I have compiled a list of questions recently when Manjimup Bridgetown Times asked if I wanted to be in this week's Summer Fitness Column. Questions that people have asked me recently and throughout my teaching years.
What got you into yoga?
My ‘real’ entry into yoga was fairly early in my yoga practice. I was lucky that did not have to pound my body too hard before understanding that ‘practicing yoga’ meant cultivating nonjudgmental qualities like patience and compassion. What I wanted to achieve was a flexible mind and heart and not just a flexible body. This is what we are actually practicing on the mat; to bring us a better quality of life.
What motivates you to teach yoga and what continues to motivate you?
It is my path, it is like food for my soul. We don’t need motivation to eat. People who are in agriculture, farmers who grow our food, have a special spot in my heart. (I made people laugh when I said I wanted to teach yoga to farmers.) I acknowledge the risk and sacrifices farmers make. To be able to see more healthy and nurtured farmers will fill my heart.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your teaching experience?
Definitely when members find more freedom in their body, regaining personal power (confidence) and a sense of well-being, and have the desire to be Yoga teacher themselves.
What are some of the things your members have taught you?
I am more aware of the feeling of isolation, and how that can make one feel withdrawn, which then spirals into depression, or feeling overwhelmed that leads to anxiety and burnout. Therefore I had to create classes that are relevant to the biology of this region.
What is a Slow Yin Class?
Firstly, you don’t need to be outfitted in the latest and trendiest, just make sure it is comfortable, light and breathable.
A Slow Yin Class is designed for people who have injuries, surgeries, and have limited movement is some parts of their joints or body. We take the time to stay in a passive posture or doing therapeutic slow movements to quiet the mind or create mobility and circulation in a specific part of the body. If you are feeling burnt out, this will be a class to feel nurtured.