In this exclusive interview, Destination Deluxe connects with Pema Aglossi, a visiting practitioner at Le Charles Latitude, to delve into his expertise in Yinyasa yoga. Pema Aglossi’s unique approach combines the best of both worlds, fusing the contemplative elements of Yin yoga with the dynamic flow of Vinyasa.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH THE PRACTICE OF YOGA? WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
Twenty years ago, my life was forever changed when I embraced yoga, specifically Ashtanga yoga, during my time in California. The practice not only transformed my physical wellbeing through enhanced flexibility but also filled me with a sense of positive energy and serenity that emanated from my inspirational teacher. This encounter marked the beginning of a lifelong journey that has not only improved my physical health but has also enriched my mental and spiritual dimensions, allowing me to navigate life’s challenges with grace and mindfulness.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Benevolent, Passionate, Solar.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YINYASA YOGA AND OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?
Yinyasa yoga is a unique fusion of Vinyasa and Yin yoga, distinguished primarily by the energy and teaching approach it incorporates. In Yinyasa, the instructor brings a distinctive blend of dynamism from Vinyasa, characterized by flowing movements and breath synchronization, together with the deep, introspective qualities of Yin yoga, where poses are held for extended periods to target connective tissues. This combination creates a harmonious balance, offering practitioners both the invigorating aspects of Vinyasa and the meditative, restorative benefits of Yin, resulting in a holistic and enriching yoga experience.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR FORM OF YOGA?
It is a creative practice. I really enjoy mixing both Yin and Yang energy to find a good balance within.
WHAT HAS YOGA DONE FOR YOU AS A PERSON?
Practice Yoga everyday, and you will find your true self.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ‘ME-TIME’ ACTIVITY WHEN YOU’RE NOT PRACTICING?
Hiking, surfing, dancing, cooking,…and contemplating the miracles of Mother Nature.
ARE YOU A VISITING PRACTITIONER AT ANY OF THE RESORTS AND WELLNESS RETREATS?
Yes, I host a retreat at Le Charles Latitude.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT AT YOUR RETREATS?
The retreats I offer are holistic and encompass various aspects of wellbeing. Beyond yoga, the programs address lifestyle habits, dietary choices, meditation, and more. Designed as all-encompassing wellness experiences, these retreats are suitable for a wide range of participants, providing a comprehensive approach to health and balance for everyone.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND YOUR RETREAT?
Everyone is welcome to the retreat.
YOUR MOTTO IN LIFE
“La vie est ici et maintenant, vis pleinement conscient! Cultive la joie en toi et repend la autour de toi!”
Life is here and now, live mindfully! Cultivate joy within you and spread it around you. Hakuna matata! Om shanti shanti shanti.
BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE ANYONE
Practice a little yoga everyday.