May Yogi of the month : Denise
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
I enrolled for my first ever introductory class with Live and Breathe Yoga soon after I arrived in Townsville in November 2011.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
I needed something to keep me fit and my daughter and her husband had just started yoga classes in UK. So thought I would try too. I also wanted to persuade my husband, Martyn to come as well to try and ‘de stress’ him from work. I read somewhere that yoga was good for that.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
I think it’s the fact I could hardly do anything when I first started compared to now, even though I’ve really struggled at times. I need the discipline of turning up to classes and it makes me feel so good afterwards. I definitely do not want to give up. My body NEEDS yoga.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
It zones my mind and body and lets me concentrate on yoga and nothing else. Also, Allison notices when you are ready to progress, or need adjusting, or if you’re just ‘ faffing.’ It’s a beautiful calming space too and always very welcoming and friendly.
5. What benefits have you felt since practising yoga?
Well…I know I have developed patience lol, not many of my friends/family believe that, I like everything to happen yesterday. But a work injury to both my wrists soon after starting yoga has limited my development physically, though without Allison and Harry’s commitment to nurture my take on Ashtanga yoga, I would have given up. Having had surgery now, I really hope in the next year my yoga dramatically improves.
6. How often do you practice in a week?
I come to two mysore classes a week. Hopefully, as my fitness improves I will be able to attend a few extra led classes as well.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
The feel good factor after I have finished. I am always really glad I came to class. Saturday morning sessions are a highlight with Harry’s chai of course, and chatting/ meeting other yogis after class.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Definitely give yoga a go. I was worried I would be one of the eldest there and possibly the un-fittest. But Allison and Harry are both so friendly and encouraging and teach us to accept our bodies and learn to work with what we have.