In this, the latest in our series of spotlights on Just Believe Fit teachers, you’ll find out more about our truly lovely vinyasa yoga teacher Phoebe. Even if you haven’t been to one of Phoebe’s classes, you might feel like you’ve seen her before – that’s because she’s pretty much the face of Just Believe Fit, featuring on our flyers and posters – but did you know she fell in love with yoga during a two-year stint in the Philippines? And do you know what really scares her? Find out here.
When did you first fall in love with yoga?
I fell in love with Yoga when I was volunteering in the Philippines in a small rural village called Legaspi. I was living with a beautiful Filipino Family setting up a prosthetic and orthotic service and I began to practise yoga as a way to take a break from the busy bustling world around me and ground and centre myself. I was living in the Philippines for two years and by the end of my assignment I had started teaching yoga to my Filipino Family and to my work colleagues. This is what lead to my love of teaching and sharing this beautiful practice with all those around me.
Favourite type of class and why?
I love a Vinyasa Flow class. I love connecting breath to movement and really feeling my body flow. When everything connects together it feels like you’re dancing and you are on top of the world. Everything else stops, your focus becomes purely on the breath, and the breath and the movement, and it allows you to take a little break away from reality.
Funniest teaching moment
My funniest teaching moment was when I was teaching a wonderful relaxing class and somehow I had put the wrong music soundtrack on. All of a sudden loud pop dancing music came on. I was horrified! Luckily everyone else found it quite funny and they got to see a different side to my music tastes.
Favourite post-class meal?
Lots of colourful roast vegetables.
A huge glass of cold milk. Strange I know!!!
The biggest thing you have learned that has changed your life?
Learning how to create balance in my life. I live a really busy and chaotic life and I’ve learnt that I need to take time to slow down, smell the roses and listen to the birds. Life is so busy and for a long time I never fully appreciated it! Being out in nature, away from bustling city life is my best medicine.
“In the end, only three things matter:
How much you’ve loved,
How gently you’ve lived,
And how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you”
The teachings of Buddha
Something about you people wouldn’t know?
I am terrified of spiders!!!
I am also pregnant! its pretty exciting and scary to be growing a baby inside me. I have to keep reminding myself that this is real!