They say that a talented person is talented in everything. Our heroine Nina Kolomiytseva is gifted as an actress, director and model. In addition, she is engaged in fashion design, charity work and, at a fairly serious level, yoga. Moreover, for her, this is not just a sport, but spiritual practices and meditations, which, if you master them deeply enough, can completely change a person's life. The path of enlightenment Nina, you are a model, director, actress. How did yoga come into being in your life? - Yoga came into my life early enough, one might say, inherited from my mother. Doing yoga without meditation is wrong. Yoga as physical exercise is only in the third stage. The first, second and third are devoted to inner harmony and the fact that a person should not harm himself or others. Not by word, not by action, not mentally, not physically. Also, he should not hurt animals. So yoga is a way of life? There was no desire to give up everything and go to Rishikesh - the world capital of yoga? - There was no desire to give up everything. There was a desire to become more deeply acquainted with the practice of yoga, to go through all eight stages of Patanjali's philosophy, which, in fact, I did in Rishikesh. As a result, she received a certificate giving the right to teach yoga anywhere in the world. What aspects of yoga impressed you the most? - With the help of yoga philosophy, everyone can achieve great results both physically and mentally. It’s hard to believe that a few years ago I believed that yoga was just physical exercises - asanas. "Corpse Pose" But is yoga a physical exercise too? Mostly stretching? - A set of exercises in yoga is aimed not only at stretching the muscles. In addition to stretching, in any of the poses there is static - strengthening the joints and the spine. If you do asanas correctly, and not as taught in some schools, a person will be healthy! How many yoga poses are there? Is it true that the most difficult "corpse pose"? - There are a lot of poses in yoga. Different studies give different numbers - somewhere you can find that asanas are 122, 84, 200, 64, 108, etc. Shavasana ("corpse posture") is far from the most difficult. In normal practice, this is the final exercise when a person tells his body that he needs to completely relax. If you relax in Shavasana, which is very important in itself, you withdraw into yourself for five minutes and concentrate on relaxing your muscles, joints, and body. This is the best relaxation posture and is not difficult at all. Minus in karma At what point can a person call himself a yoga teacher? - Only after he has been trained in India for at least two months, he will talk with teachers, see everything with his own eyes. By the way, training cannot be called simple: from 5 am to 8 pm a person is completely immersed in practice. Plus, you need to assimilate a lot of information, read a large number of books. Because teaching yoga is wrong - this is a minus in karma. What exercises should a beginner start with? - You need to start with Surya Namaskar - this is a well-known morning practice, which is also called "bow to the sun." There are 12 poses in the Surya Namaskar complex, which are done in both directions, as a result we get a "full circle" - 24 asanas. In this regard, other complexes of exercises cannot be compared with Surya Namaskar. Beginners can be recommended to start with three to six circles, eventually reach 12 and then up to 24 circles. Advanced yoga aficionados can do 108 laps. I recommend doing yoga in the morning, at dawn. You should not eat breakfast before practice, you can drink a glass of warm water with or without lemon."Roll up the rug and go!" Do you need an instructor? How to tell a good teacher from a charlatan? - A teacher is definitely needed! You can find videos on YouTube, but no one can guarantee the quality of the classes. In addition, looking at the screen, you can hardly evaluate how correctly you perform the asanas. It is important to listen to yourself and notice how a person behaves in class. For example, you noticed that the teacher is not in the mood - this should not be: a person who consciously practices yoga should be able to control his emotions. The teacher is showing signs of aggression - roll up the rug and leave! The teacher should give his students positive energy. It's the most important. See also: Elena Isinbaeva taught how to correctly perform the exercise "plank" Vasilina Yuskovets in an interview: "A girl can do anything if she wants!" Theater and film actor Evgeny Banifatov: "Volgograd is constantly changing for the better" Natalia Khairulina. Photo: personal archive of Nina Kolomiytseva.