#TeamRHY Yoga Teacher Interview: Vivien Skuodas

by Vivien Skuodas

What is your main tip for new trainees starting their teacher training?

Try not to panic and just accept that you know relatively little. Set yourself small, bitesize goals with your study. Don’t try and read the Bhagavad Gita in one sitting. These are books that will stay with you for the rest of your life, so there’s no need to feel that everything has to be learnt in a short time. Approach teacher training as the beginning of a journey, not the destination.

How has teaching affected your personal practice?

I cannot transmit something I don’t have. I don’t practice every day but Yoga is rooted firmly in my life as one of the branches. Teaching has made me continue to explore, change, learn new things and realize that I know practically nothing at all

What would you say to someone who has never tried yoga before?

Unless there’s a severe medical condition stopping you having a go, have a go. What’s the worst that could happen?

Where would a cool place to do yoga be?

Always fantastic pracitsing on a beach. Something about the air/water/sky combo that makes one feel very insignificant. Great for getting a bit of perspective on everything.

How would you describe your Teaching Style?

Physically strong, humorous, knowledgable and encouraging. I don’t take myself seriously at all.

Which is your favourite/least favourite yoga pose?

Love arm balances. Koundinyasana, parsva bakasana, astavrkasana. I have a love of trikonasana. I literally feel my back unwind and release.

Least favourite – broken toe pose from Ashtanga. PAINFUL

What is a good tip you like to offer your students to help them get into this pose?

Well I think Patthabi jois said it really. ‘Practice, practice and all is coming’. However, practice the right things for your body and hone in on areas you would like to develop.

Above all, bloody well enjoy the journey and meet yourself on the mat.

Oh and one final thing

BREATHE !

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