Renata, the instructor, is easily identifiable in with her gaudy Lycra leggings. There are about 15 of us sat on the mats. The group is predominantly female though a handful of guys are dotted around and there is a range of abilities from first-timers like moi, to weekly devotees.
In my early 20s, a friend took me to her gym, where I decided to weigh myself. The number on the scale horrified me so much that I immediately started to make better choices around eating and continued to exercise almost everyday.
The company's new CEO may herald a transition that makes the founder's distasteful statements and sizing issues a bad memory. But you can bet that lululemon will become a more frequent sight at our yoga studios and gyms, just as it has in America, despite the high prices.
"You've got to let your body feel WHAM!'s Rhythm", the teacher explains, "once you've mastered that - it's just about timing your pulsations". WHAM - an interesting choice of background music I thought, but the minute Diana Ross hit the speakers, I knew this was not your usual Yoga class.
I was duped into going on the understanding I was tootling down to Devon for a spa break with a friend. I swear the first sentence of the email that came through from aforementioned friend, was along the lines of 'Conde Nast Traveller voted it best spa retreat in 2012'. There may have been other lines; I just didn't read them. So deposit paid, time booked off work, and then the kit-list arrived.
According to a new survey, released by Bupa, stress is at chronic proportions in Britain with 44 % of the adult population suffering from debilitating stress. Out of these frazzled people, two-fifths (27%) say they regularly feel close to breaking point.
I suffer from of RSI (repetitive strain injury) and have spent the past decade trying to figure out how to manage my symptoms. Stopping writing is not an option. Eventually a friend suggested pilates and finally I took control of my posture and my body. Next I discovered yoga
So, in Berlin and London, we are busy with getting the film off the ground. 4 am wake up calls, with meditation and bowing, followed by 6am breakfasts. We, currently 2 nations, 6 children, 3 ex-partners, numerous friends, and bits of Hollywood, are all working on this, this film HereNowNeverNowhere. It is pulling together the strengths of a patchwork family.
If so, you really have my sympathy. Tinnitus is a distressing condition for an estimated 10% of the world's population including the UK and 50 million people in the USA. The medical profession have many theories as to the cause, but few concrete answers or effective treatments. More often than not, sufferers are sent away and just told to learn to live with it.
I'm just drawing your attention to the human disease of judging other people based on your own opinions. And I'm talking at a very base every day level here. The way when someone tells us they are going to Greece for a holiday and we pour scorn on that idea - basically because we don't like Greece for whatever reason.
So there I was, 40-something years old, chanting, humming, and heartily exhaling - hypnotised by the Caribbean sea - learning to breathe (correctly). And I really can't remember the last time I felt so energised...
I urge the broken hearted to get off the sofa, put down your Ben & Jerry's and take up a form of sport - it doesn't matter what it is but just get moving. Not only will this heal the heart and mind, but remember you are now single so you want to get in shape!
I often end my yoga classes with this thought: If you are feeling strong, in good health and at peace then take a moment to have gratitude for how rich you are. For it is only he who has a healthy body and sound mind who can truly consider himself a wealthy being.
There is a natural way to remind us how to be happy - through meditation - the superfood for the mind. It's been around for thousands of years, has no negative side effects and our brain power is enhanced and not ruined. There are countless scientific studies showing the huge benefits of meditation for the mind, the body and our general wellbeing.
I love to do my practice but I've managed to break free of that 'must do' mentality as it was driving me round the bloody bend. It was turning good stuff into bad stuff and what was practised to alleviate/manage the suffering actually became a part of the suffering. So some weeks, I'm a six day kind of guy and on others maybe one or two as I've got to do what's appropriate there and then.
Appreciate the people I love and the things I have so when it comes time, when it is meant to be no more, there isn't a feeling of loss nor a need to hang on. No regrets or should have dones. Just this feeling that I lived it well and did my life, this precious life, justice.