On a foggy spring morning, I met Becky at a Yoga in the Sky event in Stratford. Leaving her class I felt more confident in my ability, though the poses were harder than I had anticipated. Becky walks around the room checking on form and encouraging her students to work to their full capacity. This along with her calming aura and the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s view of London is the perfect Saturday activity!
We catch up on her fitness career, hydration routine, and inspirations…
"My NO is putting pressure on yourself and my MORE is moving your body in a nourishing way."
How did you get into that role? Why fitness?
I originally trained in dance at Stella Mann dance school where I received professional training to become a dancer. Upon graduation, I started working front-of-house in a that I decided on a career change to pursue yoga instead. Whilst I was at the gym I also gained my personal training certificate and then went on to teach yoga full time. I never decided that I wanted to go into fitness I just fell in love with dance, yoga and overall being fit and healthy.
Do you have a quote that you live by?
The quote that I originally heard from one of my teachers and which I strive to get the idea across to my students is ‘No effort is ever wasted and no benefit is ever lost’.
What apps/podcasts/books inspire you?
I have recently embarked on a new journey of studying psychotherapy alongside my yoga career. I believe that all people should focus on their mental health as well as their physical bodies. I just finished reading The Wisdom of Milton H. Erickson, which is a book full of his inspiring quotes and statements. Also, Esther Perel’s audiobooks and podcasts about relationships are very eye-opening.
Who inspires you, how and why?
Everyone inspires me; my students who fit yoga into their busy weeks, my partner who works hard at everything that he does, the people I meet every day who are trying to stay positive when they feel overwhelmed, my teachers who give me space to be creative and my family who have been through a lot and come out stronger the other side.
What workout would you suggest anyone try, for a complete beginner and with no equipment required?
I would suggest some simple stretches, for example every morning when you roll out of bed you can stand up with your feet hip distance apart and dangle forward, adding a slight bend to the knees to open into the lower back, releasing the neck completely. The longer you stay, the closer the head will drop down towards the floor as the back opens up.
What has been your biggest fitness challenge so far and how did you overcome it?
My biggest fitness challenge was when I first started practicing yoga after dancing. I was very flexible but not strong at all. I flopped into all of the poses and didn’t know how to strengthen. To get stronger I just kept practicing, I stayed dedicated and determined and now I can do poses that I never thought were possible for me.
"My biggest fitness challenge was when I first started practicing yoga after dancing. I was very flexible but not strong at all."
Where do you see your fitness journey growing to in the future?
I think I will stay on the yoga path, I am already trained to teach 5 styles of yoga and I will keep training to be able to teach more styles. There are so many styles of yoga I truly believe there is one for everyone. If someone says to me that they don’t like yoga I respond that they just haven’t found the right style or the right teacher for themselves yet.
How do you let off steam and relax?
What is your favorite no&more infusion?
They are all delicious but I think my favourite is the tangerine and mango.
What’s your daily hydration routine?
2 cups of green tea in the morning, around 2/3 bottles of water during the day when I am out practicing and teaching and one herbal tea in the evening.
How do you choose to hydrate specifically when you are working out?
I always ensure I have a bottle of water with me. I won’t drink whilst I am practicing but will ensure I am hydrated before and after.
How do your eating and drinking habits change from weekdays to weekends?
I normally go down from a three-meal day to a two meal day on the weekends as I tend to wake up later so have a brunch instead of breakfast and then lunch. I am more relaxed on the hydration too and probably drink less as I won’t necessarily have a bottle of water with me all the time on the weekends.
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