Ailon Freedman has a diverse background embracing business, wellbeing and the arts. After leaving Bristol University with a history degree in 1989, he spent two years in India where he trained as a yoga and meditation instructor and massage therapist- activities he continues to deliver to this day Whilst travelling, he began to paint as a way of passing time, and was surprised to find that people actually wanted to buy his paintings. With a few twists and turns he made it New York where he spent 4 years exhibiting his colourful work in its bustling art scene.
Not quite having made the fame and riches he sought, he returned to London in 1996 and went to work in a pharmaceutical export business. After 6 years of intense stress, but hands on business training he left to pursue his passion which was teaching yoga and meditation. Ailon quickly found himself in constant demand with clients ranging from “ladies who lunch” to top England footballers and cricketers. He ran outdoor yoga events on Primrose Hill, developed a remedial yoga practice in Harley Street and became the resident Yoga expert for The Times during its two-year Get Fit series
The combined experience of both yogic peace and corporate stress in the pharmaceutical world inspired Ailon to set up a consultancy practice in order to apply the benefits of yoga to the ills of corporate life. It gained quick momentum as London’s first corporate yoga service and its first three clients were Cable & Wireless, Orange and UBS. It soon expanded its range to include a number of additional wellbeing services including pilates, massage, nutrition, tai chi and drumming.
The latest development in Ailon’s multifaceted career is that he can now be found on the London comedy circuit. There, he masquerades in a number of guises including Reiki Ron and Trev the Yogic Builder.
Ailon has been an associate and friend of Poisson Rouge for many years and works with the team to develop and deliver both the Chill Out Challenges and the Comedy Challenges.