Yoga, what is all the fuss about? November 08 2015, 0 Comments

Today on the blog we have a very special guest blogger, Therese Kulle of Mel Yoga. Like me, Therese is a big believer that yoga is for EVERYONE! You just have to find the right teacher and right style of yoga for you. Enjoy x

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Are you one of those people who think that you can’t go to a yoga class because you're unable to touch your toes?

Feeling like you have to be a certain type of person, or have certain flexibility super powers to even enter into one of those flashy yoga studios?

All around you the media is telling you how amazing and beneficial yoga is, while you may be thinking that yoga is for made for some other kind of species than you?

Maybe you've been to a yoga class or two and found it super confusing. You spent an hour with all these young, fit girls moving effortlessly from pose to pose while you struggled to get into any pose at all. If you did manage to get into a pose you had to move right out of it again because now it was time for the next one! Perhaps you ended up walking out of that gym or studio feeling like you didn’t get any work out or relaxation at all.

Friend, I hear ya! But do you know what? I still think that yoga can be for you! (Yes you read that right).

Yoga is a practice that includes many different elements, such as asana (the physical yoga you're probably most familiar with), meditation, breathing exercises and life philosophy. So the first step is figuring out what resonates with you and then finding a studio and a teacher that you feel comfortable and safe with (and preferably have fun with).

To find the right fit you need to consider:

Why you are looking into yoga?

What is your goal?

What type of class do you think you would enjoy?

Do you like it slow, stretchy and restorative?

Or do you want some action?

Do you want to sweat?

Or is meditation more your cup of tea?

My first client was my mother who wasn’t sold on the whole yoga thing at all. She had done a restorative yoga course but found it really boring. She had injured her knee and wanted something to aid the recovery and a work out she could do that used the rest of her body. My mother was generally quite weak and had a lot of different issues with her knees and shoulders. She preferred doing a short work out 3-4 times a week when she came home from work, before preparing dinner. We had a chat about all of this and I ended up creating two sequences for her to work with on her own.

Six months later she is doing yoga at least 3 times per week and I have updated her program twice. I am so proud of her for sticking to the practice so well. But most of all I am so happy to hear her say that she enjoys it and that she never felt that way about any kind of work out before! She feels stronger and has more energy in the evening after doing yoga. How amazing is that? Yesterday I sent her a new video, on how to do a shoulder stand, which is her next project pose. If I told her six months ago that she would be doing a shoulder stand she would have laughed at me and said “no way”.

I can’t promise you will love yoga, but I do know it can be very beneficial and help you reach the goals you have set for yourself. Who knows, if you are working with the right teacher you might even fall in love with it.

If you're looking for advice on the right yoga fit for you get in touch with Therese on therese@melyoga.com.au

Therese offers private yoga sessions working one-on-one with you towards your personalised goals.

Therese also teaches a group class on Wednesdays from 6.45-7.45pm in Linden New Art - 26 Acland Street, St Kilda from the 14th October until the 16th December.

Check the website for further details.

Therese teaches an alignment-focused class, encouraging and supporting her students to listen to their inner teacher. Her special interest is to help her students make sense out of yoga. Therese believes yoga should be fun, safe and feel right for the individual. Therese was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is a certified yoga teacher and RYT200 with Yoga Alliance Australia®

You can find out more about Therese on www.melyoga.com.au or follow her on Instagram.