What initially inspired you to do yoga?
My yoga journey began soon after leaving school in my late teens some 24 years ago now. I felt inspired by yoga practitioners, they always seemed so calm and centered. At that time, I was pretty lost, there were so many options and I lacked (a career) direction and clear focus. Everyone else seemed to be sure of their career. Yoga provided me with direction, focus and also acceptance.
What do you remember about your 1st yoga class?
I first discovered Yoga at Pineapple Dance Studios in London. My first yoga class was beautiful. I remember instantly feeling connected. Moving the body mindfully and working with the breath produced (and still does) such an amazing feeling. In those days I was the youngest in the class. It has been incredible to have watched yoga boom over the last 24 years.
How has yoga affected your life? What does it mean to you?
Yoga soon became a very big part of my life and provided me with a focus and direction. I felt positive, happy and healthy which I now realize has profoundly impacted my everyday life, relationships and friendships that I have formed. The benefits that yoga brings are immense and have provided me with a belief system based on compassion which also allows me to be a positive role model for my children. Yoga has also introduced me to some really inspirational people and taken me to corners of the globe that have impacted my life in so many ways. I believe yoga provides valuable tools that offer physical and emotional support for whatever life throws at you.
What keeps you coming back to your mat everyday?
Yoga is with me always, when I cook, clean, as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend in fact it is with me in every aspect of my life both on and off my yoga mat. Yoga helps me stay balanced and grounded. It is for all these reasons that I roll out my yoga mat daily.
What about yoga enables you to help others and change the world for the better?
I love watching students leave a yoga class, they always seem somewhat lighter and almost float out of the studio surrounded by a cloud of good feeling.
Yoga provides support and guidance during times of change or upset. Yoga helps people heal both physically and emotionally. A few simple yoga postures can naturally increase “good feelings”. Yoga is something that can be practiced by anyone, anywhere and at any time. I feel that yoga has survived the test of time for a reason.
My favorite yoga quote is from BKS Inyengar: "Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."