in this lifetime

finding the middle path

I was in my mid 20s when I was brought to face a sudden and unexpected challenge, one that I never dreamt of facing as a dynamic woman in her mid 20's, it was then that my life changed for the better. I became a humbler me, because of discomfort. 

For the most part, we live our lives like we are invincible, until something strikes us that calls us to step up. 

Today, I have found a perfect balance between my work, both at the desk and on the mat. I want others to know that they should always have hope and it is experiences that helps us curate healthy and fulfilling lives; for happiness is not ready made, it comes for your own actions. Finding that balance transcends into all aspects of ones life; it fosters a sense of wholesomeness, a recognition that you are human just like everyone else. 

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looking back...

I first discovered yoga 15 years ago. Having been raised in Buddhist household under the guidance of my Guru, Dagpo Lama Rinpoche, the idea of yoga and Buddhism fit together like two peas in a pod.  

Initially, my relationship with yoga was an on and off affair. I noticed the calming effect it had on my body and mind. It was not until 2016, when I decided to start my teacher training, that I realised what a precious gift the practice represented. 

My wish is to impart this experience of coming home to the deep sense of mutual belonging and interdependence. As my Lama reminds me of the lifegiving roots of kindness, compassion and equanimity; that despite us seeing ourselves as the most important, others too are of prime importance, becoming a yoga teacher has allowed me to have a voice to share these little pearls of wisdom.

Whether the practice is soft or strong, leisured or dynamic, what matters is the motivation behind it. Am I coming into a pose with a self-cherishing attitude as the source of fuel? Or, am I entering the pose with a mind filled with virtue? 

In this way, the practice transcends beyond just the physical dimension. 

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Lydia completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Pre/Post Natal Training with YogaLondon in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In 2018, she furthered her training with Jamie and Dulce, The Yoga People to learn about the Mandala Methodology and Pranification. In 2019, she was certified in Dharma Yoga LOAY 500hr, under the guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. She is a Brand Ambassador for Mama Kuka YogaSphere Straps.

 

*Lydia is a Yoga Alliance approved, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500).