Wellness is a state of mind. More precisely, being able to focus and still the mind, to enable it to affect other aspects of being. The mind is a seed, a tool, a beast—seeking to be nurtured, moulded, and tamed.
This very philosophy can be seen in the practice of yoga. According to Janya Aiemcharoon, who heads Nok Yoga in Pattaya, yoga is about the mind and body. We create awareness of the body by focusing the mind on our heartbeat, breathing, and movement. To her, wellness is about being able to use your body to do whatever you want.
Yoga fly, quite literally, takes the practice of yoga to a whole new level. By making use of gravity, yoga fly combines traditional yoga with aerial acrobatics, rhythmic gymnastics, pilates and even dance. Practitioners hang from a hammock, which gives them greater freedom of movement but at the same time demands greater control of the body in terms of balance and coordination.
At Nok Yoga, students have fun while practising yoga fly. Chusee Heinkel, who is an office worker, started learning yoga six years ago because of the neck pain caused by her work. She says, “Yoga has helped me tremendously. It improves blood circulation, helps me focus, and makes me feel young again.” In fact, Chusee found the benefits of yoga so enticing that she was practising it until just one week before she gave birth to twins.“During the pregnancy, yoga helped me prevent cramps, back pain, and also improved my mood,” she adds.
For Nok Yoga founder Janya Aiemcharoon, who has been teaching yoga at the studio for 15 years, yoga has helped her with her very own injuries that she had sustained from playing basketball. Having been in the sports business for 30 years, the 54 year-old teacher takes immense pride in seeing her students improve from practising yoga.
“Yoga can make you feel stronger than before. It is a practice that makes you stronger as you grow older. Know your goals, whether they are for health, body, or beauty, and work towards them.”
Where To Learn
Nok Yoga is a short 4-minute drive from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.
Address: 171/6 Moo 6. North Pattaya Soi 7, Banglamung Chonburi 20150.
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