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Yoga teacher to stars visits NOTL for three-day retreat
Danny Paradise started on his Ashtanga yoga journey in 1976 and began teaching three years later: today, he's taught the practice in more than 40 countries. SUPPLIED Supplied

This Labour Day long weekend, a yoga teacher known for his work with celebrities like Sting, Madonna and John McEnroe, will be touching down in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a three-day retreat in Old Town.

Danny Paradise, a Canadian who has been teaching ashtanga yoga since 1979, will host the retreat at 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa’s wellness centre from Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3.

Registration is now open and available to practitioners and teachers of yoga of all skill levels.

Paradise, who was born in North York, has taught in more than 40 countries, working with a variety of musicians, actors, athletes, artists and more.

Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder and members of the Grateful Dead are among some of his other students.

“This really is the opportunity of a lifetime to be in the presence of a visionary teacher,” Alana Hurov, the hotel and spa’s marketing director, said in a media release.

Paradise travels regularly with Sting around the world and has released albums with the former Police frontman, as well as with Chris Botti and Simon, Hurov said.

“He typically holds retreats in the most remote and beautiful places in the world, so it’s an honour for Niagara-on-the-Lake to be included,” Hurov said.

The instructor, who now lives in Hawaii, will be visiting Canada for the first time in more than five years, she said.

Sting, the lead singer and bassist for the Police, has been practising yoga with Paradise for at least a decade and credits his work with him for changing the way he approaches fitness as a performer.

“It wasn’t until I met Danny Paradise, who became my mentor in yoga, that I started the practice which I feel I will stay with for the rest of my life,” he said.

The itinerary for the NOTL retreat is designed to promote the well-being of the body, mind and soul built around wellness, fine food and relaxation, Hurov said.

Space is limited to 20 people per session and guests are able to book up to three sessions. Cost for each session is $135.

The classes include a two- to three-hour yoga class, refreshments and products from Neob Lavender, Konzelmann Estate Winery and Budapest Bakeshop.

Tickets are available by contacting 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa’s front desk at office@124queen.com.

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