Yoga and weddings

Monday 4 August, 2008

Yoga and weddings - an unlikely combination, you might think. But suspend your judgement for a second: Yoga Abode is starring in a forthcoming feature on the Sky channel, Wedding TV.

It was with some trepidation that, on Friday morning, I made my way to the setting for the shoot - the lovely yoga studio, Yoga Junction, in East London.

I am used to churning out words for articles and even talking students through yoga postures - but being filmed for TV was a new experience entirely.

How quickly the ego kicks in - how would I look, how would I come across, would the Bride-to-be think I was a hippy weirdo?

I'm a great believer in climbing out of one's comfort zone every now and again - and, as is mostly the case - there was nothing to fear.

The next two hours were spent talking (and re-talking) a Bride-to-be over some simple prayanama (breathing) exercises and asanas (postures) for relaxation.

So many yoga postures can be considered great for de-stressing and centering - so chosing a handful was a tall order. In the end I went for Child's Pose (Balasana), Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), Tree (Vrksasana).

Weddings, and all that preperation, can be hugely stressful - I imagine slipping into a 'yoga zone' every now and again could help counter all that emphasis on appearance and pressure to have a 'perfect day'.

We'll upload the final film to Yoga Abode once it's released. Please don't judge me too harshly!

In the meantime, if you have any advice for keeping calm on the Big Day, or any tales of yoga helping with wedding stress, I'd love to hear - please log in and leave a comment.


Lucia Cockcroft, editor





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