Yogi of the Month : October 2011 : Mel
1. When and where did you first start practising yoga?
I have always been interested in yoga and had attended a few classes here and there, however I didn’t start practising regularly until I attended one of Allison & Harry’s very first intro courses in January 2010.
2. Why were you interested in the first place?
I had read and heard a lot about the benefits of yoga and wanted to give it a try, although I was a bit hesitant because I am not very flexible naturally.
3. What is it that got you hooked?
Everything! As soon as I finished the intro course and had learnt about the ashtanga style of yoga, I was hooked. I loved that ashtanga is dynamic and requires strength as well as flexibility, and I found that the nature of the sequence means that I am constantly challenging myself to progress in each posture.
4. What do you love about Live and Breathe yoga?
I love the welcoming, calm and focussed atmosphere as well as Allison and Harry’s teaching style. They are super friendly and fun and give each student lots of individual attention, and the adjustments are always spot on. And last but not least, Harry’s chai!
5. What benefits have you felt since practising yoga?
Although my flexibility has increased and I feel stronger, the main benefit of practising yoga for me is more lifestyle-oriented. I think that since I began practising yoga regularly I have generally become happier and healthier, as I am much more conscious of eating healthily, taking time out to unwind and also drinking less – down-dogs with a hangover are not pleasant!
6. How often do you practice in a week?
I try to attend class twice a week and then squeeze in whatever stretching/hip-openers/handstands I can when I have free time at home.
7. What’s your favourite thing about Ashtanga Yoga?
The combination of strength and flexibility involved and the fact that there is always something to work towards.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking of trying yoga?
Definitely give it a go! There are lots of different styles of yoga and you may need to try a few classes and teachers until you find the one that suits you.