Yoga, healing for the mind, body and soul

2018-01-23 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMonsoon Wellness instructor Charlize Tomaselli.

PHOTO: suppliedMonsoon Wellness instructor Charlize Tomaselli.

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FOR Monsoon Wellness instructor Charlize Tomaselli yoga is more than just a hobby, it’s a part of her life.

Fever editor, Kalisha Naicker, chatted to her to find out what yoga is all about.

KN: How and why did you start yoga?

CT : I started yoga while living in Thailand. It is a huge part of the daily culture there.

I didn’t have a particular reason other than curiosity. However, once I started I noticed how amazing I felt and how I was starting to become more aware of myself and my inner workings.

KN: Who was your mentor or teacher?

CT: I was very influenced by my teachers in Thailand. They embodied a real ability to live what they taught while still being normal and fallible humans.

Their anatomy knowledge ensured that every class was physically beneficial and their philosophical knowledge gave a greater depth to the practice. I try to embody these principles in my classes.

KN: What obstacles has yoga helped you overcome?

CT: Every stressful moment I have. It doesn’t matter how large or how small the stress is. I am always able to relate my experience to something I learnt on the mat.

What yoga teaches us is to observe every moment as fleeting, to understand that every situation is fleeting and that all will come to an end. This helps in rough times to know that the situation will change and a new one will come. It also makes you realise you cannot be complacent in good times either.

KN: What is your mindset when you get onto the mat?

CT: I usually set an intention before every class to just focus on the present moment and listen to the sound of my breath.

I try not to think about the day past or plans to come, but to really just focus on what I am feeling in each pose. Some days this is an enormous challenge, other days it feels as natural as blinking.

KN: When did you realise you wanted to be a yoga teacher?

CT: Literally after my first class - yoga just made sense to me.

KN: Tell me a about your yoga school or classes?

CT: Monsoon Wellness is a small studio in Westville offering a variety of daily classes. We are primarily a Vinyasa Studio, flow style yoga, with beginners, open level and intermediate level classes, but we also offer Yin Yoga, kids yoga, pre- and post-natal yoga and pilates.

KN: What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?

CT: Picking up on the energy of the room. There are days that I am tired, stressed and annoyed then I go into a class and feel the energy of the people there.

By the end of the hour I feel like I’ve gone through an emotional transformation leading to happiness and laughter. It is the hope and ambition of every yoga teacher that our students feel the same transformation in a class.

KN: Why is yoga important for the time we’re living in?

CT: The world is chaotic. It always has been, it’s not just now. For centuries people have thrived despite the chaos due to their ability to mentally focus and renew their inner beings. Yoga is one of the best ways to do this.

KN: How can yoga help the community?

CT: There is a belief in the yogic community that you will find yoga when you need it most. You may not even realise you are going to need it, but invariably we all do.

There is a range of benefits it offers from physical health, mental well being and generally just making you a nicer person. There is also a style and teacher to suit every personality, so try out a few teachers and see who to connect to.

For more information, on yoga or classes contact Tomaselli on 078 308 1835.


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