Maggie is covering our Monday evenings for the next few weeks, be sure to book into class and come say hi!
How did you get into yoga?
I started to take dance classes from the age of five, since then I am deeply rooted to the freedom and clear mind which movement brings with itself. I imprinted yoga in my daily living after fast-paced job and fast life in London stripped me from a deep connection with my Self and left me with an anxiety. Yoga became my teacher on the journey to heal myself and I made a promise to myself and to the Universe, that I will stay her student forever.
Was there a moment when you realised you wanted to pursue yoga seriously?
I cannot recall a particular moment, but I remember that while practising I started to experience a deep recognition inside myself. When every single cell of my body was greatly aware, that I finally found my place in the world
How has yoga changed you?
Yoga became my trusted friend, under whose influence I started to look differently firstly at myself and then at everything that surrounds me. Throughout our relationship I became more aware, that to start any shift in the world, I must first change myself. I learnt, that staying honest and true to yourself is much more important than trying to fit to any measures given by others. That to go left when everyone is going right, will sometimes leave you feeling lonely, but the freedom and empowerment which will come after standing your ground will be a way greater than that.
What’s your advice to people considering starting yoga?
You are perfect, just as you are in this right moment to welcome yoga to your life. Forget about all those things like perfect mat, perfect studio, perfect yoga clothes, perfect flexibility, perfect body. The only one thing you will need is an openness to the things which will come during the journey.
What is your approach to teaching?
My intention is to create a space where my students feel safe and open to whatever they are experiencing during the practice. A place where they can allow themselves just simply be in the moment, feeling the sacred power of breath and movement. Leaving judgement, ego, and self-criticism outside the door.
My favourite quote as a yogi:
“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming, maybe it is about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be how you were meant to be in the first place” – Paulo Coelho