March Yogi of the Month : Chris
Working in the construction industry, Chris suffered from back pain until he started back with his yoga practice after a long break. Chris is always willing to give everything a go and we love having his happy, laid back personality at the studio and we are delighted he is our next Yogi of the Month.
When and where did you first start practising yoga?
In High School we had a few sessions (30 years ago), and I remembered it being great, especially the relaxation session at the end.
Why were you interested in the first place?
To increase flexibility to assist in relieving back pain.
What is it that got you hooked?
After starting at Live and Breathe Yoga, the back pain went away, plus I enjoyed the balancing of the mind aspect also.
What do you love about Live and Breathe Yoga?
The staff are generally up for a laugh when leading their classes, whilst trying to help and encourage everyone.
What benefits/changes have you felt since practising yoga?
I don’t get as many aches and pains as previously – I attribute that to being more flexible, plus being wiser as to how to treat my body. Mentally I am able to focus more on the pleasure of being in the present moment, and being less caught up in emotions such as stress and anger.
How often do you practise in a week?
I like to attend class once a week, and do a coupled of 15 – 30 minute sessions at home.
What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
A few things – it is good physical workout, and is a challenge to get through the session. Learning to rely on your breath to work through the poses, is also a great technique you can apply to getting through your daily trials and tribulations. Finally, some of the poses are impossible for me at the moment, so I won’t run out of challenges soon.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
I work in the construction industry and I suggest to plenty of blokes to give it a go. I say don’t worry about what the others are doing – especially the bendy girls – just do what you can and try to improve yourself, is all that matters.