Recharging weekly sessions of Ahstanga Yoga at Heavenly Spa by Westin led by resident wellness specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal
Award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin continues to inspire healthy lifestyle seekers with its signature programme of wellness activities. From July onwards, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s resident wellness specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal, will be introducing guests to the recharging benefits of Ashtanga Yoga with weekly sessions.
Asthanga Yoga is known as ‘the journey towards freedom’. The true miracle lies in self eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honour the uniqueness and the freedom of each sentient being to sing the song from the heart. Ashtanga comes from the words ‘ashta’ meaning eight and ‘anga’ that means limbs or steps. Ashtanga Yoga is a journey of eight steps towards self-freedom or Samadhi, which refers to ultimate mental and physical freedom. It is a dynamic form of yoga that emphasises the harmonic connection of breath and movement. The poses in Ashtanga are always performed in the same order allowing students to learn the sequence and focus on the internal, meditative aspects of the practice.
Pokhriyal hails from the birthplace of yoga in India and his role at the resort is to cultivate renewal. He is in charge of an enriching Wellness Calendar, which is a thoughtfully crafted menu of interactive sessions to uplift body, mind and spirit. These encounters focus on holistic wellness and draw on Bali’s traditional healing practices.
Apart from teaching a number of different yoga and meditation styles, Pokhriyal also conducts a series of regular Life Talks. He touches on universal subjects that are pertinent to embracing a healthier and happier way of life. He is passionate about the history of yoga and his wide-ranging knowledge encompasses aspects such as the anatomy of posture and essential breathing techniques. As an accomplished instructor, he teaches groups and individuals based on proficiency. During these classes he encourages participants to challenge themselves but is always mindful of personal limitations.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali aims to preserve wellness through travel. This concept is supported by various initiatives led by Jitendra who is available to help guests achieve their lifestyle goals. Every Friday at Heavenly Spa’s Wellness Platform, Pokhriyal holds a session of Ashtanga Yoga in a peaceful garden setting. During this weekly class, guests will learn to connect breath and movement as well as how to perform various poses with the correct methodology and alignment. A number of other wellness experiences are scheduled throughout the remainder of each day for the pleasure of resident and non-resident guests.