Eastern ways catch on

The end is nigh for aerobics and weightlifting. The future of fitness lies in the East – and needs no other equipment but the human body. Well-known physical fitness instructor Eleni Petroulaki says, «Anxiety has rendered exercise imperative, of the mind as well as of the body.» T’ai chi, yoga and Callenetics are the buzzwords of the future – not so much for those who want to shed pounds, but because they largely constitute a stance toward life. «It’s another philosophy,» says Petroulaki, who introduced power yoga into Greece (a combination of Tibetan and dynamic yoga exercises). In the last two years, Greece has been bowled over by Eastern philosophies. «And that’s just a start,» said Petroulaki.