Maya Fiennes in Easy Living Feb 2009

Maya Fiennes in the February 2009 issue of Easy Living

Yoga, Spa and Steel Bands  

The Tester
  Vishaka Read
The Holiday
  The Vitality Programme at Carlisle Bay, Antigua
The Fitness Level
  I hadn't been near a yoga mat for about two years, and a painful ski injury four months earlier had left me feeling very out of shape and lumpy.

The Workout Bit

The lynchpin of Vitality week is Kundalini Yoga teacher Maya Fiennes. An eccentric, Macedonian-boren former concert pianist, she is known for her unique approach to yoga, which incorporates song, chanting, breathing and movement.

It leaves you feeling light-headed euphoric and sometimes emotional - it's not uncommon for people to burst into tears during her classes. Over the week she moves through your body's different chakras, working on each in turn. By the end you feel a stretchier stress-free version of yourself.

Classes are held in a small pavilion set back from the beach, or on the wooden jetty, and accompanied by Maya's hypnotic music and the sound of chattering tropical birds.

The rest of the day can be spent working up a sweat on one of the nine tennis courts, doing circuits on the beach and swimming in the hotel's enormous free-form pool - or the glassy-clear sea fronting it.


  British Airways Holidays offer Seven nights at the Carlisle Bay, Antigua, from £2,505pp inc flights and accommodation in a garden suite on a full board basis for the Vitality Programme. For reservations call BA Prestige Collection on 0844 493 0752.