Kip&Co BODY is the perfect get up from street to sleep and everything in-between. Super soft jersey and relaxed boyfriend style cuts make it your go-to outtie for vinyasa flow. Here we catch up with Melbourne yogi and One Hot Yoga instructor Petra Mangos (@petramangos) and find out a little bit more about her yoga journey (in Kip&Co!).

1. How did you get into yoga?

I'll never forget my first attempt to do yoga, back home in Europe, in my living room. I found a random one hour yoga sequence on YouTube and decided to watch. After I watched the whole thing, I thought - 'Great, I'm done, I will never be able to this .. I'm not flexible enough .. I'm not fit enough.. this is too hard.'...Next day I decided to try again. Day by day, my practice got better. Back then, I didn't understand that yoga is not just about body, so first, yoga for me, was just physical. It was later on, when I bought my first book, I found, there was more to yoga. A lot more.Slowly, I was starting to understand, this feeling of "UNITY " everyone was talking about.  The more I learned, the more I wanted to know.

When I moved overseas, I stepped into a studio for the first time. It was here, in Melbourne, I truly felt in love with yoga. Each time I practiced, I felt a little lighter, little better, happier. That was what kept me and still keeps me coming back to my mat. 

I guess, back then, if I just threw my mat out, after I decided that yoga was " too hard " & I wasn't "good enough", I wouldn't now be able to accept myself and love myself the way I do, I wouldn't be able to be surrounded by amazing like minded people, I love from all my heart, I wouldn't be able to share this journey .. and lastly .. probably still wouldn't be able to touch my toes ! :)

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2. Do you prefer hot yoga or a natural temperature?

Depending on the season, I would say. Hot in winter, natural in summer.

3. Favourite studio and favourite yoga pose?

One Hot Yoga in Melbourne, for sure. Beautifully designed studio with lots of natural light & smiling faces all around. Baddha Konasa is my favourite pose! Such an amazing hip opener! It strengthens and improves flexibility in the inner thighs, groins and the knees. Helps prepare the hips and groins for meditative seated poses, which require more flexibility in these areas & alleviates fatigue, according to traditional yoga texts.

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4. Best way to start the day?

A cup of strong coffee and few rounds of sun salutations :)

5. What’s on for your summer and where can we find you next?

I'll be heading to Ubud, Bali in few weeks to do another advanced Yoga teacher training. A month of yoga, sattvic diet, meditation and backpacking.  Very excited indeed!

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