Sinead Mooney (AKA Moons Yoga) is one of Ireland’s brightest yoga stars and as she prepares to open her first studio she speaks to us about motivation, mantras and morning movement
Looking for some #SundayInspo? Then this interview with Moons Yoga is just what you need.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
From a business perspective: Mind Your Own Business! I think this works on so many levels; take care of your business like you would with anything you care deeply about, but also try and focus your precious attention on it and not what anyone else is doing with their businesses. Taking the Yogi approach it really comes down to cultivating ‘non-comparison’ in life, in work and play. Comparison really being the thief of joy! Focus on what you got, be grateful and don’t worry what anyone else is/isn’t doing.
What motivates you?
First and foremost how yoga makes me feel. I truly feel that to be a great teacher you must authentically embody the practice both off and on the mat. Knowing the profound affects yoga has on me and the people I come in contact to motivates me to share this goodness with the world. This is why I did my very first teacher training.
What advice would you give anyone who’s interested in starting yoga?
Just do it! Mmm… I feel like I may have stolen that from somewhere! But really and truly, yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on the way down. People contact me all the time who are nervous about starting; but it’s a practice, something you consistently work on and slowly build. No one hits the mat for the first time doing the perfect downward dog and why would you want to? Enjoy the delicious slow process of exploring your body and mind, as it’s a constantly changing landscape anyway. Also, I always say to try a few classes before making the decision whether it’s for you or not. Each teacher brings a distinct flavor so make sure you sample a few different styles and approaches. It’s not a black/white one size fits all practice.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be kind! To yourself and to everyone else. It’s sometimes easier to be kind to others and we struggle to bring that kindness home, to ourselves. If I think about some of the cruel hateful things my internal dialogue threw around when I was younger I physically recoil. I would remind lil Moons to never speak to herself in a way that she wouldn’t speak to someone else.
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1/2 Pigeon. . Uncomfortable for some…delicious for others! I personally love it, but on those tight days I get it…all u want to do is escape. Like today's weather for example…I want to curl up and hide under the duvet but it's only a bit of wet, just like it's only a bit of discomfort in pigeon. . It's good, it's bad, it's uncomfortable, it's easy, it's hard, it's relaxing, it's all part of the rich complicated fabric of life & none of it should be ignored. What we need to do is find the positive in a preconceived negative & that usually comes from what your grateful for. Today = your umbrella, roof over your head, warm office, dry bus, waterproof shoes!. . #getcomfortablewithbeinguncomfortable #balance #lifehack #perspective #choice #wednesdaywisdom #humpdayvibes
Is there a phrase, quote or motto that you live by?
Be a radiator, not a drainer. Leave people better than how you found them. You get out of life, what you put in. When things get challenging in life, focus on what you have to be grateful for. I could go on for days….
What’s your favourite yoga pose?
For first thing in the morning I think you simply can’t beat cat/cow/barrel rolls for some spine awakening joy. In the afternoon I love energizing standing backbends. And for evening time, it has to be a yummy long ½ pigeon pose to release out those hips.
Moons Yoga Loft opens in Dublin’s Blackrock on January 5, 2019. For more information check out moonsyoga.com