Yoga has so many benefits for our mind and body. What are the best things you take from the practice?
There are so many benefits to yoga, such as toned, stronger arms, more flexible hamstrings and less tense shoulders, but all of that is just an introduction into the life enhancing effects yoga can bring us.
One of the best benefits of yoga is that it helps us gain perspective and gives us the tools and strength to be able to choose how we react to situations. It teaches us how to breathe, to be still and to remember that everything we think we need is already within. A regular practice can help you tap into your truth, guide you and provide clarity.
For some people, yoga can feel quite serious and a bit intimidating. How can you make a yoga practice more fun, open and playful?
It is up to you and how you approach it. I believe there is a difference between respecting something and taking it too seriously. I find the best way is to go into each class with an open mind knowing that if you ‘can’t’ do a certain pose it doesn’t matter. Yoga is a journey and every class is different.
Sometimes you might cry, sometimes you might laugh and sometimes you might really challenge your muscles. It’s important to learn to laugh at yourself if you fall and have a giggle if you can’t get into that pose that everyone else can.
Getting to know your teacher is another way to feel more open in class. Have a chat to them before or after class, and don’t feel intimidated.