I first started going to hot yoga classes in 2010 as I thought sweating in a hot room for an hour and a half would be a great way of losing a few pounds. As much as it did just that, it brought me so much more than just weight loss. As someone who has suffered with anxiety and depression, I was amazed to find something that made me feel good physically but more importantly mentally every time I practised. Yoga helps me to focus, calm my mind and open my body – whilst the above is probably something you see in every yoga teacher’s profile, there is a good reason for it…..yoga works!
I’ve known for a while that I not only want but, need yoga in my life. In early 2020 when I was at home with my husband and 3 month old son and we were put into lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic I knew that I needed it more than ever and found myself practising more and more. For many, the transition to online classes from our beloved studios was tough; I missed the sense of community and energy you get from practising in a studio BUT it gave me so much flexibility to practise whilst still having a young baby around.
Yoga is my medicine and I know it is what helps to keep me sane (most of the time!).
I want to share with you the joy and benefits it has brought me and I want to spread the word that yoga is for everyone. For me yoga is more than just exercise (although great for that), it is a full mind and body experience and one of the best forms of self care I’ve come across.
During my classes I like to focus on strengthening and opening our bodies to counter the daily grind (sitting at desks, in cars, lifting small children, the list goes on) and always bringing a sense of calm which I feel we all need to escape modern life.