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January 11, 2008

The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers PI-YO-CHI retreat weekend Jan. 25-27

Colonial Williamsburg resort guests and day visitors are invited to participate in The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg’s Pi-Yo-Chi Retreat Weekend, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-27. An innovative, water-based combination of Pilates, Hatha Yoga and Tai Chi techniques, “Pi-Yo-Chi” is designed to reduce stress while simultaneously developing strength, balance and coordination. As part of the retreat, participants will experience the three disciplines that comprise Pi-Yo-Chi as well as a relaxing Swedish massage or facial treatment. This is a perfect opportunity to renew both mind and body for the New Year while enjoying the luxuries of Colonial Williamsburg’s new spa facilities.

The Pi-Yo-Chi Retreat Weekend’s scheduled classes include:

  • Hatha Yoga, Friday from 6-7 p.m., Spa Group Fitness Room. Originally practiced by Indian aesthetics seeking enlightenment, Hatha or Flow Yoga unites mind, body and breath while progressing through a series of poses designed to explore and challenge the body’s movements. Each pose takes on a new meaning as the process of using mind, body and breath as one is learned.
  • Mat Pilates, Saturday from 9-9:45 a.m., Spa Group Fitness Room. Based on the teachings of founder Joseph Pilates, this mat-based exercise strengthens and stretches from head to toe. Using the body’s core as the base from which all movements are made, participants learn how to align, isolate and integrate for a leaner, stronger form.
  • Pi-Yo-Chi, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, Spa Indoor Pool. Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi combine in one class. Performed in chest-deep water, the body flows in a powerful progression with deep breathing and broad movements of the arms, legs and torso. A wonderful relaxation technique for the highly stressed, Pi-Yo-Chi is also the perfect mobility exercise for those wanting a slower paced mind/body class.
  • Tai Chi, Sunday from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Oval Garden (weather permitting - alternate location is the Spa Group Fitness Room). Derived from Taoist martial arts exercises, simplified 24-form Tai Chi manipulates the flow of Chi energy through the body. This ancient Chinese art creates the ideal meditative environment for achieving a balance of the body’s yin and yang essences.

    The Pi-Yo-Chi Retreat is completed by the choice of a Swedish massage or facial, which can be scheduled at any time during the Retreat Weekend. The price for the weekend is $169, gratuities not included. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (757) 220-7720 or 1-800-HISTORY.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

    Media Contact:
    Barbara Brown
    (757) 220-7280

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