Meet Elodie one of our many top yoga instructors. Find out how she stays motivated and from where she draws her inspiration.
How do you inspire your clients?
I try to find what makes them tick. It is different for everyone: it could be stress reduction, wanting to touch their toes, or nailing a certain arm balance. Once a client catches the yoga bug, it is easy to keep up the practice as it never ends, there is always a next step, a next progression, and the thought of that progress is motivation in itself! It is all about showing a client that they are capable of so much more than they first anticipated.
What is your biggest client success story?
There are a few! One of my biggest joys was getting a forty year old tour manager hooked on yoga! He had never stepped on a mat before, and it became his main form of training. From complete yoga novice to balancing on his forearms in under a year. He now has his own mat to take on tour with him, and is even considering going to a yoga retreat. I have also had yogi students coming off IBS and asthma medication after making yoga a regular practice… who would not want that?!
[image credit: Simon Clark]
What was the last obstacle you had to overcome and how?
It is coming soon! I have just been invited to demonstrate for an outdoor yoga event with 1000 people on the mat in September! Argh! Such an amazing and exciting opportunity. It will be about focusing on the breath and bringing it back to my two feet on the ground, letting go of any judgement of my practice… nerve racking!
Where do you like to have fun in London?
London is such an amazing city. There is so much to do. I am a big fan of the Hayward Gallery and the delicious food offerings at the market behind it. At night, I do love a good party, and you will often find me in Peckham pulling the best shapes in my repertoire.
[image credit: Simon Clark]
What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow?
For design and fashion (got to feed the eyes as well as the body!) @teklan and @thesartorialist
And for the yoga @meghancurrieyoga for her beautiful moves
Best piece of advice?
I guess the best advice from various teachers has been to keep up my own practice. When an instructor teaches ‘from memory’ it is so obvious, and it is teaching from my daily experience on the mat that allows me to help students go further with honesty.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
As I mentioned, I am stubborn. So if I can’t do something, I will try extremely hard to get there. More often than not, that comes with a lot of practice, a lot of hours on the mat and a lot of sweat. If I’m tired, maybe I will do something much more restorative and nurturing, so that I can be more available, more present… but that is easy because I love what I do!
Follow Elodie on Instagram, @elodie_movingdynamics, for all of your yoga inspiration.