Interview with Marc Laws ii

aised in America and with roots from many parts of the globe, we sat down with Marc Laws ll, one of Boys of Yoga member and our guest yogi in May for a little chat through his journey into Yoga.

When did you start practicing yoga and why? 

The first time I practiced yoga was with one of my soccer/football coaches. I tried it once with him and took it as good for stretching.  For years I didn't do anymore but little did I know a seed was planted. Hot yoga became big in Albuquerque so I tried a few of those classes here and there and felt it was good for deep stretching. Years past... and in 2013, London, I was taken to my first yoga class yogasana class in a studio that focused on the philosophy and art of yoga. This class stretched my head, expanded my perception of what yoga was. The philosophy, the asana, the breath and the learning of self all happened in this class.  It was a tipping point.  It showed me my "why?" Exploration of self, my/our potential, community and to be the best version of myself. 

Tell me about your practice style and how you chose your yoga method? 

My personal practice style all is medium paced melodic flow, with pranayama/breathing practice and meditation.  I gravitate to many yoga methods as it broadens my perspective. This variety gives me my personal method/style.  In the end when it comes to different methods... I do what speaks to me.

What’s your favourite pose and why?

I have many for so many reasons.  I value the poses such as a wide-legged forward fold to headstand because I really enjoy headstand yet until I can get more flexibility to get my head to the ground I can't go up into headstand, which I'm strong in. Basically the poses don't let me skip steps. It's the balance I need the flexibility to access more of my strengths. Other favs are handstands and wheel. Those fill my body with joy. 

What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?

I'm honoured to be a yoga teacher and able to hold a sacred space for others to learn more about themselves.  This is a reward in itself.  To add when people have break throughs and have a realisation that they are more limitless than they think. To seeing connection and community being built through yoga.

Best advice for beginners?

Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about unlocking your ideas about what you want, where you think you can go, we have to crawl before we can walk, never stop inquiring, and never give your power away.

Your favourite quote?

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanised or de-humanised. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Marc Law’s II Yoga and if you’d like to see him again, be sure to check out his Website, Facebook and Instagram. He will also be teaching for a whole week at our wellness retreat on the island of Mykonos, Greece (May 18-24, 2017) – now that’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss! So if you’re eager to get the full-on Marc Law’s II Yoga experience this summer, please click the link below for more information or click here to start planning your trip.

Blog by Katie Morley

5 benefits of treating yourself to a wellness retreat this summer

In today’s fast-paced world it is often easy to get caught up in work, university, family commitments and ultimately forget about the most important thing…looking after yourself and your health! But what if you could forget about all of these mundane responsibilities for one week and travel to a tropical location to rejuvenate and revitalise your mind, body and spirit?

Helios summer wellness retreats can help you do just that. With a team of celebrity trainers, nutritional chefs, yoga teachers and other wellness professionals, you have the opportunity to train your body, explore your soul, meet new like-minded friends and live in a luxury villa for a week on the island of Mykonos, Greece. Sound pretty perfect, right?

Here are five benefits of treating yourself to a wellness retreat this summer:

1) Motivation and support

Retreats offer the motivation and support of a professional team to help you to achieve your health and fitness goals. Whether this involves de-stressing or losing some extra weight, these experts have got you covered.

2) Connect with like-minded people

You have the opportunity to share your experience with like-minded people who can challenge and motivate you to achieve your health and fitness goals. You can also make some new and life-long friends too!

3) Chill out

The peaceful atmosphere of a wellness retreat can give you the chance to take time for yourself and reduce your stress levels, whether that involves taking a walk, visiting the beach, meditating or reading a book.

4) Disconnect

Retreats give you the chance to switch off from outside world and give yourself some time to reflect, connect with your inner self and improve your wellbeing without any distractions. This can do wonders to relieve stress levels and restore your physical and mental health.

5) Detox

Retreats can provide nutritious and delicious meals to kick-start you health journey - after all true healthy begins from the inside out! Get inspired with new healthy recipes to take home and fit into your daily routine.

All in all, retreats are a fantastic way to get yourself looking and feeling your best. Who wouldn’t want to return from a summer holiday feeling stronger, healthier, more relaxed and motivated? You can be sure that your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it.

If you are interested in going on a Helios wellness retreat this summer, please click the link below for additional information.

Blog by Katie Morley