November Yogi of the month : Max
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
I first attempted yoga about 18 years ago in Wollongong, but struggled so much I quickly gave up. I took it up again a little more seriously on returning to Townsville, with the wonderful Tracey Armstrong. Sadly Tracey stopped teaching, but happily I discovered Live and Breathe Yoga one and a half years ago.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
After years of inactivity, I wanted to build some flexibility and find a fitness regime I could stick to. Ashtanga yoga was a perfect fit.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
Allison’s and Harry’s encouragement – I was a little embarrassed at first with how inflexible and unfit I was, but Allison and Harry have the knack of individualising the postures, even when you’re part of a class, allowing you to forget about what you can’t do and focus on what you can do and working on improving.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
The feeling of community; the wonderful teachers – Allison, Harry and Mel; the encouragement; the fact that everyone works at their level and doesn’t judge what others can and can’t do; and the class schedule that allows me to fit regular practise into my lifestyle.
5. What benefits have you felt since practising yoga?
Slowly improving flexibility; improving strength; a general feeling of wellbeing.
6. How often do you practice in a week?
I try and make three classes a week – but would go every day if I could. I haven’t incorporated a home practice yet – one day, soon, maybe.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
The set routine of the primary series allowing you to see the small steps forward you make with regular practice – there’s nothing better than finally getting that arm/leg a little closer to where it’s meant to be.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Start and keep at it, you’ll be so glad you did.