First Yoga Class In Nevis After Meeting Instructor On The Beach [new post]
I have been trying to be superwoman and have been neglecting my personal wellbeing so much that I wasn’t able to sleep through the night for nearly two weeks. As an advocate of divine intervention, it was intentional that when I decided to have some alone time on Oualie beach one afternoon, I met Amma a qualified Iyengar yoga instructor in Nevis, who is also originally from England. This was my first yoga class in Nevis.
Irregular sleeping pattern
My sleeping pattern was very irregular because I have a lot on my mind. I am slowly developing a business brand, starting a homework club, and maintaining Melanin Mind & Soul. I was starting to feel tense, and needed to stretch and release some energy. Ultimately I wanted to refocus and set my intentions for the near future.
Iyengar yoga, outside Bath Hotel
I’m not completely new to yoga. I found yoga relaxing and fun with Sanchia from YOGA HOOD in London. The YOGA HOOD classes, stretch the practice to a new limit (pun intended). The playlist is not raindrops and waterfalls, you move and bend to Erykah Badu, Sade, or Solange (you can read more in my previous post). Being mindful of your wellbeing is important for personal growth, especially with mental health and other health related diseases being so high in black people.
We practised yoga outside the now condemned Bath Hotel, overlooking Nevis peak to the east and the sister island of Saint Kitts to the north. Practising yoga on an island, overlooking another island, with clear blue skies, as the sun sets – is even more relaxing than in a studio with dope music.
Being outside, in the open air, I was able to refocus on my gratitude for my life and its purpose. Although, it feels overwhelming with all of the things that I want to do, I’m truly grateful for where I am in my life. Prior to coming to Nevis for a break, my mind was so cloudy that I didn’t know what, or when I would find happiness again. However, by making the decision to remove the things from my life that were making me unhappy. This led me to the inner peace that I have now (blog post: The Pursuit of Happpyness).
Amma’s class delivered its promise. I was able to enjoy stretching to revitalise and rejuvenate my mind and body. The discomfort from the tension that I was storing up, was stretched away and my body felt healed. Now I can continue to work on my master plan with a clearer mind.
Amma, is originally from England and has Nevisian heritage. Amma has been a qualified Iyengar yoga instructor since 2002. With a background as a health professional, Amma is knowledgeable about health issues and has the experience of yoga to assist with healing through regular and consistent practice.
I attended the hour long class on a Wednesday evening class as it was more convenient for me than the class on Fridays. I was able to stretch away and release some tension from my overactive brain. As the class was small, she was able to assist with readjusting our poses to make sure we were getting the most out of the practice. There are two weekly classes which are $25 EC per session. Contact Amma on 869-661-1548 for further information.
Was it worth it?
I felt refreshed, relaxed and lighter after my first yoga class in Nevis. Current had gone early that afternoon in my parish. Hours later, when I returned home from yoga in the early evening – still no current. People in my area lime at X Petrol when the current is off. The convenience store has a generator, which for me equals wifi. However, after the class, I was in a positive zone where I wanted to be alone. Instead of liming, I showered, relaxed in the darkness and continued to re-read Chris Gardner’s biography, The Pursuit of Happyness. electronically. Finally, I had a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep and have no idea what time the current was restored. As a result of relieving tension, at 5:30 the next morning, I went running. This was my first run since the Nevis 5k race was cancelled because of Hurricane Irma in September.
Do you practice yoga? If so, what outcomes do you get out of it?
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