Yoga for Beginners: 3 Quick Tips from Award-Winning Duniye Spa Maldives

Looking to incorporate Yoga into your health and wellness routine but don’t know where to start? Here are 3 quick yoga poses or Asanas for beginners and tips to practice at home, at the gym or even on the soft, white sandy beach at Meeru Island Resort & Spa with qualified practitioners from our award-winning Duniye Spa.


Each session begins with prayer, Pranayama or breathing exercises, and Salutations to the Sun.

1. Adho Mukha Śvānāsana – Downward-Facing Dog (5 Minutes)

One of the most popular Yoga poses for beginners around the world, the Downward-Facing Dog serves to calm the brain, help relieve stress and stretch the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands.

The pose starts off on your hands and knees with palms and shoulders aligned. Lift up your hips by pressing down through your hands and toes while you exhale. Find and maintain the length of your spine before stretching your knees and thighs. Once you’ve found your balance, you can begin refining the pose with deep breathes.


Tip: Don’t worry if the soles of your feet are not flat on the mat after you’ve lifted your hips. With enough practice, this becomes natural.


2. Bhujangasana – The Cobra Pose (5 Minutes)

Another easy pose for beginners – the Cobra helps open the chest and strengthen the core body while aligning the spine and invigorating the kidneys and nervous system.

Return from the Downward-Facing Dog pose and lay flat on your belly with your palms flat on your mat and legs placed together. Squeeze the thighs, press your pelvic onto the mat and lift your head and chest while you inhale. Keeping the neck aligned with the spine, use your palms to boost you further up as you drop your shoulders and push your chest forward.


Tip: To reduce strain in the low back you can either increase the bend in the elbows or walk your hands further forward.

3. Padmasana – The Lotus Pose (5 Minutes)

The classic pose is known to prepare beginners for deep meditation, allowing the mind and body drift into a state of relaxation and mindfulness.

While seated upright on your mat with your legs stretched apart, pull your right ankle towards your left hip and rest the top of your foot onto your hip crease. Repeat the same for your left ankle and foot onto your right hip. In the full position, your legs become like the petals of a lotus flower, gently dropping open.


Tip: Be sure to incorporate plenty of hip-opening stretches into your regular practice before trying the Lotus Pose.


End your session with 5 minutes of meditation as a part of mindfulness and enhancing your day-to-day awareness. Read more about Mindfulness and holistic wellness while on holiday and at home from the Crown & Champa Resorts Blog.




Enjoy additional peace of mind, consciousness and wellbeing. Sign up for our group yoga sessions on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at our Main Reception or by dialing Land Spa’s extension on 3030 or our Over-the-Water Spa’s telephone extension on 3040. The group yoga sessions are complimentary for guests on our All Inclusive Plan.


June 21 is celebrated annually as International Yoga Day. The 5000-year-old body of knowledge harmonizes individual and universal consciousness for a holistic approach to wellbeing. Yoga brings together a number of physical twists, turns and stretches to exercise the body, while the breathing and meditation offers mindfulness in mind, body and soul.


Frequent Yoga and Meditation improves muscle strength, flexibility, and increases bone health and blood flow. Other benefits include releasing tension from limbs and reducing high blood pressure, as well as regulating digestion and easing chronic pain.


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Recap at Meeru Island: Initiatives to Protect the Environment and the Ocean

On June 5, 2018, Meeru Island Resort & Spa celebrated World Environment Day with an educational and insightful Back-of-House Tour, which included our very own Meeru Garden and Greenhouse, as well as the Fresh Water and Water Bottling Plants. Meeru continues to actively show support of an environmentally sustainable future for the Maldives through a daily commitment towards creating awareness.


Since the day began in 1972, people from around the world hosted a number of events in support of more positive environmental action, from connecting with nature to reducing carbon footprints and action against wildlife crime. Meeru has been an avid participant of World Environment Day over the years, but also, in each and every way to conserve the pristine nature of the Maldives and protect our unique marine life.


Closely related to a sustainable environment for the Maldives, is preserving and protecting our ocean. With 26 atolls covering 90 000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean and over 2000 species of tropical fish residing in the Maldives’ warm, crystal clear waters, protecting our Ocean is just as important.



For World Oceans Day on June 8, 2018, Meeru hosted a lagoon cleaning activity together with the Euro-Divers team, where staff and guests joined in an effort to clear out the pristine lagoon of any remaining debris, which is a daily action towards maintaining our beautiful marine ecology.


Both occasions where held under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”, to coincide with theme from Earth Day on April 22. The theme recognizes the effects of plastic pollution on our environment, wildlife, marine ecology and the planet as a whole, with billions of people building awareness and taking action towards a plastic-free future.


At Meeru, we are dedicated to advocating environmentally sustainable business operations, with an aim to positively impact the communities in which we operate through energy-efficient practices and sustainable education while maintaining high-quality services to our guests. We continuously strive to incorporate good environmental practices into all of our decisions and operations.


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Secrets to Success: 23 Years and Thriving at Meeru Island

Ali Noorahdheen, Senior Outlet Supervisor at award-winning Meeru Island Resort & Spa is well on his way to completing 23 years of service, with numerous accolades for Employee of the Month, Supervisor of the Month and Supervisor of the year 2009. Noorahdheen offers insightful secrets to success in the Food & Beverage arena and supervising Resort outlets in the Maldives.


Food & Beverage is an important part of the guest experience, especially in remote destinations such as the Maldives. As one of the larger Resorts in the country, Meeru features a total of 11 Outlets: 2 Buffet Restaurants; 3 a la carte Restaurants, including Meeru Café; and 6 Bars.


Born in Addu Atoll and having schooled in Seenu Atoll, Noorahdheen’s humble beginnings as a laborer and continued work in various departments, including Housekeeping, have accumulated into a wealth of knowledge and an acute experience of the Hospitality Industry. He has achieved an impressive repertoire of training certifications, such as Fire Fighting, First Aid, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Wine and Wine Tasting, Customer Care, Computer Systems, Supervisor Skills and Stress Management.


Secrets to Success: Meeru Island


When asked what the most important aspect of working in the Hospitality Industry is, Noorahdheen says, “Respecting guests, providing great service each and every day, and teamwork”. He mentions that in all his years in the Industry, the best compliment he has ever received was from a guest, one who regarded him and the Meeru Team as family.


At Meeru, Noorahdheen is a valuable member of the Food & Beverage Department who began his career in 1995 as a Waiter, then promoted to Head Waiter and currently serving as the Senior Outlets Manager. His responsibilities are to ensure that the Outlets, especially Asian Wok Restaurant & Bar, are operating at optimal level and the team is consistently exceeding guests’ expectations.


“The ability to motivate team and creating a positive work place is what makes a great Supervisor and a necessary characteristic.”


Secrets to Success: Meeru Employee Award Ceremony


In appreciation of his long service at Meeru, Noorahdheen recalls the special memories from his sponsored trip to Singapore for 8 days, where he enjoyed exploring the different cultures, cuisine and hospitality standards.


Noorahdheen spends some of his spare time playing football and keeping fit on Meeru’s Football Grounds. Often, Guests join in on the fun and participate in regularly held Guest vs. Staff Friendly Football Matches. His favorite dish at Asian Wok is Tandhoori Prawns and he recommends the Maldivian Dream cocktail best enjoyed with the amazing sunset views at the over-the-water Restaurant.


“My advise to young waiters is to be on time, think positive and follow the rules.”


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