June Yogi of the month : Brenda
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
1984 in Townsville. I practiced for a few years.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
My sister was the “yoga discoverer” and she convinced me how great it would be for me – she was right!
3. What is it that got you hooked?
How good and more centred I feel. I am a Gemini and in my mind a lot so yoga grounds me. I am learning to connect body, mind and spirit, through focusing on the breath and the postures.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
We are one yoga family at “Live and Breathe Yoga” . I saw a brochure last year and it mentioned the classes were being held near where I live and I was excited but nervous about my starting yoga again after so long and also not liking inversions but Allison and Harry were so welcoming and encouraging. I love that Allison is so inspiring, warm and friendly – always willing to help, and to listen. The new studio in Denham Street is very roomy and just perfect. They have made it like a welcoming home. When I first started, I was doing a ‘caterpillar move’ coming up from ‘down dog’ and I asked Allison how to stop being a caterpillar – she said “STRENGTH”…..I thought “Oooh!”
5. What benefits have you felt since practising yoga?
Posture – I’ve learnt to keep my neck in alignment with my body…which takes away neck strain and pain from the muscles. Also, this expands my chest and heart chakra. Overall strength (and flexibility) of my body – my goal is to be able to do a back bend and headstand (unaided). I had a dream that I was doing a head stand, so it must be coming! Patience to let the yoga unfold.
Self awareness and introspection. Peace and calm – everyone comments on how calm I am now.
Confidence and the knowing that I have something very precious in the practice.
6. How often do you practice in a week?
I go to class every Friday morning and I do regular practice at home – most days. I have the Ashtanga Practice Manual and I refer to this a lot.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
The caterpillar – only kidding! How good I feelin all areas of my life – I’ve learnt discipline and I have enthusiasm and determination for yoga. I’ve come a long way from when I started, considering I didn’t know what Ashtanga was – just that it was some sort of yoga. I have made new friendships too.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
You have to try it and see how you unfold into yourself. It is a lot of fun too and something not to be missed out on!