What inspires me - Pip Johnson
Pip Johnson has been on our Kula Spirit Retreat team since the very start! So we decided to get inside her headspace and se what inspires her.
“I think the primary source of inspiration for my yoga practice & teaching comes from my training as a performer. Through years of training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and other dance forms, I learnt how to use my body as a means of expression but with a technique that developed strength, control and health. And that's how yoga is for me; a means of expression whilst building strength, space and healing, through fluid movement… one asana to the next.
Similarly, my understanding and teaching of pranayama will often incorporate techniques I learnt as part of my singing training as the diaphragm is a key player for both breath and voice, and still very integral to the control of our core. It is the actress in me that falls for the emotive & philosophical side of yoga; allowing a practice to become a journey that flows like a story, so we close feeling that we have moved forwards in ourselves somehow.
I don't think I have a particular set “style” of teaching - I think it's important to be able to move differently all the time and allow ourselves to develop; by which, so will our practice, by which, so will our teaching. I tend to favour ashtanga, hot yoga and generally strong, yang practices - I'm known for my more challenging vinyasas and arm balances I suppose. However, I love the spiritual energy that kundalini brings, and more pranayama-focused styles, and then I also love the healing and calm that a yin practice can bring. We all need some yin nowadays ;)
I'm highly passionate about nutrition for health and physical development, and am so grateful to be helping many people now with a nutritional rebalancing program. Food is a very real form of prana that we must respect for the impact it has on our whole state of being.”