Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Primrose Hills' Favourite Yogi

"He's the Primrose Hill set's favourite Yogi. So when Simon Low introduces a new way to practice the Ancient Art, you know it'll be the next big thing."

Pilates teacher Nisha Srivastava has just spent an Easter retreat with Simon Low. The retreat was held at Bore's Place Organic Farm, Seven Oakes, Kent.

"Standing in a renovated barn with fellow yogis Simon proceeded to guide the group through a flowing sequence of movements, its different from mainstream yoga this is "Yin and Yang" yoga -the latest rereading of the ancient Indian system of personal development that aims to balance body, mind and spirit".

It combines physical postures (asanas) with controlled breathing(pranayama),but in several ways it is unique: the program combines a balanced number of passive asanas inspired by Chinese Taoist yoga(the yin part)and an energetic, flowing sequence that will challenge the most experienced students(the yang part).

"Each morning a fellow yogi glided through the corridors of the old Tudor manor house awakening us with the tingling of Tibetan bells. We proceeded to take a two hour silence walk through the rural country side marching like Buddhist monks one behind the other, before commencing our yoga practice in the old renovated barn.

I will now be adapting elements of the the yin and yang into my Pilates classes.

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