‘I have quite a few favourite postures, as every posture releases tensions and brings happiness and calm that I cannot explain in words‘ (January 2024)
How long have you been practising (hot) yoga and why?
I was born and raised in Nepal and have lived in India for 5 years of my life. In both places the sun is always shining and we practice yoga outdoors. After moving to The Netherlands, I practiced yoga in different studios in Amsterdam but the cold and chill with the need to wear sweaters and socks for yoga never appealed to me. I stumbled into a hot Vinyasa flow (heated 36°) class in Amsterdam 7 years ago. And it was love at first class.
Besides the various health benefits of traditional yoga such as flexibility, enhanced muscular endurance and overall wellbeing of mind and body, hot yoga offered not just an intense workout: it brought a lot of happiness.
Which classes do you follow and what do they bring you?
I follow Bikram and Core classes at Alma. Each sequence brings something else to my body and mind. Bikram’s fixed sequence, as that allows me to measure my progress. The standing postures are very dynamic and seated postures are traditional, a great mix.
Also, I really enjoy the variety of things you do with different teachers teaching Core at Alma. Anouka is known for long holdings, Ayke for her abdominal burning postures.
P.S. From December 2023, I started teaching Core classes myself (hope to see you on the mat during my class, dear reader)!
What is your favorite posture (or part of a class)?
I have quite a few favourite postures, as every posture releases tensions and brings happiness and calm that I cannot explain in words. Getting back to the question, I really enjoy deep backbends, Camel and Locust. Outside Alma, I am the biggest inversion lover. Take me anywhere and you will see me upside down on a headstand or a shoulder stand.
Who would you like to see in a next Yogi Story?
Curious to hear what Wendy’s story is