Malta aims to become Europe’s yoga holiday capital

Malta is aiming to become Europe’s number one destination for yoga holidays.

The island has been featured on a yoga-themed sports programme on Austrian TV.

Scenes were shot at several Maltese landmarks, including Mdina, the Red Tower in Mellieha, Golden Bay, the Blue Grotto, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Grand Harbour and the Ramla Bay Resort in Marfa.

Malta was also featured in the September issue of Yoga Magazine, which has a monthly circulation of around 400,000 readers in the UK.

Sports tourism is growing in the Maltese Islands, according to new figures from Visit Malta.

The number of tourists visiting Malta and Gozo for diving holidays has increased by 14.7 percent in a year.

Scuba diving increased by 8.4 percent, hiking rose by 32 percent and the number of rock climbing enthusiasts coming to Malta increased by a whopping 91 percent.

Tourism bosses have announced plans to support 24 sporting events across Malta and Gozo next year.

Malta Tourism Authority executive chairman Gavin Gulia told 89.7 Bay: ‘Sports tourism is attracting more interest from overseas, and in fact, this year journalists were brought in from Canada and Japan for the Malta Marathon in February.’

What is yoga?

Yoga is now one of the most popular fitness regimes available.

The combination of exercise and relaxation seems to be a perfect antidote to our stressful modern lifestyles.

It is thought to have originated over 4,000 years ago somewhere on the Indian continent. Originally begun as a philosophy to help concentrate the mind, the postures were developed later to help aid meditation.

It is believed that yoga can help with a range of ailments. A survey by Health Which? revealed that yoga is a popular treatment for back and neck problems.

It can also help with asthma – due to the breathing techniques – improve the circulation, reduce the frequency of migraines and improve digestive complaints.