“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” – The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga and I have had a delicate relationship over the years.
A school friend of mine was into yoga in a big way and I remember her regularly doing sun salutations when we were on holiday together. I was so impressed with her skills, but just didn’t think it was for me.
My exercises of choice when in my 20’s were Aerobics, Step and then Zumba. Basically, anything that mixed cardio with dance and nothing that resembled, what looked to me like, incredibly flexible women moving their bodies into contortionist poses and then lying down in the dark!
My next yoga encounter happened when my housemate at the time asked me to join her. I remember being really worried about breaking wind in class! Luckily, that didn’t happen, and I quite enjoyed the class. Unfortunately, my housemate was not the most reliable person in the world and would cancel on me at the very last minute, or just not show up. I didn’t have the confidence to go on my own, so I just stopped going altogether.
I then decided to try yoga at home with a Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) DVD. Geri won me over for a while with her energy and enthusiasm, but sadly I just couldn’t see myself as a yogi.
In January 2017 a friend asked me to come with her to her first ever yoga class. By then I’d had my fill of cardio classes and thought it might be time to finally give yoga a real chance. It was so tough at first, but I’ll never forget the feeling of when I was first able to touch my toes!
Unfortunately, after a few months my friend couldn’t continue with the classes. However, I had been bitten by the yoga bug and managed to find a yoga studio within walking distance of home. It was really great, but I was not committed enough and always seemed to find excuses to not go for weeks at a time, which inevitably put my newly-flexible muscles right back to where they started.
Roll on to 2019, the year I went through a number of transformations in my life. One of these changes was my feelings towards yoga.
Along with my friend Mel, we discovered a newly-opened yoga studio, which had a totally different vibe to any I’d ever been to before.
From the moment I walked through the door of Trance Yoga, I was transported to a special place of positivity, spirituality and kindness. Their motto is “Nurturing a Better You” and it really works! The classes can be demanding, but this just makes me more determined to keep going and improving myself. By channelling Elastigirl from The Incredibles, the tricky poses become a little bit easier each time.
Another yoga development occurred when my friend Claire (also a yoga teacher) started teaching a new style of yoga called Shred – a heady mix of yoga and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that totally blew me away. I loved it!
When COVID-19 happened, we ventured inside, and yoga went online. I was doing regular online sessions with Trance Yoga and Claire.
What came along next was a complete surprise! After randomly connecting with Sandra from Balanced People on Instagram, I was introduced to the wonderful world of Kundalini Yoga.
Sandra is based in Ibiza (my spiritual home) and I’d never heard of Kundalini before. I was intrigued!
Kundalini is a combination of dynamic breathwork and movement, carried out to meaningful music and beautifully spoken words. It can sometimes bring about deep emotional responses and I can only describe it as a powerful and spiritual healing practice.
I have fully embraced yoga into my life and practice it almost daily. It has helped me to become stronger both physically and mentally, and I adore learning about the different elements of the practice.
Sandra referred to me as a “yogi” in a message the other day. At first, I thought it was a typo, but her next message said, “yogi = you”. A sensation of warmth surged through me as I realised…
I am a yogi.