A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

A yogi between two different worlds

We met a lot of amazing people during our FlyHigh yoga teacher training who became inspiring yoga teachers. We would like to introduce you to Tatiana, who was a mentor in our latest FHY teacher training in Shanghai.

Tatiana is from Russia, but she had spent the last 5 years practising yoga in Shanghai. Apart from her yogi lifestyle, she is passionate about healthy and delicious food and fashion. As we all know every yogi has a special story about how yoga transformed their lives.

The beginning of a long yoga journey

Tatiana’s first acquaintance with yoga began a long time ago when she still lived in Russia. Back in the days, yoga wasn’t so popular in Russia and not everyone understands it. Her first yoga practice wasn’t pleasant at all and she felt very dizzy, but she decided to give yoga a second chance.

And … ”Looking back, I would like to say how grateful I am to my teacher, who believed in me and encouraged me to not give up. When I moved to Shanghai, I didn’t understand how I could I live without yoga. That’s why I started to look for a place to continue my practice. I have tried a lot of yoga studios and teachers until I found the right place, where I can deepen my practice and knowledge about yoga. There was I time that I had a very busy schedule, but I never missed a single class. Doesn’t matter if I was in a good or bad mood, or just tired, I give myself a magic kick to go to my yoga practice.

The reason behind my devotion and motivation is that yoga recharges me like nothing else, and it’s the easiest way to stay healthy and mindful in the dynamics and stressful everyday life…”

 Other than living and practising yoga in Asia, Tatiana has had the opportunity to not only explore the Asian yoga lifestyle but also the European one. Her life in Berlin helps her to see the difference between the western and eastern yoga life.

“In my opinion, there are more yoga schools, opportunities and “yoga- likeminded” people in Asia. Meanwhile, yoga in Europe still has the potential to expand and develop. Of course, you can find everything you need in the big cities, but if you go further out of them, it becomes more complicated and challenging for the yoga practitioners.

Yoga can make you fly

Tatiana’s yoga journey took her to Bali. The island that has the intoxicating power to provoke you to experiment and try new things. This magical vibes took her to a FlyHigh yoga class.

“I started practising FlyHigh yoga in Bali with different teachers and I liked it very much because I saw real progress in my usual Ashtanga practice. It helped me to improve some asanas. I remember being so inspired by the practice, that I bought the FlyHigh yoga DVD and the FHY belt to continue to practice when I went back to Shanghai. I was so passionate about flying, so when I returned to Bali for the third time I was lucky to be a part of the FlyHigh teacher training.”

 FlyHigh yoga combines traditional yoga poses and postures with the help of the belt. And it’s inspired by the oldest traditions of Iyengar yoga. The beauty of this kind of aerial yoga is that it gives you freedom and helps you to learn and be more confident in your regular yoga practice. As Tatiana said, she loves it because the FlyHigh yoga helped her to discover a new dimension of her daily yoga practice.

“The key is the belt. You can practice the same poses that you still can’t do in your regular practice for some reasons. For example, if you can’t do a handstand, when you know that your belt is there for you and supports you, you can do this asana so easily. The FHY belt can help you to learn how to adjust your hands, head, legs and body in these positions, and to gain strength. After practising FlyHigh yoga you can easily go into the poses in your regular practice. But you have to understand, my advice to all of the yogis is that there is no magic in life! Practice yoga regularly, be patience to yourself and your body.  Work hard and one day you will achieve your goals.”

After this experience, she joined the latest FlyHigh yoga teacher training, led by the founder of FlyHigh yoga – Jose Luis Jimenez, as a mentor in Shanghai.

“This opportunity was more than just an experience. As I told teacher Jose, the feeling was like in those 5 days I had lived another life. Five amazing days which were dedicated only for yoga. Meeting those 22 amazing and dedicated yogis, was such an inspiration for me. In the beginning, as a teacher, you have to create the trust with your students, break the ice and by the end of the training you’d already know everyone. At the end, I was so happy, but at the same time sad, because the training was over. The connection between the people was so strong, regardless of the short period of time that they know each other. I remember the last day, when the training was over and everyone took their certificate, people just stayed at the yoga studio until late at night and talked to each other, asked me questions and shared between us the love of yoga and FlyHigh yoga. It’s amazing how FlyHigh yoga can bring people together, make them friends, like a family.”

