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Our Children are Our Future

Just a little reflection on how everyone I meet through yoga (of course everyone else too – not being exclusive here at all!) touches me and how special it is to be sharing our journeys through life even if it might be just for a short while.

Special attention today goes to all the wonderful children who come to the studio or classes elsewhere.  They might take part or might not, they might just play or enjoy a little swing time in the yoga swing, they might just simply absorb the vibes whether they know it or not.  All the children I meet through yoga are truly special and I love watching them grow, become more confident, and I am also learning so much from them.

I teach mummy and baby yoga class and our oldest ‘baby’ just turned 3! She has been coming to yoga for 2 and half years already and it is a real privilege to watch this little beauty blossom, from a little baby, just soaking in all the yoga vibes, to a cute toddler trying to copy her mummy’s moves, to a little adorable girl who knows her stuff! She even helps me with hands on, adjusting all the other mums in the room.

A gorgeous little yoga girl came with her daddy to a ‘grown up class’. After she did the whole class she asked me if I could give her any tips as she would like to set up a yoga class in her school! Seriously – my heart melted there and then. What a little sweetheart. So I created a lesson plan that she could teach her friends, and she will be phenomenal, future yoga teacher for sure <3

The teenagers I teach are so grateful for a little down time. There is so much pressure on our children nowadays! Every time I see the older kids they are exhausted.  All they need is a little me time, time to switch off.  Although we go through lots of giggling the final effect is always the same. They leave happy, smiling, positive, relaxed. I feel truly honoured to be making that little positive difference in their lives.

I teach a family yoga class where children and parents try to practice together, it’s a bit of fun but also a special bonding experience.  Even if the children think at the time it’s all a game it will for sure make an impact on their lives. And what a great tool to have for the days to come.

The point of this blog is – that all we do has an effect on our children. What we put in we get back.  When we introduce our children to yoga it will pay off.  Be an inspiration to them and they will really inspire you in return. Spend time together doing what you love (anything not just yoga) and you will create special moments to be treasured for ever.  Give and receive. Give love receive love. OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

More Yoga kids in the world means brighter future for us all..

Yoga helps children see the beauty and light within themselves, boosting their self-confidence, allowing them to feel more comfortable in their own skin, and helping them get in touch with who they are inside. A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

YOGA CREATES CHILDREN WHO ARE BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD

 

A little interview with your Yoga Teacher

Hi there, this is a little interview I did for the Yoga Life Studio:

Can you tell us what we can expect in your class?

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is unique. Everyone is on the mat for some reason. Come to my class and be you, enjoy your own practice, listen to your body, follow your breath.  We will go on a journey together, to release stress and pressure of every day life, to let go of any negative feelings and emotions, to connect with our breath, body, mind, spirit. We will get strong, flexible, focused and beautifully relaxed. We will do all that and we will love it.

You can expect the following in these classes:

Beach yoga – elements: sun, wind, sea, earth, ether. Dog yogis; beautiful shiny people. Raw beauty, fresh energy

Aerial Yoga – fun, strength, inversions, swinging, laughter, comedy moments

Family Yoga – kids playing, kids swinging, beauty, connections, love, togetherness, chaos

Mummy yoga – time out, relaxation for mums, babies, unconditional love, understanding, support

Yurt Yoga – fire, earth, yurt yogis, mats in circle, crystal bowl, horses, birds, serenity

Restorative Yoga – bolsters, blankets, cushions, eye pillows, comfort, snooze

Meditation – calm, breathing, just be, chant, peace, time out

Yoga for all – ALL OF THE ABOVE

 

When did you first realise that you wanted to be a yoga teacher? What was the wow moment if any?

I guess when I was a new mum and in a desperate need of something that was just for me, without any demands of others. A little sanctuary to recharge and just be ME again. Through experiencing all these feelings and emotional rollercoaster of being a new parent I figured out it can’t be just me feeling like this.  That’s why I wanted to create a supportive environment for new parents to come and practice yoga with their babies present but without any pressure  – for the baby to be quiet, take part or be certain way. I wanted the new mums to just come, feel supported, connect with others and just be themselves again.  Just lie down and breathe, slow down and put yourselves first for a moment. So that’s why I wanted to become a yoga teacher… To help others feel good again.

Where is your favourite place to practice?

Definitely Eastbourne beach, listening to the waves and birds and sharing a mat with my dog. In the yoga yurt feeling such a close connection with the earth there – it is a very special place. And of course Yoga Life Studio, where it all started J

 Have you got any advice for new students?

Just do it! Come with an open mind, let go of any expectations and let the practice take you on a journey… to yourself.  Make the practice your own, don’t worry about others and most of all don’t feel under any pressure to perform, compete, get into challenging postures or please the teacher. Do what feels good for You. If you are tired – rest. Feel your body moving, feel your breath flowing, slow down.  No judgement. Be really kind to yourself, enjoy it and embrace it! It is your own unique experience.

Also try few different classes and teachers and make your own mind up – each class is different.  Make connections and go wherever you feel good!

I hear lots of people say ‘I am too …….. for yoga (fill the dots). If you can breathe you can do yoga! Yoga is not only about moving our physical body. It is about stilling our mind, controlling our breath, switching off, being kind – to ourselves and others.

You love yoga because…

It helps you to find YOU. It feels damn good. It helps you overcome fears, makes you stronger, more confident, it reminds you to breathe and live in the present moment. It makes you wonder… it makes you feel alive.

What is your favourite yoga posture/practice and why?

This can vary from day to day but without thinking about it the cat & cow stretch jumps to mind, where the spine gets a wonderful stretch, energy starts flowing through the body and when we switch our busy minds off and just follow the breath this can become a wonderful moving meditation. It also releases back pain and works on your abs!

When outdoors or during my self practice I love few rounds of Sun Salutations, awakening my whole body and connecting with my breath, no thinking, just going with the flow and feeling alive.

Restorative practice with the use of bolsters is pure heaven, the slow pace, peaceful atmosphere and soft support works wonders.

Relaxation! Even though it was challenging for me at start (restless mind) now I can’t get enough when I am lucky enough to go to a class. In the meantime I am successfully hypnotising myself and others in my own classes J LOL.

 Can you share 3 interesting facts about yourself?

I spent a night at the police station when I was 4 – got nicked for wandering the streets in my pyjamas and would not tell the officer my name – not talking to strangers! Yes… dad found me, eventually!

My son says I should play football for England Woman’s Team (in his eyes I am a good footballer!)

I once let my sister and a friend to shave half of my head.  Seemed like a good idea that evening, but lots of tears in the morning… (those were the days!)

 What is your personal motto or favourite quote?

Live and let live.

Treat others how you want to be treated.

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.

Basically – follow your dreams!

And also.. You are only one step away from changing your life..!

Too many coming to mind now!

Eva Kristlova

Eva Kristlova Beach

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for taking time to read whatever I want to share with you! I am really excited about making this website public and when the dust settles I will introduce all my classes to you and let you know what is happening on and off the yoga mat.

This week I enjoyed teaching on the beach – it was a bit cloudy but that doesn’t stop the beach yogis. It is always such a wonderful energising morning whatever the weather.  We loved the loud sounds of the waves crashing and the birds singing their little heads off.

A special treat waited for us at the yoga yurt where we met two brand new baby lambs and more were waiting to be born.  The sun is shining this week and it feels like spring has finally sprung.  And I wore my flip flops for the first time this year! Things are looking up 🙂

Enjoy the great outdoors, take deep breaths in, fill your lungs with the fresh spring air and exhale all that you don’t need to hold onto any more.

Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting yourself just as you are. Have a beautiful day, as special as you are!

Namaste xxx

Eva Kristlova Beach

Hello world!

Welcome to my website.  Please browse and find out more about me, the classes I teach, yoga holidays and special events! Feel free to ask any questions and hopefully we will meet each other on the yoga mat soon 🙂

 

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