Aoife Kane had a health wake-up call when she was 19. Her illness led her to yoga and a life filled with gratitude.
When did you first start to practice yoga?
I started yoga in Dublin in a local community hall when I was 19 to help with stress and alleviate an illness I had at the time
Why did you first take up yoga?
I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 19 and one of the consultants at my local hospital recommend I try yoga to help deal with the pain and also to help with the stress of the illness.
What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga is union and for me it provides me with a path to connect to my spirit and take some time to tune into me and what it is that i need in my life. Yoga empowers me to be true to myself and to hold space for “Aoife” time. I love to share this with others and encourage / inspire them to embrace their “yoga” in life.
Do you meditate?
Yes. I would like to say every day but in reality its more like when I am in a situation where I feel stressed or overwhelmed and I know my meditation would help with this.
What’s the secret of cultivating a daily yoga practice?
Connecting to what your “yoga practice” is that day. The practice encompasses meditation, pranayama, asana and honouring ourselves and our own individual needs to be the best we can be in the world. so its a daily ritual of choosing a practice that works for you on that day and committing to that.
What practice do you do every day?
Every day is different. The one thing that I do every morning is a gratitude letter – five things every day that I am grateful for.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Greed – there is so much the world offers us for everyone to be happy in their lives – there is no need to be greedy.
Tell us a secret.
It’s not really a secret but when my friend and I went to the Isle of Wight festival, a few years ago, our favourite part was in the B&B. We had booked the last night as a treat, sitting in bed with a cup of tea and custard creams, freshly showered from the weekend of rain and beer and watching the highlights on the tv – divas 🙂