The following is a background to my yoga journey so far...
I first started practicing yoga asanas and meditation about six years ago, I love how practicing the asanas and pranayama (breath techniques) make me feel, both inside and out.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis – I remember my rheumatologist telling me ‘imagine you have superglue down the full length of your spine… the best thing you can do to keep it from ‘locking tight’ is to keep the spine as flexible as possible’. That one sentence was my wake-up call to start a more regular practice, as it dawned on me just how powerful a tool yoga could be for my self-preservation and so it was then that my true journey of yoga began…
I commenced my 350-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) course in February 2016 with Veda Yoga Teacher Training and qualified as a Hatha Yoga & Meditation Teacher in February 2017, with the launch of my business (Yoga Owl) not long afterwards. I figured that if yoga could help me stay mobile as I grow older, then it was absolutely vital for me to learn as much as I could (and put into practice). In 2018 I’ve also completed Yoga Nidra, Healthy Ageing through Yoga and Level 1 Sound Healing training courses.
My personal love for all things yoga and sharing the practice with others increases on a daily basis ~ I always feel so joyful after teaching a class when you can see the difference in people, they seem to walk out of class with a lightness about their whole being.
I know that for me, yoga is now an integral part of my life – I would love to reach a grand old age, complete with a great quality of life and mobility. Whilst we can’t be too sure what life will throw our way, I know for sure that yoga helps me every single day and my body, mind and soul certainly thanks me for it!
Namaste & Much Love
AKA Yoga Owl
‘Yoga Owl’ was launched in February 2017, and the name was born from the simplicity of my love for Yoga and Owls (thanks for the suggestion Steve!) xox
OWLS ARE COOL THOUGH TOO!
‘Through pop culture references, like Winnie the Pooh, and through folklore, we all associate owls with wisdom at some time or other. Rather than intellectual wisdom, though, owls are connected with the wisdom of the soul. However, there are other qualities that owl has. Owls are often seen as mysterious, mostly because many owls are strictly nocturnal and humans have always found night to be full of mystery and the unknown. Owls live within the darkness, which includes magic, mystery, and ancient knowledge. Related to the night is the moon, which owls are also connected to. It becomes a symbol of the feminine and fertility, with the moon’s cycles of renewal.
Even the mythology relates owl to this wisdom and femininity. The owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena’s blind side, so that she could see the whole truth. In Ancient Greece, the owl was a symbol of a higher wisdom, and it was also a guardian of the Acropolis. Diana, the Roman response to Athena, was strongly associated with the moon, and also the owl. The Pawnee and the Sioux saw the owl as a messenger (akicita) to the first of all evil creatures (Unktehi). While the Lakota tribe had an “Owl Society,” where the warriors fought primarily at night and painted dark rings around their eyes because they believed that would allow them to have an owl’s acute vision.
There are myths and legends from all over the world, from the Americas to the Far East. Owls, as they always have, continue to be a source of wisdom, spiritual and intellectual.’
Information from Ted Andrews's Animal-Speak, Jessica Dawn Palmer's Animal Wisdom, and Steven D. Farmer's Power Animals.
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