The practice of yoga is an ongoing thing – a lifelong process of learning that we feel privileged to share with our fellow yogis at Yoga 216. That’s why we started a regular post series to celebrate our practitioner’s progress and provide a platform to impart some of their innate wisdom at the same time. This week it’s over to Oriane Schwartzman, who will shortly be leaving us for a new life in Israel! Oriane took her first ever 216 class one year ago today, and since then she’s clocked up over 72 hours of mat time. We’ll miss you!
What has your yoga practice taught you and how has it changed over time?
My practice at Yoga 216 has taught me to listen to my body and to be OK with what it is asking me to do on a given day. My practice one day can be entirely different from the next day and there is no need to be discouraged by that.
What is your favorite pose and why?
My favorite pose is forearm stand into scorpion because it makes me feel incredibly strong and somewhat like a ninja (slightly joking here but it’s true).
What advice would you give someone who is curious about starting yoga?
The best thing about yoga, in my opinion, is how your body changes as your practice evolves. You are able to move and gain strength in a way that is completely different from other forms of exercise. It also requires that you focus entirely on the moment, again, in a way that is completely different from any other workout. Give it a try and see how it makes you feel!