Having been a well-being coach, author, and business mentor for over fifteen years, becoming a yoga teacher in my fifties felt like a natural progression.
I’ve dabbled with yoga since my twenties. I loved how it helped me feel more relaxed, calm, and at peace. But I didn’t fully embrace it as I used to think yoga was all about getting into the right shape–which my short inflexible and more rounded body wasn’t keen to do.
I didn’t realise that yoga postures are only one component of yoga–that the intention of a posture is more important than the shape, and there are many styles of yoga to suit everybody.
Thankfully something kept drawing me back.
I was becoming increasingly curious about how yoga could help me age well. Especially during my forties when I suddenly found myself battling to overcome burnout, fatigue, and the alien force of menopause that had taken over my body. I was used to being an active high achiever but my body was craving a more compassionate lifestyle.
During this time, yoga helped me take control of my health, heal, and feel better. I no longer do the cardio styles of yoga I’d enjoyed when I was younger. Instead, I now prefer slower-paced styles including Hatha, Yin, Slow Mindful Yoga, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra.
The more I practice, the better and stronger I feel.
I became completely hooked after experiencing one-to-one yoga sessions every day for a week while on a retreat in Bali. Thanks to my regular yoga practice, I now feel fitter, healthier, and more radiant as I age.
When yoga captures your heart, it’s a transformational experience and a never-ending story.
It’s wonderful to be enabling other women over forty experience the benefits of yoga too–no matter what your shape, ability, or size.