Simone is on her way to teach a Vinyasa flow class at Uncommon, a co-working space. So we paused to ask her about her personal relationship with Yoga.
“ I discovered my love for Yoga very early in my childhood, around the age of 10. I find the practise to be a healing art of self- care and self-love. Yoga inspires me to become an observer in my body and I will always be a student; learning about the practise & the philosophy doesn’t have a finish line. And that’s exciting! One of my favourite quotes is: - Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down. “
… who are your mentors and what do they mean to you?
“One of my greatest teachers was my primary school headmistress. She was such an eccentric force of nature, who was dedicated to her purpose in life. She taught me to be authentic, to always remain true to myself and to be free in my creative expression. “
…how Yoga helps make a busy mind quieten down?
“I believe it can offer people a lot of patience. If the mind is still wandering during practise, observe that without judgment, and focus back on the breath. If the body falls out of a pose, and one becomes frustrated with the practise, observe that without judgment and focus back on the breath. To me breath should be the root of our practise. Once one is able to truly connect to the breath, the mind stills, we become present, and everything after that flows harmoniously.”
“ Practising Yoga in urban environments is wonderful. It’s almost a test, see how deep one is able to get into their practise. This quote comes to mind: - Within you, there is stillness and a sanctuary, that you can retreat to at any time, and be yourself.”
“The first step in holding space for yourself is showing up. When I hold space for myself I take as long as I need to work with the breath to consciously arrive into my practise and into my body. I offer myself patience and compassion by reminding myself that I’m always only practising Yoga… by reminding myself that it is a practise, and not something i’m “doing” as such. It brings a more gentle energy and a reminder to not take things too seriously.”
…finally what is your intention when you are teaching Yoga?
“I prioritise creating a non judgmental atmosphere, and a safe space for beginners to practise Yoga. My intention is to share my practise so that people can connect to Yoga as a tool to heal and understand themselves. My classes are lead by the union between breath and body that can be invoked on and off the mat.”