Your practice style of yoga
I would describe my home practice as Hatha Flow: asana sequences to strengthen and flex my body, synchronising breathing and movement to calm and focus my mind. Practice is successful if I prepared my body enough for sitting comfortably to practice pranayama, and being able to engage in a moment of blissful meditation!
How many times a week do you practice
I practice 5-7 days a week. Practice for me is to spend a meaningful time on the mat; moving, breathing and meditating. The length of this meaningful time will depend on the level of busy-ness and energy that day.
How long you have practiced and Why you started practicing
I first got in touch with yoga as a young teen, more than 15 years ago. I remember my first yoga class well - I thought holding adho muka svanasana was brutal! I marvelled at all the things I could feel when practicing asana and breathing.
Dedicated home practice started as I realised that, for me, the benefit of 5 minutes meditation is the same as an hour’s running… And that the better I felt in mind and body, after balancing asana practice, the easier and more joyful it was to meditate.
What you get from practicing
My body is overall stronger and more flexible. And my mind is too! After practice I feel connected to my surrounding and feel positive about it. Calm and grounded, ready to engage with the world. I believe yoga makes me better at my job as a school teacher.
Brief outline of what you teach
I teach Hatha Yoga, meaning that classes incorporate posture (asana) practice, breathing and relaxation. My Hatha Flow teaching and practice style is influenced by my ongoing training towards the British Wheel of Yoga 500h Hatha Diploma and my collective experience of modern Vinyasa Flow Yoga, traditional Bihar Satyananda Yoga, and powerful Ashtanga Yoga. More info and class descriptions are available on yogalisi.co.uk.
Why and who its most suited for in your opinion
Best advice to new beginners
Do a beginners course! Avoid feeling frustrated by realising that your teacher has been practicing yoga for many, many years! Incorporate sun-salutations or versions of them.
Who inspires you yogically!
Yogis who practice into their old age. Have you heard of 98 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch? I am truly inspired by my fellow Diploma course yogis who practice and learn with me. And I am inspired every time by the yogis in my classes - when I see them letting go of tension; when I see their awareness and their strength!