We have been inspired by the talented yoga teacher, personal trainer and blogger Sassa Asli for quite some time now, so we were thrilled when she met up with us for a little Q&A about yoga, health and her passion in life.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Sassa Asli
When did you start practicing yoga and what is it to you?
It’s my break, my energy and my happy place. It’s that space which I create so that I can connect back into the present moment. I started practicing yoga in February 2015, so I’m still a ”newbie”!
Has yoga changed your life in any way?
Yes, in many ways. I would argue it was one of the missing pieces in my life and it has helped me a lot over the past couple of years. It’s an overall tool that is very useful in many different aspects of life, and it has brought more self-love into my life, and for that I’m very grateful!
How do we set aside time for yoga in a hectic everyday life?
You just need to make it a priority. I believe that most people have time for the things that matters and are important in their life. It’s not always easy, but it almost always goes back to your priorities and how you choose to shape your daily schedule. Also, yoga does not need to be a physical practice all the time, some days a few minutes of breathing exercises or meditation at the office can be just as good!
Do you have any advice for beginners?
Smile more and don’t be too serious. I truly think it’s important to have more fun! I don’t believe yoga is all about being strict and to always aim for the most difficult poses. It’s rather about enjoying the journey, and to get to know your own body and mind. This, while you bring the beginners mindset as you evolve!
How do you find time for yourself? And what do you do?
My morning rituals are essential to me. Yoga practice, breakfast and workouts! That’s something I rarely compromise with. I don’t find time for myself, I make time for myself.
What makes you happy?
To travel, move my body and spend time with people I love!
What does health mean to you?
I don’t believe health can be captured in just one definition. However, words like balance, movement, good relationships and a positive mindset are some of the important ingredients for good health.
Have you always been as healthy as you are today?
Not at all! It’s a journey like everything else and you need to find out what works best for you.
Any advice for those who want to live a healthier life? Where to start?
Changing bad/old habits can take time. When it comes to food I often recommend to start adding a new healthy alternative every week or month, rather than black listing foods. Also, listen to your own body: Avoid changing all habits at once, as it might last for only a couple of weeks. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!
How would you describe your blog?
A delicious mix of self-love and self-care tools to create a more balanced and healthy lifestyle! I love to inspire people to embark on their own journeys and explore the beauty of a more vibrant, happy and healthy life!
Name: Sassa Asli
Occupation: Blogger, Yoga Teacher, PT
Lives: The Netherlands / Stockholm
Favorite yoga pose: It depends on my state of mind or what my body needs at that particular moment. But I must say that I love all kinds of inversions – headstand is definitely a favorite of mine.