Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Garth McLean

As you might know by now, I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, the good and the bad. Lately, so many things seem to fall in place and make a bit more sense, it’s almost scary.

One of these things is… yoga. Yes.
I started Iyengar yoga at the end of September as a restorative exercise to compliment my personal trainer/ weight-training self-experiment ( that’s why I’ve been so quiet, made even more drastic changes to my life and focused 100% on it ). I’ve heard of Iyengar yoga before as it’s highly recommended for MS patients. If required, it uses quite a lot of props so every patient can benefit, no matter how mobile or flexibel you are. But I wanted to know more about it, wanted to know why it’s so beneficial, googled and came across Garth McLean, a very inspiring, LA based Iyengar yoga instructor living with MS – just like me, he only really started to practise yoga after his MS diagnosis in 1996. I visited his website and checked the workshop section just to find out he’ll be in Europe for a series of workshops this fall and guess what – one weekend workshop listed was not so far away, in the pretty city of Utrecht ( 20 min train ride). What a coincidence, crazy!  Of course, I signed up right away ( although, I wouldn’t mind a trip to LA for a yoga workshop 😉 ) and today is THE day, the first out of three 2h workshops with Garth is tonight, yay! I’m so curious what I’ll learn! Plus I’ve never been to a real Iyengar yoga studio with all its ropes, chairs, etc. as I practise in my gym with the usual props. So excited to meet Garth, Hiske and the lovely team at iYoga and all the other participants as I heard there are a few, if not all, also living with MS.

Time to clean my yoga mat and prepare for the weekend as this is quite a routine breaker which means I need to be super organised or I’ll forget essential stuff like food 🙂

Will let you know how it went, check out Garths’ inspiring story and how he beats MS with yoga only

I especially love what he was told by Iyengar himself, so true!

“Everyday you must walk that line between COURAGE and CAUTION.”

“Work slowly and exercise patience.”

BKS Iyengar

My birthday present to myself!

Huzur Vadisi

This year I got myself a “healthy”present, I finally found the perfect yoga retreat. Wroga. Yoga and writing.

It’s not easy to find a yoga retreat if you are not looking for a “hardcore” one. By hardcore I mean doing yoga more or less all day long and “enjoying” herbal teas only in some hot country. I also want to enjoy a little 🙂

That’s why October is perfect for me, it’s around 24 degrees max in Göcek/ Turkey and the retreat looks fab, not to mention the surroundings.

So excited and a bit nervous as this is going to be my first solo trip since my diagnosis but I really need some time off my MS daily routine and get some fresh brain input and inspiration. Relax. Escape. Breathe. Write.