INTERVIEW WITH: ALISON LLOYD-NIJJAR
Can you tell us about your background?
I have a background in nutrition. In 2000 I found yoga while in university and have been hooked ever since. Over the years I ventured out of the yoga works to learn other forms of movement, one being pilates. I love movement and learning about myself through it.
What brought you to yoga?
Like most, stress and body discomfort brought me to yoga. From the very first class I knew i had to practice yoga to help stay healthy.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Yoga moved me and changed me so profoundly that I felt a calling to share it back to others.
What do you love most about teaching?
Helping others to be moved and healed through a conscious practice.
What is your favorite pose?
Cobra pose! Modern life causes us to slouch so much that upper back extensions like cobra are needed to realign the body.
What should students expect from you?
In pilates expect to tune into your body, work hard and mindfully. In yoga, expect to unwind your body and mind through intelligent, flowing and feel good sequences.
What do you want your students to take away from your teachings?
To know that real changes and shifts can happen through conscious movement. Our bodies are fascinating. Become curious.
Proudest yoga moment?
I don't think there's one moment that stands out from the rest. I get completely uplifted by my students' energy and self inquiry in every class. That makes me proud all the time.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?
After having my third child I returned to teaching. Getting back into it was rough since I was so sleep deprived. Once during this time I taught alternate nostril breathing while mirroring my class. The left/ right cues without a rested brain were a total disaster.
Paraphrasing: "You have to go through the breakdown to make the breakthrough." I love this. We are constantly evolving and challenges may break you down but how to you use them as a platform to spring forth with more strength and resiliency.
What is your advice for new yoga students?
Give yourself time to learn! Yoga is not a quick fix. It is a lifelong friend and teacher. Let it evolve. Let it evolve you.