What’s new at Monte-Carlo Beach, you ask? The answer is so many things, as is the case each year. Leading the way is the highly anticipated wellbeing center for gentle physical and emotional disciplines. Le Tigre Monte-Carlo offers open-air treatments and yoga sessions, making it the ideal place to reconnect with your inner self and the natural world. In this article, we meet the concept’s creator Élodie Garamond, and Monte-Carlo Beach Director Danièle Garcelon, who is thrilled to be able to offer her guests this exceptional new experience.
Le Tigre Monte-Carlo has taken up residence at Monte-Carlo Beach. Was that an obvious choice to make?
Élodie Garamond: Le Tigre is a state of mind. Its wellbeing centers offer a wide range of gentle physical and emotional therapeutic disciplines that help people reconnect with their inner selves. These include pilates, energy-based arts such as tai chi and qigong, as well as meditation, sophrology and yoga nidra. So to answer your question, yes, it was obvious to us that we should set up Le Tigre here. We fell in love with Monte-Carlo and vice versa, and we also share certain values.
Danièle Garcelon: It’s all about respect for yourself, other people and the environment. By taking care of yourself, you can take care of others and the world in which we live and thrive. Thanks to its wide range of activities, Monte-Carlo Beach provides a unique experience in an outstanding resort. It’s a little slice of open-air paradise beside the sea, in the midst of a pine forest just a stone’s throw from the city center. Le Tigre Monte-Carlo couldn’t be anywhere else. It responds to genuine customer demand.
Élodie, what is your earliest memory of Monte-Carlo Beach?
E.G: I remember walking on to La Vigie's terrace and sitting down, turning my face to the sun. We feel a complete connection to this place. As part of our yoga practice, we place a lot of emphasis on connections with elements of the natural world, and we have them all here, mineral, plant, water and sun. It’s really excellent to be able to offer quite advanced yoga in an environment that accelerates our ability to connect with ourselves and the natural world. All that inevitably changes the effect it has on your body.
Is that why you created the capsules Le Tigre has set up in hotels?
E.G: Yes, yoga is now sufficiently popular and embedded in people's lives for them to want to keep up their practice on vacation. It’s addictive. It’s a way of life. People who do it don’t just want to go to yoga classes anymore, they want vinyasa, hatha and so on.
How do you adapt your yoga to all these eclectic demands?
E.G: Our range is varied enough to satisfy everyone. Beginners don't have the same support needs and expectations as someone who has been practicing for 10 years. We also adapt the various disciplines. These days, there are as many different types of yoga as there are types of dance. From meditative yoga to restorative yoga or more dynamic disciplines, everything’s possible. We adapt to the rhythm and goals people have, whether that’s to unwind, foster better sleep, relax or reenergize. All our instructors are selected by Le Tigre. We adapt to our environment, to the hours of sunlight available, to the wind, and so on.
Can you tell us a little more about your wellness retreats?
E.G: They run over a few days, during which we invite participants to adopt a mindset of light withdrawal from the five senses. This concept is called pratyahara in Sanskrit, and it means taking a moment out of time and space, and finding a way to step back from our routines through a specially designed program, specific food choices, classes, walks and treatments. These concepts work very well, as people really feel the need to take time out for themselves. Often, people love to come to the retreats on their own. We offer a wide range of programs and a lot of guidance, all within a very caring environment.
Is that something that resonates with Monte-Carlo Beach?
D.G: Yes, our guests are often stressed when they arrive, but something magical happens about half an hour later. They are in just the right place to let go. Le Tigre Monte-Carlo completely reflects this notion.
E.G: Yoga is one of the very few disciplines in which there is no sense of competition, no exams and no levels to aim for. The only thing you need is to know how to breathe. For the last six years, we’ve worked hard on our teaching approach, explaining to people that this is a way of life and not just an occasion to Instagram yourself doing the splits.
The Monte-Carlo Beach x Le Tigre Monte-Carlo playlist
If Monte-Carlo Beach were a yoga discipline… “It would be kundalini: primal energy yoga. We have energy networks running around our bodies, as well as seven chakras along our spines. Yogis imagine kundalini as a snake coiled up at the base of your spine that opens up your seven chakras one by one as it moves further and further up. The exercises are very energetic, and there are also chants and some very powerful breathing, all of which release our emotions, inner joy and tears.”
The best thing to read to prepare for your wellness retreat is… “The Four Agreements, which isn’t about yoga or meditation, but positive thinking. It’s a cult book written by Don Miguel Ruiz that empowers you to create four foundational pillars for your life.”
The best background music for doing yoga at Monte-Carlo Beach is… “The sound of the waves, birdsong, a child bursting into laughter… Just the sound of life, really. Because Monte-Carlo Beach is all about love.”