My review of RESET: an Urban Day Retreat with Ann Pidcock and Xochi Balfour in central London.
It’s that time of year when holiday season is under way, our social media feeds are full of blue skies, blue seas and sun-soaked beaches. Natarajasanas with sunset backdrops on Instagram become, if possible, even more prolific, and we find ourselves longing for a break, a chance to relax, decompress, to treat ourselves to a full physical and emotional reset.
For most of us, it’s not possible to jet off to tropical locations at a moment’s notice. So what if we could capture the essence of that reset in just one day, a little closer to home, achieve full relaxation and come out of it feeling that same sense of contentment, wellbeing?
When I was invited to RESET: an Urban Day Retreat with Ann Pidcock and Xochi Balfour I was looking forward to a day filled with lovely yoga, meeting like-minded people, and getting stuck in to handmade cosmetics with Xochi in a natural skincare workshop. It definitely gave me all those things. What I hadn’t considered, was that I’d come away from the day with so much more.
The workshop took place in the stunning 42 Acres in Shoreditch. Our morning began with a welcome from Ann, and, to begin our Vinyasa Flow class, an introduction to the Five Maya Koshas. The Koshas are, according to yogic philosophy, the five ‘sheaths’ of being. From the outer sheath, ‘Annamaya Kosha’, representing the physical body, through to the inner sheath ‘Anandamaya Kosha’, the subtlest body of all, and referred to as ‘spiritual bliss’. The idea is that we are all made up of these five Koshas, and while we are usually more in touch with one or two, to achieve true health, harmony and balance, we need to observe and look after all five–the entirety of the being. There’s a nice article about the Kosha’s here. Continue reading