March Yogi of the month : Shannon
I met Shannon a few years ago when I was doing some work with the Vet students at JCU. I was so happy when she asked me about yoga class and was keen to give it a try. It’s been so wonderful to see her fall in love with ashtanga yoga and to commit to a regular practice even with a very heavy uni schedule.
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
I started in November 2012 at Live and Breathe Yoga, then I signed up for an Introduction to ashtanga yoga course in 2013.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
I had been looking for something to improve my strength and flexibility. I met Allison through uni and she encouraged me to come along and try a class.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
The improvements you feel in your postures every week and realising just what your body is capable of if you let it.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
The friendly atmosphere, every week you’re greeted with a smiling face. Such a wonderful environment to practice in, you can switch off and relax while still having a giggle at Harry’s funny antics.
5. What benefits/changes have you felt since practising yoga?
Yoga resets my body. Allows me to refresh and relax, I walk around with a spring in my step after class. My posture has improved and I don’t get sore shoulders as often as I used to.
6. How often do you practice in a week?
Once a week and on a rare occasion twice at the studio, I wish I could do more.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
The fact that there is so much depth to each posture, you have the opportunity to push yourself a little further each week. Even though there is a set sequence of moves, your practise is never the same. Ashtanga is a fantastic workout while learning to align the mind and body.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Yoga is for everyone no matter how inflexible you claim to be, it’s addictive and remember to breathe.
Thank you Shannon. I wish I had practiced yoga when I was studying at university, I think it would have helped me so much during the stressful, demanding times. I hope your story will inspire other students to take up the practice. See you on the mat soon!~Allison