If you missed last week’s post, “Yoga Every Day Challenge,” don’t forget to check it out, as we ended it with a brief interview with Natascha Zeller, the current yoga instructor at the exclusive BodyHoliday resort in St. Lucia. Those initial three questions were perfect to set the mood, and gave us an understanding of her passion for yoga, what inspired her to become a yoga instructor, what she loves most about yoga and how yoga has benefited her personality. We wanted to get closer and more personal to know more about her amazing story and her drive for yoga.
Here is the rest of the interview; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It is truly amazing meeting people that are a reflection of freedom, realness and pursuing what you want in life.
♡Natascha, have you always worked as a yoga instructor?
No, I actually have a background in dance, drama, and the performing arts. I then started working with British Airways and was working as a flight attendant for 16 years. It had many pros and cons, some of the pros were that I was able to visit so many wonderful countries worldwide, but the cons were that it interfered with my sleeping patterns, and added stress to my life. During those years at BA I started practicing yoga, and my life got so much better. I was then able to take my yoga mat with me everywhere and practice every time I had an opportunity. I then started teaching weekend retreats in 2015 in the Swiss Alps and I will actually head there soon again for another retreat!
♡How long have you been practicing yoga?
I have been practicing for most of my adult life, I have 24 years in this yoga world, and I have been teaching for 3 years now.
♡Do you consider someone as your mentor?
I believe we are made of many different people and experiences, but I consider Simon Low as my mentor. I am a graduate of his Yoga Academy and had the privilege of assisting him at the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong where I learned different techniques and also the history of yoga, philosophy, and a basic all around foundation. In Asia, I had the opportunity to meet teachers from all over the world and get a complete insight into yoga. Simon Low is the type of instructor that it is not confined to one yoga tradition, and has been teaching for more than 24 years. His story is incredible, as before he was in the music industry. To learn more about The Yoga Academy and Natascha´s teacher’s training, which the British Wheel of Yoga recognizes, visit the link HERE.
♡What is your favourite type of yoga to practice?
I enjoy Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Yoga the most. Vinyasa Yoga, reminds me of dancing, it inspires me, and creating a vinyasa class just makes me work harder on my creativity side. Vinyasa is taught sometimes with music, so it’s an opportunity to teach coordination while incorporating movement and breath and working with a correct alignment and breathing technique. It gives me that “Inner calm and silent strength.” Restorative Yoga is just wonderful because it helps people who have had injuries and it is really good for people who practice sports. In this type of yoga you stay in the posture for longer and some of the benefits is that it helps lengthen tired muscles while stretching and relaxing.
♡What is the best part about being a yoga instructor?
The best part about being a yoga instructor is the physical practice that comes with the philosophical aspect. Yoga is not only physical; it is a combination of work of the mind, body, and breath in harmony. Yoga can be a way of life. It teaches you about life balance, and the importance of “ahimsa” which is not harming anyone and yourself. For example being critical of ourselves or hurting others with truth that can be told in a different way.
♡Is there something else that you would want to share with us?
I would deeply recommend the following book if you are new to yoga and want to learn and understand more about it. It is called “The Heart of Yoga” and is by T.K.V Desikachar.
I want to end this interview with a few thoughts- Yoga is really all about giving ourselves the opportunity to find balance. Yoga gives you the tools as a person to be better every day and that’s what I love about it. The whole point of yoga is to prepare our body for meditation and gives us the opportunity to find body, mind, and spiritual balance.
About Zeller Yoga
Zeller Yoga, is Natascha’s website where she shares her class schedules, retreats, and has the section “Yana´s monthly blog” where her student Yana shares tips, recommendations and some insight about yoga practice, and topics such as core strength, wrist pain, and some asanas of the month.
Facebook: Zeller Yoga