You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”
~ Dr Seuss
I believe that real transformation can come only through a vigorous interrogation of the human experience.
I am a qualified 200Hr-International Yoga Alliance certified teacher and I teach from the belief that we all have a burning desire to thrive, and reveal our intrinsic goodness. I use the practise of yoga asana to get deep into the essence of my being, test my endurance, and reveal my spirit. My yoga journey began in 1999 when I attended a therapeutic yoga class with my first mentor, Andrea Sternberg, in Cape Town. Since then, yoga has been with me along many challenging roads. I’ve travelled through ashrams in India, sought an austere practise, and found that the way that suits me best is to practise with exuberance, and to move from a place of joy. I’ve taught yoga is some beautiful and at times unlikely places- I remember my daily yoga practise in open fields and old churches of Northern Spain during the month that I walked the Santiago de Compostela- the Camino. Each day more weary pilgrims would come stand beside me, until I had a full daily class and firm friends, and many delicious meals cooked by the Italian contingent. They became an agile bunch, I witnessed many overcome injuries they had sustained on the long road, and the yoga certainly kept me pain free.
It’s an amazing thing, being a yoga teacher, connecting with people from all walks of life- I’ve had the privilege to teach top sports enthusiasts, a world champion free-diver, a prima ballerina, investment bankers and trainee teachers- I taught the YogaLife Teacher Training Programme’s Therapeutic Yoga Module, as well as their Pregnancy Module for new yoga teachers. I strive to give classes that are focused and also playful. Sometimes it’s difficult to connect to the fun in yoga- halfway through a class when one’s legs are burning, and arms are shaking, and it feels near impossible to go on. That encounter with one’s shadow is a wonderful thing, a chance to fid one’s true power, to move from a place of joy, and carry on. There’s a lightness of being that comes from that challenge. I think people that practise yoga are some of the bravest I have met.
I love seeing where a student is at, and what they need from their yoga practise. When I was pregnant with my daughter Stella- Rumi, I studied yoga for pregnancy and taught yoga for expecting mums. I facilitated yoga workshops for new mums to bring their babies along, and taught mum and baby yoga and massage.
I know that the single most important purpose of practising yoga is that of freedom- from physical pain, emotional pain and fear. I have watched students harness their physical power to become emotionally stronger, gain mental clarity, and live lives of greater confidence and self- awareness.
Yoga asana heals and transforms people. That is why I practise and teach it. I completed my Teacher training with Jim Harrington in Cape Town in 2010. Foremost, I am a lifelong student of yoga and I try to attend as many courses and further studies that I can- the most recent being a teachers’ training workshop with Patrick Creelman (founder of Pure Yoga in Hong Kong) in 2012.
Yoga is the most honest of companions; it is both frustrating and enabling. The way through has been to open my heart and mind to the grace, delight as well as the myriad frustrations that the challenge of yoga brings.