I have practised yoga on and off for about 20 years, my original teacher Steve or affectionately Swami Steve, I spent many years with and loved the effect of attending a weekly class of Hatha Yoga practise, what I learned most from these classes was the more I struggled in a pose the less movement I achieved, when I stopped struggling, I could move further into the posture, this was and is a great lesson I embrace in my daily life.
I have also done a short 10 minute practise before my daily meditation for years which I find gets my body awake and open to the insights from my meditation.
More recently as I am transitioning back to the city after living in the country for over 25 years to raise my children, I have had more yoga teachers than I can count. I have made a commitment as part of my wellness goals, to attend at least 2 yoga classes a week. This is so enjoyable as now when I turn up to a yoga class I have no idea what I am about to experience which assist me to simple be with what is offered.
I have enjoyed some Iyengar yoga – which has taught me that being supported is very helpful ( again a wonderful lesson for life).
Over the past 2 weeks I have been attending a studio that offers Japanese yoga – it is very different and I have experienced 3 different teachers offerings, all completely different and wonderful. I have been open to very fast and strong postures, very gentle postures and a middle road. I am loving the challenge for my mind as well as my body.
Yoga is a wonderful form of exercise that I see myself doing long into the future as it offers me so much – there are many many forms and interpretations of yoga so everyone can find one that suits them. The work Yoga means Union – which beautifully describes what I feel during and after my sessions.