Yogi Selects – YogaNubia

We are back once again, this time we present an interesting yogi that goes by Yoganubia! I found an interesting balance between peace, love and war. Read below to learn more! 

What is 9ether? 

9ether is a term that refers to Nubian or African-American hair. Nubian hair follicles grow in the shape of the number 9, towards the sun. 9ether is the kinkiest or kingliest hair-type in existence. Caucasian follicles grow in the shape of the number 6, referred to as 6ether.

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What did you know about yoga before you gave it a try? 

Not much, other than that it is a form of exercise that supposedly helps with stress and anxiety.

How can yoga be a tool of empowerment for women?screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-25-25-pm

Yoga teaches us to go inside of ourselves to connect and listen to Self. This is empowering for women because it teaches us that the only voice we need to listen to is the one inside. We don’t need to look outside for happiness, we have the power to create it ourselves. Yoga teaches that we can only control what is in our power and to let go of whatever is beyond our control. This is liberating and empowering because it allows us to focus our energy on things we can change, and let go of anything we cannot.

What do you find the most challenging about moving forward from past emotional pain?

Prior to yoga, I was someone who stayed living in the past – replaying old mistakes or heartbreak in my mind, thinking of how I could have done something differently if I just had the chance to go back. Most challenging part of moving past emotional pain is the ability to trust afterwards. Trust is already something that does not come easily for me, so if I am betrayed or hurt by someone or something, it will be extremely difficult for me to trust that entity again.

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“People who love are happy” In which ways do you prefer to receive love?

I think I’m a pretty simple gal – care, gratitude, and kindness from family and friends. Little gestures that show thoughtfulness, and appreciation.

Can yoga and a vegan diet help you maintain a healthy lifestyle? screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-23-29-pm

Absolutely! Practicing yoga increases body awareness and the desire to care for and accept yourself. A vegan lifestyle (I hate the word “die”t, so I don’t use it 🙂 ) absolutely leads to better health. The human body is not designed to digest meat and/or animal products. Converting to a vegan lifestyle can have very positive effects on health, including but not limited to – increased energy, faster metabolism, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, lower risk of cancer, weight loss, healthier skin, less body odor, the list goes on.

Is it important to balance the peace of mind and  yoga provides with a realistic perception of everything and everyone isn’t always namaste… If so why?  

Absolutely! Yoga creates and teaches balance, on and off the mat. One thing I teach in just about every class is that balance is tricky and it varies, day to day, sometimes hour by hour. The most important thing we can do is accept where we are each day. The same holds true when dealing with outside people and things. There will always be ups and downs in life, but we learn from the practice that not being ok is okay. We will come across people and situations that test us or make us upset. What is key is how we deal with these instances – if we become upset, realize it’s okay, and not beat screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-8-24-05-pmourselves up over it. Always remember to face whatever feelings come so that you can move on.

Have you had any yoga related dreams or hard to explain experiences when focusing on your chakra points?

While learning about the Chakra System in Teacher Training, I came to a realization about a recurrent dream I’d been having for the past (I don’t even know how many) years. The dream always manifested as me trying to explain something or get my point across, but not being able to breathe. For as long as I can remember, even as a kid, I have been notorious for biting my tongue, not expressing myself, and holding things in. The day we learned about the throat chakra, I made  the connection to my reoccurring dream.  From that day forward, I have been working to express myself and speak up for myself any time the opportunity arises. I have not had that dream since making this declaration and taking action to speak up.

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How can children benefit from learning yoga and meditation techniques at an early age?

Children learn the tools needed to deal with the natural ebbs and flows of life. Through the practice, they develop body awareness, learn to manage stress through breathing, build concentration, learn self-acceptance, have better focus and concentration, and learn calming techniques, all of which can benefit them for a lifetime.

Is there anything you would like to share with the readers of infocus247.com 

Yoga has completely transformed me as a person, which has in turn, completely transformed my life! Everyone in the world can benefit from the practice – you don’t need to be anything other than willing to learn. Yoga is for EVERYONE!

Teresa Robinson, RYT200
Registered Certified Yoga Teacher

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