How did you get in to yoga?
I started practicing yoga about 5 years ago and instantly connected to it both spiritually and physically. I remember at the end of my first classes lying in Savasana and thinking how incredible it was to feel all that positive energy buzzing through my body. It has been a huge part of my life ever since and I now I couldn't live with out it.
How has yoga changed you?
In General my yoga practice has made me appreciate the importance of taking time to concentrate on myself, to slow things down and care for every element of my body and mind. More specifically, last year my husband and I took some time out to travel through Europe, India & Sri Lanka by bicycle. The first months through the Pyrenees and Northern Italy were seriously tough and my yoga practice helped me to push through so many barriers by focusing my mind and my breath. That kind of experience goes to show just how incredibly capable we can be if we put our minds to it.
What is your favourite thing about being a part of the team at Yoga West?
I run my own ethical jewellery line (http://www.kindjewellery.com/) from home which although amazing at times can be overwhelming and often lonely. Working at Yoga West along side this gives me a chance to take myself away and immerse myself in another world full of energy! At the studio I am surrounded by awesome & inspiring people and in an environment where I can continue to develop my own practice. I find that the two complement each other perfectly and being part of the Yoga west studio benefits KIND Jewellery by giving me the chance to take a step back, clear my mind and go back fresh headed and motivated. Ultimately I would love to train as a yoga teacher so I couldn't be in a better place right now.
What is your favourite yoga pose and why?
Fallen Triangle & Full Moon pose are favourites of mine as it is when I feel a perfect balance between strength and relaxation - reaching out in all directions makes me feel absolutely centred. I also adore Reclined Goddess for connecting everything back to the earth and letting my mind calm.
What is your power song?
You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZhN65vq9E
What advice would you give to people who are considering taking up yoga?
Try not to compare your practice to others, we are all totally unique and what feels good for someone else might not feel right for you. Start at the beginning, go at your own pace and most importantly listen to your body and ENJOY! You won't regret it!
Do you have a favourite yoga quote?
Get rid of the things that are not needed to make space for the things that are.