Get to know my YOGA JOURNEY!
Here I will tell you how I started yoga and how it has been in my life ever since I started it when I was 10 years old.
Yoga has been an integral part of my life since my early days. From the age of 10 , I was introduced to the world of Ashtanga yoga, igniting a journey that has profoundly shaped my physical and mental well-being. Over the years, yoga has seamlessly integrated into my lifestyle, benefiting not only my fitness and dance pursuits but also nurturing my soul through meditation, pranayama, and yoga nidra. It has become a constant companion, a source of peace and a means of staying connected with myself, no matter where in the world I find myself.
1. Early Days with Ashtanga Yoga
My journey into yoga commenced at the age of 10 when I was introduced to Ashtanga yoga by accident. I was looking for a new hobby and came up with a Ashtanga yoga course nearby my house. So I thought why not? The practice was something new to me, and I found a blend of discipline and fluidity that resonated with my young spirit. Ashtanga yoga provided a structured approach to physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, laying the foundation for a yoga practice.
I practiced Ashtanga yoga throughout my childhood and teenage years. It not only enhanced my flexibility and strength but also instilled a sense of focus and discipline. The practice became sort of a ritual, an oasis of tranquility.
I shared the practice with adults as I did not have any friends on that time who would have been interested in to try yoga with me.
2. Yoga`s Role in Fitness and Dance
As I grew older, I explored other forms of fitness and dance, and yoga seamlessly interwove itself into these pursuits. The flexibility and body awareness I gained from my yoga practice became invaluable assets in my dance performances. Yoga’s emphasis on alignment and breath control significantly improved my dance technique, enabling me to express myself more authentically and gracefully.
In the world of fitness, yoga provided a balanced approach. It wasn’t merely about pushing my physical limits but understanding my body’s capabilities and respecting its boundaries. It was about achieving a harmonious blend of strength, flexibility, and mental clarity—a blend that yoga offered effortlessly.
Yoga and dance really provide an unbeatable combination!
3. Yoga Beyond Borders: Exploring Yoga Worldwide
My love for yoga extended beyond my home and studio. Whenever I traveled, be it to lively Los Angeles or peaceful corners of Spain, I made it a point to seek out yoga places and continue my practice. Yoga studios became my sanctuaries, where I could find peace and focus on my body and mind.
Practicing yoga in diverse settings exposed me to various styles and philosophies, enriching my practice and broadening my understanding of this ancient art. It really made me realize that yoga is for everyone, regardless of culture or geography.
Besides, I got to learn new language when practicing in Spain, which is another thing I`m passionate about: languages and culture.
What would be a better way to explore it than a yoga practice!
4. Meditation, Pranayama, and Yoga Nidra: Emphasizing Mindfulness
In recent years, my yoga journey has taken a deeper turn towards mindfulness through meditation, pranayama, and yoga nidra. These practices have become paramount in my routine, offering immense mental and emotional benefits.
Meditation has granted me moments of profound stillness amidst life’s chaos. It’s a practice of self-reflection, a space to observe my thoughts and emotions without judgment. Through meditation, I’ve learned to cultivate peace within, a quality that has permeated into all aspects of my life.
Pranayama, the science of breath control, has empowered me with a tool to regulate my energy and enhance my focus. The conscious manipulation of breath has a direct impact on my mind, calming it during turbulent times and revitalizing it when needed.
Yoga Nidra, the yogic practice of deep relaxation, has been a balm for my soul. It’s a journey to the core of my being, allowing for profound rest and rejuvenation. Through Yoga Nidra, I have found a sanctuary where I can let go of stress, tensions, and anxieties, and emerge feeling renewed and deeply connected.
5. The Unending Journey
As I reflect on my yoga journey from the early days of Ashtanga to my present focus on meditation, pranayama, and yoga nidra, I realize that yoga is indeed a lifelong journey. It evolves as I do, adapting to the shifts and changes in my life. Yoga has gifted me a wellspring of physical health, mental peace, and spiritual growth.
It’s not just about mastering postures; it’s about mastering the self. Yoga has taught me to find stillness amidst movement, peace amidst chaos, and joy amidst challenges. It has illuminated my path, guiding me towards a balanced and fulfilling life.
As the life goes on, yoga remains a vibrant thread—one that continually weaves itself into the spirit of my being, enriching the colors and textures of my existence. This journey is ongoing, and I eagerly look forward to the new lessons, discoveries, and transformations that await me on this beautiful path of yoga.
I wish everyone to realize that yoga is for everyone!
5. Aspiring for Infinite Growth: Nurturing My Yoga Teaching and Business Journey
Looking ahead, my aspirations as a yoga teacher are boundless. I yearn to deepen my understanding of yoga’s ancient wisdom and modern applications, continually seeking opportunities for growth and knowledge. My desire is to expand my yoga business, creating a haven for seekers of serenity and strength. I envision a space where yoga is not just a practice but a way of life, where each individual’s journey is nurtured, and where the transformation effect of inner peace and well-being extends to the broader community. With determination, I am committed to evolving, both as a yoga teacher and a business owner, and embracing the transformative power of yoga to uplift and enrich lives. The journey is infinite, and I eagerly embrace every step, with an open heart and a spirit aflame with passion for this beautiful path of yoga.
I warmly welcome you to my class in my lovely studio space in Helsinki, Arabia!