Hi Lindsay, Tell us something about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?
Hi I’m Lindsay from Yoga for the heart and soul and I teach Aroma Yoga on Thursday 7-8pm at the Yoga Life Studio. I am originally from Greater Manchester and I love living here in Eastbourne on the sunshine coast. I love exploring the coastline and watching the sunrise from different parts of the beach and the South Downs.
How has the lockdown been for you?
I actually really enjoyed lots of quiet time and walks in nature during lockdown, I completed a meditation course and started to learn Vedic Chanting and I watched the sunrise a lot in winter to help with seasonal affective disorder. I developed a new personal Asana and meditation practice too however, with all the changes to the restrictions and schools in and out my routine has been all over the place so I have had to learn how to go with the flow and not be too hard on myself if I didn’t complete my practice which happens a lot more than you might think and is totally normal.
What would your advice be to anyone new to yoga?
Let go of any expectations and limits that you might have for yourself, follow what you are interested in and don’t be too hard on yourself, have fun and don’t compare yourself or your journey to anyone else. Do what you love.
Who or what inspires you?
Taking an early morning walk in the sun inspires me, it fills me with love and happiness. Or seeing someone overcome fear to follow their dreams I love that!
Where did you train to become a yoga teacher and what was your experience like?
I trained to be a yoga teacher with the yoga life studio and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was truly magical, the tutors put everything they have into it, I learned so much and grew to love yoga more than I ever had before.
Do you remember your first yoga class experience? As a student and as a teacher? What was it like?
As a student I didn’t have a clue and was as stiff as a board but the teacher helped me to see that it wasn’t a competition with others it was about my own experience and how it benefited me on that day. As a teacher I was so nervous and my whole body was shaking, I really enjoyed it and felt very proud afterwards.
Any words of wisdom, favourite quote?
I love reading inspirational quotes, I have to say my favourite quote is ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ by Susan Jeffers i live my life by this quote I do lots of things in life that triggers the fear inside me but I tell myself to get on with it because we’re going to feel fear our whole lives when ever we’re attempting something new. I actually quite like doing things now that take me out of my comfort zone.
Lindsay Howarth teaches on Thursdays at 7pm, please check out here lovely class ‘Aroma Yoga‘ where she uses essential oils as part of the practice.