05 Mar Welcome to our new team member Aparna!
If you joined us for our Sanga yoga for Impact Christmas calendar in December, you have already met our newest pregnancy yoga teacher, Aparna Rajesh. Let us introduce her a little more in this article.
- Hi Aparna, we’re so excited you are joining Sanga Yoga! Can you please tell us a bit more about yourself and your background?
“I am very excited to be part of the Sanga family amongst wonderful people with beautiful minds. Hi! I am Aparna and I moved to Oslo with my lovely husband and my two furr babies in November 2019 from Chennai, India. I am 31 and I love everything that is yoga and wellness and hence after working in the finance industry for 8 years, I decided to move away from my corporate life and dedicate myself to teaching yoga and fill this world with a little extra warmth, love and light. To get to know me better just hit me up with a message and we can have soulful conversations over a hot cup of masala chai :)”
2. Tell us more about your yoga journey and teaching experience!
“I have been teaching yoga since 2015 after completing my first 200 hours TTC in Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga from my school – Yogadarshanam in Mysore, India. I went back to my school in 2018 to complete my advanced 350 hours TTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda & Pregnancy Yoga and have been teaching full time since then offering classes in all these styles including guided meditation. I am also studying to be soon certified as a yoga therapist for common health issues. I hold a 200 hr TTC in pregnancy yoga focusing on fertility, conscious conception, prenatal and postpartum yoga for women.
I still continue to be a student as I always keep myself updated and invest time in self study to make your journey on the mat more exciting and new every time.
In BKS Iyengar’s (my guru) words to be a good student is self discipline, but to be a good teacher is a gratifying feeling. I will always strive to be a good teacher always.
3. What do you focus on in your pregnancy yoga classes?
“My main focus in pregnancy yoga classes is to get my beautiful mamas to appreciate, affirm and embrace their beautiful journey into motherhood through conscious movement, flows and breathing. Through the body-mind-spirit connection my aim and focus is to get my mama to connect with the miraculous life that she is creating within her by also constantly reminding her of how amazing and a fantastic superhuman she already is. It is always about building a community of love and encouraging a pregnant mama in her journey to bringing her baby earth side.”
4. What does your own yoga practice currently look like?
“I practice yoga 5 times a week where I invest a good amount of time in practicing flows, stretches and pranayama and sit for at least 10 mins in meditation to bring more harmony to my mind and soul. The most important part of my practice is to also journal 3 things I am always grateful for.”
5. When can a pregnant mama start practicing pregnancy yoga?
“In my opinion, if a pregnant mama has never done yoga then getting on the mat at the beginning of the second trimester is recommended. For regular yoga enthusiasts prenatal yoga from the start of their pregnancy under a teacher’s guidance with the right modifications will work perfectly. Also, pregnancy and yoga share very similar principles in a way where they help you work your way in and allows you to open doors to your own magic by connecting with yourself more deeply.”
6. Tell us, what do you do when you’re not teaching or practicing yoga?
“I am drawn to cooking because growing up in a traditional Indian household we were taught that food is the way to one’s heart and so in my free time I research a lot about Ayurvedic satvik recipes and cook new dishes. I love taking walks in nature without my phone and look forward to spending quality time with the love of my life exploring our new home which is Oslo and spend as much time as I can with my furr babies Cliff and Zappa (sometimes my teaching assistants on the mat :))”