We asked our Yoga Instructor Devika to share with us her story into Yoga;
Growing up in India, ‘Yoga’ has been a part of my daily life ever since I can remember. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means, “to unite or integrate”. Yoga is a method for harmonizing the body, breath and the mind. This is accomplished by moving through a series of yoga postures (asanas) combined with breathing (pranayama) and simple meditation techniques.
I started practicing postures as early as 10 years of age, where my mother enrolled my sister and me for yoga classes that were specifically geared towards assisting growing children.
I grew up in a big family with parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents and great grandparents around me daily. One of my most vivid memories as a child is of my great grandmother meditating every evening. I was so intrigued seeing her sit peacefully in a meditative pose every night.
Yoga in India is a spiritual practice, more than a physical one. It permeates the fabric of everyday life in India and it’s only when I moved away from India, did I see how intertwined in everyday life it is.
I was fortunate to grow up in a city called Pune, India, which is home to the world-renowned BKS Iyengar Institute run by the founder of Iyengar Yoga. I was even more fortunate to deepen my personal yoga journey and develop a better understanding of these techniques by attending classes under the wise care of this richly established lineage of yoga practitioners.
Apart from obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration & Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, my passion for yoga motivated me to become a certified yoga teacher (500hr & 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified in Hatha & Vinyasa Style). After a brief time in the corporate world I decided to pursue teaching yoga on a full time basis.
From a purely physical perspective, I believe yoga has tremendous health benefits. Through postures and breathing techniques, yoga has the ability to dramatically improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. My goal is to help people experience the numerous benefits derived from a good yoga practice.
Drawing on more than 600 hours of teaching experience, there is a traditional slant to my Vinyasa or Hatha classes. I believe in following a personalised approach in my classes, where each person is included and supported no matter what their age, level of fitness or yoga experience.
Devika teaches Power Flow Yoga at 6am on Wednesdays and Gentle Restorative/Hatha Yoga on Wednesday at 6pm.