We chat with @theyogipaige on all things yoga

Age: 28

Lives: Wednesday 6:30pm (CAT) Instagram Live Yoga Class 

Trains: Switch Playground South Africa, Sandton

Profession: Yoga Instructor

Sponsor: NPL Pro-Lifestyle & Novawoolf Yoga Mats & Dr Leezy Long, Chiropractor

Website: theyogipaige.online

Social Media:

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/theyogipaige/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theyogipaige/

When did you first start practicing yoga/What initially got you into yoga? 

I started ballet at the age of two and stopped when I was 16 years old. I have always loved to move & have tried many forms of moving but I feel that ballet and yoga are similar in the sense of having mind and body control. I started practicing yoga about 7 years ago & just fell in love with the movement, the control & that yoga is about stretching out the mind.

What made you decide to become a yoga teacher?

I’ve always been passionate about moving & as a young girl I always thought I would become a ballet instructor. Turns out I was moving towards a yoga teacher.

How has COVID-19 affected you as a yoga teacher?

COVID-19 has honestly motivated me to become more online focused. It has pushed me to create new ways of moving and new ways of understanding how to connect with people/clients using social media. It has given me time to become more creative. I think in this present time yoga & movement in general is important as people need a form of escapism and time “alone.”

What do you hope to teach your students other than just the practice of yoga?

I hope my yoga influences power of the mind! I am an ex-addict & through this journey yoga has shown me the importance of checking in with myself and that the mind is more powerful than we understand.

You recently just did 10 days of silence, can you tell us a little more about this?

10 days of silence was probably one of the most challenging experiences of my life. Sitting with your own thoughts day in and day out makes you feel like you are crazy but the discipline the Vipassana practice taught me was mind blowing. Being able to sit still, with your eyes closed for an hour had to be one of the most rewarding feelings of – Power Of The Mind. My journey keeps coming back to this lesson & 10 days of silence just reinforced that.

How does yoga benefit you?

Yoga has been a huge part of my healing. Yoga benefits me by dedicating time to my own mental & physical wellbeing. It provides me with a space where I can check in with my head and my heart. Being a yoga teacher motivates me to be better, I often watch people go through a thought process of “can I actually do this,” or “I cant push through anymore,” and then they do and I cant tell you how inspiring that it to watch.  Its those moments in life when we think we cannot go on anymore and then we do! That is powerful to see.

Do you have any goals that you’re working towards?

My long term goal is to have my own studio, a space I have created were people can move freely. Where people can express themselves & leave there feeling ready to conquer. I want to create a movement influenced by my life where we can be honest that life is not always rainbows and butterflies. To create a space where movement becomes our medicine.

Do you do any other forms of training  other than yoga?

I have a hip injury at the moment which has restricted my movement slightly and am busy with rehabilitation, but I truly enjoy running & swimming as I feel these two movements give me space to push myself physically & mentally.

Do you follow any specific diet?If so, which one?

I cannot say I follow a specific diet; I am all about a great home cooked meal. I love creating food with loads of colours. I eat clean Mondays – Fridays avoiding meat & then on the weekends I love to spoil myself with a chicken roast, potatoes with everything, buddha bowls, biltong, pizza, burgers or a lovely homemade soup. One of my favourite places to eat at would be Fruits & Roots in Bryanston.

How does a typical day of eating look for you?

A typical day of eating for me would start with a hot cup of lemon water, followed by a coffee and then usually some fruit for me, sometimes even just a boiled potato with salt in the morning is delicious. Then lunch would be something homemade always, probably my most favourite meal of the day. A colourful veggie bowl with barley or wild rice or a full butternut with spinach or a chickpea curry. For a snack any fruit or rye crackers with hummus (also LOVE making my own) and then for dinner usually something hot in this weather so again a roast potato with some creamed spinach and plant powered protein veggie schnitzel from Woolworths and then a treat for me would some Vanilla Donut Whey protein from NPL & frozen banana to make a milkshake. 

What is your go-to healthy meal?

My go to healthy meal would be any kind of potato with some hummus on it. (if you did not notice I LOVE POTATOES) or an orange or mango.

How do you juggle personal life with being a yoga teacher?

I feel that my yoga career is a very social job. Often after rooftop Yoga sessions at Jacksons Real Food Market myself & some yogi friends will have a breakfast together. I also have a Friday night class usually in Parkhurst, Rooftops & afterwards we would go get pizza at the Jolly Rodger together. I feel my job gives me space to have a social life in-between all the classes. When I do a Switch class its like meeting up with all your friends at work, its great! If anything, COVID pandemic has made me realise how I love socializing and that it is such an important part of my job.

Do you have any big events coming up (personal or business) ?

At the moment no big events with work just my regular yoga schedule but a great class to join & its for FREE is our Wednesday evening classes, as they are fun and interactive. 

What is the biggest piece of advice you can give to someone wanting to start yoga?

My best advice for a new yogi would be do not be scared to push your boundaries. Yoga motivates us to dig deep and that can get uncomfortable mentally & physically. Be ready to challenge yourself, be ready to feel & be ready to understand. 

YAY or NAY- What does Paige say?

Plant based diet – NAY (only Monday’s – Friday’s, weekends are for cheating)

Daily Exercise – YAY 

Road Running – YAY

Meditation – YAY

Detox Plans – YAY (Intermitted fasting & juice cleanses)

Author: Logan Leigh Rix

Logan blends her passion and profession by working as a digital and social media marketer and content creator in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She’s also a personal trainer, former Face of Fitness finalist and Fitness Magazine featured athlete.

Logan blends her passion and profession by working as a digital and social media marketer and content creator in the fitness, health and wellness industry. She's also a personal trainer, former Face of Fitness finalist and Fitness Magazine featured athlete.

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