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Polly Wilson

How would your students describe your class and what can they expect?
My style of teaching flow is very fluid and breath fled, we move through a sequence of repetitive postures to get out of the head and into a more embodied mindful experience. I have been told I have quite a nurturing quality to my teaching, and enjoy bringing in elements of yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation into the class to give students an opportunity to go as deep as they wish with Yoga.

Most unusual place you’ve practiced yoga
Um on the toilet!!  haha! When i’ve been in a situation where I’ve felt anxious or overwhelmed in the past i’ve taken a break in the loos for some deep yogic breaths and a short meditation 🙂 That’s the beauty of this practice, there is always something you can do at any moment to bring you back to presence.

What you want your students to take away from the class
I hope students feel great physically and mentally after my class – but really the reason I teach Yoga and why I feel so passionate about what I do is to share this practice of mindfulness and movement as a tool for svadhaya (self-study) and self-reflection so we can start to unravel conditioning and unhelpful beliefs and connect more deeply with our true nature.

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Favourite yoga pose
Such a tough one – really depends on where i am in this moment. I would say – Warrior 2 makes me feel strong and grounded, a restorative pigeon with a bolster when I’m needing some Yin and a long Savasana at any time!

Yoga pose you find the most challenging
Parivritta Trikonasana (twisted triangle) – My mid-upper back feels as stiff as a board in this one – but I really enjoy using props to make it more accessible to me. There is never any shame in using a block to help you feel more ease in a pose!

How has yoga improved your life?
In so many ways. I came to Yoga with Generalised Anxiety and this practice of Yoga has given me the tools and resources to self-soothe and transmute these intense feelings. I still get anxious sometimes but now it’s more water off a ducks back than allowing it to control my life. Part of this is accepting anxiety and strong emotions instead of trying to fight them – and it’s where my yin practice really helped me to feel and sit with these sensations without attaching to them.

What you love about teaching at Living Om
It has to be  the students – I really enjoy the sense of community and the random chats after class 🙂 Living Om has a friendly and welcoming vibe whether you are completely new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner we are there to encourage not to compete.

Something random we’d never know about you?
I love to dance! Not choreographed professional dance or nightclub dancing, but often I’ll start my own yoga practice at home which somehow melds into a spontaneous intuitive dance. I would probably look like a complete weirdo if you were looking in, but it feels amaziiiing just to let go 🙂