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Ladies who LUNGE! Tatler reveals the beauties of society who have fallen in love with yoga

The Duchess of Sussex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall would all relax during a yoga session.

But they’re far from the only high society fitness fans who rely on time on the mat to stay smooth and centered, according to Tatler.

Here, in an exclusive excerpt from the September issues, society’s bible introduces the affluent yoginis who just can’t get enough of their sun salutations – and even organize retreats on their stately stacks.

All-American queen of the scene: Viscount Hinchingbrooke, wife of the Earl of Sandwich, whose hot yoga class at Triyoga Chelsea was a hot ticket to the Covid-19 lock

All-American queen of the scene: Viscount Hinchingbrooke, wife of the Earl of Sandwich, whose hot yoga class at Triyoga Chelsea was a hot ticket to the Covid-19 lock

Choose a stately pose: Viscount Hinchingbrooke shows her skills in a garden

Choose a stately pose: Viscount Hinchingbrooke shows her skills in a garden

Choose a stately pose: Viscount Hinchingbrooke shows her skills in a garden

Strong and Smooth: Countess Anna de Pahlen, who now teaches at The Power Yoga Company in Parsons Green. Anna is the daughter of Fiat Margherita Agnelli's heiress

Strong and Smooth: Countess Anna de Pahlen, who now teaches at The Power Yoga Company in Parsons Green. Anna is the daughter of Fiat Margherita Agnelli's heiress

Strong and Smooth: Countess Anna de Pahlen, who now teaches at The Power Yoga Company in Parsons Green. Anna is the daughter of Fiat Margherita Agnelli’s heiress

The all-American queen of the scene is Viscount Hinchingbrooke, whose hot yoga class at Triyoga Chelsea was a hot ticket to Covid-19 lock. She also trains new yoginis, such as Countess Anna de Pahlen, who now teaches at The Power Yoga Company in Parsons Green (her online classes recently taught her young niece and nephew to learn the moves).

“Julie is an inspiration to me,” says Anna, Fiat Margherita Agnelli’s heiress daughter. “I’ve always been sporty, but I find yoga very healing, especially when I practice in nature in Sri Lanka or at one of my retreats in Corsica.”

The American influence on high society’s yoga aspiration is hard to ignore. The US-educated Marquise of Northampton has created a wellness retreat schedule at Castle Ashby, while the Californian Countess of Devon hosts yoga classes at Powderham Castle.

Speaking of Californians, the Duchess of Sussex’s dedication to the practice is to be commended – but for the energetic young aristocrats who have been performing asanas on their estates for centuries, the only way to get to the top is to teach.

LADY SWEAT

Friendly: Zoe Warren, daughter of the recently titled 14th Earl of Galloway, became a lockdown hero after raising thousands for the NHS through her online yoga classes

Friendly: Zoe Warren, daughter of the recently titled 14th Earl of Galloway, became a lockdown hero after raising thousands for the NHS through her online yoga classes

Friendly: Zoe Warren, daughter of the recently titled 14th Earl of Galloway, became a lockdown hero after raising thousands for the NHS through her online yoga classes

Zoe's daughter Zalie is the goddaughter of the Duke of Sussex and was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Meghan Markle, pictured

Zoe's daughter Zalie is the goddaughter of the Duke of Sussex and was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Meghan Markle, pictured

Zoe is married to Jake Warren (together at Princess Eugenie's wedding), who is a friend of Prince William and Prince Harry

Zoe is married to Jake Warren (together at Princess Eugenie's wedding), who is a friend of Prince William and Prince Harry

Society friends: Daisy Hambro and the Duchess of Cambridge’s best friend Sophie Snuggs took part in her virtual classes. Zoe is married to Jake Warren (together at Princess Eugenie’s wedding), who is a friend of Prince William and Prince Harry. Her daughter Zalie is the goddaughter of the Duke of Sussex and was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Meghan Markle, left

Kind-hearted Zoë, daughter of the recently titled 14th Earl of Galloway, became a lockdown hero after raising thousands for the NHS through her online yoga classes.

The philanthropic yogini requested charitable donations in exchange for her weekly virtual classes, which included social buddies like Daisy Hambro and the Duchess of Cambridge’s best friend Sophie Snuggs.

After being trained as a teacher at The Power Yoga Company and Triyoga 10 years ago, the mother of two (whose daughter Zalie was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding) now teaches at Wasing Park in Hampshire, between hair in online tutorials. She also works with Age UK to encourage the older generation to remain flexible.

LADIES BELLA SOMERSET

On top of the world: Bella, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, experienced such a mental transformation after her first yoga session at The Life Center in Notting Hill that she now shares the healing powers of asanas during retreats high in the Himalayas

On top of the world: Bella, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, experienced such a mental transformation after her first yoga session at The Life Center in Notting Hill that she now shares the healing powers of asanas during retreats high in the Himalayas

On top of the world: Bella, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, experienced such a mental transformation after her first yoga session at The Life Center in Notting Hill that she now shares the healing powers of asanas during retreats high in the Himalayas

Bella, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, experienced such a mental transformation after her first yoga session at The Life Center in Notting Hill that she now shares the healing powers of asanas during retreats high in the Himalayas.

“The background of the Annapurna peaks is magical,” she says. Yoga grounds and centers me. The secondary benefit is the tonic effect on my body. As someone who has had an unhealthy relationship with food and body image, this has helped me feel calmer and more comfortable in a healthy, slim body, rather than forcing my body to be skinny. Bella’s Magic Mountains retreats take place closer to home, in the Lake District, and at Daylesford in Gloucestershire.

During the lockdown, she started conducting online classes from Badminton, the family seat. Expect to see her back in London in the future and perfect her pranayama (breathing) techniques with her Triyoga strain.

LADY SOPHIE NEVILL

Serene: Lady Sophie Nevill, daughter of the Marquess of Abergavenny and heir to the family seat at Eridge Park, Kent, exudes an air of serenity

Serene: Lady Sophie Nevill, daughter of the Marquess of Abergavenny and heir to the family seat at Eridge Park, Kent, exudes an air of serenity

Serene: Lady Sophie Nevill, daughter of the Marquess of Abergavenny – and heir to the family seat at Eridge Park, Kent – exudes an air of serenity

The daughter of the Marquess of Abergavenny – and heir to the family seat in Eridge Park in Kent – exudes a serene atmosphere.

See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler, now available on digital download and newsstands

See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler, now available on digital download and newsstands

See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler, now available on digital download and newsstands

She trained as a meditation teacher in between lectures at Edinburgh University, but during a retreat at 22 she found she was really ‘awakened’ by Scaravelli yoga – a practice based on gravity.

“Meditation has always been my thing,” says the softly spoken wellness guru. “But when I first tried Scaravelli, it widened my heart wide open.”

Now she teaches retreats across the UK and offers guided meditations online.

“I would love to have my own wellness retreat in the coming years, like my friends Paris Ackrill and Roger Tempest at Avalon Wellbeing in Skipton,” she says. “We all need more care and softness now.”

See the full feature in the September issue of Tatler, now available on digital download and newsstands

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