tip of the day

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…
~Paramahansa Yogananda

Off the mat

It’s been almost a year since I’ve joined the Yoga Center family and what a journey it has been. I’ve been lucky enough to witness the whole path of YCK, which started as just an idea and a dream of a close friend, who is now one of the founders. She found support, motivation and help from her sisters and the three of them created something that transformed into the first and most reputable yoga center in Kuwait, rightfully deserving its title.
I believe it was destiny that yoga, the Center and all the lovely yoginis I’ve met were on my life path. Since my son was born, I haven’t been working and I’ve started at the Yoga Center when he was almost a year. Let me tell you, I’m certainly glad I got pulled up and gently pushed back to work as I’m afraid if that didn’t happen, I would have still been in a pile on the floor unable to move. Motherhood can do that to you.
One of the best things about working as a manager here is of course practicing yoga. I’ve had the pleasure of trying almost all the classes we offer and each is so special and different in its way. In Kuwait, the general public still thinks of yoga as one type of exercise and don’t differentiate the variations. With time and effort from the Yoga Center founders to educate and involve the Kuwaite community, I’ve seen that attitude change. With their newfound knowledge, our clients know exactly what they want to sign up for, be it a nurturing restorative session or a full blast intermediate hot yoga class.
Call me mad, but I’ve decided to raise my kid without a nanny and naturally I yearn for those treasured moments of quietness and peace the most . I remember walking out of my first class, and for the first time in a year I felt like someone else and not a mum, I felt like a person again. I highly recommend it to young mothers and women who lead a busy lifestyle. In the serenity of the class I managed to separate my life at home and this world of yoga that I found so inviting. I’ve started to practice more with time and it was beautiful to observe how your body and mind changes. Yoga is not a fast paced weight loss plan, it’s an organic way of healing the body and mind that stays with you on and off the matt. I wouldn’t say yoga makes miracles happen, but there is definitely some magic involved which you feel in those minutes of savasana at the end of your class.
Since yoga became a part of my life my outlook on life and also my way of eating became different. I’ve also improved my health as I’ve always suffered from lower back problems, at times so severe that I couldn’t walk and had to be taken to the doctor and immediately given muscle relaxants and strong pain killers. With a cocktail of Bowen technique ( which is a therapy we offer) and warm Yin Yoga and restorative yoga classes my condition has improved greatly without any medication at all. Yoga can actually aid or cure physical and mental problems and issues.
What I find most special about the Yoga Center Kuwait, is that it offers you a yoga lifestyle, not just a yoga class. Apart from classes there are numerous workshops on the most interesting topics such as Healing your heart, Nutrition and the seven chakras. In my life yoga has made me more grounded, calmed me down and truly improved my everyday life and relationships and I hope it can do the same for you.