When I first came across Yoga, I was about 16 and I saw images of Geri Halliwell in the newspaper doing these funny shapes with her body. I went out and bought a DVD but never actually did it.
Fast forward to my mid 20’s and I decided to give Yoga classes a try. I found a local class in Barking and Dagenham that I would go to on a Monday and Tuesday night. The Teacher was super inspiring, she was in her 40’s and was in great shape and strong.
She told me she had been a school dinner lady and seen in the newspaper that Madonna did this thing called Yoga and she wanted to give it ago, she got the Yoga bug and became a teacher.
As much as I enjoyed my Yoga sessions, it was for the most part a physical practice for me. I did it for fitness and for flexibility and strength. I then practiced Yoga on and off for 8 years, very inconsistently.
Fast forward to my early 30’s and being a mum of 2 babies, born only 14 months apart, I felt the calling to return to Yoga.
I found a great local teacher In Havering and would leave class feeling, calm and completely de-stressed. I really struggle to put into words the feeling that I get from Yoga, it seems to create space in my mind and my body. A sense of great calm, and a knowing that my mind has quietened for the hour.
So impressed with the benefits of Yoga, I decided to train and become a teacher, so that I can help others feel the benefits that I have experienced.
Other side affects of Yoga when practicing consistently , you become much calmer, and a more collected person. You will notice you are less reactive to people and situation that would normally leave you wanting to explode, scream, shout, fight back.
Yoga will give you much more patience with your children (this is a big one for me). When I haven’t been practicing much Yoga, I can tell, it shows up in how I am responding to my children and how they are mirroring me.
Being a mum is a double full time vocation, with no days off. It can be exhausting and truly overwhelming having someone that needs you to keep them safe and meet all their needs, plus these days a lot of us are working and being full time mums, and keeping a home in order.
Yoga really does take that edge off and give you the “break” that you need for your day to day life. Leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to embrace each day and all that comes with it.
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