Interview Series: Living Yoga off the Mat with Rowena Jayne
This blog series is a reflection of how incredible yogis are taking the powerful and ancient principles of yoga off the mat and into their world.
Rowena Jayne is a leading international Yoga Instructor, Advanced Raw Food Chef and Wellness Presenter. She is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and has studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Remedial Massage, Raw food Nutrition, Usui reiki and various other modalities.
Anyone who has crossed paths with Rowena can’t help but be infected by her bubbly personality and her great passion for health and wellness. Rowena continues to be inspired by the amazing potential we individually have. It is her personal mission to uplift YOU and make an outstanding contribution to the enhancement and transformation to YOUR LIFE through yoga, real food and healthy living.
Finish this sentence:
My yoga practice is… The best part of my day! It is the best time to really go deep and connect to myself, listen to my body and soul and what it is trying to tell me. The yoga asanas are a direct reflection of US.. the postures mirror our current state of mind and physical health. Yoga is a diagnostic tool , then the postures are the therapy. So yoga practice is my daily dose of medicine and self love!
To me, yoga means…. Union of EVERYTHING.. when we do yoga, we become yoga. We begin to create a synergy with our mind, body, heart, soul. We create a better relationship with ourselves.. That relationship spreads and we begin to create better relationships with everthing and everybody. We see the connection we all have to each other, to nature. we begin to live more in harmony. Yoga is the tool to reach self awareness, self realisation. Our true human potential often lays dormant. When we create unity, harmony and oneness – we begin to see this potential. We begin to change our outer world, to meet our new inner world. To me yoga is life.. it exists everywhere, not just in asana.
My experience of the mat has… changed my life forever. It has taught me I am a human being worthy of joy, love, health and the best quality of life possible.. It has taught me that all I have to do is turn up. Show up, trust the process and the rest will take place in divine timing.
The biggest shift/epiphany/moment of insight I’ve ever had during yoga was….. (tell me what it was, what you learnt, how it changed you). There are so many, numerous revelations, numerous realisations and epiphanies of truth of my being. One huge shift was one of reactiveness. Learning not to be reactive. To stop and breathe.. How interrelated the breath is to our emotions. When we are angry, our breathing changes, when we are fearful it changes, when we are calm it changes.. so if the body and mind are connected.. then if we alter our breath and consciously breathe, then we can begin to shift the thought patterns and emotions that follow. Yoga improves and develops the five qualities of the mind. Faith is one such quality. When we breathe instead of react… we are indeed expressing the quality of faith.. when we have faith in ourselves. We can remain calm, things don’t have to steal our peace. We can be ok no matter what is taking place in our lives and move through it!
Quick Fire Questions
What are the lessons you carry on a daily basis, off your mat?
So many lessons. Its an evolution, so like the ebb and flow of the universe, the tides, the moon rising and then the sun setting, then rising, the change of the seasons.. we are the microcosm of the macrocosm.. so the lessons I find relate to what is poignant to my current situation. If I have to pin it down. I carry the lesson that my body is a temple. If I treat it as one, I enjoy living in it! When I do yoga, I clean my temple, I sweep it will love, purify the negative thoughts, toxins etc then throughout the rest of my day I feel a joy at the home in which my soul has chosen to live for this lifetime. I want to respect it. I want to nurture it more and more. I want to be Grateful for it is the embodiment of me and of the intelligence of our creator. I carry the lesson also that many people are unhappy. That everything is a ripple effect. When I do yoga, I feel GREAT.. I feel alive, happy, excited. I carry the lesson that others, who are suffering (where I used to be!) can be led and inspired by me. I have the potential to help them. When others are upset, angry, fearful and attack you, I am able to remember that they are just unhappy and I can stoop to a level of reactiveness and retaliation and defensiveness, or DO YOGA.. and embody yoga and do my best to bring a little bit of joy into their lives.
Why are these important to you?
Because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we literally CANNOT live our truest highest potential. When we feel horrible, we project that unhappiness and treat others in this manner. We don’t feel confident, we lack self realisation, we allow the mind to become destructive. The ego to rule. On the flip side, when we carry these lessons the yoga teaches us. we turn our lives around. As we do, others witness this and want to know the secret, want to follow. We create a better world for us all to live in. We witness miracles and the BEST side of human beings! We feel inspired, motivated and so grateful to be alive. We grow, we live.. we truly live!
What yogic principle have you translated for yourself – what, how and why?
I guess the integration of all the principles really I have translated. There is no segregation. Like an onion, we peel away layer by layer as we practice deeper and in the perfect time we translate, understand and integrate each of the principles into our lives. But again if I must pin point one, I guess the strongest principle I have witnessed in myself is self-discipline. This is an important value to me. When we have discipline we don’t allow the mind to dictate our lives. We become a master of our mind and master creator of our lives. We become less of a victim to circumstances and more of an artist painting the picture of the life we actually do want. It takes Self- discipline to no longer be enslaved by the mind. Yoga teaches us this quality among others.
What does ‘Living Your Yoga’ mean to you?
It means not just “doing” yoga asana but living it. Living the principles of yoga. Living your innate truth. Being open to the yoga and its power to transform you. Being open to healing, to growing and taking what I learn on the mat and applying those lessons to my life.