The content you share about self-nurturing yoga is fantastic. Can you share more about your particular yogic philosophy and self-nurturing?
Thank you so much. I believe the very nature of true, authentic Yoga is self- nurturing. It bridges the gap or disconnect that is often felt within us due to our modern day lives. Yoga is an honest pathway and lifestyle that draws us back to our core and supports us in feeling complete and abundant always.
My personal philosophy is that Yoga belongs in our lives as a lifestyle medicine. Meaning that it supports as via a daily practice as well as a moment-by- moment tool (e.g. using breathing techniques, philosophies or postures as needed).
A good Yoga practice should be intention-based and inclusive of our whole being - body, mind + soul. We then come to learn that whatever we do on the mat transfers to our life off the mat in ways that leaves us feeling connected to ourselves and the world around us. To me, this is the very essence of self-love in it’s purest form.
What led to you become a yoga teacher and holistic educator?
Like most teachers my practice began as a form of exercise but swiftly became so much more. I was studying Biology and Biochemistry at the time that Yoga found me and I was invigorated by how much the two worlds (East + West) wove together quite well. From there I found myself volunteering in an Ashram and learning authentic Yoga from a Guru and Sannyasi (monks). That’s where my teaching journey first began.
The undeniable difference that Yoga made to my life is what drove me to help others too. It pulled me out of the depths of depression and anxiety and was an absolute pillar of strength during and after an abusive relationship. It has supported me through pregnancy, childbirth and now motherhood.
The gift of Yoga and holistic education (bringing together wisdom from all over) is one that needs to be shared. So that’s why I have brought together all of my worlds to impart as much as I can to others seeking a similar path too.
Does your yoga practice change around your monthly hormonal cycles - can you share some tips for adjusting your practice to best support women’s health?
Yes, I try to live cyclicly as best as I can to nurture my body’s needs throughout my lunar cycle as well as the seasons.
When it comes to our monthly bleed, it’s best to slow the postures down as to not exert too much energy or stress on the body. It’s a time to go inwards and to focus on the downward flow of energy.
So this means we should avoid inversions (where our heart goes higher than our head e.g. headstands and shoulder stands) and focus on gentle grounding postures that move tension from the hips and legs. These could be postures like child’s pose, a seated forward fold or a seated cobbler’s pose. But above all else, learn to listen to your body’s needs and just go with whatever feels good for you. No two bodies are the same and we should honour our uniqueness by listening inwards.