Connie Villegas Eastside Yoga and Pilates Adelaide

Our Teacher Connie Villegas

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What’s your favourite Asana pose?

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana):

Downward Facing Dog is quintessential power yoga pose in that it engages your whole being. It calms your nervous system and works on overall flexible strength. It decompressed your spine, tones and strengthens your arms, open the arches of your feet, sculpts and lengthens your thighs, and is an amazing shoulder-opener. The entire backside of your body is awakened, engaged, and set free. It is a inverversion element to it , so you turn your world upside down, shifting your biochemistry. I will often use Downward Facing Dog as a more active home base during my classes and in my own personal practice , because Isi is both dynamic and restful at the same time.

Spiritual Focus:

Small children aren’t posing or posturing. They are just being. You can always tell when someone is posturing in a yoga pose. Just let yourself be natural. Naturalness start with a willingness to come out from behind the mask: posturing less, letting go more, and just letting the light shine through us. This light is an invisible force that reaps visible results, ultimately allowing us to shine!

How would you describe your teaching style ?

The Sanskrit word Vinyasa is derived from nyasa, meaning “to place” and vi, meaning “in a special way”. This indicates that we are not “throwing our bodies around” but are bringing consciousness to each movement in each moment”

Each pose flows right into the next. Your are synergistically taking your body through multiple motions, angles, and planes, and channeling all of your energy into one synchronised symphony. It is a beautiful melding of fluis and flexible strength, mental focus, deep breathing and stability in motion . Flow is the absence of resistance. When you bring flow into your practice, you let go into movements and create a liquid quality that inspires deep release. Flow encourages meditation in motion. When you ride the flow like a wave, it moves you out of your head and into your body and the present moment. On the most basic level, flow creates dynamic energy that keeps your internal heat up and your heart pumping steadily. This brings the cardiovascular element into your practice, which facilitates weight loss and an overall increase in health !

What got you into yoga?

My yoga journey started in 2011, when a friend invited me to a yoga class. At the time, I did not know what yoga was about but my curiosity got the better of me. From that moment on, yoga became an integral part of my life. Yoga led me on a journey to discovering and getting to truly know my body. Little by little I started to feel a connection with the universe. This connection began to fill my heart and has changed my life remarkably including my perspective of this chaotic world we live in.

After 6 years on this yogic journey, I decided to do my first Teacher Training. I remember the first class I taught, I was so nervous but it did not take long for my nerves and fears to wash away. I felt my body and mind truly unite for the first time, living, breathing and enjoying the present moment. I felt a connection that was not just to myself but which I also shared with the students. This is an experience that I love and feel every time I share my passion for yoga with students and this is the reason why I teach Yoga.

Yoga for me is a passion that makes me feel alive! The mere fact that I am able to help or just guide people in their daily practice fills me with joy. If I can reach their hearts with yoga philosophy, I feel so grateful that the universe has led me to live this path of Yoga.