This interview was published in Namaskar, a Hong Kong based yoga magazine.

What is your most challenging asana and why?

Urdhva Dhanurasana is a backbend that always challenges me. My body and mind require a lot of preparation for this asana. Physically it is particularly demanding for me to open my shoulders, get enough extension through my back and openness in my hips, as these areas that are particularly tight when practicing this asana. In addition, this posture requires more mental concentration and single mindedness. I must draw on my inner and outer strength, concentrate and focus to connect my body and my mind with my breath. Important issues such as facing my fears, softening, surrendering and patience seem to resurface …some of my biggest challenges to deal with, within my self…

What have you learned from this asana?

It has taught me and continues to teach me to be present, have courage, patience and determination. I have learned to surrender and be open while having compassion for myself and for others.

What is the most difficult aspect of your practice?

Taking time to do a restorative practice on a regular basis! I know and understand the benefits of such a practice. There are many rewards like, stopping the constant chatter of my mind and impulsive movements of my body. Through my conscious breathing I can connect my physical body and mind experiencing a true state of deep relaxation and connection to a deep quiet place within myself.

All this is easily understood at an intellectual level however much more challenging at the level of experience.

When I am feeling tense, I know it is time to stop and reground myself. When I do take the time to check in and slow down in this practice I feel restored, renewed and thankful.