My first insight into yoga came while at university, reading an academic paper on the role of mind-body practices as a lifestyle “medicine” for longer life. I am so glad I read past the abstract! The physiological effects of these techniques to elicit a “relaxation response” and reduce stress were compelling. Shortly after, I stumbled upon The Yoga Garage in Scarborough and thought I must put this new-found knowledge into practice. My first class was a 90 min Hot Yoga class in 2012, which sure did test me physically, yet afterwards, I was calmer and more relaxed.
Ever since the art of connecting movement to breath has become an integral part of my daily life. Practising yoga serves as my base workout, providing the essential balance of strength and flexibility, and the platform for all my other sporting pursuits. Consistent yoga practice has taught me the incredible capability of the human body. You will develop an appreciation for your own body with the physical changes that the practice will bring and more importantly how this translates into a positive body image, knowing the power of your own movement. Furthermore, mind-body practices including a variety of styles of yoga and meditation have most certainly made me more resilient and adaptable to the challenges of life off my mat.
In 2018, to further my practice and understanding of the history of what is “yoga”, I embarked on The Sumits Yoga Teaching Training with Stu and Sumit at The Yoga Garage. This was a very rewarding experience, and it is a passion to be able to teach such a diverse mix of people from all walks of life.