Yogi of the month : December 2011 : Andrew
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
Yoga started for me in the middle of 2010 shortly after the Live and Breathe studio opened in town.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
After giving up competitive sport and enduring a steady decrease in fitness and flexibility plus an increase unexplained aches and pains I took up Body Balance to try and slow the decline. This introduced me to exercises and stretching moves taken from a number of traditional exercise techniques. Eventually I decided that the more enjoyable and effective part of BB seemed to be from yoga so I started looking around for some sort of beginners yoga class. Fortunately Allison was in the process of organising an “Intro” Class at my workplace and although I couldn’t attend she found me a spot in one of her after hours “Intro to Ashtanga” beginners courses and I’ve been at it ever since.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
The challenge to improve. You get a rather blunt awakening to many of your own physical limitations through yoga, at the same time it provides a pathway to help challenge and extend these while also helping you to simply accept them.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
Allison’s obvious passion for yoga, Harry’s extensive complimentary knowledge, the benefits you gain from their respective teaching styles, and, very importantly, the fun attitude the other students bring to the class.
5. What benefits have you felt since practising yoga?
Many, many little simple things. Bouncing out of bed in the morning feeling fresh and ready to go, the good quality sleep that comes with regular exercise, being able to sit comfortably on the floor cross legged.
6. How often do you practice in a week?
I can usually only manage twice a week plus some occasional extra stretching.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
For me it’s the totally different way of looking at how you move, how your breathing helps, and learning to switch the right muscles off not just switching the right ones on.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Hurry up and have a try, your only regret will be that you didn’t take it up 10 years ago.