If you haven’t heard of her, Claudine Lafond is a Sydney local (when she’s in the country) and co-founder of YogaBeyond. She basically lives the life all of us are dreaming of, travelling the world, practicing and teaching a very spiritual brand of yoga to thousands of people. Alongside her partner, Honza, Lafond has created a brand with a combined social following of over 400 000. Posting daily inspirational, educational and straight up amazing images of their practice on Instagram and Facebook, the couple have been able to connect with an audience from different corners of the globe.

Lafond talked to us about her meditation practice, how she stays grounded and how yoga has changed her life.

Do you meditate? If so, how often?

Yes. Meditation has become really important to me, especially in recent times. When I started my yoga practice over 15 years ago, I was meditating twice a day and felt deeply grounded as my mind started to get more quiet. Over time, my practice slipped away but now that we travel so often and our lives are so full, I’ve brought my daily practice of mediation back into my life.

Where do you like to meditate?

I like to meditate anywhere that is quiet and usually outside if possible. There’s nothing more magical than opening your eyes after meditation than to feel the beauty of nature flooding into you.

Do you prefer mornings or night?

I prefer mornings. It grounds and calms me for the day ahead.

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Photography by Ben Fullerton.

If your mind is full, what do you like to do to get in the mood and calm down?

I’ll first take the time to write in my journal and empty my head of all the noise plus I’ll make a list of all the things that come to mind that I may need to do that day. I often like to do my asana practice first so that my body feels good and I don’t fidget while trying to meditate. Afterwards, I can sit comfortably and focus on my breath with a happy body and clear head.

Why do you meditate?

I meditate to stay sane!! The amount of thoughts that run through my mind and distract me throughout the day are endless and if I didn’t take the time to stop and clear out all the mind clutter, I’d be super frazzled. Ultimately, I meditate to feel at peace with myself and every thing around me.

You have cultivated a beautiful yoga practice, what are your three favourite poses and why?

My three favorite poses are:
Plough Pose (Halasana) because it stretches the entire back line of the body and I feel very grounded and still in this shape.
Revolved Seated Forward Bend (Parivrtta Paschimottanasana) because it just feels amazing for the hamstrings as well as the side body. This is one of my daily ‘go to’ postures.
Lizard Pose (Utthan Pristhasana) because it is one of the best hip and glute stretches with many variations within this shape. It’s one of those postures from which everyone can benefit.

How has Yoga changed your life?

For me, yoga began with the physical asana but it has evolved into so much more. Yoga has made me a kinder, more receptive, attentive and compassion person. From this, so much has come into my life to make me into the human being that I am today. Yoga continues to share lessons on a regular basis and I am grateful that the learning never ends.

Feature image photography by Honza Lafond.