For me, one of the great things with yoga is that you can start with it just as you are. There is no need to prepare in any way. A teacher I had many years ago often said in her classes that “we all come to yoga for different reasons”. Which is so true!


I signed up for yoga classes because I knew someone who had started and who, within a few months, changed from always seeming stressed to becoming more relaxed, and happier. I felt intrigued, I wanted to get to that place too.


My first teacher had practiced yoga for 40 years. She was in her late sixties, and everyone else in the room much older than me. The thing is, I had no chance of moving like they were moving. I quickly decided this was something that would be good for me.


Practicing yoga gives me a lot of joy and energy. Today, I feel free in how I move, I feel more connected and aware, and I am kinder to myself. Learning about the breath has been so good – knowing that the breath is always here for me. No matter how I feel or what situation I am in, by connecting with the breath I can get back, again and again, to this place of calmness and stillness within. It’s pretty cool!

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.