MOTM – MARCH

LVY started 6months ago with heavy emphasis on the yoga world and pretty pictures of bendy ladies. We decided it was time to put men back on the pedestal (after all, yoga was very much a mans world many moons ago) and honour one inspirational male a month, and so MOTM was born.

Our handsome MOTM’s are hand picked by LVY, not just for their physical capabilities, but there huge hearts, inspiring stories and can do attitude.

To see our first MOTM instalments checkout our facebook.

Kicking of March MOTM and our first online addition is the amazing James Mantra Shultz

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James grew up in Melbourne, Australia. The early teens came knocking on the door, and while most boys his age were up to no good, James was seeking an alternative, something more. At the age of 14 he left school and turned to the practice of Bhakti Yoga which led him to India, and here is were his love affair with yoga began. He settled into the happy communities and found himself.

James later became a yoga teacher and in 2011 he created Flex Hot Yoga in Brisbane. The studio has been a huge success boasting many graduate teachers, and two new studios launching this year. LVY love James and everything he does, so what are you waiting for, become a teacher with Flex Hot Yoga by clicking the picture below.

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We sat down with the handsome Mantra and picked his brain a little, heres what he had to say –
HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE MADE YOU STRONGER?
Yoga’s improved the quality in every area of my life. My mind is sharper, heart tuned, I have clarity and my body does what it’s mean’t to! Made so many of my closest friends through yoga.
WHEN LIFE “HAPPENS’ AND YOU DONT GET A CHANCE TO BE ON YOUR MAT, WHAT HELPS YOU FIND STEADINESS IN THE FACE OF LIFES CHALLENGES, BIG OR SMALL?
Yoga’s really what happens off the the mat. It’s the philosophical distinctions from Jnana Yoga that gives me clarity to pierce through illusion. The practices of Bhakti Yoga that keep love in my heart.  The kindness and support of friends and family. And I spend a lot of time on Jiu Jitsu mats rolling and having a good time… I’m always on the mat!
WHEN WE THINK OF THE WORD “TREE” THE THOUGHT OF BLOSSOMING COMES UP. WHICH PARTS OR YOURSELF, YOUR PRACTICE, OR YOUR LIFE COULD BE MORE OPEN?
I could be more open to letting people in. Sometimes I get nervous around people.
FAVOURITE POSE  & WHY?
Handstand is my favourite pose because it’s symbolic of strength and I have to be fully there to hold, pause and breathe. My fav group of poses would be backbending. Energising, releasing and heart opening.
LEAST FAVOURITE POSE & WHY?
I flipping can’t stand Downward Dog! It grinds my gears. I find any other pose more restful… I’m a strong Pita Dosha and this asana kicks my arse!
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
I looove drifting sports cars :) We don’t have many beaches in Brisbane so going to the race track to slide corners and turn tyres into clouds is definitely one of my guilty pleasures!
We looove you James.
Namaste LVY

 

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