sympathetic, sporty, open. Berlin yoga teacher Mady Morrsion has lived and loved her sport for 17 years.
On YouTube, she shares this passion with her approximately 837,000 subscribers and regularly posts yoga and exercise videos.
Mady talked to FIT FOR FUN about the importance of yoga, her favorite asanas, and the effects of Corona.
She also gives three tips to anyone standing on the mat for the first time.
FIT FOR FUN: During the first months of Corona, the number of your YouTube subscribers increased by about 200,000 to 837,000. Are you one of the few who enjoys Corona?
Mady Morrison: I have quite a hard time putting Corona and profit in context. In the end, we are all affected by this pandemic and are struggling with it. Each in its own way.
Subscribers and views have grown, that’s correct. However, I did not profit from this situation! I’m just glad I was able to help a lot of people with the yoga videos to get through a difficult time.
Yoga helps us focus on ourselves and supports us in cultivating gratitude and care …
FIT FOR FUN: Have you changed the frequency of your video uploads?
Morrison: The quality of my videos is my top priority. Optically, sound-technical as well as didactic, I absolutely love details and rarely compromise.
My goal is to create the best possible yoga experience for my students. Therefore, I was not able to produce more videos than usual, even in Corona times.
FIT FOR FUN: I must admit that I am also one of the newer followers. So far I have been training in studios, but since Corona I have rolled out my yoga mat at home. Is my reaction typical?
Morrison: Well, first of all a warm welcome – it’s great that you’re here too! With all yoga and fitness studios closed, many simply had no choice but to look for online alternatives.
This is how new viewers ended up on my YouTube channel. Basically, the feedback from my community has not changed, but I have gained an even greater expression of gratitude and appreciation.
FIT FOR FUN: What effects can the crisis have on fitness study concepts?
Morrison: I believe that a large part will eventually return to the studies. A smaller portion will probably stick to online training, and many now appreciate the combination of both.
From the point of view of the study owners, I could imagine that online courses will continue to be offered if they are well received by the members. As a user, I also think it’s nice that I can attend classes in Hamburg or Bali thanks to the online offer.
FIT FOR FUN: Does it mean that you also train as a student with others?
Morrison: Of course, even as a yoga teacher, you always remain a student. And, as you know, you never stop learning.
FIT FOR FUN: Yoga was originally more of a kind of “worldview”, almost religious. Today it is part of the sporty lifestyle and is offered in all hotels. What does yoga mean to you?
Morrison: One could probably fill entire books on this issue. But to keep it short: For me, yoga means above all acceptance, self-care and freedom! The practice of yoga has taught me to give space to my feelings and emotions and to accept them exactly as they are. to accept me as I am.
For me, yoga also means empathy, understanding and openness to others. That I do not judge others, that I show compassion, that I am helpful and that I always act out of a peaceful intention.
FIT FOR FUN: Why did you start with yoga?
Morrison: When I was 13, my physical education teacher really inspired and motivated me. My grandmother also taught yoga for a while. Totally crazy. She also gave me books from the 1960s, which was really fun.
FIT FOR FUN: It was more of a niche sport at the time.
Morrison: At least it was not as widespread as it is today. During my studies, I started with Bikram yoga, ie yoga at a room temperature of 40 degrees.
Back then, I was looking for something strenuous to burn calories and sweat. But if you have been practicing yoga for a few years, the step to the “why” behind comes at some point naturally.
FIT FOR FUN: Your favorite asanas?
Morrison: When I want to relax, it’s “The Half Dove”, an incredibly liberating hip opener.
If I want something powerful, I turn the world upside down and practice in the handstand. This releases endorphins and gives you a good boost of energy.
FIT FOR FUN: What are your tips for people who are not yet familiar with these terms but who would like to start with yoga?
Morrison: 1. Start small! Ten or 15 minutes on the yoga mat is enough to get you started. It does not always have to be a full hour.
2. keep it simple It does not always have to be the smart head position from the Instagram feed. The sun salutation in its numerous variations is particularly suitable for the beginning. You can learn a lot of the basics here.
Positive thinking! I find it very important to come with an open mind and to break free from the expectations of others. It’s not about being incredibly flexible or achieving a certain shape. None! It’s about doing something good for yourself, your body and your mind.
FIT FOR FUN: Yoga is booming anyway – but why should everyone discover this sport for themselves?
Morrison: I believe that people who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed in their daily lives – they can handle stress and difficult situations more calmly. Yoga does not only take place on the mat.
FIT FOR FUN: So it’s about the mental …?
MorrisonYoga provides both mental and physical benefits. For example, back pain is one of the many reasons why people end up doing yoga. Because it helps.
Because yoga exercises strengthen, mobilize and stretch and relax at the same time. You just feel healthier and more agile.
Yoga can also contribute to a more upright posture e.g. I always notice this as a reaction to my free “30 Day Yoga Challenge” that I offer on Youtube.
About halfway through, I often get feedback from participants that colleagues are asking them about their attitude and their charisma. It’s probably the “yoga glow”.
FIT FOR FUN: For me, yoga has improved flexibility and strengthened my shoulder and arm muscles.
Morrison: Yes, you stay healthy and young. If you look at yogis who are 60 or 70 years old, they often have a very young appearance. It fascinated me from the start.