By Andrea Gilbert
So last week we received a brief about this brand called “Triyoga” and I got really excited because I’d been practicing yoga regularly for a year now. However, the stress of coming to London, moving into a new house which had a lot of admin issues tagged along with it and doing some freelancing on the side meant I hadn’t found time to practice as much as I wanted to yet. So I seized the opportunity to try “Triyoga” and went for a class in their studio in Chelsea.
My yoga of choice is Hot Yoga, I love how detoxifying it feels and also it’s one of the most challenging classes (in my opinion) in the sense that it focuses on everything at the same time – flexibility, strength, focus, posture, mindfulness, breathing, balance, oh my word and the list goes on and on. I can’t tell you how excited I was to go because I’d missed yoga so much, especially the hot kind.
So here’s a little SCAB on me basically preaching yoga. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I’ve heard people tell me they find it very weird actually. On the other hand, more and more people are practicing yoga, it’s definitely a trend, and what a wonderful trend it is. Can you imagine if the whole world practiced yoga? My guess is it would be a much happier world.
I remember putting off starting yoga for about six years. I’d done a little bit when I was a kid, but it was more to hang out with friends during lunch break rather than because I enjoyed it.
But when I started a year ago the weirdest thing happened. I was enjoying the hot yoga class normally and when it came to the end we were asked to lie on our backs (Savasana) and just relax, at this moment, I started tearing up, I felt extremely emotional and it was very hard for me to hold back the tears. Not because I was sad, but because I felt so relieved, emotionally and physically. Yoga had that effect on me of just unleashing every single tension in me, which makes it pretty logical that I ended up feeling very emotional. And it has ever since I don’t cry anymore (ok… Maybe once or twice since) but I’ve realised how liberating this practice is, I can’t really explain how it happens but it’s above the “endorphin” thing you feel when you just exercise, I guess it’s more spiritual than that because yoga has this approach on the mind, where through the body and the postures you release what’s in your mind as well. Also, I’ve found out it’s actually pretty common to have a bit of an emotional moment at yoga, I’ve heard and read loads of stories of people having a bit of a cry at the end of their practice and I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of, actually, I’m convinced it’s super healthy, letting all the tensions go away and after the practice you leave with a completely detoxified mind… And body!