By Kay Hare
I met Audrey in Monaco at a yoga class and intrigued by her practice, I spent some more time with her finding out why she is so committed to her practice and has become a full time yoga teacher.
How long have you practiced yoga?
I have been practicing yoga since 2010. I had my 1st class in Dubai where I used to live. There is a big yoga community over there and many wonderful teachers.
When did you decide to become a yoga teacher and why?
I decided to embark on my first teacher training in 2012, initially not thinking that I would teach but to take one month to learn, practice more and immerse myself in a yoga bubble. After my TT, I started giving classes to friends, organically I was approached by people and started teaching more and more. Eventually I left my job as an air hostess to teach full time.
What are the main benefits for someone who has never practiced?
Starting a regular yoga practice can provide physical and mental health benefits. The purpose is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. You will increase your flexibility, muscle strength , tone, improve respiration, energy, and vitality. Yoga is very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook in life.
What do you gain the most from your own practice?
I love the physical aspect of my practice, keeping it interesting and challenging but what I love most is to take time out every day to move and breathe and set intentions, it is a wonderful feeling. I will always be grateful for having yoga in my life and how it guides me in my life’s journey.
What are your favourite postures and why?
I love Malasana. It is a wonderful hip opener which encourages me to feel relaxed afterwards no matter what is going on. Chakarasana, the wheel, is my favourite backbend, my body opens in this posture, releasing built up energy and tensions that I may be carrying; it also showers me with more energy making me feel clearer. Arm balances are also a favourite. When I started yoga I had very little strength, I could not hold plank for more than 10 seconds;) over the years I have gained strength; arm balances remind me of the hard work I have put in my practice and the discipline I kept throughout the years.
Where are you based? How do people find out about you?
I live in Monaco which is a small community and usually people come to me through word of mouth. However, my website is yogariviera.com and my Instagram is: audreyszenworld
Do you think home practice should be encouraged?
Yes: Regularity is the key to enjoy the benefits of yoga. I would advice taking a few private classes to learn the foundation, so that you can have a safe and injury-free practice. Start small. Remember, your yoga practice doesn’t have to be 1 hour long, you can start in stages and then build on your practice. Find a comfortable place.
Do you think enough men practice yoga?
More and more men do yoga. Many professional athletes practice and gain so many benefits from it. Men tend to think yoga might bore them until they try and see how challenging and rewarding a yoga practice can be.
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