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Published on : Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Enhance mental and physical wellbeing at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai with a fully-rounded yoga and Pilates experience. The Resort’s deeply talented resident Health & Wellness Manager Dheeraj Singh Patwal will guide guests on a delightful journey.
A devoted student of the relationship between spirituality and the body, Dheeraj thrives on helping people find their inner bliss and regenerate their energies. His passion for sharing the health, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga and Pilates create a tangible aura of positive energy and serenity that guests are naturally drawn to.
Dheeraj began his teaching journey as a yoga instructor at ashramas and universities in India. He then took his command of the ancient science to other lands, first China, then Mauritius. In 2013, Four Seasons welcomed him into its family, to work with guests at its Maldives resorts for more than two years. The Thailand chapter of Dheeraj’s unique mission began in 2015, when he joined the dynamic team at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.
“I love the powerful environment of this lush valley, with its pure mountain air and unspoiled tropical beauty,” he relates. “Teaching and sharing health knowledge and experience at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai actually makes each day better.”
Dheeraj was born in Rishikesh, India, the world capital of yoga, where the spiritual is part and parcel of everyday life. This is where he learned his very first asana at the tender age of just nine, beside the sacred Ganges River in the Himalayan foothills. Since then, there has been no looking back. After studying yoga and meditation atashramas and university, Dheeraj expanded his horizons and learned Romana’s Pilates under the supervision of Cynthia Lochard – one of the four Pilates Grand Masters in the world – to became a certified instructor. Next, he studied Reiki and Ayurvedic massage for an even more holistic approach to well-being.
For Dheeraj, yoga is a way of life: he goes back to India frequently to connect with his guru, and travels to new places to satisfy his quest for continual growth and learning. He can also be found at seminars that explore the role of yoga and spirituality in the modern world. Each day begins and ends with half an hour of mantra chanting and meditation, which helps him remain calm, focused and balanced.
Guests who are new to yoga or Pilates often ask if the classes are difficult. As Dheeraj says reassuringly, “At some point, we all are beginners.” He advises first-timers not to worry, offering a few preparatory tips to focus on instead: get to the class early so you have time to settle down, wear comfortable clothes, and do not push yourself to begin right away. “Take all the time you need to understand and get comfortable with the practice. Most importantly, ask questions!”
In the early dawn, Dheeraj can often be found practicing the headstand pose after the sunrise yoga class he takes at the Yoga Barn at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai – his favourite asana and “serene energy” spot in the verdant valley. His yogic devotion extends to daily meditation, spiritual songs and prayer, bringing a pure, peaceful energy to Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.