Zofia Hennelly began practicing yoga after injury curtailed her professional ballet career fifteen years ago. The profound impact of the practice led her to complete her teacher training with Yoga Campus in 2008. Her class emphasis is on working with correct alignment principles to build strength and physical awareness, enabling a profound energetic connection to the body. Classes are structured so that each budding or life-long yogi will develop and expand upon their own technique, finding balance and calm in the present moment, in a graceful and grounded way.
What is the best time of the day to practise/exercise?
Usually people have their own rhythms in terms of when they feel more awake/lively to
practice – I am more of an afternoon type exerciser though early morning yoga is a fabulous way to kick start the body and set you up for the day in terms of awakening the mind and building physical strength and flexibility to counteract any building stresses of the day. You can learn to stave off stress and sail through difficult times with a regular morning practice.
Afternoon practice is fantastic to keep you going through the day and set you up for anything that you may need to focus on later on in the day and evening practice is great to shrug off anything that may have built up during the day – mentally, emotionally and physically.
What do you recommend to eat before your class? After the class?
Before class I’ll have something light but nutritious (bananas and avocados are great) and easily digestable about 2 hours before – if I teach in the morning usually just a cup of tea – those starts are early!
After class depending on time of day something more substantial – feta, spinach and
mushroom omelette after morning class or light protein and carbs and lots of veg after lunch
or evening classes.
What do you love about Good Vibes?
Good Vibes is the friendliest studio in town – all of the teachers and staff are so welcoming and accessible. Clients are fantastic and make teaching here a wonderful experience. The
studios are wonderful spaces to find an hour of you time on the oasis of your mat.
What do you teach in class?
I teach vinyasa flow yoga and love to teach fun and creative, but also challenging classes which allow clients to find their own movement potential. I like to bring in elements of my dance background into my sequencing so that sometimes you will be able to find yourself moving in surprising but delicious ways. I love to see clients develop their practice to new levels and
discover new connections in terms of their physical and mental awareness.
How will I feel after your class?
In a word: AMAZING. Yoga has the magic abilities to transform . If you’ve had a bad day,
getting on your mat is one way to turn all of that around – even if you don’t feel like it –
usually at the end of a practice you will float away feeling blissful and at the very least better able to deal whatever may be going on – if you feel good physically everything else feels a bit easier.
Tell us something surprising about yourself…
I lived in Florida for 4 years as a dancer with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. As a sunshine lover it was an amazing place to live and work fulfilling my dream career.
I’ve got two cats who love to do yoga with me – they’ve perfected leg over the shoulder pose – me not so much!
Zofia is a Glow Yoga teacher, you can book into her classes here: