YOGA STARS is a weekly feature at Vibrant Yogini where an amazing yoga teacher or enthusiast is interviewed about their beautiful journey and views as a yogi! It has been created to try and remove the gap between our confident and expert yogi’s, and those who have just started to practice yoga or who are curious to learn more about it. We never want you to feel intimidated or discouraged. Therefore, it is important to remember that each and every yogi started fresh from the beginning as a newbie once upon a time! Our aim is to motivate you to continue your journey no matter where you are on it.
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“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Kim
Yoga Star: Kim Woodley aka @Yogini.Kim
Where are you currently based?
Where are you originally from?
Born in Germany, but partly raised in England.
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started yoga nearly two years ago.
I was always curious about it because of its mysterious character and its mindfulness.
One night I felt particular restless and couldn’t sleep, something I always struggled with.
This night it went so bad that I became desperate and tried an online class for relaxation.
I was overwhelmed by how much it helped me and became addicted immediately.
Since then I practice yoga daily.
What got you hooked?
My mind has always been a place of war.
It would never stop talking inside my head, especially when everything around me went quiet.
It affected my body and created the restlessness that prevented me from a good night sleep.
My body was always tense, I couldn’t sit still and relax.
I couldn’t bear being in a quiet room doing nothing.
Yoga got me hooked because it was the very first and only thing that helped my mind to find peace not only during the practice but also off the mat.
It helps me create a harmony inside me and also to carry it out in daily life.
It helps me being at peace with myself.
What is your favourite asana and why?
My favourite asana is Bitilasana, cow pose, because it reminds me of the natural origin of yoga.
Since I was young I felt the need to stretch my back backwards in the morning to fully wake up.
Yoga gave me a deeper understanding of why I always feel this need and shows me that there is a reason why our bodies want to move in a specific way as well as that body and mind are truly connected and affect each other in many ways we’re not aware of.
Where did you do your training/s and what courses have you completed?
I was always fascinated by yoga.
However, the first time I really decided to try it I was 18, I guess.
I searched for classes in the region where I lived then and soon had to notice I couldn’t afford it.
So I didn’t try it after all. Instead I downloaded an app on my mobile with online classes and then never used it.
About 4 years later the said night came and I opened the app again and found the online class for relaxation.
Till then I’m a home student because classes are still expensive here and I’m still going to university.
I learned that if you want to do something there are always ways to do it.
For the time being I connect with other yogis and like-minded people over Instagram to share my experiences with them and learn from them.
How has yoga impacted your life?
Yoga has a huge impact on my life.
The greatest impact is the effect on my awareness.
I’m able to live more fully in the present moment and therefore enjoy life.
I’m more aware of myself as well as of my surroundings.
My thoughts are clearer and I have a feel of understanding life better.
I’m more calm and my self-control increased a lot.
Because of all this my daily life feels more harmonic to me and I’m happier than I was before, a lot happier.
Which type of yoga do you teach/ specialize in?
I don’t really specialise in a type of yoga.
Maybe I will somewhen.
For now I feel like I’m just at the beginning of a journey and experimenting to find out what is right for me and what isn’t.
I guess I practice Hatha Yoga the most but also always enjoy Vinyasa Yoga.
I just started learning that there is way more to yoga than only fancy looking poses and starting to become familiar with all sorts of things around the topic like hand mudras and meditation.
I feel like it would be wrong to specialise at this point of my practice because there is so much more to learn about the nature of yoga first.
What do you love about this style of yoga?
Because of the reasons above it’s hard for me to answer this question.
About asanas though I love the feeling of connecting body and mind in awareness.
It always feels like finally meeting myself, getting to know and understand myself, it’s like becoming friends with myself over and over again.
What is your favourite asana to teach others?
I’m no yoga teacher, but if I was, my favourite asana to teach would be child’s pose, Balasana.
It is an asana everyone can do and it offers many variations.
It is a pose one can surrender into to gain focus, take a break, calm down or at the end of a routine fully feel the effects, the practice has on the body.
I think it to be very important to include such a pose as a safe point into ones practice.
What is your mission as a yoga enthusiast?
My mission as yoga enthusiast is to find to myself, learn about myself and live more fully in the present as well as to share my experience with others because I think yoga to be highly beneficial.
I believe that many people would be more happy if they’d practice yoga because it is a gateway to a more abundant life.
If you could give only one piece of advice to others who are looking to start yoga what would it be?
Never underestimate the power of breathing.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out as a teacher what would it be?
Remember that everyone has his or her own way of yoga, that it can be as individual as the individual itself.
What has been one of your favourite highlights of your personal yoga journey?
One of my favourite highlights has been when I first noticed how much my daily routine has changed into a more supportive way without me even noticing it.
I didn’t even notice it myself but was told by my boyfriend and therefore started observing it.
What has been one of your biggest struggles during your yoga journey?
My biggest struggle has been inversions and partly still is.
I haven’t got much arm strength and I also always felt the need to have at least one foot on the ground because I didn’t trust myself enough.
What are you currently focusing on the most in your yoga journey right now?
Right now I focus on my self trust.
I just started working on it by practicing crow pose, not because I want to be able to do fancy handstands etc. but rather because it’s important to trust yourself and step out of your comfort zone while being in a safe place.
I believe things like this prepare you to also handle difficult situations in life.
Where is your favorite yoga place in the world (and why)?
My favourite yoga place is in the sun.
I love the feeling of sunshine on my skin, no matter where I am.
It makes me happy and lets me forget anything that surrounds me so I’m fully in the moment and my consciousness feels at it’s highest level.
Who inspires you the most within your yoga journey?
I can’t really say who inspires me the most.
I started to practice yoga without knowing anything about it or anyone who was already practicing it.
I guess yoga itself inspired me the most as I learned more about it and started to understand the deep connection between me as a living being and the world I live in.
Have you ever had any funny or embarrassing moments within your yoga journey?
I didn’t directly have had a funny moment.
However, only a few people knew I was practicing yoga.
When I first started my Instagram account I surprised a lot of people because they didn’t think me to be that kind of a person, whatever that means.
I thought and still think it to be funny because it shows that there is always more to a person than one can see and also that yoga is not for a specific kind of people but for everyone who is willing to try.
What is one of your favorite mantras or affirmations that you don’t mind sharing?
One of my favourite mantras is…
“My breath is my anchor”
…because it really is.
On my mat as well as in life it helps me to stay strong, focused and most importantly calm.
It reminds me of the strength and power of a simple breath and connects or reconnects my mind to my body.
What is one of your favorite yoga quotes?
One of my favourite yoga quotes is
“If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.”
– Lao Tzu.
If you could have a secret power, what would in be?
If I could have a secret power, it would be to open peoples minds to a lager picture and deeper understanding of everything that is.
Do you have any additional secret talents?
I love to write and everything that has to do with literature.
To people who know me it’s just not much of a secret, though.
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- Instagram: @Yogini.Kim
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