Men do yoga | Jake Wood
Jake Wood. Born 1991. Founder of so we flow...
When and how did you start yoga?
My yoga journey began whilst living in Amsterdam - I came across a channel called ZenTV which (along with some herbal delicacies) became a morning ritual during that time. A year passed with a casual interest. Things got a little more serious when I moved to Taghazout, Morocco - I traded 6 months of daily yoga practice for my design skills. My teacher Olly has become a great friend.
What style of yoga do you practice?
I've never stuck to one style per say. My self practice is a jumble of everything I've learnt over the years depending on how I'm feeling. I tend to start with a series of flows, stick some strength work in there, and then finish with slow movements, steady asanas and breathing.
How has it changed your life?
Where to begin. The most obscure would be its ability to slow down my perception of time.
What is your most memorable yoga moment?
The first time Savasana (corpse pose) happened properly for me. Before then it was just rest at the end of practice.
What makes a great yoga teacher?
When you don't consider the who, what, why or how of what's happening - you just accept it.
What is your favourite pose and why?
I have tight hips, so poses like pigeon and firelog give me an incredible feeling of release which resonates throughout my whole body. It's exhilarating.
What do you do when not doing yoga?
Discover the world, eat plenty and drink plenty.
What are you listening to?
Dope Lemon, Killswitch Engage, The Dandy Warhols
What are you reading?
Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger
Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Comfortable enough to do what I want, whenever I want, with whoever I want to do it with.
If you could be any animal in the world, what would you choose?
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Cereal in its various guises.
When are you happiest?
In those moments when the vibe around you simply feels wonderful.
What is your greatest fear?
The loss of those close to me.
Where would you go if you could time travel?
A time when you built your own shelter, foraged your own food and floated around in the sea wearing a loincloth the rest of the time.
Why should people do yoga?
Because it will change the way you see the world.
Finally, tell us something we don’t know.
The smell after rain is called petrichor.
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