1. HOW DID YOU FIRST DISCOVER YOUR LOVE FOR YOGA?
My relationship with yoga started few years ago in my mid-twenties. Like most of us , I was seeking motivation to join the gym and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I experimented with many fitness classes that didn’t really appeal to me, needless to say I felt like I was the most unfit and weak person in the gym, until yoga happened, it was love at first asana!
Not being physical or aware of my body at all at that time, yoga was the most difficult, demanding, extraordinary thing I had ever experienced. I still recall that first class I joined, covered in sweat, shaking, trying to breath and find calm in the asana as the teacher suggested. I kept thinking that yoga was impossible and that I would never be good at it, yet something kept me coming back for more and progressively, I was so attracted to it that I couldn’t stop thinking about it, turning my visit to gym into the highlight of each day!
To make a long story short, I decided to go after my true calling and today, something like eight years later, having completed many many hours of studying and practicing yoga and 500 hours of Hatha yoga teacher training, I guide people through their practice. I teach and being taught by students every day. Now I can honestly tell you that my love for the Art of yoga is greater than ever and not a single day goes by that I don’t practice, teach, live yoga and if I can make a single person feel a little bit happier, then my work is successfully done!
2.TAKE US THROUGH THE PROCESS OF WHAT YOGA FEELS LIKE FOR YOU?
In this case words are not enough, yoga is a feeling rooted deep inside my heart, under my skin, a feeling that makes my soul satisfied and my eyes glow when I practice or teach! Yoga is the place where I lose myself and then again find myself there too.
Since yoga crossed my path and came into my life, I found out that expressing myself physically is much more “honest” and “real” to me than the use of words, feelings flow , energy flows through the body during the practice! The good, the bad , everything is set free.
Yoga liberates me, it frees me of anything that does not serve me!
I found out that there is so much wisdom and beauty in our existence, by nature I can be incredibly strong yet gracefully soft at the same time.
I found out that we are so much more than flesh and bones ,we, as human beings are Art itself!
We are glorious channels of creativity and maybe while performing the asanas or meditating, we are capable of creating Art with the body and the soul! That way we become something greater than ourselves and we can make masterpieces out of our existence!
I now realize that there is a perfect imperfection about everything and everyone.
Yoga always reminds of the magic and beauty of life…
Every single breath is a gift…!
Every heartbeat is a miracle….!
3.IF YOU HAD TO SUDDENLY STOP PRACTICING YOGA HOW COULD THAT AFFECT YOUR LIFE?WHAT WOULD CHANGE?
I guess it would be really difficult for me to stop performing the asanas and give up on the physical exercise of yoga since it’s something that takes up a huge part of my everyday life as a yoga teacher. My practice brings me closer to people and to myself, closer to nature and to what’s truly significant, it provides my body with strength and balance…but yoga is so much more than a physical or stretching routine…nothing can really stop you from breathing, from meditating , from being present in each moment, living or acting yoga!
So I suppose losing the ability to practice daily would affect me radically and leave me feeling a little incomplete and empty, like a dancer that cannot dance…but there would always be a way to release tension and turn a negative experience into something positive…like spending more time on helping others, devoting myself to a greater cause or volunteering, or creating some kind of art or even make room for new habits and hobbies….
Never should we forget that when one door closes another one opens and numerous possibilities arise!!!
4.WHY DO YOU THINK ITS HARD FOR MANY TO SURRENDER AND GET LOST IN SOMETHING THAT BRINGS THEM JOY/PEACE?HOW COULD THAT CHANGE?
The answer to that question comes to my mind pretty easily…fears and insecurities!
We are too intimidated by anything that puts us out there in public and exposes our insecurities. We ,subconsciously , tend to be self –doubters.
We are too afraid of not being already good at something before we even begin with it, which is crazy , because no one was really born a yogi, a painter, a dancer. . .
So, surrendering at something means that at first you have to show vulnerability and admit ignorance, accept the fact that as a beginner you might fail, you might “fall” and hurt your ego!
You have to accept the fact that you are really small before you make yourself really big!