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YOGA PILATES IBIZA



Author Lisa Torchio Napoli | Date 30/07/2019

 

Opale is one of the best yoga teachers in Ibiza. She is warm, approachable, STRONG and lovely to be around. Her positive energy makes me shine after our classes,

Creator of Yoga Pilates Ibiza., Opale is a yoga instructor who leads workshops and retreats in Ibiza, and around Europe. I was lucky to have her as my personal yoga trainer. Her happy, light-hearted approach made me love our weekly classes. Opale’s goal is to make yoga accessible to everyone. Her mission: to bring happiness, balance and grounding via the discipline of yoga.

She is one of the most inspiring yoga teachers I ever had. With this interview I would love everyone to get to know her and her amazing skills.


You are one of the most professional, dedicated person I’ve met, leaving everyone around you feeling the same…

Thank you, I believe it is because I love to share my passion about yoga. It is such an amazing and powerful transformation tool.

 

What are the things you do to keep your inner balance against everyday life problems?

Always connect to my center, attach it to the center of the earth, create a bubble of protection around myself, breathe deeply and softly smile.

Accept the tensions in myself and expressing them whenever possible. 

Asking for help and guidance from above.

Trying my best to solve what is in my hands. But when impossible, remembering that my only true freedom is to change my relationship to the problems, rather than the issue itself. Eventually it will all go.

 

How did you start your yoga journey? 

I started in 1995 during one of my numerous trips to India. One day, on a Goan beach, my friend April showed me a few sequences and movements to "make the energy circulate", so she said. I got hooked and began a dedicated daily Self-practice, completely out of the blue!

I felt I had a "well" of energy within me, in which I could draw at any time.

Having discovered and experienced the wonders of this practice, I could never stop it for more than a month, or I would start feeling rusty and in a bad mood.

For 15 years I traveled the world, and lived in India for a few months each year. There I discovered and studied different types of yoga. I keep researching and continue to try out new techniques. I am now integrating emotional work within yoga teachings. I never get bored, it is an infinite journey.


What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?

To wake up every morning and love to go to teach, to share my passion.

I love to empower people, assist them in accessing their inner strength, develop their abilities and accept their limitations. 

To offer precious transforming information and tools. 

 

Can you tell us about the journey you took with me as someone new to yoga?  

The essence of the yoga I teach, is called Sukhita Yoga, and it is adaptable to everyone, because it is not the external form that matters. We use the energetic body to create more space in both the physical body and the mind. We are working from the inside out.

This leads to take away rigidity and creates more fluidity and ease in the practice (Yin or Yang).

It allows us to become more joyful, stable and grounded. And at the same time, it creates a sense of lightness in the body and mind!


Favorite words to live by?  

Listen, soften and smile.

Authenticity, curiosity, creativity, playfulness.

 

Favorite yoga pose?   

I love too many!

If I only have 30 minutes, then I practice a few dynamic Sun Salutations and personal sequences, to get the energetic body flowing. 

Because we often think of yoga in terms of shapes (asanas/poses), when the transitions in-between the poses are as important as the poses themselves. 

For me the practice begins on the mat, with every breath and every little move. So it can be continued in every moment of my life.


How has yoga changed your life, personality and physique?

Before I started yoga, I was a very different person to who I am now. I was not healthy: lazy, physically weak, inflexible (body and mind), over stressed, impatient, and I had a lot of sciatic problems and lower back pain.

By building up my physical strength and agility, I raised my self-confidence, and opened a whole new world of possibilities.  

 

How do you keep your yoga practice interesting and challenging?  

Curiosity! I like to research, to try new things, I love to go to yoga classes, to practice in groups, there is always something new to learn.

Yoga is not a "final product", it is an endless journey, with ups and downs, always changing, and full of surprises. 

This is how I found my yoga mentor that keeps inspiring me. This is how I found another inspiring character, and now integrate the emotional body in my yoga teachings.

There is always a new dimension to be revealed.


Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?

Keep an open mind, try new things, don't get closed up in a system.

Be responsible for your practice, own it. Trust your intuition, and treat your body like your best friend.

Yoga is about tuning in. Let go of the competitive goals of your mind, and enjoy the journey within.


Last question are you night or day?

I love to party at night in the open air, but I am more a day person.

 


 

Photo credit: Gato Suarez / Jerome Ferriere

 

http://www.yogapilatesibiza.com/

 


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