June ‘15
Insight Interview

June ‘15
Carol Toutoungui
Carol Toutoungui


    


What originally drew you to yoga?

Yoga for me is an experience that keeps me grounded heals in difficult times and brings so much happiness to my heart! Getting on my mat disconnects me from anything going on with life and helps me reach a deeper level. It is a journey with so many beautiful surprises you discover with practice. I started meditation few years ago after that I started practicing yoga and went to Ecuador where I got my training.


Do you think that yoga is a spiritual or empowering experience?


Please describe few of the different yoga practices and their benefits.

There are so many different types of yoga like Hatha, Ashtanga, Moksha , Sivananda , Vinyasa etc'¦ Each type has a different teaching style but they all carry the benefits of yoga on the mental and physical states. Yoga creates balance between strength and flexibility, and it works so differently with everyone. It helps people with stress, anxiety, insomnia, communication and relationships problems. Yoga is open to any age and body type even people with physical problems like discs, scoliosis, back and neck pain can practice yoga.


What tools do you think are essential for starting a yoga practice?

I believe that each one should come to a yoga class with an open heart and let practice take them to a deeper connection on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.


In a class full of people with wildly different aims, how do you strive to keep everyone engaged and motivated?

I care to communicate directly with each student, as there are always students with different practice levels in the same class. I offer the modification of each pose for beginners so everyone can enjoy the same posture according to their capabilities.


What should students except in a yoga class.

Some classes are dynamic like Vinyasa Flow and power. Other classes are more relaxing like Restorative Yoga and some focus on self-awareness, stress relief like Yoga Nidra, meditation and Pranayama.


Which qualities should someone look for in a yoga teacher?

I believe that a yoga teacher should be aware of each student's capabilities in terms of strength and flexibility while paying attention to each student's alignment to help them with the right adjustments. The energy a teacher brings to class is very important to keep everyone engaged with no competitiveness and keeping the class fun at the same time.


As a yoga teacher, how do you benefit from social media to reach out to people?

I share some tips on how to do a pose, tips on alignments, and useful articles on nutrition and healthy habits. I also share coming events, retreats and my weekly Yoga schedule.


If you could do only one pose from now on, what would it be?

Headstand ?? No no Savasana.


By Roulla Soussou