My yoga story
I had a first contact with yoga in my teens. Initially they were just a short episodes. First was an intro to some basic asanas during martial arts training. Later came an attempt at a home practise with Light of Yoga book by B. K. S. Iyengar. Constantly referring back to the book and worries that I’m not doing this right discouraged me until I found a yoga school many years later.
I went to my first yoga class in January 2006. It was my friend’s idea. My initial reaction was “seriously? yoga? we will probably be the only guys in the class..” to which his response was “so what?”. Well, it’s good to have friends who are not afraid to challenge status quo. I remember coming to this class with a bit of anxious excitement. The class was cancelled.. but we didn’t give up that easily. It was Iyengar Yoga, the only available style at that time in my hometown: Rzeszow, Poland. Since then, I knew I found something important and even though I had some intense periods followed by dry spells, I kept coming back to yoga, which is so different to my tendency to constantly seek “something different”..
When I moved to London in 2008 and fully settled there, I found Iyengar Yoga Institute and that’s where I returned to yoga practise. After several years I decided to explore other yoga styles. I tried at least a few and had most fun with Aerial and Acro Yoga. Both styles encouraged me to become more comfortable with inversions and I really enjoyed partner practise.
On one of the dinners organised by software company I’m working for, my boss asked me what is my secret to look so fit. Yoga should obviously be the answer, but for some reason I didn’t want to admit it, because.. who knows? He might judge me as softie? Not manly enough? Kinda flaky? So instead I responded, that I’m swimming and cycling, which I do.. maybe 3-4 times per year! And only at the very end, almost whispering I mentioned: “oh, and I also do yoga”. I guess he simply didn’t hear me saying that, but I took the lack of reaction from his side as confirmation of all my fears. OMG! What have I done?! I really shouldn’t come out with my dirty little secret, because men don’t do yoga and it’s so woo woo!
This is a perfect example of disconnection between parts of my life – work life, logic, left brain, conformity vs my ever present interest in personal growth, being open-minded, right brain, evolution of my soul, authenticity, non-dogmatic views. Keeping this disconnection can be very exhausting. So I decided to change that.
I think I’m ready to become a teacher..
Last year, I went to my first class at The House of Yoga. I was passing by the studio so many times seeing a big “Hot Power Vinyasa Yoga” ad. The “hot” part was always scaring me off. When I finally tried it out though, it felt like a revelation! Over time heat became just a part of the practise and I really like the style and intensity of power yoga. The dynamic and physically challenging classes there felt like a perfect fit and exactly what I was looking for to further my practise.
At that point, thought of becoming a yoga teacher crossed my mind many times, but making that a reality was a completely different story and very fertile ground for all possible fears to rise up. I’m not good/strong/flexible/.. enough, I’m too young (that one is funny, what usually comes up is the opposite) and on and on.. Finally I made up my mind and in January 2016 I started 200 hour yoga teacher training at THoY with Jason Pooley.
So, here I am. I completed my training in July 2016 and I am now a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).
Random facts about me
I’m always learning, seeking answers to satisfy my curiosity. Love learning languages!
Ability to easily spot patterns helped a lot in “knowing” what to learn/skip to get better marks at school.
My interests were always very wide and I seem to be able to learn almost anything I put my mind to.
Lucid dreaming, out of body experiences and regular dreams – another fascination of mine,
Open minded sceptic
I’m open to pretty much any idea, but I will most likely ignore it until it has some practical application for me.
Database programming was the only course during my uni time I felt excited about.
I have been always fascinated by gadgets like fitness or sleep trackers, EEG devices, apps etc.
I love chocolate
Oh, if only that was the only food I could eat..