As a child, I was diagnosed with structural scoliosis. In my early twenties my back problems got worse. I started first with Pilates and then decided to try a couple of yoga classes.
I can’t say that I was hooked straight away but it didn’t take long until I was going to Ashtanga classes 3 times a week. I love how my back, my whole body, and my mind feel after a good practice.
What did you think yoga was before you tried?
I thought yoga was really hippie stuff and would probably be too slow for me. I soon understood that Ashtanga yoga is not slow at all and really challenging! After a few years of practice, I actually turned to the slower and more restorative types of yoga which I now love.
How do you define a ‘yoga body’?
My teacher once said that people often come to yoga to change their bodies and once they get into it, their bodies change but it doesn’t matter any more as we learn to love and accept our bodies as they are.
How do you identify as being Audacious?
I never go for the easy option in life. I usually choose the most challenging way and just go for it.
I went to the US for a year when I was a teenager only knowing a few words of English and I have never been afraid of a challenge ever since. I recently quit my well paid and secure sales and marketing job to become a yoga teacher which some might say is fearless and bold, while some might say is silly and risky.
Advice for an intimidated beginners?
Just do it! What have you got to lose? The worst thing that can happen to you is that you don’t feel any different after a class and trust me that won’t happen. You will feel more relaxed, balanced, stronger, and generally more content. Yoga is an internal practice so don’t worry about what the person next to you on the mat might think or what you look like.