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Yoga is for EVERYBODY and for EVERY BODY

di BeHOLY TEAM on March 05, 2020

Sarah is a yogi from Spain based in Dubai. She discovered Yoga at age 30. Now, 4 years later, although still a devoted student of Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness, she is also a teacher. In Dubai she works full time as a Spanish teacher in an international British School, where she is also known as a Mindfulness teacher. Yoga being her passion, she also teaches in yoga studios and events as well as privately.

1. How and when did you approach Yoga?

Back in 2016 I attended my first yoga class ever. It was a hot yoga class, and I had no idea what I was doing. I was simply joining a friend for a “yoga workout”. Let me tell you this. I hated it. It just wasn’t for me. Now I can see clearly that I was just not ready for this practice.

It was a couple of months later, in September 2016 that I gave yoga another chance. I had been feeling extremely lonely, lost, empty, purposeless. I was in such a turmoil that I felt the need to reach out.

I was reading lots of Self-Help books by this time. Listening to motivational podcasts and YouTube videos that contained healing messages.

I realized that most of these tools agreed in one thing: the practice of meditation and yoga can help you heal. That was when I started attending yoga classes regularly. I had a friend who really motivated me to practice with her, and this time my mind, body and soul craved the practice.

In October 2016 my aunty passed away. I took a break and went on my first yoga and meditation retreat for 5 days in Goa, India. Something changed there within me. I developed a genuine interest and love for stillness, self-love, spiritual growth that unavoidably turned into a passion, a devotion. Once I came back from this trip, I threw myself fully into the practice and a year after I became a certified Yoga Teacher.

2. What has changed since you started?

So much. For the better. I am more aware, more awake. More conscious about my thoughts. I developed a better understanding of my Self, why I am here, what lessons I have yet to learn.

I have been able to fully forgive each and every person that has somehow hurt me in the past.

I would say that I am definitely more grounded, more grateful and more compassionate towards myself and others.

I am of course more aware too of when I act, think or talk from a place of Ego rather than just from a place of Love. One of the most important things I would say has changed is that I am less needy, feel more whole and no longer get so frustrated when things happen that I cannot change. I guess I live life with a little more presence and a little less attachment.

 

3. What advice would you give to a new practitioner and what would you say to people who don't practice Yoga?

To those who just started this magical journey from the Self to the Self, I say Congratulations! you have made the right move towards a happier and healthier life. Enjoy where your body takes you each time you unroll the mat, stay curious, be observant, and let go of any expectation and judgmental thoughts. You are right where you need to be, right here right now.

To those who have not yet started Yoga, I can only speak from personal experience. It is life changing. For the better! I would encourage everyone to give this a true shot, completely expectation-free. Let go of thoughts like “I am too old to start this. I don’t have the time. I am not flexible enough. I can’t even touch my toes! I need to lose weight first. It’s too difficult….”. Let that all go.

Yoga is absolutely
for EVERYBODY and for
EVERY BODY.

 

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You can follow Sarah Medina's activities and initiatives on her Instagram profile @medinamaste  and on her Facebook profile Yoga is Life. Life is Yoga


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