• Can you tell us what we can expect in your class?

Understanding, respect and freedom to be yourself. I adjust to my students and like to combine elements of breathing and cleansing practices, physical movements and relaxation. I welcome everyone regardless of who they are or how long they have been practicing yoga. I encourage my students to let go of expectations, it’s my role as a teacher to guide you. Just come along and try it. What if you like it?

  • When did you first realise that you wanted to be a yoga teacher? What was the wow moment if any?

I used to be very competitive and attended variety of high intensity classes over the years. One day I wanted to try a yoga class to see what was that practice about. I had no expectations although I was pretty sceptical. I remember thinking that I was super flexible and in reality I was moving more like a robot, there was no flow or gentleness in my movements. I was actually horrified of how inflexible I was at the time. The relaxation at the end of that class was so wonderful because it allowed me to finally relax my body and my mind. I let go of the expectations and allowed myself to be in a moment. That was the beginning of my yoga encounter, I never looked back. Although I started yoga purely to stretch my physical body, over the years I learnt so much more about myself and other non-physical elements of yoga. The discovery never ends, it goes on and on and that is exactly what I love about yoga.

As a teacher I am constantly learning something new from others, my students are my BEST teachers.

  • Where is your favourite place to practice?

Anywhere, I don’t believe yoga is only a physical movement. Krishnamacharya (was known as the ‘father of the modern yoga’) rightly pointed that ‘If you can breathe, you can do yoga’. I practice traditional Hatha yoga whenever I can, it can be outdoors or indoors. I also practice breathing practices and meditation techniques while walking, commuting or when I simply close my eyes. ‘IF YOU CAN BREATHE, YOU CAN DO YOGA’ Krishnamacharya’IF YOU CAN BREATHE, YOU CAN DO YOGA’ Krishnamacharya

  • Have you got any advice for new students?

When you attend a class, try to leave your ego behind the closed door and enjoy the practice. At the end of the day, 60 or 75 minutes of yoga is your precious time so make the most of it. Don’t worry the ego will be awaiting you once you finish the class.

  • You love yoga because….

It puts me in a moment. Sometimes it’s the only time I can rest. When it comes to teaching, I am thrilled when I see relaxed faces at the end of the class. It makes me so happy and always reminds me why I teach yoga and why it’s important to teach people not the postures. Everyone is different and everyone’s body is unique. I respect that and encourage students to do whenever they can do during a class, not two months ago, not tomorrow, just in THAT MOMENT.

  • What is your favourite posture/practice and why?

I love Savasana (Corpse pose) the most, although ‘it seems to be one of the easiest poses’, it’s the hardest to master it. The moment I place the head on the mat or floor, I feel content. I’m not sleeping, I’m listening to my inner voice for once and I’m attentively learning about my emotions while laying down on the mat. Sometimes I’m happy, but there are times that I feel agitated and nervous. That’s ok, I’m not supressing my emotions any longer, I let my emotions to be heard. The corpse pose is never the same, I learn something new each time about myself and I’m loving it.

  • Can you share 3 interesting facts about yourself?

I love to giggle, but I guess you already noticed that if you attended my class.

I love nature and to explore the world while meeting incredible people and having out-of-this world travelling experiences.

I climbed Kilimanjaro in year 2015 and this was one of the most extraordinary spiritual experiences I have ever had.

  • What is your personal motto or favourite quote?

‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ Suzan Jeffers

Yoga teacher Justyna Szulc

 

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