Yoga

Meet Jane and the Happy Little Yogi

Here we go again, on the next magic woman on the Online Healing Circle. I met Jane when I was in the UK. I was scrolling on a yoga group and her post just came to my attention. It just impressed me by its passion and energy, hence I got in touch and, before you knew it, we connected 🙂

Also, Jane was my Happy little Yogi teacher, which in some ways, she still is today. Her course was so creative, inspired and ‘merry’ that I came to have a deep respect for her work with children and not only. Fact is, she is a mentor and teacher for a lot of little ones. Feel free to connect, you can find Jane here .

Jane started to practice Kundalini Yoga in 1999, liking the balance of physical exercise to the clearing and calming the mind through meditation and sound. Having suffered with scoliosis for most of her life, the practice proved to have incredible effects on her posture and mobility. Jane decided to train and qualified in Kundalini Yoga in 2008, training at the Amrit Nam Sarovar School and then with Gurmukh Kaur in the USA. Her desire to teach yoga to children led her to qualify in Child Play Yoga with Gurudass Kaur in 2009 and The Radiant Child School in 2010.

1. Short intro- some lines about what are you doing right now. ( work, hobbies, discoveries, what wakes you up in the morning and makes you feel alive)

My world is Happy Little Yogi, bringing yoga and meditation to children locally and online throughout the country. My discoveries, nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it! I have scoliosis, a curvature on the spine, I never thought I would be able to do certain yoga poses like cobra, plank, and anything lying on my bank that brings the arms and the legs off the floor. Through years of yoga practice I can do all of these, it is life changing. My yoga practice wakes me up and makes me feel alive, I know my health would not be where it is without it.

2. first contact with yoga- when, where and how.

In 2000 I found Kundalini yoga which allowed me to practice without hurting myself (scoliosis as above).

I found a teacher via a television program about Madonna and her yoga teacher. The teacher Gurmukh just touched my heart and her aura just spoke to me, plus she looked great and I thought ‘I would like a bit of that please’!

Straight after that programme I ordered her video and book and spent 4 years practicing on my own, then finding a Kundalini yoga class locally.

3. short reflection- a challenging, key moment or maybe a crisis that is linked with the start of your practice

It was the death of my parents, 18 months apart, the stress and emotions I went through created a lot of stress in my body and my scoliosis pain elevated and I knew I had to find something to help myself.

4. magic pill- what is that instrument which helps you most in stressful times?

Sitali Breath Basic Back Kriya

5. Who is that one figure, that mentor that you mostly connect with? ( can be anything- human, non human, object or element of nature) Gurmukh Kaur Ganesha

6. what brings you on your mat every day? what is your routine?

Knowing that it will set me up for the day, it sorts out my thoughts, I describe it like a filing cabinet or computer, when organized everything flows, if I miss a day it just doesn’t flow as well. A version of Sun Salutation A yoga set, with a meditation.

7. what does yoga mean to you, how does it impact your life? It impacts every part of my life. Yoga to me means connection, community, and feeling on top of the world.

8. some wise words for those that are at the beginning- students and teachers.

Whatever your age, you physical ability, we all have to start somewhere. Keep with your practice whatever your ability, enjoy each of your movements, each asana, each breath as you discover how magical your journey is. We are on a continuous learning path with ourselves and our practice. Enjoy getting to know yourself.

I am a spiritual nomad looking for trouble! I love travelling, writing is my favourite form of expression and I will never say no to coffee! I dedicate my free time in practicing yoga and meditation as well as learning more about transformative education and development. I also love dancing and I could talk forever about love. :)

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