1. How has Yoga changed your life?
In so many ways! One of the most important ways is that thanks to yoga, I listen much more closely to my heart’s desire and can find the courage to actually follow that desire much easier and quicker then I used to.
Yoga also helped me to move through grief, it helps me to connect with others on a deeper level and it helps me to take care of myself in a loving way. It’s also thanks to yoga that nowadays I get to travel the world and share my love for the practice with many amazing humans. I feel thankful for that.
2. With your immense experience in teaching, what valuable lessons have you learnt and how have the challenges shaped you on a personal level?
I started teaching more than twelve years ago, as I wanted to share the lessons yoga taught me after my mother passed away. Of course, since then, life has offered me many more challenges to breathe through and to learn from. Each of them has shaped me in a different way and they all taught me valuable lessons. The challenges I met along the way have only deepened my understanding of yoga. It’s because of this I feel more love and compassion towards myself and others. One of the core lessons I’ve learned and infuse my teachings with, is that truly loving yourself is so incredibly important – not only when you’re facing challenges, but every single second of your life. It’s only through loving yourself that you find a way to set healthy boundaries, take good care of yourself and learn how to follow your heart.
3. What attracts you to lead a yoga retreat in Bali?
I did one of my teacher trainings in Bali many years ago, and fell in love with the island and it’s natural beauty, amazing food, culture and people. I’m beyond grateful and excited that I was asked to return to the island this year to lead a wonderful retreat – I can’t wait to set my feet on Balinese soil again!
4. Who should join your retreat?
My retreat is the perfect fit for you if you’re longing for a time to restore, to nourish yourself deeply, to connect with yourself, to move through and to let go of patterns, to open up to transformation, and to enjoy all of the deliciousness that will be offered to you – from a purification ritual, massage, and amazing food to practicing yoga on one of the most beautiful spots of this planet.
5. What is your favorite pose and why?
That’s a tough question to answer, as it changes all the time. Whenever I practice, I listen in to what my body needs in that moment, instead of letting my mind figure out which poses to choose. Because of this, my practice never looks or feels the same, and I don’t have just one favorite pose. That said, today my favorite pose is bridge pose. I’m spending a lot of time on my laptop filing my taxes and answering emails today, and this pose helps me to ground, it opens my chest, it allows me to breathe deeply and it relaxes the muscles in my neck and shoulders.
6. What are your tips to beginner Yogis?
Let go of your thoughts of what yoga is and how yoga should look. Allow yourself to feel awkward, that first time you step on your mat. And then, keep coming. Find a teacher and a style of yoga that suits you – which is one that helps you to feel at home in your body and connected to yourself and others.
Irina will be leading the Self-care & Self-love retreat – Exclusively for Women on 7-13 July 2019.
When Irina stepped on the mat for the very first time many years ago, she knew she had found her path. She fell in love with the practice and it quickly became her way of life. That was when she also realised that she wanted to share this love for yoga with others.
She traveled the world to study with amazing teachers and completed several in-depth teacher trainings in hatha, vinyasa, Anusara, restorative and yin yoga. Read more about Irina Verwer