Yoga With Kitty: Demystify Your Fear

We welcome a new member to our team: Kitty Billings! She brings to us all that she’s learnt from her many trainings in yoga, pranic healing, and ayurveda (an Indian healing system).

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Inversions create stillness. When, I’m not quite centred in myself, it’s like a mirror.

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When was your first yoga class?
14 years old and I went with my mum to a Hatha class. It was with a lot of older women, so I was flexible in comparison. I remember at the end in Savasana (relaxation pose) how peaceful I felt and that was something that kept me going back.
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How would you describe what yoga means for you in three words?
Food: my daily food
Life: a way of life. There’s not one second that goes without a yoga philosophy or a yoga breath.
Journey: it’s not a destination; it’s one breath at a time. For me, that gives me a lot of freedom and surrender when I get injured or when I’m sick. Every day can be so incredibly different that I take each day as it comes.
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What do you gain from your practice?
The deeper you go in yoga the more you get out of it. You can look at alignment and the physical form and how that changes and evolves. But really the magic is in your internal world, how the energy shifts through.
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What will you be teaching at Flow Yoga Bristol?
Power Yoga on Wednesday evenings (5:15-6:15) But I do really love teaching Yin as well. In my own practice I do the two – the power flow in the morning to wake everything up get the energy moving internally and externally. And the Yin to soften and come inwards again after the outwards expansion into the world.
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What’s your favorite yoga pose?
At the moment it’s Sirsasana (headstand). At the moment I really love it and I’m getting excited It’s great to do all the movement to get warmth in your toes and fingers and toes in this weather. Something about the stillness that’s created in inversions…I’m really loving exploring my boundaries in that.
When I’m not quite centered in myself that’s like a little mirror, it’s quite confronting.
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I feel a lot of teachers in Bristol avoid teaching headstand because of not wanting to exclude beginners. What are your thoughts?
We can be so powerful with our words. All it takes is for one teacher to use the word “dangerous” and then students store it in the body. When you break it down you realise there’s not that much weight on the head.
I really love demystifying fears for people – why do you think you’re scared of it? Why do you think you can’t do it? That’s how I’ve overcome challenges in my personal practice. And the benefits far outweigh the rest.
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