After finding inspiration from her own Yoga teacher two years ago, Millie Lepic has been hooked with Vinyasa yoga ever since. So we are super excited to collaborate with Millie to host six Friday morning Yoga sessions to energise your mind and body and clear those January blues. We caught up with Millie to find out a little bit more…
We are so excited to announce our weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn, what would you say to those who are thinking about joining?
I think there is a popular misconception about yoga only being for the flexible but actually yoga is for everyone regardless of shape, size, age, gender, and ability. The Asanas are performed within the comfort of what is available to the individual and there are adaptations, modifications and progressions to suit every level, from first time attendee to lifelong devotee.
How did your interest in Yoga start?
I qualified as a fitness yoga instructor during my second year at university and instructed, alongside my studies. At the same time I also attended Vinyasa yoga classes, which is where I developed a keener interest in the traditional aspects of yoga. After graduation, I visited India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and fell deeper in love with the philosophy and spiritual practice.
Yoga is the one exercise that has never fallen out of trend, what do you think it is about Yoga that makes it such a popular exercise?
The postures focus the mind and create a sense of personal awareness whilst the body benefits from improved lymphatic drainage, neurological adaptations and increased muscle fibre recruitment. The closing posture stills the mind and body to reduce stress and improve sleep hygiene. A follower of yoga has the opportunity to discover an overall sense of positive well-being, which is perhaps the reason why it has always been so popular and continues to be so.
As a yoga instructor, what are the main benefits of Vinyasa Yoga?
I find the freedom and fluidity of Vinyasa to be energising and relaxing at the same time, it’s a beautiful way to move. The breath leads the postures and calms the mind and body to achieve union and the aforementioned benefits above.
As a beginner, how can an attendee expect to see a change after practising yoga in weekly sessions?
It will be different for each individual and changes will occur at an individual pace, but regular attendees can experience the aforementioned physical, emotional and psychological benefits and enjoy an overall sense of wellness.
Millie Lepic will be starting her weekly yoga sessions at The Old Forge Barn from Friday 12 January at 7am. £30 for six-week block.