This week, KFit sits down with one of our yoga teachers from Organica Lifestyle yoga studio in Lucky Gardens, Bangsar, to get to know her a little better. After a personalised one-on-one Ashtanga Vinyasa session, Nurul Huda Ameran shares her experience of being a yoga teacher.
Namaste. Huda, how long have you been doing yoga?
I started doing yoga 10 years ago in a gym in KL. But I was travelling quite a lot for about 6 years before really going deeper into yoga. I only started doing Ashtanga as a core practice 5 years ago. Now, I do Ashtanga 6 times a week, which follows the traditional Ashtanga yoga practice.
How did you get into yoga in the first place?
I have always been an active person. I went to the gym regularly. So when they started offering yoga classes back then, I tried out of curiosity and I liked it. Later on, I did my own research into yoga and discovered my path.
Why did you choose Ashtanga?
When I first tried Ashtanga, it looked like fun. But when I went deeper into it, I found that there was meaning in doing it. It is a way of life. I met my teacher who was very dedicated to yoga and I experienced changes in my body and behaviour. Yoga became a tool for me to live.
In Ashtanga, there are 3 main focuses – breathing, gaze and posture. For the more challenging poses, I had to train my mind to be at ease. In the same way, when I face challenges in life, I also have to train my mind to be steady, calm and positive.
After a while, people around me like my family and close friends began to see the changes in me and said I was more relaxed. I was also able to tone down my anger a lot.
Which is your favourite pose?
I love sun salutations. It is simple to do and it awakens the cardiovascular system. It can also be done anywhere.
What advice can you give to those who want to try Ashtanga yoga?
The first thing is to find a teacher you can resonate with and once you find that teacher, stick with him or her. Teachers are able to help you with getting to know your body. You can practice yoga at home but it is always good to have another set of eyes to watch your positions on the mat.