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Saturday
Jul012017

Vivien Radix - You don't have to be flexible to try yoga

 

Who are you and what do you do?  

I am Vivien Radix - a partly retired person. I still do administrative work at the Chamber of Commerce. I've always seem to have ended up in administrative positions eventhough I didn't study that. I studied international relations in St. Augustine after doing my first degree in Jamaica. 

Where are you from? 

I was born in England but left there as a very small child and went to Trinidad.

 

How long have you been practicing yoga for?

 

I've been practicing yoga for five years. Prior to that I did pilates. Prior to that I did Tai Qi. And prior to that I was doing airobics when everybody was doing airobics. 

What draws you to Yoga and inspires you to continue?

Well I realized that had problems with my spine and my back. I needed something that would stretch it out and align my spine. So I found that pilates ws very helpful with that. But then my pilates instructor left and needed to find something else to help with that. The first class I came to was a special workshop here for the back and neck and that's how I came to you all here at the studio. So that's why I need it. I like to take a break just for a couple days in between. I'm not like some people who can do it every day. I do try to do a little bit of stretching at home but I'm not discplined enough. I need to have a class setting.  

 

How does yoga influence your life off the mat?

 

Well it makes me aware of my posture. I had a bad back because of my posture. So now I'm more aware of how I stand and how I sit. I try not to sit too long I get up and move when I sit too long. I'm not really into to the cebrebral part very much. I mean I can but it's more a physical thing for me. Though the relaxation part of it is really good.
 

 

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
 

This is one of the favorite poses. I think I have found that its may be how my muscles and body are build that allows me to go down and do this pose relatively easily. I find I can go down quite well to do it, which is one of the reasons why I like it. And it gives my a nice stretch with the wide legs. Some poses take more of an effort and this one feels effortless.
 


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

 

Well definitely try it! I think it defnitely helps anybody. It doesn't matter if they're flexible or not flexible. If you're not felxible it's going to help you become more flexible and loosen you up. It's definitely something to try.

 

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

I think it would have to be somewhere with a 360 degree view. Somewhere up like Fort Frederick so you're getting a breeze from all directions and any direction you look you've got a nice view.

Thursday
Jun012017

Neisha La Touche - Yoga is my space for self-love

Photo credit: Kevin Davis Photography

 

Who are you and what do you do?  

 My name is Neisha La Touche - I am a Fashion & Costume Designer, Stylist, Marketing Consultant and an all rounded creative professional.

 

How long have you been practicing yoga for?

I've been practicing yoga for two years. Wow! It has been quite a journey, having started due to a back injury in 2015.

What draws you to Yoga and inspires you to continue?

Yoga is a safe haven for me, where I can relax, be myself and find relief for my aches. The guided meditation sessions with Malaika are the best. With her soothing voice, she allows us to get into these spaces and block or sometimes focus on the sounds around, or she'll guide us through specific thoughts that calms the mind, body and soul. It's definitely a way to release, then invite energy back into our daily duties.


How does yoga influence your life off the mat?

As a creative person, my mind is always on the go and sometimes anxiety sets in when trying to develop a concept or complete a project. This is where the techniques and meditation excersies learned within class is applied to my daily routines. Even with any chronic pain, I've learnt the 'at-home' excercises to best help with that... when having trouble sleeping - legs up the wall is my go-to thing. Yoga has played a pertinent part in my life since I begun, and I'm now trying to learn a little bit more on the terms used, poses, etc. This is not just a class for me, but now part of my being. 
 

 

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
I love (almost) everything... but more so the poses that give me relief. I also like to challenge myself with the difficult ones, especially on the Great Yoga Wall. Hence why I've chosen Revolved Downward-Facing Dog. It gives a good stretch!
 


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

I would advise to keep an open mind, because society sometimes gives this idea that yoga is not a good thing, it's not religious?! And they make it so controversial. To me its not just coming to exercise, but a place to escape and release the daily stresses of life. As Malaika rightfully terms it "a space for self love".

 

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

Ohh my... I think somewhere outside with a lot of natural breeze *laughs*... I love the studio but sometimes I would love to explore practicing in new spaces... Anything that is full of bliss, nature... like the beach, rainforest, some place on top of a rock.

Monday
May012017

Suzanne Paparo - yoga reminds me of being a little kid!

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Suzanne, I'm orginally from New York. But I pretty much grew up in the Midwest in Illinois. I've been in Grenada for 20 years.

How long have you been practicing yoga for?

I've been practicing yoga for nearly two years.

What draws you to Yoga and inspires you to continue?

The peacefulnes, the relaxation and it stretches me out, which is really good.


How does yoga influence your life off the mat?

 I think it gives me a little more peace in my life and more relaxation. I don't deal with things quite as hastily as I used to and a little more calm.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
The wheel is my favorite. I don't know why... I guess it reminds me of being a little kid!

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

Take it easy - don't assume you can do all the poses perfectly. And it's okay.


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

Mhhh oh gosh... on some high mountain somewhere, where nobody is. I don't know the exact place but some high mountain.
Friday
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