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Mar312017

Bernelle Du Bois - How yoga brings calm to her life

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Bernelle Du Bois and I'm an Accounts Clerk. That's my job basically from Monday to Friday - eight to four.

How long have you been practicing yoga for?

I have been practicing yoga for probably at least eight years.

What draws you to Yoga and inspires you to continue?

The sciatic nerve - that problem. The idea was to find poses or exercises that could help strengthen the nerves and the lower back. Just to ease of the cramps and the tightness. So I discovered yoga and I stuck to it and it has helped over the last few years. And it has also helped me to relax and calm my thoughts a little after a long day of work.

How does yoga influence your life off the mat?

Off the mat it does help a lot. If I'm having problems sleeping at night I will try a little meditating or legs up the wall. Anything that I can focus on whether it is my breathing, how my toes feel, my fingers feel to distract the thoughts from every day action. You know, what I need to do. What I don't need to do. The to-do-list. So meditating and certain poses again help off the mat for relaxing sake. And it does bring a sense of calm when I do practice it.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
I like and selected eagle pose because it stretches the muscles in the shoulders, which is necessary since tension often builds up in those areas. Also, it tests my ability to balance while stretching the back. Personally, I think it's a combination pose that can be achieved by all yogis once they're comfortable balancing.

What advice would you give to someone who’s getting into their first yoga class?

Don't push it too hard. Don't expect to get it perfect in the first try. You need to gradually find what's comfortable for your body and listen to how your body feels and you will eventually get into the pose. So it's not about getting it perfect the first try. It's just basic and bit by bit you will be better and better at what you do. That would be my advice.


If you could practice yoga in one unique place, where would it be and why?

Oh that would be on the beach or anywhere that has a kind of earthy, flowery garden scene or landscape. That would be the two places - by a beach or a forest. Maybe even by a river. But my most favorite is the beach. I would say my favorite beach is BBC beach because it is usually very calm, there are a lot of trees and a lot of shade, a little bit windy and as I said very calm!
Wednesday
Mar012017

Karlene Bourne - Yoga is my life

 

STUDENT FEATURE with KARLENE BOURNE

 

We'd like to thank all of our students for coming to our classes. Whether beginner or advanced - you make this yoga family special! We are all teachers to one another. And that is why we are introducing this new Student Feature, in which we invite one of you each month to share your favorite yoga pose and personal insights.

The first yogini to honor us with her wise words is long-time student at Spice Harmony Yoga Studio, Karlene Bourne, who says: 'Yoga is my life.'

 

INTERVIEW

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Who are you and what do you do?

I'm a Karlene and I'm a yogi. I have a beautiful daughter. Her name is Fidela and she lives in New York. Currently I work at St.George's University as the Clinic Administrator.


How long have you been practicing yoga for?

This is my third year.

What draws you to Yoga and inspires you to continue?

It's just an amazing journey. Yoga is my life. I just can't see myself without yoga.

How does yoga influence your life off the mat?

You see things differently. You do things differently. I'm much more focused. It's just so wholistic because in yoga it's not just about practicing on the mat - well at least in this studio, in this yoga family. It is about life. It's about the food we eat. What we do. It's just so wholistic so I just keep coming back. And then the yoga family - the Lowe family - they are just amazing! I just can't see myself without this. It's part of me.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?

Oh God I've got so many! So many... Uhmm King dancer's pose. I love the twist, the warrior, the eagle. Just so many. May be if you ask me what's my least favorite I could tell because may be it's just one.

What advice would you give to someone who’s getting into their first yoga class?

Come with an open mind. And one thing the yoga teacher always says is listen to your body and don't see what the other person is doing. Just come with an open mind.


If you could practice yoga in one unique place, where would it be and why?
Right here! You know because I just love hearing the voice of the yoga teacher and just practicing with my fellow classmates. I have tried to develop a personal practice but that's still work in progress. I prefer to come to the yoga studio and practice with others.


Read About Karlene's Choice for Pose of the Month
King Dancer's Pose