Louise Webster

Favourite pose

Hmmm… Just one? Yikes! So many favourites to choose from! Well if you twist my arm, one of my favourite Yin poses is “Snail” (similar to Karnapidasana).

Although it can feel a bit awkward, once I immerse myself into the shape and relax into it I am so appreciative of the release and feeling of space in my whole spine, especially the upper back.

Why did you start doing yoga?

At the time I was seeking a solo activity that would suit my body type, be better for my knees than running and something that could support me on my spiritual pathway.

Why did you become a teacher?

I invited a friend to join me in my morning yoga practice (in Eswantini/Swaziland). I was so inspired by her opening up physically and mentally, her increasing awareness and connectedness and I thought “Wow! Sharing something I love can actually make a difference in another persons’ life. I can do this, I can share what I have learnt with others and be of service.”

How do you describe your teaching style?

I value the journey of the individual, encouraging students to progress at their own pace and with their body type in mind. I love teaching mindfulness and meditative Yin and enjoy including fun elements in my Vinyasa classes, like Mandala, Qi Gong or Qoya.

What has yoga taught you?

Acceptance of self and the importance of balance.

What do you want students to know?

Be present, compassionate and kind to yourself. Our yoga practice is exactly that, ‘a practice’, you can learn so much from the wisdom of your own body, tune-in to listen and turn down the volume on comparison, judgement and analysis.

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