I just LOVE to practice yoga in Cyprus.
Tripod Headstand - Sirsasana II
Cyprus is the perfect place to indulge in yoga, whether at home on the roof terrace with your own yoga mat (yes that's me in the picture opposite) or at one of the many classes available on the island, including right here in Polis.
I discovered yoga 18 years ago, having been introduced to a wonderful teacher called Nausika by a close friend. I became hooked almost instantly and, after 9 years of practice I embarked on a super intensive training programme with Frog Lotus International in Spain, back in 2014. I'm now a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced yoga teacher with over 2000 hours of teaching experience.
Want to try Yoga?: I'm a certified Yoga Alliance hatha and vinyasa flow yoga teacher and I'm passionate about showing you how yoga is not just about a physical practice, but a whole way of life. Let me show you how you can safely practice yoga at any age and in doing so, change your life. For more information, check out my yoga website Not Just Yoga.com. Plus see my Yoga in Cyprus Facebook page for my latest class schedule at the studio in Polis Chrysochous.
As a yoga addict, I've purchased many yoga books over the years, including every teacher's yoga Bible - B.K Iyengar's Light on Yoga.
Another essential yoga book for both students and teachers alike is the fabulous Functional Anatomy of Yoga by David Keil.
If the thought of reading about anatomy leaves you cold, don't worry as this book just uses anatomy to tell you how your body "works" so you can understand how to practice yoga better.
If you like to practice to music, it can be hard finding the right kind of yoga music. I personally love the haunting uplifting style of Indian chanting music that is perfect for both yoga practice and meditation.My favourite yoga music artists are Deva Premal, Ben Leinbach, Manose and Jai Uttal. I highly recommend listening to them and other yoga artists on a streaming service like Amazon Music or Spotify. Saves so much money versus buying a CD!
The mild all year round climate in Cyprus means that asanas can be practiced outdoors at almost any time of day, except perhaps in the summer months when the extreme heat favours early morning or late evening yoga in Cyprus practice.
Classes and excellent experienced teachers can be found all over the island (see below) together with a variety of different types of yoga from hatha to iyengar and ashtanga vinyasa flow yoga. There are also opportunities to book week long yoga retreats in some stunning locations on the island.
NEWS: I'm excited to share with you that I'm now a Yoga Alliance Professionals certified yoga teacher, having completed an intensive teacher training programme in Spain 9 years ago in June 2014. The experience completely changed my life and I love to share what I have learned, both spiritual and practical, teaching yoga here in Polis and the Paphos area.
I offer a playful yet highly safe and SLOW vinyasa flow style of yoga suitable for all levels, plus I trained in therapeutic somatic yoga over the pandemic. I now offer both group and with private yoga therapy sessions plus occasional yoga workshops in a variety of beautiful locations...like the one below.
Yoga workshop in Cyprus nature
After 9 years of teaching, I continue to learn every day through my own practice abd also from working with my students to see how their own practice evolves. I still relish getting my yoga mat out to deepen my practice every day and, talking about yoga mats, if you are as hooked on yoga as me,the best advice I can give you is this...
Tip: Invest in a top quality NON-SLIP yoga mat, perfect for hard floors or tiles like we have in Cyprus. It makes a HUGE difference to your practice. I bought my 6.5mm thick eco-friendly Manduka mat from Amazon and I love doing my yoga in Cyprus on it! It is also guaranteed for LIFE, so worth the extra cost. I have the Manduka PRO mat which is quite heavy at 6.5mm thick, but that means it supports you totally and does not blow away in the wind!
For me personally, yoga in Cyprus calms the busy mind and keeps muscles flexible while offering a serene, holistic form of exercise, especially when combined with meditation.
Once correct breathing or pranayama, as it is known, is mastered, the yoga student can start to experience the feeling of asanas at both a physical and mental level. It took me a few months to master the breathing, but once you do, you will feel like you're pulsating with energy as you practice and you can move deeper and deeper into a pose with each deep breath.
Forearm Balance - Pinchamayurasana
Yoga in Cyprus is also a great form of stretching and for me as a cyclist, it's especially good for active sports like cycling where certain muscles like hamstrings are not well used. It's also a great way to make new friends if you have just moved to the island!
Don't worry if you are a beginner as there are classes for all levels from novice right up to advanced and some teachers offer special yoga workshops to help advance your yoga technique even further.
Whether you are an outdoor activity junkie or just someone who wants to keep their body fit and healthy and ward off the inevitable stiffness of ageing joints, give yoga in Cyprus a go.
You might also discover a whole new meaning to life if you decide to study yogic lifestyle and yoga philosophy in more depth. Learn to re-awaken your spine that may have become compressed through years of sitting at a computer, driving a car or sitting watching the TV - all through the beautful practice of yoga.
If you're looking for a yoga teacher in Cyprus, I humbly offer my services to you:
Helen's Not Just Yoga Vinyasa Flow and Gentle Therapeutic Somatic Yoga - Based near Polis, I gained my Yoga Alliance certified RYT 200 certificate to teach yoga in 2014 and I am super excited to share the joy of yoga, both spiritual AND practical. After 2000 hours teaching I am now a Yoga Alliance Experienced teacher so you can be sure you are safe hands.
If you would like to discover how yoga can put complete balance back into your life, awaken your spine and give you amazing strength and flexibility, both physical and mental, contact me on Tel: +357 99350898 or e-mail me via my business website at Not Just Yoga
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