If you are coming here for the first time, you have entered part 7 in a series about aspiring and experienced yogis’ journeys. I hope that you enjoy it and follow along. Namaste!
I met Nat, a kind spirit, in the tea room of YYOGA after a Flow class while on travel in Vancouver, BC. We started chatting and I learned that Nat is from West Sussex, England. Also, she’s a huge dog lover, so I knew she was cool. Nat shared her personal story with me of why she got into yoga, and I asked her if I could interview and feature her in Yogi Insight. I am excited that she said yes!
Yogi: Nat Joos
Studio: In-home private practice
Q: Who or what influenced you to take up yoga?
A: I read articles about runners getting fewer injuries through stretching out in a yoga class. I was a big runner 15 years ago, doing 10Ks about five times a day. Yoga was important in assisting my body in the amount of running I was doing. Then, yoga became my constant companion after I lost my husband to skin cancer five years ago. I turned to yoga drenched in grief and yoga transcended me to a place where I felt nourished with a sense of acceptance and peace. It presented itself in a positive way, and I’ve never forgotten that.
Q: How long have you been practicing yoga?
A: I have been practicing for about 15 years.
Q: What aspect of practicing yoga do you like the most and why?
A: I love the way yoga makes me feel. I can unplug from the past and future and just be present on my mat. It feels wonderful!
Q: What aspect of yoga do you like the least and why?
A: This is hard to answer … I guess it’s certain postures I find the hardest. I have relatively tight hamstrings, so forward bends are not textbook for me. I believe that it’s not about how far you go into a posture, it’s about how you feel when you arrive!
Q: What is your favorite posture and why?
A: My favorite posture is side plank, just like the one in my photo. It makes me feel calm and very strong!
Q: How long have you owned a private yoga practice?
A: I’ve owned my own practice for just over a year and love it! My Yoganat classes are in the comfort of my own home shala, which creates a more personable practice experience. It’s important to me to keep the authenticity of yoga by sealing every class with an Om to deepen the practice.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching yoga and why?
A: I like to offer a practice that’s for everyone and I open my doors with a big friendly welcome! If you’re lucky, you get to meet my furry kid “Minnie the choccy lab!” Unfortunately, she’s unable to attend the sessions because she’s a distraction.
Q: What advice would you give to a new yoga teacher?
A: Give it time and be patient. Also, be yourself.
To read more about Nat, check out her website YOGANAT!