When was your first yoga lesson? How did you feel after it?
I took my first Yoga lesson at the local gym when I was about 19 years old. Yoga wasn’t that popular back then and I also didn’t have a lot of money to go to classes. Luckily, the teacher there was great and had a huge knowledge about Asanas and proper alignment. I left the studio feeling like a new human. My body felt relaxed and yet energized and I overall just felt like a brand new person.
What type of yoga to you practice?
I would describe my style of yoga as a Vinyasa - free flow – restorative yoga mix. I used to practice Ashtanga for quite a long time and I still stick to most of the poses from the primary series. The style of yoga depends on my mood. Some days my body craves some gentle movements and some days I’m all a sweaty Vinyasa practice.
What inspires you in Yoga?
Yoga inspires me to stay present. For me it’s a kind of meditation and connects me to my body. Sometimes I get inspired to do certain poses or flows, sometimes I get the most inspiring ideas and other times I just enjoy being in this very moment.
Just me, my breath and my movements.
How did Yoga transform you?
Yoga has literally changed my life. It basically changed everything for me. The way I treat myself and others, the way I think, how I take care of my body and so much more. I started with simply practicing Asanas and got more and more interested in the other limbs later on. For me, yoga isn’t just stretching anymore. It’s a lifestyle.
If you could describe Yoga in one word, what would it be?
Oh my gosh! I would say Yoga makes me feel like myself. It brings me back to my inner self, helps me to stay centered, focus and in the present moment. I learned so much about myself with my practice and it’s an ongoing process. Not sure how to put that in one word. Maybe mindfulness?
Do you have a favorite yoga pose?
I don’t have a favorite pose personnally. There are certain poses I enjoy for quite a while but they change. A pose that I always enjoy is Spine Twist. I feel my body craves this pose a lot.
Who’s your inspiration?
I had to think about that question for quite a while. There are so many inspiring yogis out there and I love looking at their feed and admire their work. I get inspired in nature a lot and also while listening to podcasts. I wouldn’t say that it’s really one person. So many things inspire me. Sometimes I start with a pose and feel inspired to do another one and then end up with this little fun sequence. My mom is definitely a huge inspiration for me. She’s incredibly creative and I just love the way she looks at life and am forever grateful for her little nuggets of wisdom.
Any advice for new Yogis?
Always listen to your body. Don’t force yourself into something your body isn’t ready for. Every body is different, do what feels good for you. Don’t compare your practice or progress with others. You do you. A consistent practice is key and practice makes progress.
3 things you never leave the house without.
I wouldn’t say never but most of the time I bring my phone, a lip balm and my keys (obviously).
What is your favorite quote?
“Things are always working out for me and all is well.”
It’s more a positive affirmation than a quote. But I keep saying this to myself during the day.
We would like to thank Natalia for taking the time to share a part of her life with us and we invite you to visit her beautiul instagram account for more inspiration and motivation @NataliasYoga !
Namaste and until next time bliss babes!