1. How long have you been practicing yoga?
About 3 years now, with a few months off about 18 months ago for an injury.
2. What changes have you noticed since starting yoga?
When I started I was suffering from a lot of back pain, which was one of the reasons I started. I was also starting to become generally less mobile and was feeling my age. I hadn’t done any regular exercise for several years and everyday activities, like tying my shoelaces, were becoming harder and harder. Now the back pain has gone and I feel infinitely better about my body and fitness than I have in 15 years. My flexibility is amazing considering where I started from, and most of my aches and pains are just distant memories. I’m also (I think!) a calmer person, with a better sense of proportion when things don’t go to plan, and I get much less stressed than I used to.
3. What is your favourite pose?
I enjoy stretching poses, so dropping into anything that opens up my hips or shoulders is nice. Perhaps strangely, I think Pigeon is probably my favourite as it leaves me feeling wonderful afterwards. I also like Crow pose, and generally enjoy working on arm balances.
4. How do you feel after class?
Invigorated, alive and like I’m walking about two inches taller.
5. Why do you practice at Alissa Lawrence Yoga?
I really like Alissa’s style of teaching. Her classes are always fun and lively, but she also takes Yoga incredibly seriously and she structures her classes really well so that they always seem to have a particular logic to them. She is also very alert to the abilities and experience of her students, and is good at layering her instructions accordingly.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add?
As a (then) 43 year old man who had never done anything similar, it took a deep breath for me to enter a yoga studio for the first time, but its now become a big part of my weekly routine. If nothing else, it proves that yoga really is something anyone can take up, whatever their age, type or level of fitness.