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"Strong Is The New Skinny"


Since high school, different types of sports such as skiing, soccer and rock climbing had been the only constant in my life, but it was not until after I started university, that I was introduced to yoga. My first impression was that yoga is too slow for me. My mind would constantly wander around, when I was keeping my warriors. I thought “yoga is not for me; I am made for a sport where I can run, jump and compete”. Thismindset stayed with me until I started injuring myself in different sports.
At around the same time, my work became more stressful and I had to sit for several hours behind the computer. On the physical side, I started feeling pain and discomfort in my knees, shoulders and lower back and the mental side, I was stressed, anxious and tense.

My brother suggested, that I start yoga, and I thought to give it another try. For the first few classes, I was struggling calming myself down and controlling my mind to stay with me on the mat. To my surprise, I started liking the challenge: the challenge of keeping the poses for a few breaths and paying attention to my breathing, the challenge of mindfully working on the strength and flexibility of my muscles to get my body into poses, that I could never imagine possible.
And something wonderful happened: I started loving yoga.

On the physical side, the pain in my lower back, shoulders and knees disappeared; On the mental side, I gained the strength to better manage my stressful work. I slept better at night, and felt rejuvenated; alive and happy.

For several years, yoga practice became the most important part of my daily routine. In 2016, I decided to share what I had learned about yoga with the rest of the world, so I obtained my YRT200 certification and became a Yoga teacher.

In my classes, I focus more on strength and mobility aspects of yoga to improve coordination and prepare muscles for functional daily movements. Having the right posture and strong and flexible muscles are important to stabilize the joints and minimize the risk of injury in our daily activities.
I help my students build the muscle memory, strength, flexibility and mobility that is required for their practice on the mat and their life beyond the mat.
Azadeh teaches Align & Flow on Saturday, 9:30 AM.