Happy National Yoga Day! Yoga is great for mental and physical health and is one of my absolute favorite activities! Today’s the day to celebrate your favorite pose and favorite instructors! For this special holiday we interviewed my cousin, Orly, a personal trainer and certified Yoga instructor!
When did you start doing yoga / get into fitness?
I gave yoga a try when I was 18 years old in 2011. However to be honest, I wasn’t into it at first. I didn’t have the patience for it. Later on, at 20 years old I became a Personal Trainer and developed a new love for all types of fitness including lifting weights. I saw a variety of clients and noticed there were not enough people in the field of Pre/Post-Natal Fitness. After becoming a Pre/Post-Natal Fitness Specialist, I knew the next step would be to learn Pre-Natal Yoga.
What really pulled the trigger though, was last year when my client was having a rough day. She was not in the mood to do intense exercises. She asked if we can compromise and do yoga style instead.I reminded her that I was not an official yoga instructor at the time so some of the poses may not be correct.
She was so impressed with the way I taught; considering the fact that she would go to a legitimate yoga school with her mother every day after school in India when she was a child. I was so touched by her compliment that I had an epiphany about yoga.
Finally, in September 2018 I began my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and have added yoga to my services at 26 years old.
What do you love about yoga?
It gives me the opportunity to do good in the world. To promote good health and well being. It teaches both my clients and I patience, makes me stronger, makes me feel fierce like a warrior, and makes me feel good both physically and emotionally.
How often do you do yoga?
Yoga is part of my everyday life. Whether it’s asana (physical postures), yama (ethical standards and sense of integrity), pranamaya (breathing), or dhyna (meditation), I practice yoga with any situation that comes about throughout my day.
What's your favorite type (vinyasa, restorative, etc.)?
Back in September 2018, I never thought I’d say this but my favorite type of yoga class to practice now is Power Yoga. My favorite type of class to teach is Pre-Natal Yoga. It is so empowering to guide pregnant women through relief during this sensitive time. It’s so beautiful to watch the human body grow.
What's your favorite pose?
That’s a tough question to answer! How about I give my top 3? My top 3 favorite yoga poses are:
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)- it teaches me to stand still, concentrate, and focus which used to be challenging for me to do in life.
- Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana (Bound Side Angle Pose)- Not only is it challenging, I also love the stretch it gives to my entire body including my shoulders, chest, stomach, hips, and legs.
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)- for obvious reasons lol! Although it is a resting pose, it feels good to soak up all the benefits at the end of my physical practice. It allows my body and mind to integrate and to ease into that blissful sensation that yoga gives us.
Where do you teach yoga/ do you offer private sessions?
I teach yoga privately in the comfort of my clients homes all over Los Angeles. I bring the gym to you! Occasionally, I will substitute yoga classes for my fellow yoga teacher friends if I am available.
How can people contact you to workout with you?
People can contact me through Instagram @Healthy_Orly, email HealthyOrly@gmail.com, or my website www.healthyorly.com.
Thank you so much Orly!! Inspired by National Yoga Day, Orly, and all around fitness and fun, here are 6 hand-picked childrens clothing items from Mini Dreamers :
Lauren Moshi All Around Hearts Tank Top
Easy to wear and universally cute, this Lauren Moshi All Around Hearts Tank Top with hearts will keep her looking and feeling her bestest. Great for the studio or the street, she’ll be the envy of her next yoga class in this side slit tank with a subtle high-low hemline and elastic fabric for extra stretch while in motion.
Nununu Denim Yoga Shorts
You know balance is always better, so when it comes to outfitting a look that works for both your girls' activities and fashion lifestyles, she'll love having these unique Nununu Denim Yoga Shorts. These shorts feature a simple design that makes them easy to mix and match with a variety of tops in her wardrobe. Made with cotton and elastane for ample flexibility and stretch, she'll get the comfort she needs. From yoga class to playdates, these denim yoga shorts will become a quick go-to for style that goes where she goes.
Spiritual Gangster Kids Metallic Be Grateful Zip Up Hoodie & Spiritual Gangster Kids Sunshine Retro Shorts
She’ll effortlessly tackle yoga or dance class with this oh-so-comfortable Spiritual Gangster Kids Metallic Be Grateful Zip Up Hoodie and Sunshine Retro Shorts. Complete with a zip, side pockets and an inspiring motto , this versatile jacket is perfect for heading anywhere on chilly nights, or to be matched with the pairing shorts for active yoga or fitness classes.
Spiritual Gangster Kids Good Vibes Tank Top & Spiritual Gangster Kids Good Vibes Sweatpants
Whether she's headed to class or wanting to find some zen at home with mommy, Spiritual Gangster Kids Good Vibes Tank Top and Sweatpants shows that she’s always down for a good ol' meditation session with mommy. Made with soft fabric, she'll be perfectly comfortable as she holds warrior pose with you or sits back to enjoy. The black fabric color lets the words “Good Vibes Only" pop for a vibrant touch on both the matching top and pants for an easy set!. Just have her grab a mat along with the pants, and she’ll be ready for a rejuvenating day with you.
Enjoy yoga posing with you and your little ones!