GET ON THE YOGA
One of the resolutions of this new year for most of us was probably start doing some Yoga. It seems that practicing Yoga is something that is getting “on trend” in the last years, although Yoga is an ancient discipline (about 5000 year old) that includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures. There are many reasons of why people start practicing it, it could be to slow down the stress of our everyday lives or maybe for a more spiritual reason, to connect your body and mind. But what do we really know about it? Getonthetrend has talked with a yoga instructor called Lea Samanta Nash about what made her to start practicing Yoga and many other interesting things. Samanta grew up in Mexico with a Danish mother and an Argentinean father and moved to Copenhagen in 2009. Apart from being a yoga teacher, she studies Global Nutrition and Health. You can find more about her in her page www.leanashyoga.com and you can also find online classes with her here www.yogastream.dk
That’s what she said:
Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga because I simply love it. I took my first teachers training with the idea of simply learning more about this practice that I enjoy so much, but soon after (in 2011) I started teaching and haven’t stopped since.
What kind of yoga do you teach?
I teach several styles of yoga, mainly Flow yoga, which is all about moving with the breath, for example doing one movement on an inhalation and another on the exhalation, hot yoga which is practiced in a heated room to approximately 37-38 degrees, it can be both intense and soft depending on the type of class and Yin yoga, which is very meditative and slow type, where you keep every asana or pose for several minutes.
What do you find rewarding about being a yoga instructor?
Teaching yoga is a very fulfilling job, as you know you are doing something good for people, helping them to stay healthy, to relax, to get in touch with their bodies. I teach yoga because it makes me feel like I am making a positive difference in people’s lives.
What is the greatest challenge you have overcome because of yoga?
Yoga is so much more that a physical practice or a stretching session. Yoga can also work with the breath, the emotions and feelings and it can act almost as therapy if you let it.
Personally, yoga has helped me through many challenges. In my daily and sometimes agitated life it helps me stay focus and relaxed somehow it helps me to be more patient and understand that things will happen in their own time. I can really feel it when I don’t practice for a few days!
The good thing is that you can bring yoga with you wherever you are, for example, simple breathing exercises can change a difficult situation into a manageable challenge.
What’s your beauty routine, and how does it account for working out frequently?
I like to wear a natural look and I like my beauty to come from the inside, which is why I wear as little make up as possible and focus on drinking plenty of water, which is even more important when teaching hot yoga, exercising regularly and getting a good night sleep.
So I would say my beauty routine is going to bed at around 11pm, sleeping 8 hours, which is what makes my body happy, waking up in the morning and drinking a glass of water before eating anything, taking long and full breaths and doing some kind of exercise at least 4 times a week. I like to combine yoga and Crossfit, to stay strong, flexible and relaxed at the same time.
What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga?
You might think yoga is not for you, perhaps because you can’t reach your toes or you are “too impatient for that”. In my opinion yoga is for everyone, especially if you can’t reach you toes or if you have an impatient personality. It’s just a matter of choosing the right type for you.
My advice is to just try it and don’t give up if your first experience is not the best, try different styles and different teachers. I am sure you will find the good in yoga, whatever it may be for you.
Oh and also, I promise you that nobody cares how you look in the poses, just do your best!