October Yogi of the Month : Karren
Karren hasn’t been practicing ashtanga yoga for very long but her tenacious spirit is what I love most! Her attitude to just try as best as she possibly can in everything with a sense of humour is so refreshing and inspiring. The best news is that all the pain she came in with is now almost gone. Well done Karren!
When and where did you first start practising yoga?
I have practised yoga on and off since I was in my twenties and always enjoyed it but nothing really clicked with me until I found Ashtanga Yoga and Live and Breathe Yoga.
Why were you interested in the first place?
Relaxation and stretching was my principal reason for practising. It gave me a break from my A type personality and my tendency to overthink and worry about pretty well everything!
What is it that got you hooked?
I loved that that the focus was on the breath and the movement. That has helped me to find the space that I need and I feel calm and energised. The first time I went to a Mysore class was a wow moment for me. I love that I am practising in the unity and energy of a class but also within myself at my own pace with Allison to guide and challenge me.
What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
Allison, Harry, Mel and Jen are brilliant teachers. They are very supportive and encouraging. I love the way that they each bring something unique to their classes. The studio is a beautiful place to practise. Standing at the bottom of the stairs and seeing everyone’s shoes on the steps as you walk up into class, the light and air pouring in the windows, the candles flickering … It’s a special place.
What benefits/changes have you felt since practising yoga?
I’m taller! My movement is easier and my posture is straighter. The big one for me has been my shoulder which I injured about 2 years ago. It is almost pain free which I haven’t been able to achieve by any other means. I feel calmer and more focussed.
How do you stay motivated to keep getting back on your mat?
I try plan my week ahead to go to one Led and one Mysore class. I always have a bag packed ready to go. To be honest I don’t find it hard to be motivated because it’s so much fun and I can feel the difference it makes in my day to day life.
What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
It’s definitely a challenge! I love the way it changes and grows with me. It seems to me that Ashtanga yoga is all about trust.. you trust your teacher (which is easy!), the process and the Ashtanga practice but most importantly you have to trust yourself. I am learning to trust and practise to my own pace and capabilities and it doesn’t matter how long that takes because there’s no end game or finish line to reach.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Just come along to a class! The amazing teachers at Live and Breathe Yoga are going to look after you. If you just focus on what you can do and breathe I guarantee you will walk out the door feeling great.