I was at my lovely friend Fiona’s house and she had a book on her coffee table called “Yoga for Real Life” by Maya Fiennes. The title intrigued me so I started to flick through it and I ended up reading the whole thing cover to cover that day. I really liked the sound of what it offered – “more energy, more creativity, more fun and real peace.” I immediately went out and bought my own copy and started following the exercises in the book and I haven’t looked back.
My life was rather stressful at the time and I was amazed at how peaceful my first session made me feel – it was this glimpse of a more calmer and peaceful me that kept me coming back to the mat as I wanted to feel like that again and for it to last longer each time.
I have been practising YFRL myself regularly since 2010. I really wanted to attend a class in Newcastle but I couldn’t find anywhere that taught this kind of yoga. I ended up attending one of Maya’s retreats in Spain in 2013 which led to me doing my teacher training with her in 2015.
YFRL has changed my life immeasurably for the better and I truly believe that anyone can benefit from it. My hope is that others come to love YFRL as much as I do.