Interview with Nanna Hofman

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When we are open towards yoga and what it can do, we can really achieve something. 

Q: Who are you?

A: My name is Nanna and I'm 25 years old, lives in Aarhus, graduates as a physiotherapist in 2019, teaches yoga at YO studios as well as online at Yogavivo. I have a boyfriend named Nigel from the US.

In addition, I am a happy, sensitive, passionate young woman with a steadfast (some would say naive haha) belief in a better world and in loving ourselves and each other even more.

Q: What does yoga mean to you?

A: Yoga is in many ways my whole life. I practice my yoga as well as I can by treating myself and others nicely, both inside and outside the yoga studio. In particular, I practice the love for my yoga practice, my life, and the people in my life, as this practice is the most important to me.

Q: Where did your yoga journey begin?

A: In Copenhagen 2016, I started practicing yoga. At least more "properly". Before that, I was introduced to yoga through mobility classes in Crossfit Copenhagen, and that was how I got interested.

I quickly learned how to perform a headstand, do arm balances and other more strengthening exercises, but I didn't really begin to understand the whole philosophy behind yoga before 2016.

Q: What do you love most about yoga?

A: That it's not about how it looks, but about how it feels.

Q: Do you practice any particular type of yoga?

A: I practice everything from Ashtanga to Vinyasa and Yin. To me it's important that the truth does not exist in one approach only but rather in a combination of all the different types of yoga according to one's body and state of mind.

Q: Do you have a favorite yoga pose?

A: My favorite has always been King Pigeon. It's the first pose I fell in love with. I did not fully understand backbends when I initially began to practice them, but today I know that it's something special when you open up your heart like that. It is brave and strong thing to do, but it's also being vulnerable at the same time.

It is a pose that requires both balance, agility and strength, which means that the mind will have to be completely focused. Due to the focus that the position requires, you are left with a rather amazing feeling afterwards.

Q: How does yoga influence your life?

A: Yoga is my life. Not a single day passes without. It doesn't matter whether it's through self-study, meditation or asana practice. Yoga is in my life every day and makes me whole. I feel better with yoga in my life. In every way imaginable, both physically, mentally and socially.

Q: What is your best advice for someone who is considering taking up yoga?

A: Be open. Open to what looks strange or a little too "herbal-health-like". When we are open towards yoga and what it can do, we can really achieve something. Then you're no longer glad when you're glad, you're happy.

All flowers will become the most beautiful flower. All people are equal to you. Things that used to stress you, push you over the edge, will still do so, but not to the same extent as before. Because you know yourself. You know the world. Because you choose to be open.

 


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