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Recently I was invited to be a guest at yoga workshop at Ushvani Spa in honor of International Yoga Day (June 21). I’ve taken yoga classes at various studios in the past and have been somewhat disappointed. They tended to be crowded so there wasn’t a whole lot of room for movement. And I was never sure if I was doing the postures entirely correctly. Because of the class size, the instructor wasn’t always able to see everyone who may have needed modifications. The instructors weren’t intentionally ignoring anyone, there were just too many people in the class to notice everything going on.
That was definitely not the case here. As per usual, the experience at Ushvani was perfection. Whether you’re receiving a treatment at the spa or attending a yoga class in the Sentosa studio, you get the feeling of peacefulness as soon as you walk in the door. It’s a common thread. And it all takes place in a gorgeous, secluded setting.
Ushvani feels like it’s your own private retreat. And for my yoga workshop, it kind of was, as there were only two of us there. Those who were unable to attend that evening really missed out on something special, because we had a small group which ended up having quite a nice discussion about yoga with our instructor, Ishat.
We started off by talking about what yoga means to us. I thought it was really interesting to learn about asanas, pranayama, kriyas and sutras. Yoga isn’t just about postures, but rather it’s a holistic discipline incorporating the mind, body and spirit. The word yoga means “union”.
After our discussion, we participated in a yoga session that lasted for an hour. The class was a nice combination of postures and it also incorporated pranayama (controlling the breath). It wasn’t just the usual expected sun salutations which was a pleasant and welcome surprise.
Ishat has such a calming presence and its hard not to pick up on it. It definitely came across at the workshop. You can tell that he is a person who genuinely loves what he is doing and it comes through in his teaching. He’s very good with his instruction, as well. He’s been practicing for over 20 years, so he has a lot of experience and is very knowledgeable. Ishat was great with reminding us to breathe and he was able to draw us back into the moment when some of us (that would be me!) would start to zone out a little bit.
By the end of the class I felt as if I had a good stretch, I was relaxed and I had learned more about what yoga is really about.
After the workshop ended, we continued our discussion for a little while longer over hibiscus tea and healthy treats. Ishat spoke about how he likes to practice mental yoga during the day. This intrigued me and has inspired me to try and to incorporate more mindfulness and intention into my daily life.
The workshops at Ushvani are held on a monthly basis. I will definitely return based on my experience with this workshop. Although I was a guest, the fee would normally be £30, so it doesn’t cost the earth to attend and I felt I really got something out of it. Additionally, yoga classes are held each Tuesday at 6:45 and cost £18.
Whether you live in London or are taking a holiday, I would highly recommend taking the time to visit Ushvani. It’s a hidden treasure. Whether at the spa or in the yoga studio, you’re sure to have an experience that you won’t soon forget.
Ushvani Spa. 1 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, SW3 2RJ. www.ushvani.com. +44 (0)20 7730 2888