June Yogi of the Month : Michelle
The potential for healing injuries with the practice of Ashtanga yoga is just incredible. I’ve seen it many times and Michelle is another example of how anything is possible with dedication and perseverance. Well done Michelle for just keeping on with your practice and enjoying the many benefits!
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
My yoga practice started about ten years ago when I sustained injuries in my feet. I wanted to do something to heal them and keep them strong.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
I love the strong physical practice of Ashtanga and the grounding inward focus of yoga. The sense of community and group effort in the room has an intensity that excites me. I’ve never been good at team sports, I prefer a solitary, guided practice in a room with other people doing the same thing. I’m not even very good at dancing with other people. I dance next to others, but I’m dancing with myself, just like yoga.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
Following the same sequence in each practice and making slow progress as I go. It’s great to witness how your body gets stronger. Those small celebrations when I can finally do something after trying for years are like birthdays, but better.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
I love how highly trained all the teachers are, I feel safe and I know that I am well taken care of. I also love how there is always a high expectation that we will do our best each time we practice.
5. What benefits/changes have you felt since practising yoga?
I feel strong, healthy and happy. The doctors said I would have back, knee and foot problems, but I don’t because I do my practice and keep myself strong.
6. How do you stay motivated to keep up your yoga practice?
Just get on the mat, no excuses. Coming to class regularly and prioritising my practise helps, I try not to book other events on yoga days. I don’t always win, but I do my best.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
When I finish practice and I feel so stoked that I even did it in the first place , plus the best nights sleep when I get home.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Do it, the only thing you’ll lose is stiffness.