03Dec Yoga Story: Hajar
December Yoga Story: Hajar!
1. What first brought you to yoga?
I’ve been a yoga student on and off for about 20 years but never immersed myself in the practice. I love the practice but would drop into classes every once in a while to learn the positions. I have a hand out with the salutation to the sun and would do that at home occasionally.
Came to San Diego to visit my son and saw the studio. I did the two week special and am really appreciative of it because not only did it work with my time frame but also for making yoga affordable.
2. What do you love most about yoga?
As we went through the practice, the part that resonated really well with me was the talk about dualities, the left and right, the male and female. Bringing awareness to my right side, which I realized is off balanced.
One of the things I was most looking for out the classes was the focus on the breathing. I loved how the POTH teachers brought the guided breathing and mantras into practice. I loved all the instructions, they all seemed to be there to be of service. They didn’t have all the expectations, they helped in any way they could to get you into the poses and to make you feel comfortable.
3. What is your favorite pose and why?
I’m a practicing Muslim and as part of my faith, we pray/meditate 5 times a day. I love that a vinyasa flow, correspond with the positions of my prayers. I’m able to incorporate what I learned on my yoga mat and take it into my prayer by combining breath with movement. Also, I love how some poses felt like I was flying, overall, I just love all the poses.
4. What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
I just have a new found love for the art of yoga. At 62, I want to keep in shape and I want to stay healthy. Yoga is my style of keeping in shape mentally and physically. I pinned my picture of the Sun salutation on the wall and am now on the hunt for other yoga materials. I’m a massage therapist by trade, so as I’m doing my massages, I incorporate the asanas into my stance. I’m thinking of putting together a class that combines yoga and the breath work as a technique to give massage.
5. Feel free to share anything else if you like.
I run a nonprofit organization called YES, Inc. I lived in West Africa for few years to learn the culture and was shocked to see that so many people walk around on the hot, sandy roads barefoot. That image has stuck with me and gave me the inspiration to start our organization, which collects new or gently used shoes and sends them to West Africa. Please look us up at: www.yesshoesinc.org