My number 1 rule ➜ you should never ever feel discomfort or pain in yoga.
Yet, I often see people force themselves into the most ludicrous postures because they think yoga is all about flexibility (and getting that perfect yoga chick photo for Instagram of course). And yes, yoga does help improve flexibility, but what it's really about is feeling a stretch, whatever that means for you. Perhaps just touching your toes hits the spot. And if you’re hypermobile, then yoga is less about feeling a stretch and more about building strength and increasing your awareness of body and mind. My point is, you don't have to become a human pretzel to reap the benefits of practicing yoga. In fact, many yoga poses, the way they are commonly practiced, can actually cause more harm than good over time.
So I teach a little differently. I focus on in-depth alignment to address discomfort in postures, by giving detailed instruction to ensure you get the most out of a posture without potentially injuring your body. You see, everyone’s body is different, and no one generic instruction will work for everybody. So even if you have been practicing yoga for a very long time, there are some poses that your body simply won't be able to do due to compression (the point where two bones meet) and that’s OK, it doesn’t make you a bad yogi.
The key is to know your body, know your limitations.
I like to tweak traditional asanas to ensure priority is given to alignment, but also so that you get a way deeper stretch than you would do normally. I encourage all my students to cultivate awareness, feeling into their body, finding what works for them.
For me yoga is so much more than just the physical practice, it's a way of life, and the experience of presence and awareness I feel on the mat, also translates into my everyday life and I am so so grateful.
With my teachings I aim to share my knowledge with you and inspire you to look beyond the superficial yoga façade too often portrayed on social media. Remember, you don’t have to be super skinny and ultra bendy to practice yoga.
See you on the mat my friends!