I’m not what some people think of as a Yogi or a person who does yoga. I am a 47 year old dad of two, tall, gangly and I don’t have long hair and I’m not vegetarian. But I love Yoga.
I first had a go at it in the late 1990’s as a way to stretch due to the physical job I had. I enjoyed it, I felt stretched and relaxed and I always seemed to come back to it over the next few years especially while I was coaching football. I’ve always enjoyed sports, from martial arts to team sports, though I particularly love board riding sports including surfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and skateboarding but it wasn’t until I discovered dynamic yoga or vinyasa flow yoga that I really found out what a total body workout yoga can be, strength and flexibility. Since then, following some emotionally tough times in the last few years I’ve also discovered the beneficial health affects a regular practise can have on your mind, your outlook and your mental wellbeing.
Yoga can really be all things to all people from a simple stretch to a de-stress time to a full mind, body and soul experience.
And so it was my love of the outdoors and surfing that led me to qualify as a yoga teacher under the guidance of Eoin Finn, who is also a surfer and a Blissologist. His yoga teaching, Blissology, simply believes that by people getting outside more and experiencing nature and the wow factor it can provide, this will allow people to connect to themselves via more body, mind awareness, connect to others, family, friends and community and connect to their environment whilst making yoga accessible to all and down to earth in the modern western world. More recently I’m also inspired by the Wim Hoff method.
…………..that’s why I keep coming back and how I like to feel and that’s why I want to share this feeling with you.