Ines Loughrey, Yoga Teacher

5 February 2018

Ines, is a yogi who I've followed for a while and before Christmas had the pleasure of meeting with Jaime Tully. Of course in the new year I had to get this lovely lady on the blog straight away to tell her story! Ines teaches at renowned studios such as Core Collective and Frame, her classes are a must visit!

Do you remember the first time you practiced yoga and how did it change your life?

I don’t remember the exact first time as I tried a few different classes and styles. I was feeling quite lost and at a significant low physically, emotionally and psychologically. Although I initially went into those first yoga classes feeling like I had to compete and perform the postures to prove my worth, I soon discovered that I didn’t have to, that I could just create space within which to get clear and heal. And it completely changed my life; the choices I made day to day about the things I said, ate, spent money on, the relationships I cultivated, the possibility with which I approached life. I really do believe that the practice only begins on the mat and really comes into play in the way in which you continue to show up and live your life and integrate all aspects of yourself.

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph.

That’s a tough question. I always change my mind about this sort of thing depending on what I’ve been reading or listening to. These days I’m enjoying re-reading some Osho books and this one has been lingering in my mind: “Be realistic: Plan for a miracle.”

What's your wellness tip for 2018?

Get enough sleep (that one’s definitely more of a reminder to myself!) move in a way that feels fun for you, and train your mind as well as your body.

When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I meditate. I meditate even if I haven’t lost my focus too because it helps in preventing me from getting into a situation in which I feel overwhelmed and/or unfocused by getting me out of my mind stuff. It doesn’t have to be for a long time either, even just a few minutes is great! I think meditation is more accessible than ever with loads of apps and online tutorials and books offering guided meditations that you can do at home if you’re not sure where to start.

Where do you breathe, sweat and refuel in London? 

These days I mostly practice at Triyoga and Lumi, and I love to sweat at Core Collective! My way of refuelling is usually pretty unglamorous, a coffee and sandwich from Pret on the go in between classes. When I get the chance for something more exciting I love Palm Vaults, Paradise Unbakery and Wild Food Café.

What five items can you not live without?

I have to be honest and say I don’t feel quite right saying I can’t live without the following items because there are people in the world who don’t even have access to shelter, food and clean water.

However, five items that I enjoy having in my life are my phone (especially for listening to podcasts and music on the tube), a good book, dark chocolate, my yoga mat, and my diary because I’m not always very good at remembering where I’m supposed to be.

To join one of Ines's classes... here
She also posts her teaching on instagram.. here

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