October: meet Michelle

Michelle (Shelby) Irvine
October 2018’s yogini is beautiful soul Shelby. I asked her lots of questions, expecting to only publish a couple. Her answers were so interesting thought you would appreciate them in full:

Tell us about your yoga journey. How long have you been practising, what type of yoga do you like and what does yoga mean to You?
My first yoga class was in May 2018. I practise Vinyasa and Yin yoga. To me yoga is a spiritual practise to connect with yourself, to challenge your body with breath linked postures and experience total wellbeing.

Are you sporty?
I’m really into board sports such as snowboarding, longboarding and this summer I learnt to surf. When on snowboarding holidays I’m usually dancing on the tables during après ski – it’s all good exercise! I also enjoy a walk in the countryside with my miniature dachshund and love to be outdoors in the fresh air having fun whilst being active. Yoga has really complimented all of my sports as they all link with balance and posture.

What’s the best thing a yoga teacher has ever said to you?
One of the most amazing parts of yoga is the Savasana relaxing session at the end of each practice. My yoga instructors Sarah, Maia & Keira have way with words, their relaxing poetic voices allow us to really let go and meditate

What has been your most hilarious moment in a yoga class?
Most of us get our left and right muddled up so we have a giggle about that together most practices.

What do you think of Henham Yoga Studio?
It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to practice yoga, it makes all of the difference being in a gorgeous barn set in the Henham parkland estate. The view from the yoga studio is of ancient oak trees, it’s a very special place where you can connect with the beauty of nature. Sarah and her husband Hektor have created a wonderful studio with lots of complimentary props, including eye pillows, blankets and yoga mats. It’s become my sanctuary.

Are there any yoga poses that you are working to achieve?
I’m working towards some of the more challenging inversions, such as standing on my head, the poses are so beautiful and what you learn about your body whilst you advance in your flexibility is amazing.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box – what colour would you be and why?
It would have to be green. Natural and earthy colours represent me well.

What do you love to do?
I like to live in the moment and really savour and enjoy life’s simple pleasures, great food, an ale with friends and being outdoors. I love to plan adventure holidays which usually involve a road trip and some form of glamping.

What is your favourite song?
This is such a hard question to answer because I love so many, but if I had to pick one I’d say ‘The Warmth’ by Incubus.

Hope you enjoyed meeting Shelby. Let me know what you think of this feature and if you have any fun ideas for future questions. Looking forward to introducing you to November’s student of the month already.

Sarah x

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