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Immerse yourself into something new for 2019. Try out a different sport perhaps. No one is going to do it for you! Our Founder is a keen Yogi, so we have asked yoga teacher Roisin Kinch some questions about her yoga journey. Maybe now is the time to plunge into yoga and give it a go, if you haven’t got the yoga bug already.
How long have you been practising yoga?
I began practicing yoga roughly 7 years ago. It all started when the Bikram craze hit London, but I soon realised it wasn’t for me with the set routine. I then moved on to hatha, which was a great way to learn the postures and alignment at a nice steady pace. I really got to know how my body should feel in each posture instead of pushing myself. Once I got some confidence I branched out and truly found my feet in vinyasa, I loved that there is no set structure to the sequence and it flowed more like a dance.
What is your favourite style of yoga?
The style that I am drawn towards for a physical practise is vinyasa flow. It is dynamic, strong and focused. I leave feeling satisfied creatively and physically. For my mind a yin yoga style nourishes my thoughts, learning to sit with the uncomfortable and using my breath as the guide. The combination of the two is just a dream. I feel so much more connected on all levels.
How long have you been teaching yoga?
I took my 200hr training in 2017 at Triyoga in London and began teaching as soon as I qualified that year. So I have been teaching for just over a year and I have been learning ever since. It really is a never-ending journey.
Who influences you?
There is no one particular person but more a type of person! Someone who is courageous and kind, someone who enjoys bringing the best out of each moment and person.
How do you find the right balance in life?
I found that to have balance I have to have discipline and that discipline is to not forget about my needs! Being self-employed and working within the wellbeing industry you can so easily put yourself on the back burner. This is something I am continuously working on. Someone once taught me to plan and put into my schedule at the beginning of each week a couple of things to do for myself, in order for me to not burn out. Whether that is a yoga class, reading a book or cooking a meal from scratch I try to schedule some time to simply relax. That way my energy levels are in check and I’m not living for the weekend.
Do you meditate regularly and is it an important part of your practise?
Meditation is a wonderful tool and it comes in many forms. My ideal way to meditate is to use my mala beads. There are 108 beads and each time you roll one through your fingers you repeat a mantra to yourself. It takes about 10-15minutes or longer. If you just keep going, the tension release is incredible, and you just feel your worries wash over you leaving you at ease. I have the intention of doing this daily but it doesn’t always work out. Sometimes a technology free dog walk is my meditation and that relaxes my soul just as much.
Do you do any other forms of exercise regularly?
I will be totally honest. Since teaching yoga up to 11 times a week my other exercise has gone out of the window! But this year I have made a promise to myself to start looking after myself again and already have started swimming and in the summer some wild swimming in the Thames! Also spinning, the intensity gets my heart pumping like nothing else. With these two types of exercise I get in my cardio fix to raise my heart rate and also to strengthen my body.
What time of day do you feel you get the most out of your practise?
I like to practise when I have got some life tasks out of the way and then my mind is clear of any distractions. Morning – Mid day is the perfect time for an energising hatha or vinyasa practice to reboot my mind for the day ahead. The evening is great for restorative yoga, soothing my mind and simmering down my nervous system after a day of work.
What is your favourite space to do yoga in?
Home! I can play my music really loud sending me into a trance. My dog Mowgli likes his bed next to my mat and licks my hands (and face!) in downward dog and the best thing is I’m usually still in my Pyjamas. But my favourite studio to do yoga in is at Bhuti in Richmond. I don’t teach here so it feels like such a treat to go in and just blend in.
How do you hydrate when you aren’t in the studio?
When I’m not at a studio I drink a lot of herbal tea. I also use my refillable bottle and carry it with me everywhere. Doing so much exercise I realised early on I was becoming dehydrated so made it part of my routine to keep on top of it.
Do you hydrate during your practise?
Through a yoga practise its best not to drink too much and mainly hydrate before or after class so you don’t have that feeling of water sloshing around. I teach a couple of hot yoga classes a week and during this type of yoga I do encourage people to take sips of water when they need to as they are losing so much fluid and salt during the class.
Do you have any new year resolutions?
No because I never stick to them. Instead I set myself one intention and that is to be kind to myself. We have so much pressure in our daily life and I didn’t feel I needed another thing to add to my list so I am just simply going to be kinder to myself. Trying to pass my thoughts, judgments and decisions through my heart before my mind. Oh and to drink more water, ha!