your muscles more toned, and your mind more focused on control and performance.

    - Doing yoga after your day of adventure - helps your body rejuvenate, restores energy reserves, speeds up your muscle recovery, reduces physical and mental tension, induces relaxation and promotes deep sleep, making you stronger both physically and mentally for the next day

    TRAVEL OPTIONS

    Access from airports

    Geneva International Airport ( 88km) - Tel : + 41 (0) 22 717 71 11

    The SAT bus company provides daily connections between Geneva airport and Chamonix.Lyon International Airport (220km) - Tel : +33 (0) 8 26 800 826

    The airport is served by a TGV high-speed train station. www.sncf.frHaute-Savoie Mont Blanc Airport ( 90km) - Tel : +33 (0) 4 50 27 30 06

    Do not hesitate to call upon private or public service professionals for your transfers to or from an airport.

    Access for rail travelers

    SNCF railway stations in the resorts.

    TER regional train and TGV high-speed mainline train connections from St Gervais-le Fayet railway station, just 20km away.The Mont Blanc Express: This SNCF railway line serves all villages from St Gervais-le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland) via Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine.

    Informations SNCF - Tel : 3635 -
    www.voyage-sncf.com

    London to Chamonix – rail timetables and information :
    www.snowcarbon.co.uk/ski-resorts/chamonix

    Access by road

    From France: Accessible directly via the Autoroute Blanche (A40), which connects to the European motorway network.

    Via Switzerland: Motorway to Martigny, Col de la Forclaz, Col des Montets.Via Italiy : 15km from the border via Mont-Blanc Tunnel.Mont-Blanc Tunnel information -www.atmb.net

    Coach services: Daily connections with Geneva and Italy.SAT - Tel/fax : +33 (0)4 50 53 01 15 -www.sat-montblanc.com

    Do not hesitate to call upon private or public service professionals for your transfers to or from an airport, station or town.

    MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE AREA:

    The Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley

    Here, it's worth lingering at every stopping-off point. Four places that are part of the same whole but different, four unmissable destinations and a charming little railway line.

    Legendary Chamonix

    Cham' is a destination popular the world over. In the streets of this high-mountain town you'll hear languages from every corner of the globe. But the people who come to this 'summit meeting' share the same way of thinking, the same love for mountaineering, its legends and its ethics.When you're out shopping in the town centre, wherever you are look up and you'll see 'it' there… 4,810 metres (15,781 ft) of rock, snow, ice and dreams of things to come.

    Family-Friendly les Houches

    How do you enable your children to share in the magic of Mont Blanc ? By treating them to a front-row view of thisnever-ending spectacle.In full view of the Aiguilles rising above the Chamonix Valley, Les Houches, a scattering of hamlets set among deep forests and rolling Alpine meadows, is still the 'sentinel of Mont Blanc'. It's the perfect place to introduce children gently to the high mountains, to the sound of rushing mountain streams.>Les Houches Tourism office

    Unspoilt Servoz

    Servoz has long been part of France's mountaineering heritage and is familiar to climbers everywhere. Settled calmly at the foot of the magnificent Fiz Mountains, the village is steeped in authenticity, standing guard over the valley and providing a magnificent vista acrossto its 'big brother', Mont Blanc.>Servoz Tourist office

    Natural Vallorcine

    Would you love to catch a glimpse of chamois, red squirrels and deer?In Vallorcine you're in their territory. This village near the Swiss border has grown in harmony with the untouched countryside and rich animal and plant life. Here, nature is all around.The perfect place to recharge your batteries.>Vallorcine Tourist office

    The snow activities:

    Chamonix offers a multitude of slopes for all levels, each ski area having its own merit. Tremendously long slopes, skiing through the trees, freeride and off-piste, beginners slopes : an infinite number of possibilities for snowriders and mountain lovers alike.

    For detailed description of all the areas please see this link.
    http://www.chamonix.com/ski-areas,22,en.html

    Other activities:

    There is huge variety of things to do beside of skiing or snowboarding, such as hiking, speed riding, cross country skiing, swimming, ice skating.. as well as of course shopping and enjoying the lively town activities.

    For more info see the website. Nearby are also Italy and Switzerland..