 Yoga is lifelong learning, a journey that never stops. You can find more inspirational and real yogi stories on our blog. If you are curious about the yogis’ lifestyle in Shanghai, check Lynn’s story, who is one of the best yoga teachers there.

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

How yoga revolution in China impact the people?

The last decade China embracing the spiritual and physical teaching of yoga following the worldwide trend of practising the ancient Indian tradition.

In the modern world of China yoga fits in people’s lives in the best possible way. Yoga is very trendy in China basically because it has a component that is very different from any other physical practice and it brings to all the practitioner’s mindfulness and awareness. Simply, yoga is everything that is between the gym and the monastery. The trend’s huge because yoga is a mix of physical activity, breathing, healthy living and eating. That’s why people are so attracted to yoga and yogi lifestyle. It’s like a lifestyle relegation, where people can choose how much they can be involved with. In a world where people are so materialistic, yoga is a returning to the spirituality and self-awareness.

The popularity of yoga in one of the most amazing cities in China, Shanghai is one of the beloved forms of physical and mental training, among the Chinese and the expats living there. The yoga studios in the city increase their numbers every year. Statistics show that more than 10 million Chinese now practice yoga regularly.

To understand and feel the yoga life in Shanghai we went to one of the most established high-end yoga chains in the city Y + yoga studio. We can say that Y+ is the establishing stone of yoga in Shanghai and China. The great locations of the studios and the variety of classes offered throughout the day, starting from early morning and going well into the evening, are one of the benefits of the Y +. You can find there more than 45 classes in 14 defriend categories, including various types of yoga; mini classes and workshops and registered international yoga teacher training. One of the best things is that at Y+ you can find practice lead in English, that’s why the yoga studio is so beloved from bough expats and Chinese.

At Y+ yoga studio, we met Lynn. She is an amazing long-term yoga teacher. Lynn uses her spiritual nature to cross the different dimensions of the universe to help people heal and convey the message of the universe. At the same time, she also teaches yoga around the world and across China to share the true meaning of yoga. We had a meaningful conversation with her about the yogis’ lifestyle in the big city like Shanghai and the spirituality between the huge skyscrapers.

Lynn share with us her thoughts about the spiritual life in the big city: “Yoga lifestyle is challenging in the big city, of course, but in the same time can offer a lot of different styles of yoga practice that can make the mind and the body stronger. Spirituality is everywhere, no matter if you are surrounded by buildings and the noise of the city or you are meditating in the jungle of Bali. Every person is a divine and has its own mission on earth. To learn, to love and to give. If you want to find the spirituality you must just look deep in yourself or in people around you.”

Everyone who practices yoga has been touched in some way by its transformative power. For someone is simply the better feeling that they have in their bodies.

Or perhaps some experienced more profound changes in their life, relationships, and worldview. But because these changes often take place over time, it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about yoga that helps people.

Yoga for Lynn is the most effective way to awake the soul. “Some people aren’t aware that they live in their physical bodies and through yoga therefore asanas they can move the energy and purified their bodies. Yoga open the mind and lighten the energy within. This way we can live a healthier life.

To help people achieve more peaceful, healthier and happy life at Y+ people who seeks transformation and to reconnect with theirs’s inner self can find all kind of spiritual and meditative yoga practices that can help them to release the stress that is contained in the body, to open their mind and discover new dimensions in their lifestyle.

Lynn, tell us more about the practice in the Y+ yoga studio “Among the traditional yoga styles such as Vinyasa and Hatha yoga, you can discover a new styles which are inspired by traditional yoga styles like the aerial practice of FlyHigh yoga, which is based on yoga Kurunta from the Iyengar yoga traditions where ropes are used. We introduced FlyHigh yoga in Shanghai and at Y+ several years ago with a several 40 hours teacher training with Jose Luis Jimenez, the Spanish founding father of FlyHigh Yoga. Many people still don’t understand and estimate the benefits of this practice. FlyHigh Yoga is therefore a bridge to good physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing for all yoga practitioners. The practice helps to decompress the spin, strengthen the core and the body; increased body awareness and control, so the practitioners can really be in the “Now”. From next year at Y+, we are starting a regular FlyHigh yoga classes and we are planning more teacher trainings and master classes.

More about the Y+ yoga studio in Shanghai you can find on their website and their WeChat account. If you are curios and want to know more about FlyHigh yoga check our next training on our website.