Interview with Madonna Williams
Jocelyn McGillvray is a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, author and artist who loves yoga! I fell in love with Joss the moment she opened her heart to me and shared her honesty and vulnerability a few years ago. As with many students who share, I feel deeply honoured to hold this space. They also become my greatest teachers.
Today Jocelyn radiates love and strength. She has become a shining light for her family, friends and all of our endearing yoga students at Paradise Point. It is a privilege for me to share our ‘Love for Courage’ interview and how it all started under the yoga tree at Paradise Point.
When did your yoga journey begin?
J: I began my yoga journey 3 years ago. My world had been shattered overnight and the trauma affected my entire family In different ways. I had a TGA (trans global amnesia, a form of a mild stroke).
Why did you choose yoga?
J: A friend suggested I could try some yoga classes to help me emotionally.
How did you feel about the very first class?
J: I was very apprehensive and tentative to join the group and sat on my mat at the back of the class. The tears flowed down my cheeks.
What are the 3 biggest lessons that yoga has taught you?
J: Working through adversity in postures gave me my greatest strength. To trust myself and believe that I have everything I need to get through this journey. To let go. I was able to put the story behind me and live and enjoy each day.
What is your favourite posture and why?
J: I love Tree Pose. I feel so grounded and supported and feel the lightness of new growth and experiences.
Do you have any aspirations in your yoga practise?
J: I look forward to more flexibility and maybe accomplishing handstands.
What is your favourite essential oil and what do you use it for?
J: I use both On Guard and Lemon. I apply these two oils directly to the soles of my feel before bedtime. This is calming for me and keeps my health at an optimum level, especially when I’m travelling.
We love your new book
Tell us about your intention or inspiration?
J: I had no intention in creating a book. I started combining my passion of photography and travel that provided me with inspirational thoughts to strengthen me in my journey.
You're also an artist! What's your proudest art creation?
J: I was a ceramic artist for twenty five years and I loved the process of taking a lump of clay and nurturing and moulding it into a beautiful functional piece of artwork. It was a joy to see my pottery being used everyday for a purpose.
Do you have any dreams for the future that you would like to share?
J: My dream for the future is for all of us to find peace.
Thank you Jocelyn! We look forward to sharing many more yoga classes and peace under the tree with you.
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