Intentional Well-Being Podcast: Creating Diversity on The Mat
This week on the podcast, I am so excited to have my friend Joviane Williams on the podcast. She is a 500-hour Yoga Master with Yoga Alliance International, mother-of-four of Mauritian heritage and doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of a typical Instagram-friendly yogi, which she is just fine with. Her classes are designed to provide an inclusive environment where you can rediscover your spirit, so that when you step away from the studio you can truly thrive. Together, we talk about what the difference between wellness and well-being is and how we can each do it. We then dive into unpacking some of our belief systems as yoga teachers/ students on and off the mat. How we can look for humanity in all people and how we can create diversity on the mat!
“The first time I went to a yoga class, I couldn’t stand it. I was living in Bangalore in Southern India and had been persuaded by a friend to give it a try. I couldn’t touch my toes, I was dripping with sweat and I had no idea what they were saying or what I was doing. There were men and women of all shapes and sizes in the class; doctors and cleaners, 80-year-olds and teenagers, even mothers with their children. Nobody in the class was doing it perfectly and it actually didn’t matter; it was such a lovely community and everyone fell into a harmonious rhythm. There was as much time spent on breath and meditation as there was on the physical practice, which really helped me to appreciate the time I was taking for me. That was far more meaningful than being able to touch my toes. When I came back to the UK a few years later, the yoga classes I went to were so different. It felt like we were just going through the motions. No one was focusing on their breathing and everyone was peering in the mirror behind the teacher to check out their reflection.”