Even though she is streets ahead of me in yoga class, she is one of the most humble people I know and cares more about how it makes you feel, rather than how far you can stretch your body.
This lovely lady is now putting together a routine to share with The Mummy Menu, so I asked her a few questions so we can all get to know her before we get bendy!
I'm a fun loving person who thrives on spending time with family, friends and animals, preferably climbing hills, swimming in the river or relaxing in the sun. The other half of me loves curling up the couch at night with soft blanket. So I guess you could say I'm an active, bendy, mink blanket snuggling yogi.
What inspired you to start doing yoga?
As so many things these days I was inspired by social media. A few years ago I saw some pictures of a couple doing yoga. We have all seen those photos and I decided to try out some yoga by myself. Truth be told, I felt ridiculous and completely awkward doing it. Eventually I invested in some yoga classes and fell in love with the moves and the post vinyasa feeling.
What is the best thing about it?
I love walking into a yoga class after a long and exhausting day and walking out feeling like you can tackle anything be it cooking up a storm or doing the dishes (I don't like doing the dishes haha).
How has it helped you?
Yoga helps me to focus on the simple things in life and to slow down my ridiculously fast thinking mind and also to strengthen my whole body. The beauty about yoga is you can take from it what you want or need. If you just feel like doing a physical workout that's fine, if you just need to sit in silence for three minutes or one hour that's fine, or if you want to focus on your breathing while you're upside down in a handstand with your legs crossed behind your head that is fine as well.
How do you fit it into your daily life?
I love doing yoga in a class, having other people around me really helps me get further with my practice, however I only do this about once a week. All other times I just do it at home or out in nature by myself or with friends.
What are the health benefits of yoga?
As I said before yoga calmed my mind and gives me an out from the daily stresses we are exposed to. It is well known that stress is one of the biggest factors for injury or illness, so to be able to reduce it is fantastic.
On the other hand the actual physical side of yoga strengthens your body and releases any tightness in muscles and nerves that you might carry.
What are the craziest places you’ve done yoga?
The great thing about yoga is you can do it anywhere, which means I have practiced it on mountain tops, in old factory buildings and on top of a water tower. Wherever you may practice, create your own mountain top!
What are you looking forward to most about The Mummy Menu?
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and introducing them to yoga and showing them some new moves but also to hear all the Mummys' stories and experiences.