Why do you teach yoga?
I have been fortunate enough to have had incredible teachers who have inspired me to practice and had a profound effect in my life through teachings of the yoga tradition. I teach to help students find inspiration themselves and practice in a way that expands awareness of their physical form and their breath, leading to a better understanding of themselves. As my life has been positively transformed through yoga I hope that my teaching has a similar effect on my students.
What makes Yoga on The Lane special to you?
YOTL is a great place to teach yoga. There is a homely vibe that differentiates it from other studios. It is as close as a home practice as you will get! A real community feel - a warm and welcoming space for students to come together and practice. The studio is run with care and love and this approach is obvious to anyone that has spent time here.
Practising first thing in the morning is certainly challenging but it is the best way! Starting the day with a yoga practice is a great way to check in with yourself to see where you are mentally and physically. It is important to remember that yoga is not about performance - morning stiffness or tightness should not be a reason to avoid practice but reason to embrace it. You feel more by doing less! Also - you won’t have to think about it for the rest of your day and can get on with the rest of your life.
What tips can you give for motivating a morning practice?
My practice is constantly changing and evolving with time, the change of season, the weather, mood... currently my practice is focused more on creating a feeling of introspection as we move deeper into autumn. Forward folds, seated postures and inversions are the main focus. I find that as I get older less is becoming more and I explore the subtler aspects of asana practice.