High on the list of things that I miss about London are the yoga and pilates classes I used to attend.
So I am delighted to have finally found a yoga class that I really enjoy here in France. Taught by Philippa Manning-Smith, it takes place at the bar in Champniers, 10.30 am Monday mornings - ideally timed to set you up for the week ahead.
It's a very gentle class - suitable for beginners - and includes meditation and breathing exercises. I'm a recent convert to the benefits of meditation and was astonished to discover the physical and psychological effects it can bring.
After an hour and a half of the slow twisting and stretching exercises, to the sound of birds tweeting outside, you will feel like a different person. It's as calming as watching a Poitevin sunset. Afterwards you might even find yourself able to call France Telecom without losing your cool.
For details of other classes in the area, contact Philippa on 05 17 42 60 86/06 21 51 24 81 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org