John Forde hosts conversations with students of Ashtanga Yoga Shala Dublin. We're always inspired by our students' stories and their dedication to ashtanga yoga. This podcast aims to spread that inspiration further afield.
Kate Lynch and Bartek Sokolowski
I sat down with Kate and Bartek, a fantastic married couple who both practise regularly at our shala.
We discuss their journey into regular yoga practice and other forms of training (particularly Bartek's massive training load for Ironman triathlons), how they became interested in yoga and how the gaining health and fitness has changed their lives.
We also discuss why they think yoga works the way it does and how the breath is the real key to a powerful ashtanga yoga practice
Thank you so much to everyone who commented online or in person about the first episode of our Ashtanga Yoga Shala podcast.
This second episode is with our friend and long-time student Aoife Donnelly.
Aoife has been a student of ours, on and off, for around ten years and she freely admits that she has had something of an on-again, off-again love affair with ashtanga yoga. Part of the reason I wanted to get Aoife on the podcast (other than the fact that I find her hilarious and great company) is that I wanted to share the perspective of somebody who has had that love/hate relationship with yoga.
Because of the nature of our society and the fact that experts who appear online or in the media are usually fanatical about their chosen subject, we're mostly met with images/videos/blogs/Instagram posts from yoga teachers and practitioners who were struck by the practice from day one and have never had a moment's doubt that this is what they should be doing on a daily basis.
Sometimes it can be hard to relate to those kinds of people and we can be made to feel that, if we're not like that, then we're doing it wrong.
The reality for most students is that they will go through a sticky patch at some point (for a huge variety of reasons) and will struggle to find the time to dedicate themselves to yoga practice. That's normal and is part of being human.
Aoife's story is one of consistently returning to ashtanga yoga and realising why she started it in the first place and also of using the tools that she has learned through practice in other areas of her life.
I spoke to Petar Dukic in advance of his six-month trip to India and Nepal. Petar tells us about how his relationship with his body has been healed through ashtanga yoga, how he uses social media consciously, and how connecting with his breath has had a profound impact on his life.
Follow Petar on Instagram @petaryoga