Yoga and wine may seem like a stretch to some people but for us at Vineful we love a mindful practise followed by a drop of mindful wine.
To celebrate International Day of Yoga, we chatted to our friend and yoga instructor Aimee Pascov from The Space Studio, to chat all things yoga, from her favourite poses to life returning to normal after lockdown. Namaste 🙏
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I started practising yoga around 10 years ago, it had such a positive impact on my life and continues to today. Any anger or sadness you carry or self doubts that you have about yourself can be healed by this practice. It gives you the most amazing internal strength and light. I became a teacher so I could share all the incredible benefits with as many people as possible.
Do you have a go-to practice or favourite yoga pose?
I love heart openers like Wildthing (camatkarasana) and Wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) that feel like full-body heart explosions! Also playing with arm balances is super fun, Flying pigeon (Galavasana) is my favourite!
Wild Thing Pose. Image: Canva
Where is your favourite place to practise yoga?
My favourite place to practice is either in the studio - the energy of everyone moving and breathing together is such a joyful experience - or somewhere outdoors either by the water or in the bush, being able to hear the sounds of nature adds another element.
What would you say to someone who is hesitant to give yoga a go?
For someone new or hesitant to trying yoga, I’d encourage them to practice with a few different teachers in a few different places as there will undoubtedly be someone you’ll find that connection with and you’ll never look back. There are so many different types of yoga and teachers out there it’s just about finding the best fit for you.
What are the main benefits of yoga in your experience?
The mindfulness aspect of the practice is by far the most life-changing. Just being able to slow down and switch off from all the noise, to reconnect with your feelings and emotions is so powerful. It’s a moving meditation that gets you into your body and out of your head. Of course, the physical benefits that build strength and help with your flexibility and mobility are wonderful also, but at its core yoga isn’t a workout but a work in.
Did you continue teaching during the lockdown?
I was incredibly grateful to still be able to teach during the lockdown period and keep that connection to my students sharing what I love and to still be of service knowing that I was helping people get through a pretty tough time.
Do you think virtual classes will continue?
Yes, I believe that virtual yoga is here to stay, it was wonderful to still be able to connect to everyone during the lockdown. Whilst it can’t replace the energy of being in the studio at least those who can’t make it in don’t miss out! It definitely requires a strong level of motivation and discipline so has its own positives.
Do you think yoga and mindful wine work together?
I think the pairing of mindful wine and yoga is a fantastic combination and have witnessed first hand the love people have for such events. I think quite simply these events bring everyone together in a fun social environment where you can let your hair down and relax, they definitely leave you feeling energised!
What’s your favourite wine?
Red is my favourite I normally go for a Malbec or a Pinot Noir!