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Urban Retreat - Yoga and Natural Skincare. Shoreditch, June 2017.

42 Acres, 66 Leonard St, London EC2A 4LW

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All Levels. £110.

Imagine a Russian doll stacked up with her many ladies inside one another. This is how we see a person in yoga. Complex and layered. Right at the centre of this nest of dolls is the true Self.

In Yoga Philosophy these facets of ourselves are known as The Maya Koshas. One of the reasons yoga can be so affecting and effective is that it makes an effort to speak to the whole of the person.

It's less about doing a workout (although there may be challenging sequencing) and more about conditioning your physical body so that it can operate at its best whilst collaborating well with the other dimensions of you.

The first layer of the Koshas is Annamaya Kosha or 'The Food Sheath'. This represents our Body. Its translation from Sanskrit to English lays out the philosophy pretty clearly -You are what you eat.

We have teamed up with The Naturalista- Xochi Balfour to incorporate natural skincare into the day retreat. If the skin is the largest organ in the body, then perhaps it's important to think what its absorbing too. Xochi will guide us through making an almost edible -coconut, pink Himalayan salt and cardamom body scrub.

So you will go home having practiced 4 hours of yoga, eaten delicious food and with a handmade body scrub in hand ready for a Sunday evening bath. Bliss.

Schedule for the day:

10:00 – arrival

10:30 – 12:30 – Dynamic vinyasa flow with Ann Pidcock. Focused on nourishing the whole of our being through the structure of the Maya Koshas. Expect light yoga philosophy weaved into a fun 2 hours of creative flow. 

12:30 – 14:00 – Vegan Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Xochi Balfour, aka The Naturalista, is a holistic wellness guide and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. In this workshop Xochi will discuss the benefits of a more natural and organic approach to our skincare, while guiding us in making a beautiful coconut, pink Himalayan salt and cardamom body scrub to take home.

15:30 – 17:30 – Yin/restorative yoga with crystal healing bowls and yoga nidra (sleep meditation) to close, with Ann Pidcock. The perfect end to a Sunday: soothing, calm and deeply restorative.

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About Ann and the Yoga

Ann was first introduced to Yoga whilst training as a dancer at London Contemporary Dance School.                                                                                                  

The instant improvement she experienced in strength and flexibility made her curious to discover more about Yoga and it’s extensive uses and benefits.

For Ann one of the most exciting aspects of yoga is that it has the potential to recognise the whole of a being.  She has trained specifically with this interest and tailors her teaching to embrace this holistic approach.


Ann has been teaching a soft, creative style of Vinyasa Flow across London for the past 9 years. 

Her original teacher training was 500 hours BWY with Danny DeVille.  She has since sought out wisdom from many wonderful teachers, adding texture and depth to this foundation.

Her interest in how the body moves is largely influenced by her work in dance, whereas the breathing, asana and esoteric elements stem from her education in Yoga and its rich history of ideas and styles.


Ann trained in restorative with Judith Hanson Lasater and is a certified 'Relax and Renew' teacher. 

Believing whole heartedly that being able to access this profoundly restful state is deeply important to being healthy human beings.

It works in harmony with her more flow based teachings and fits well with embracing all necessary aspects of wellness.


Nidra translates as sleep. 

This is a guided meditation which welcomes you home to your true nature. Something to be experienced rather than described!

Ann studied with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli and continues her studies into Richard Miller's 'iRest' method.

About Xochi Balfour

Xochi Balfour is a holistic wellness guide and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist (Dip NT, CNM). Through her writing and work with groups and individuals, she explores all areas of vitality – combining diet, natural living and various methods of spiritual inquiry to guide her readers and clients in cultivating more balance and harmony within and without. 

She recently published her first book, The Naturalista: nourishing recipes to live well, and is a contributing editor for Psychologies magazine. She holds regular retreats with her husband Ben and works with teachers near and far to deepen her understanding of what it means to be well in the 21st century. Through her nutritional therapy coaching, she works with individuals to rebalance and re-empower themselves through holistic nutrition, natural living and mindful self-practice.

About 42 Acres Shoreditch

42 ACRES Shoreditch is a retreat and co-working space, and is about redefining the way we live and work and how we connect to ourselves and others. They are building a membership of people and organisations who want to be involved in shaping our co-working sanctuary. With a sense of freedom and possibility – they believe things can happen differently. 

Planet-friendly and carbon positive; they are bringing nature in with a living breathing space. They are a home for conscious talks, events and workshops; opening minds and fostering a growing conscious culture.