Urban Yoga Retreat
I hosted my first Urban Yoga Retreat in London this weekend at one of my all time favourite studios, Yoga Haven in Islington. My aim was to bring the benefits of a Bilbao Yoga Retreat to the city and help ease the stresses of modern life through a combination of Buddhist meditation techniques, pranayama (breath work) and asana. In the above picture you can see the grand finale as people drifted off into a much needed yogic sleep in the final relaxation practice.
I am always so impressed by how hard working people are. One of my good friends who attended, Melina has recently left a very busy job at net-a-porter to work with Belstaff on various exciting new projects, told me she was desperately in need of some yoga after working 12 hour days for the last 3 months like a crazy women. Matt, a Deputy Head at a north London school had just got back from taking 40 teenagers skiing, constantly has piles of marking to complete alongside give stimulating lessons, decorate a new house, plan a wedding and try to find time for fitness. With such yang (busy) lifestyles it’s so important to give the body some yin style loving in the form of a well-rounded and un-rushed yoga class before illness, depression, stress and pure exhaustion arrive, all of which cause big problems and downgrade your quality of life.
One message I try to convey in my teachings is the absolute need for rest. The art of learning to do nothing and watch trees grow is a hard skill to develop especially when we have so many obligations, but if you really want a healthy and happy life then that is key - to do nothing. Easier said than done, I know, but lets start with digging out that deck chair and relaxing with nature.