“Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” These are the words of speaker, author, and trainer Max Strom, who was one of the teachers of our SERENE London Sweat Lodge instructor, Lucy Bruegger. In fact, Lucy has trained under the guidance of many wonderful teachers including Ana Forrest, Rose Baudin, and Clive Sheridan. Passionate about the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of yoga, her Vinyasa Flow classes encourage being open to whatever is in your heart and mind when you arrive on the mat. We get to know Lucy more, below. Plus, experience her warmth and style at our Sweat Lodge yoga classes.
When and how did you start yoga?
Way back when I was working as an actor and my first job out of drama school was a six month tour of India doing Shakespeare’s ’12th Night’. I thought ‘I’m in India I should give yoga a go,’ so I did it early one morning on a rooftop in Udaipur, Rajashtan and kept going everyday after that. It felt the most natural thing in the world!
What inspired you in those early days?
The quiet of the early mornings before the bustle of the world and my mind kicked in. I loved connecting to my body and the breathe!
How has it changed your life?
It has directed my whole life in ways I never imagined. I have no idea where I would be without it. Yoga is truly one of my best friends in the world!
What differences have you noticed from India and London?
India inspired me because of the beauty and chaos and vibrancy. London, too, is chaotic, but I have found less freedom in the London chaos compared with India!
Tell us about the style of yoga you teach.
I teach breath and alignment based Vinyasa flow. My classes inspire a mindful approach to practice that cultivates staying the present moment and connecting mind, body and breath. I encourage my students to find the joy and fun in their practice. Life’s serious enough as it is without making our yoga too serious!
Any favourite or memorable moments?
Every time I meet a teacher that makes my heart and mind soar.
What makes a great yoga teacher?
My huge love and passion for yoga and all it has given me, and my sincere desire to share its gifts with every student I meet.
What do you do when you’re not teaching yoga?
Travel, dance, dream, laugh, cycle, yoga!
Any dreams or ambitions?
To find peace in my mind and heart in this lifetime.
Any words of wisdom for your fellow yogis?
Be kind. To self and others.
Why should people take up yoga?
Because its the best thing in the world! It makes everyday happier and easier.