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!
Jan started practicing yoga with me in 2012 for flexibility, relaxation and meditation – she was a regular in my Jivamukti classes for many years. Nowadays she enjoys Beginners Vinyasa classes for breathing and to sustain her flexibility…when she isn’t on nanna duty to her pre-schooler grandkids that is! She is now an active 63 year-old, attends Yoga twice weekly and is a firm believer that all ages can practice yoga.
I taught Howard privately for about 18 months before he retired and his time freed up to join classes at Go Yoga. Well, not strictly privately…his dogs often joined us on the mat too! His cheeky grin, wonderful sense of humour and generous nature mark his popular presence in class with the other students. Here’s a run-down of his Yoga story…
Hi I’m Howard, I used to practice Yoga back in the U.K. When I arrived in Adelaide life was so busy sorting everything out I just didn’t find the time. A couple of years ago I did experience some minor back issues. It was suggested that I try Yoga. I didn’t realise how much I had missed it and the benefits it can bring. I think that Yoga isn’t just about exercising the body it’s also about the mind. I find it helps to bring about a peaceful outlook to life, reduces my stress levels, and helps to see life for what it is, to be enjoyed.
Finding the right class is really important I didn’t realise how many different styles there are. Hatha Yoga and Beginner Vinyasa are the ones that I attend. I find that attending the class weekly helps to keep my body in good shape. The day after I can really tell a difference. I also like the fact that there isn’t any competition everyone is just at a different stage of their own personal development. Also it doesn’t matter how old you are. I have found being retired (I am 62 years old) just makes it easier for me to attend a class. It’s also a chance to meet some really nice people.