As days get shorter and nights get longer, the temptation to stay in, rug up and skip our gym session is high. But it's during the colder season that it's even more important to stick to a regular exercise routine in order to maintain immunity levels but also to keep our energies and mood elevated.
The best way to get all these health benefits and avoid the dreaded winter blues? Try yoga. There are many benefits to yoga but more so come winter, including improving blood circulation to keep us warm, managing joint pain, preventing SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and boosting your body's immune system.
Kate Kendall is the co-founder and director of Flow Athletic and is our inspiration to roll out our mats and practice our vinyasa this winter. We chat to her about how yoga has benefited her and what she loves most about her practice.
How long have you been practicing yoga?
I've been practicing for twelve years, teaching for nine.
What made you want to become a full-time yogi?
How did you stay motivated?
I decided that I was going to dedicate myself to yoga after feeling the benefits of the practice in just a short while. I wasn't in a great place mentally and it seemed to shift things and before I knew all I could think about was doing my teacher training. I left my job in account services (a little fearful of how I would pay rent, of course) and shipped myself off to India to train. The rest is history.
I hoped that it would bring fulfillment and a sense of purpose but I never dreamed that I could achieve so much. I put that down to having amazingly supportive people around me and a growing sense of self worth that I hope to inspire in everyone.
What yoga practice do you follow and what do you love about it?
I practice & teach Vinyasa Flow at Flow Athletic and I love it because it's the perfect balance between strength and stretch. I love how it makes me feel. After a session my posture hand breath is more 'open' and I feel grounded and calm. Simple. Having said that, I also love practising Yin once a week because it's a good opportunity to hold the postures longer and go a little deeper.
If you could pick the top three benefits of yoga, what would it be?
Improved digestion, energy and focus.
What's the most inspiring thing you've been told?
I actually have two —"Go Big" and "Do it until they tell you not to."
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