VIRABHADRASANA BY ISABELLE RIVOIRE-GRANGE

Art director, Designer, Paris

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Isabelle Rivoire-Grange VIRABADRASANA C Vianney

I’m not sure I would have been interested in practicing yoga if I did not meet Caroline. Yes, I mean that special Caro behind this very website:)

We started to talk about her practice. She was so passionate, and I was very curious, so she initiated me. It took me about a week to recover from the sore muscles but I was enchanted and started to practice at home –I also attend classes from time to time–, mostly Ashtanga. I don’t think I could practice everyday. I do it randomly but it brings me a lot.

Yoga is the best way to balance the body and the mind. When you exercise often, which is my case, you need to both strengthen AND to stretch the muscles. Ashtanga is all about that.

Meditation is not the part I like the most, so I always make it as short as possible. But still, the breathing during the sequences is a meditation in itself, and the benefits are very powerful on the mood.

Also, there is one effect I did not expect. And this is probably because yoga brings more body awareness, I became less clumsy. It really makes a difference. All my movements are more precise, not only when I exercise but also in my everyday life. Even on my bike, I think I am more accurate, sharper and nimble.

The warrior pose is perfect for me because it both stretches and works the legs out. It’s funny that some of my friends call me a warrior as a joke (triathlon at a low level is not that big a deal, folks:) ). I like this picture a lot, even though the pose is far from perfect. So, as my dear Caroline taught me, « practice, practice, practice, and all is coming ». It might take a little time but I’m sure I’ll manage some time, and I’m very happy with what I’ve done so far anyway!

Picture by my dear and talented friend Vianney