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I was living in Paris eight years ago, when my flatmate suggested we try a yoga class. Some friends were practising Astanga so I started going with them and fell in love with it. I went to whatever courses I could find and had good teachers, which kept me motivated. I have been to ashrams in India since, which is fairly hardcore but it’s great to do total immersion. To hear speakers on the spiritual principles of yoga is amazing. The first changes I noticed with regular practice were mental and emotional. I started to calm down my emotions weren’t ruling my life anymore. I noticed there was a massive reduction in my stress levels and the way I dealt with problems was different. Having done a lot of dance and gymnastics I was already quite fit but yoga gave me a feeling of calmness too I’d never really learned relaxation before. And I had so much more energy. As a child I’d been asthmatic but yoga finally helped me to get to grips with my breathing its helped me breathe properly and consciously. My body is now strong, mobile and healthy. I still do other sports when I go climbing, I find I’m fit enough to kepp up with out doing any triaing. Im more agile and my concentration is better. Part of yoga is understanding what your body needs and listening to it. But even when I am 96 years old I know I will still be discovering new things about yoga

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