Tanya Gilat

Yoga Interview, Israel

I started my project of taking yogis photos in the places I visit and it build up slowly, although currently, I'm living in London, UK, Israel is where I was born and raised so taking photos there was quite of an interesting experience for me, I choose to stay near the sea in the two yoga photography session I did, I guess mostly because that is what I miss the most from Israel, sitting on the beach, listening to the waves, or doing my yoga practice..

Tanya Gilat Ashtanga yoga teacher from Israel.
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Q: How did you find out about yoga

A: My grandfather used to practice yoga, as a child I remember him teaching me how to do a shoulder stand, later I discovered that this yoga pose is called Sarvangasana and is one of the most important yoga asanas. My father spoke to me about meditation and philosophy and my first real yoga class was with my sister while traveling in India

Q: How long have you been practicing yoga

A: I started to practice yoga in India about 14 years ago, in 2000

Q: Why did you decide to start teaching yoga

A: I love teaching and I love yoga. It's also a great job giving me a lot of free time I can spend with my beautiful daughters and great satisfaction teaching people tools that can make them more happy and content in the world

Q: Where did you study teaching yoga

A: I studied in Israel with Shimon Ben Avi at his first Ashtanga yoga teaching training course. But the real teaching course is when you jump into the water and start teaching, the experience is the true teacher.

Q: how long have you been teaching?

A: I have been teaching yoga for about 10 years

Q: Was there anything that was hard for you to your own personal practice? How did you overcome it?

A: When I first started yoga I was afraid to do a headstand. I never imagined one day I will demonstrate how to do a headstand in front of a class of 20 people. The way I overcame it was the same way you overcome anything, By practice. Every time daring a bit more until one day it happens.

Q: Personal motto

A: It's not what you do but how you do it that really matters. It's more about the journey than the destination