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Meet Ai

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m countering it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Meet Ai

Ai started her practice just over a year ago here at Go Yoga and has really jumped right in. She attends all 3 beginners vinyasa classes almost every week and has just recently started up Spiritual Warrior classes for the disciplined practice they instill. Yet, discipline is not something she is lacking – although a busy mum to the sassy but adorable Minnie (3 years old), Ai is always the first to arrive to class and finds her peace in sukhasana pose while everyone else piles in. Over summer you’ll recognise her as the Frangipani Yogini, petite and exotic with the sweet smelling white flowers in her hair. Read about her Yoga story…

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

I was originally drawn to Yoga as I was looking for something to help me de stress and to seek relief from my busy everyday life, especially with my young toddler. I was also in need for inner peace at that time.

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My current favourite class is the Beginners Vinyasa class, as I would like to learn the basic poses properly before I go onto the more advanced classes. I keep my regular practice to stay physically and mentally fit, and of course to be Happy!

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

The philosophy of yoga has taught me to (and continues to) stop comparing myself to others in a negative way, to love and accept myself and to be truly happy with who I am. I am now a much happier person and that means that I am also a kinder person to others as well. Ever since I started practicing yoga, I am much more active and I now have a strong desire to improve my yoga skills.

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga is absolutely for EVERYONE! I am 38 years old and no matter how old you are or no matter how fit or unfit you are, you will find a happy place in every yoga posture. It’s never too late to start. My only regret with yoga is that I did not start much earlier. I am quite sure that I will be practicing yoga until the day my body gives up. Yoga has become that much of a part of my life and my joy.
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Meet Gary

I’ve decided that our media-driven world needs to reshape the way society views the practice of Yoga and the people who practice it..it’s not just hot, young people performing crazy acrobatics! So I’m fighting it by posting what real Yoga looks like with some true Yogins and Yoginis that hail right here in little old Adelaide. Each week I’m asking them the same questions so you all can get an insight as to why Yoga is for everyBODY!

Gary in Fire log pose/agnistambhasana

Meet Gary

Gary began practicing yoga with me as part of a Corporate Yoga class at his workplace in 2009, but joined classes at the studio after wanting more! Back then I had to physically help him out of a pose like agnistambhasana, seen opposite. With dedication his asana practice blossomed and, as you’ll read below, so too did his holistic view on life.

What drew you to begin practicing Yoga?

There are 2 main reasons that drew me to yoga. One was  the need for increased flexibility in my muscles and joints to help me deal with the daily rigours of parenting 4 boys. Secondly, I studied Indian History in Year 11 and 12 looking deeply at the different religions in India. Yoga(not a religion) kept being mentioned with its leaders and teachings which  intrigued me. Its values and beliefs can easily be applied in daily life especially at the fast pace we live with now.

 

What is your favourite class and why do you keep a regular practice?

My favourite two classes are Jivamukti Open and Spiritual Warrior. Jivamukti Open is a fun class where you can work at your own level with breath control. Spiritual Warrior is a more structured class where you follow a set routine each time requiring a bit more discipline. They are both dynamic classes that make you feel  reinvigorated  ready for the day ahead. As a surf boat rower I commit to a regular practice to keep my flexibility and as a primary teacher the meditation and values lessons help keep me thinking  positively in both the classroom and life.

 

Have the philosophies and/or practical practice of Yoga penetrated your daily life and if you, how?

There is always a renewed energy after each session that leads into a positive outlook for the day. The philosophies are important as a wakeup call because you can become so absorbed in your daily life that you forget the little things that make you happy and keep you going, but they also make you think about the bigger picture around the world and how your positive outlook can have a ripple effect with others.

 

 

In your view is Yoga for everyBODY?

Yoga can be for any person, age, shape or size. There are no limits. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find an hour to escape the fast paced world they live in and to put a bit of perspective back in their lives.

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Go Yoga Every Damn Day

Yoga – meditation, pranayama, asana – all of these every day for the month of February!

Individually and as a culture we’re disconnected from the present moment and our bodies in many ways. We don’t always value or listen to our body, but a daily Yoga practice can help.

By having an everyday routine we commit to showing up in our bodies and in our breath, we can be more curious so that we can sense things on more subtle levels. If something in our life is a little off, we’ll feel it before it gets worse.

Commit to Go Yoga Every Damn Day (GYEDD) in February – with 4 brand new class times added to the timetable, including the new Spiritual Warrior class, you can come to as many as you wish everyday for the entire month for $120.

A regular Yoga practice is a gift to ourself, a refuge, a tool with which we can move through the ups and downs of life more skilfully, then we can be more present to live every moment!

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