Good morning everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this lovely sunny Sunday 🙂
In every yoga class we practice, we are asked to turn inwards, to keep our gaze soft, to focus on our breath, our bodies, or minds. Yoga is an internal practice, but at the same time, it is a teaching of unity, of interconnectedness, of equality. Each student in our yoga hall has a different story, a different purpose, and a different definition of what yoga means.
This week I sat down with a current Yoga Teacher Trainee in order to get an understanding of her story; why she practices yoga, what inspired her to begin this journey to become a yoga teacher, and what yoga means to her.
I would like to introduce you all to Nina. Maybe you have seen her around by now because like all others in the program right now, she has to complete 80 classes throughout August and September, meaning HYC has basically become her second home.
Nina started practicing yoga back in 2003 at a fitness studio. She began practicing because it made her back feel better, but it was not necessarily for any spiritual calling.
It wasn’t until 2008 when Nina was traveling for 4 months and ended up in India for a month that yoga became more of a mindset and way of life, rather than just a physical practice. She talked with many locals there to gain insights on their life views and repeatedly came back to the same lesson. That everyone is interconnected, that we are all part of something bigger. And that although we may all be on our own life path, we are never alone in this world. She feels that by keeping this in mind, she knows that everything is going to be okay no matter what happens. Through these insights, Nina wants to find ways to connect people with one another.
In her everyday life, Nina is often working on the computer editing films for a media production company. She has had many problems with carpel tunnel for about 7 years now and was worried about how the high level of yoga commitment during her YTT would affect her wrists. To her surprise, the constant practice has only helped her wrists and through a few modifications, she has been able to get through just fine. Because of her personal struggle with this, Nina wants to create sequences to benefit people who also have this condition.
Nina also loves contemporary dance and ‘urban yoga’, practicing yoga and dance in urban spaces with the goal of connecting people.
For her, yoga should be an all-encompassing life style. Not just a practice, but also a way of life. This reflects in everyday life in so many ways but with the overarching idea of mindfulness. In what we eat, what we buy, how we act, how interact with others, etc.
Through the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Hot Yoga Copenhagen, Nina hopes to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga in order to further herself along this holistic path into the yogic world. With only 3 weeks left in the program, she loves how immersed she is in this yogic life. The constant practice reboots her and reconnects her. Because to her ‘yoga not only fulfills her and energizes her, but feels she can really expand herself.’
We are excited to see where this journey will take her, because with yoga, there is no ‘end goal’. There is always a possibility to keep growing, to keep learning, to keep improving.
You can read more about our Yoga Teacher Training Programs here. Our next program starts in October and we would love to have you 🙂