I have started this yoga journey with a different approach and understanding than what I have today. And I love each step taken into this wonderful journey.
My first encounter with yoga was through my father. I am not sure if he ever practised yoga, but he seemed interested in the matter. I’ve once seen on his desk a book about yoga and I asked him what yoga is. I think
I was around 7 or 9 years old. He tried to explain to me what yoga was and he also told me about the book. I remembered that it was about someone who had suffered a sort of accident and got immobilized to bed. But, through yoga, he was able to walk again. All I understood at that time was that yoga must be something
When I first started, my only interest was on physical asanas and on how yoga practice will help me stay fit and, maybe, find a remedy for my constant lower back pain. Pretty fast my interest shifted from the physical aspect of yoga practice into the underneath layer, the spiritual one. Yoga was hard for me when I started; at my first class, I realized how stiff and weak I was and how little body awareness I had. Because – you see, I was unfit, stiff and not very flexible and I thought that yoga was not for me. But Yoga is not about those skinny bendy bodies you see in magazines. It is about and for people like me and you, all kind of people, it is for everybody, not just for some.
Step by step, class after class, evening after evening having my own practice, I have gained strength and flexibility, even my lower back pain went away and I rediscovered how is not to live in pain anymore. But more important for myself is that I have developed a deeper patience than I ever had before and really just trying to be more understanding with those around me.
Yoga is not something you do only on your mat. It is something you do on a daily basis. It is about how you choose to act (or react) in difficult situations. It is about human interactions, relationships. Being kind, maintaining the integrity and cultivating a sense of presence.
What yoga means to me Yoga taught me to BREATH, to be PRESENT, to ACCEPT but to ENDURE at the same time. For me – yoga is a POETRY about the dance of the energy that surrounds us, that takes place in this very second in each and every cell of our bodies. Yoga is MAGIC. Yoga is a ticket for the most wonderful journey that one can take in a lifetime: the journey to get to know yourself.
Why do I teach yoga?
I teach because yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. At each class, the intention I set before we start the practice is that my students step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.