My interview partner for the first episode of “Living yoga” in 2018 is the sweet and lovely Barbora, a passionate yogini from Slovakia.
When I first found her Instagram feed I browsed her gorgeous pictures forever because one was more beautiful than the other. Barbora is an absolute natural when it comes to creative expression and inspirational asana practice. And what’s more: her smile is absolutely contagious!
Barbora, how and when did you find yoga?
My very first time I came to a yoga class was about 10 years ago, with my friend. We went to a basic Hatha yoga course, out of curiosity. I loved how I was able bring my concentration only to breathing and totally relax my body at the end. Anyway, at that time it seemed to me to slow, so I didn’t continue, but I used various relaxion techniques for many years afterwards because I had trouble sleeping, and they worked so well! I felt a need to get back to yoga when living in Paris, 5 years ago. I wanted to go for a class, but they were like 15-20 euros per class! So instead I bought 2 books and started practicing in a park.
What’s your favorite style of yoga, and what do you love about it?
Wow, hard question. But I’ll start with what I practice the most, Ashtanga yoga. I love this kind of a discipline you build and take to your life off the mat.
What or who inspires you?
My mamma. 🙂
How do you integrate yoga into your daily life?
No comparing, no judging. And a big dose of patience.
How do you find stillness of mind? Could you share your number 1 tip for cultivating mindfulness?
This is so hard for me cause my mind is in 100 different places at the same time. Sometimes I just have to stop and make a priority. Finish what I’ve started, even if it’s just watering the flowers. Realize why im doing it and find joy in. Do it with love.
What was the best yoga class you ever attended, and why?
Maybe it’s because it was my first workshop, but it was armbalance class with @quirescafemivida in Barcelona. Her approach and explanation were great, I did things I never thought I was able to do, and the energy of this woman is amazing!
What is the biggest lesson you have learned through yoga?
Breathe. And it’s only with me and my body that I have to spend the rest of my life. So I better love myself or it’s gonna be hard. 🙂
If you could give new yogis an advice, what would it be?
To try different types of yoga to see what fits you the best. And don’t have expectations, don’t compare yourself. All is coming.
Get inspired by Barbora on her Instagram feed @b.yogamuffin !