We are delighted that Ines will be joining our teacher group at Yoga West as part of our timetable. Ines only recently trialled at the studio but we were all blown away by both her and her classes. She is very humble, generous, attentive and gentle. Her classes are physically demanding and beautifully sequenced.
How did you get into yoga?
I got into yoga when I felt completely lost and at a low point physically, emotionally and psychologically. I had no idea what I was doing in those first few classes, and I thought I had to compete with everyone in the class and get to a level where I could do "advanced" postures, but actually it was so liberating just to take the practice one breath at a time and get to a point of using the practice as a tool for healing rather than yet another thing to achieve and be "good" at.
Was there a moment when you realised that you wanted to pursue yoga seriously?
I think I realised I wanted to teach when I took a step back and saw what a profound effect yoga had on my life. I have learned and continue to learn so much from practicing and teaching that I can't really imagine not sharing it.
How has yoga changed you?
Yoga has given me the tools to approach life from a place of possibility; that life is something to be enjoyed as opposed to endured. It has allowed me to use the difficulties I have faced and turn them into an opportunity for growth. Perhaps most importantly it has taught me that we all have a choice and that realisation is incredibly empowering, it allows you to decide how to steer the course of your life.
What's your advice to people considering starting yoga?
Go! And then keep going, keep showing up. Even when it gets difficult, cultivate the discipline to stick with it and then watch it continue to change your life. Try a few different styles and a find a few different teachers to learn from.
Do you have favourite quote or a quote you try to live by?
Iyengar is one of my go to's for favourite quotes and this is one of my favourites:
"One's spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one's fellow beings."
What is your approach to teaching?
I like to approach teaching as an exchange. I like to encourage students that come to my classes to become their own teacher and get curious about what works for them in their practice, and I like to create space for playfulness and adventure so that we all walk away having discovered something new.