Join Fi Channon for a week’s yoga retreat on
the wonderful island of Lesbos
I started yoga twenty years ago, as I wanted to keep fit and flexible. I was living in Greece at the time and there weren’t any yoga classes available. In desperation I got a DVD which I used 3 times a week to help keep me in shape. It got very boring doing the same things over and over but I noticed that my body was starting to change shape and I started to feel more flexible.
I moved back to England in 2005 and found a new teacher called Sam Rao. He challenged me in my first yoga class and although I was slightly intimidated, I rose to the challenge and realised I liked it. Since then I have been going regularly and I now feel fitter and stronger than I ever have. Knowing that I have the strength and capability to do a pose, such as a headstand, is very empowering. After a ‘spiritual nudge’ in the early hours of the morning, I finally made the decision in February this year to change my life and become a yoga teacher.
It keeps me focussed and makes me feel better when the world around me is whirling out of control. I feel more centred and balanced and I’m very grateful for my practice and the people it has brought into my life.
Not only are there health benefits to yoga, but I see it as a way back to life when you’ve had a major upset, loss or illness. It puts you back in control and heals the mind as well as the body. You can start where you are – you don’t have to be an athlete or ultra slim. Anyone can do it. If you’re lost – this is a great place to start.
I hope to help you learn to love yoga and your body and the journey of your life.
I thoroughly recommend Sam Rao. He’s been an inspiration to me. Here is a link to his website: http://www.samraoyoga.com