I'm offto Bali to go get my yoga butt kicked oops inspired by Mark Robberds.
While I am away Leigh Hindmarsh will look after the Gizzy classes with a reduced schedule Aug 3- Sept 3
Monday Mysore 5pm + Beginners 5.30-6.30pm
Tuesdays Beginners 6.30-7.30pm
Thursdays Mysore 9am 28 Sirrah St, Okitu
I admire Leigh's yoga practice because she lives and loves ashtanga as a daily practice in a healthy way (it shows!). She is an inspiration to anyone starting their yoga journey later in life. I believe Leigh started at 40. Many people tell themselves that age is a limitation for progression but Leigh continues to grow stronger yet softer, and practices the intermediate ashtanga sequence with a steady consistency and wisdom and will learn Advanced A in her 60's. The learning is obviously more than just physical, it's experiential., and has helped her through a lot of life's challenges. I asked her to tell us a bit about her yoga history.
KIRI: When and Why did you start Yoga?
LEIGH: I started Ashtanga nearly 20 years ago, when my hair started falling out. I was diagnosed with Alopecia and shaving head and yoga was a suggestion from a natural therapist/friend. I did both and finally found myself in control of this random experience. The physicality, repetition and dancelike movement had me hooked from the first class. We lived 110km from Gisborne so I only managed to come down once a fortnight, but purchased Beryl Benders Power Yoga book to help me at home. I was dedicated and practiced 5 days a week. About 2011-12, a couple of friends wanted to learn Ashtanga from me, that grew and I found myself taking 3 classes a day 5 day a week. I then found I wanted to keep students and myself safe, adjusting and decided some formal training was needed. Ashtanga teacher training was limited and lengthy, hence the Purna training.
KIRI: What courses etc have you done or influences have you had?
LEIGH: Right the formal stuff. Purna Yoga YA200 2012, Workshops with Mark Robberds, Matthew Sweeney, Dena & Jack, Peter Sanson, Gregor Maehle, John & Lucy Scott,Nicky Knoff, Martina, Steph also did part teacher training(bailed)Katie Lane (Anusara, but she has her own style now), Maria @ Reset , Aerial silks, golly and many more.
KIRI: What do you love about yoga? What have been it's biggest benefits for you?
LEIGH: Ashtanga to me, is like breathing a necessity . The series of movements that come with it, a dance which I find (most of the time) stills my mind and I hope makes me a better person. I mentioned earlier I loved the physicality, but I quickly learnt through haste and injury, that slow, steady and continuity helped my practice. I have great teachers Peter, who has worked with my injuries , Hep C treatment, and post surgery. I still managed to practice through it all, even if it was just sitting on mat during his workshops. And you Kiri, we are so lucky to have you in our lives. Love your relaxed , but oh so good technical dialogue , which will see me happily practicing for another 20 years++.
KIRI: What advice would you give for anyone on their yoga journey?
LEIGH: Yoga tips! -just step on the mat and see what happens.