Spotlight on … Omar Baluch
by Omar Baluch
Why did you become a yoga/pilates instructor?
My main goal when I took my 1st 200hour TT was to deepen my practice and my understanding of Yoga. With my practice evolving and following the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method and seeing how it had healed my body I decided take John Scotts teacher training so I could pass on more knowledge to my students and share my experiences from the practice.
What is your favourite pose/exercise?
I don’t really have a favourite pose. I enjoy the sequence of the primary series. I love how doing the sequence regularly I can see my practice change and my body open. I do use other poses at home to work on areas away from my Ashtanga practice. Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero) is a particular favourite. Eka Pada Rajakpotasana (Half Pigeon) is another:)
Which classes do you teach at RHY?
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Primary Series led & assisted self practice (Mysore).
How long have you been an instructor?
I qualified as a Yoga teacher November 2013 and completed Teacher Training with John Scott May 2016. I’ve been a personal trainer since 2000.
What is your go to snack after your practise?
I don’t really like to snack after practice. Glass of water or maybe coconut water.
How do you motivate yourself to get on your mat?
Knowing that my practice helps me learn about my body and experience many difficulties like attaining certain postures, overcoming injuries hopefully will help to make me a better teacher, and that motivates me when I don’t feel like practicing.
Top tip for Downward Dog?
Physically there is so much going on in Down Dog to highlight one thing. Start with the breath.
What would your advice be to beginners?
Commit to a regular practice and be patient.
What else do you do in your spare time?
Walk my dog, read books, support West Ham!!
Where is your favourite travel destination?
I love South East Asia. I’ve visited Thailand many times. Laos & Cambodia are both beautiful but I absolutely love Vietnam! The history and culture, the food and the people! Amazing place.