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Tribesports User of the Week: Sian S


Posted by Sian S under Yoga, Running on 18 July 2012 at 11:00 PM

Sian S you are User of the Week!

As one of our resident yoga gurus, your insights and advice into various practices of yoga have helped loads of Tribesports users improve their yoga practice – how did you first begin practising?

I first dabbled in yoga when I was at university, to calm myself at exam time and I soon came love it. I felt more grounded, enjoyed the challenge of certain poses and as my flexibility and confidence increased I began to tackle the more advanced poses. The beauty of yoga is that anyone can do it, anywhere and it allows us to explore and challenge what we think are our limits.

Of all of your many achievements on site, which has been the hardest and which the most satisfying to complete?

Of all the challenges I’ve taken the 8-minute wall squat and the knuckle push-ups pushed me the most and taught me something about myself!

We have to ask about the Noose pose: how on earth do you get into that position?!

Noose pose, dear old noose pose. Patience and practice are the key to success, eventually the body will give in. I remain available for de-tangling duties…just whistle!

Could you pick a favourite posture or sequence of postures which take you from crazy-stressed back to calm and relaxed?

A relaxing sequence, let’s see. Poses that flex the hips and perhaps the spine are generally relaxing so lets start with a forward bend, move into bound angle pose, then eagle pose, into half moon pose, anantasana, rest with your legs up the wall, into child’s pose and finish in savasana. Hold each for 30 seconds to a minute and repeat on the other side, where appropriate. Breathing exercises will help too; there are some good ones on here already.

As well as yoga, we love hearing about your trail running too – do you enjoy participating in events or is running a more personal activity rather than competitive?

Trail running is something I love, out alone, early in the morning, with just the elements, the birds and woodland creatures for company. I do enter one or two organised events but more to be sociable and to push myself rather than compete against others. I also love parkrun and go almost every Saturday, to work on speed and, again to force myself to be sociable.

As a vegan, what are your ‘must have’ ingredients for pre and post training? 

I’ve been vegetarian since I was 19 and vegan for the last 12 years, with occasional cheese related lapses and couldn’t be without lentils, quinoa, tofu, nuts seeds and my special power balls (a mix of apricots, almonds, coconut and raisins)…or trifle!

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Which TS users make my day? Shantanoo, Tony G, Samarth, Ratnesh and Barbara L and everyone who asks questions…I love answering questions!

What’s your favourite quote?

This varies but today I like “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know”
- Pema Chodron.