When Shauna McMorrow first tried yoga, she “absolutely hated it”.
She was 19 and in college at the time, and didn’t get anywhere near it for about four years.
But being an enthusiastic rugby player, Shauna needed a way to help her body recover after games.
She tried another yoga class and 14 years later Shauna has her own yoga school in Fermanagh.
So what exactly is so good about yoga?
Some of us will imagine toned bloggers touting flexible movements on social media, in positions we didn’t even think were humanly possible until we saw them on Instagram.
But according to Shauna, that doesn’t have to be the case.
âIt’s not just about pear trees and flexibility,â she said, âyoga is about getting to know yourself on and off the mat.â
While yoga will strengthen your body, it will also do wonders for your mind.
And not just yours, but apparently others as well.
âWhen you stretch and feel great, it’s kind of a ripple effect,â Shauna said. “You will pass it on to the next person you see.
“It’s about your mental state.”
The 31-year-old is now in her third year of teaching at her practice located just outside Enniskillen.
But having hated it herself when she first tried it, Shauna said she could understand why some might be hesitant to try it.
âI know that classes can be expensive for people, but there are a lot of free classes that you can find on YouTube,â she said.
And when it comes to feeling embarrassed, “everyone is so busy trying to figure out which hand and which foot goes where no one really has time to look at someone else,” he said. she declared.
Age, too, is just a number when it comes to this ancient form of exercise – Shauna teaches everyone from elementary school kids to older people who have become much less able.
She said, âAs long as you can move and breathe, there is yoga you can do.
“It’s about adapting it to your body and how you feel that day. I set my own goal and I know where I’m going, and I’m not competing with the person next to me. to reach it. “
“The people of Fermanagh always have a smart answer”
This physical and mental activity is practiced all over the world. But there is something very special about teaching it to Fermanagh, according to the instructor.
Shauna said: “I just appreciate Fermanagh – people are very laid back. It’s good as a teacher that sometimes you can make a joke in class and they will always be someone at the back of the room who answers you. .
âThe people of Fermanagh always have a smart answer, and there’s a little bit of a joke.
“It can be scary to be in front of a room. It’s nice to have this interaction between me and my yogis.”
The beautiful scenery also makes Fermanagh a great place to stretch out.
Shauna began to organize outdoor yoga retreats all over the county, “bringing yoga and nature together.”
Besides yoga itself, âyogisâ learn about local ecology, nature and folklore in Fermanagh.
âIt’s nice to be in Fermanagh to talk about the local environment,â Shauna said.
âWith the year we’ve had, everyone is trying to slow down, trying to get into nature a little bit more.
âIt’s good not to worry about what you’re wearing. Go with it,â she added.
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Whether you’ve been super active or glued to the couch for six months, and you’re 8 or 80, it seems like there is something for everyone in yoga.
And even if you hate an activity, it’s clearly worth trying again. You never know, you might end up making a career there.
Shauna said, “If you go to a class and you don’t like it, change teachers or change your style and try again.”
“Don’t be afraid to try something new.”