Lotta Gustafsson graduated from the ISHTA 200 hr. Teacher Training in Stockholm, which took place over the month of August, 2011. She currently combines teaching weekly classes with caring for her four-year-old daughter.
How has yoga changed you?
Yoga has helped me a lot with back and neck pain. It has changed me physically, but also it has brought me to know my real self. I now make contact with my true feelings and can create space between me and my feelings and thoughts. My yoga and meditation practice makes me a better mother. I become a better version of myself.
Has doing yoga given you any important insights about yourself?
Yes, every time I practise.
Would you share them with us?
One important insight is that I can trust myself. If I listen inside I almost always have the answers; I just have to trust my inner knowledge. It may sound like a cliché, but you really will have a deeper knowledge about yourself and life if you pay attention to what is going on inside.
If you had started yoga at seventeen, would it have changed your life?
Yes, I know it would have changed me.
Please tell us how.
It could have changed the path of my life, because it would have given me better tools for my journey to come. I think I would have been more confident in trusting my inner compass. I have always been a physical sort of person, and I might have become a “Super Yogi” (if I had avoided injury).
If you could be a yoga pose, which one would you be?
Savasana, in my opinion, is the best pose. It relaxes your body and focuses your mind. It is a pose where you work with the inside and the outside. Savasana can open up my body better than other asanas after a stressful day.
What is your favorite thing to do after a satisfying session of yoga?
Take a walk and get some fresh air, or just relax with a cup of tea.
Do you have a favorite yoga quote or saying you would share with us?
“There will be some who are born in a state of Yoga. They need not practice or discipline themselves.” Patanjali, Sutra 1.19.
A “real” yogi is not necessarily someone who practises asanas or follows “my” kind of yoga. Everyone has their own path in life.