We caught up with Hub team member Jules, to find out more about her and her love of yoga!…
1. What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
My first ever yoga class was at the age of 16 and since then I’ve practiced different styles of yoga at various times of my life. I always wanted to become a yoga teacher but with a hectic global career in Telecommunications, it was a distant dream. Doing my own yoga practice was a welcome discipline and often helped me to relax and maintain a strong body and mind. Leaving the corporate world behind, which also coincided with a move to Salcombe, allowed me the time and space to immerse myself into my yoga practice. I decided that now was a great time to develop my passion and explore the broader teachings of Yoga which prompted me to sign up to do my Teacher Training. I was fortunate enough to be able to do my training in India at a wonderfully warm and authentic Yoga training school.
2. What is your favourite yoga pose?
Gosh, that’s a tough question! There are so many postures I enjoy for different reasons. I guess I love practicing Inversions, particularly headstands (Sirsasana), partly because of the challenges of balancing for longer periods each time, but also because I feel a real sense of calm when practicing inversions. It has the benefit of bringing fresh oxygenated blood and nutrients to the scalp and brain cells. I’m also practicing side crow (Pasrva Bakasana) at the moment. It takes a lot of shoulder and core strength as well as technique and I love teaching it within my classes.
3. Where is your favourite place to practice?
The Health Hub of course! I also love my early morning practice when I can do it on my patio overlooking the beautiful Salcombe estuary as the sun comes up. The air is clear and fresh and its wonderful to connect with nature.
4. Where did you last go on holiday? And did you take your mat?
I went skiing to Saalbach in Austria and yes, my mat is like my home and comes everywhere with me.
5. How often do you do your own self practice?
I practice 6 days per week and love to practice early morning before classes begin so I’m warm, energised and flexible. I have one rest day per week when I’ll try if possible to do a little restorative yoga including a few long, deep stretches to maintain flexibility.
6. What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
One of my favourite distractions is walking my GoldenDoodle puppy dog, Heidi. She makes me smile with her silly antics and lollopy run and we love walking through the fields overlooking Salcombe or going for cliff top walks along the coast. We also have a boat and I enjoy lazing in the sun reading a book. We also ski over the winter although I’m quite a cautious skier as yoga is more important to me and I don’t want to risk injury.
7. Why Devon?
I always wanted to live by the sea but it remained just a dream. When I visited Salcombe for the first time in 2015, I knew right away that I’d found my spiritual home. I visited with my husband for a long weekend to trace his deceased parents footsteps. It was grey, wet and gloomy and despite the weather, the views took my breath away and I knew right then that one day I’d live here. It was only a matter of making changes to our lives to allow it to happen! Now every day is special and I feel grateful to be able to call Devon home and live a dream lifestyle.
8. What would you say to someone who is new to yoga?
Yoga is a wonderful gift to yourself and one you will take with you throughout your life, wherever you go. Honour and listen to your body though and never let the ego drive or force your body into becoming a human pretzel, just enjoy the stretch along the journey, celebrate as your body opens up and becomes flexible and supple, but most of all enjoy the body mind benefits which will bring peace into your life and those around you.
9. What is your daily mantra?
I have two! My first is something I say at the start of the day to remind myself of my wider purpose;
“Love, Love Love,
Serve, Serve, Serve,
Dedicate, Dedicate, Dedicate….” and is very much tied up in my love for teaching yoga and sharing yogic values.
The second is “the true nature of myself is joyful and happy” because sometimes amidst the daily demands of life we forget to smile. When we do smile, the light that we shine reflects back at us through the eyes of others.