venerdì 25 luglio 2014
Yana Lewis and apples (Yana Lewis e le mele)
Yana Lewis’ work covers a broad spectrum – from modern dance companies to classical ballet solos playing principal roles in ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’….
An international ballerina, director and choreographer, Yana Lewis was born in the UK, and has lived in India since 1998. Her dancing career began at the age of 2 in London, and from that moment on dance has been not just been a passion but a way of life. She is also a dedicated practitioner of Iyengar yoga for more than 20 years. She came to India on the 80th birthday of her guru, Shri B. K. S. Iyengar, a visit that sparked off a lasting and deep-seated affinity to India and the beginning of in-depth research into Indian culture and dance
Yana considers yoga as a medium to travel deep inside and practices and teaches it regularly. She has developed her own signature style by marrying her love for yoga with ballet. She has also made a contribution to ‘Iyengar, The Yoga Master’ book through a chapter on ‘The Dancer’s Posture’.
Yana has performed extensively both on stage and on TV, and has produced and directed her own shows in the UK and India. Her work covers a broad spectrum – from modern dance companies to classical ballet solos playing principal roles in ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Peter and the Wolf’. Her work also includes choreographer or feature artiste for numerous music videos, with Elton John, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins and Ray Parker Junior from Ghostbusters. Yana has performed extensively for BBC TV’s longest running music show. Her TV credits also include ‘A Proper Nureyev’ and ‘The Young Ones’.
In 2002, she founded the Yana Lewis Dance Company in India, specialising in classical ballet and jazz, with a diverse repertoire including Hawaiian, African tribal and street jazz. Biannually, she stages and choreographs large-scale dance productions featuring her Company and Academy.
An apple a day is the fitness mantra of this lady, who lives only on apples and keeps other food completely at bay.
Yana Louis (46), a ballet dancer and yoga trainer from London and now settled in Bangalore, has been living on apples for the past twenty years. "She doesn't eat any food items as we do," said Sarvana Dhanpal, Yana's friend. "She is doing it for the past two decades. She believes that this habit keeps her healthy."
Yana strictly believes in the adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away. She quit eating cooked and processed food at the age of 26 and has been living only on fruits since then. According to her, such foods are hard to digest and contribute little nutritionally as they contain synthetic chemicals and added flavours. Yana, however, occasionally consumes nuts and other fruits too.
She feels that eating apples helps her to live in harmony with nature. "This is the way I have found to live with the nature," said Yana Louis. "I eat apples because they keep us healthy and fit. I eat fruits that emerge only out of flowers."
For Yana, fruits are the best source of energy to keep the body sound and healthy. Though she doesn't have a strict timetable for eating fruits, Yana eats apples whenever she is hungry.
Yana says that these fruits keep her active and energetic throughout the day, in which she practises and teaches ballet for more than eight hours and also yoga for about three hours.
Yana, who has designed a comprehensive exercise programme combining callanetics and pilates that consists of non-aerobic exercises to strengthen muscles without building muscle bulk, believes that the habit of eating apples helps her overcome physical weaknesses.
"Over time, this habit combined with good exercise helps in developing a toned and sculpted physique," said Yana.