I try my utmost to teach what I learn along this path, integrating the science, philosophy and art of yoga, along with detailed alignment and the intricacies of anatomy and physiology. I fascinate on our potential to heal. I fascinate on our subtleties of being and how we can deeply connect with ourselves, with each other and with our surroundings. We should all be give the tools from the onset on how to best manage and cultivate equilibrium to ease through all experiences, and have the sense of freedom through taking responsibility for our own energetic systems.
I engage Hatha techniques , integrated with intelligently sequenced Vinyasa. Focusing on detailed alignment, the purpose of the technique and health benefits. Encouraging strength, core stability, balance, healing and activating awareness to cultivate steadiness and ease to make more tangible the subtle energetics of the practice. Using the tools of yoga to feel serenity within; making space to perceive the ‘bigger picture’, shift perspective, and have a far greater capacity to move through experiences.
I have always been drawn to experiences and learning that dawn new perspectives, and draw one closer to connection. It was at the drop zone that I first discovered yoga with freeflying instructor, Andre Du Preez who taught me yoga asana to obtain yoga/ freeflying positions in the sky.
In 2007, inspired by teacher Marie Stander, I ventured to the university Yoga Vidya Gurukul, India to complete the 250hr Yoga Teacher Training program. It was also here that Dr. Vishwas Mandlik guided me on how to heal digestive ailments that I had suffered with for many years. I decided to return and further study Yoga Therapy.
I completed an additional 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at The Shala in 2015, as well as the Advanced Teacher Training course in 2018. Special praises to Tamsin Sheehy.
I finally returned to India in 2017 to experience and obtain the 250hr Diploma in Yoga Therapy. Thanks and respect to the lecturers at Yoga Vidya Gurukul ; Kate Mandlik, Gandhar Madlik and Dr. Prafullachandra Dorle. I look for daily inspiration and guidance from the phenomenal texts written by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Niranjanananda Swaraswati.
Since 2017 I teach weekly therapeutic yoga lessons at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for the caregivers and staff.
I was aware of the beauty of the mind body connection during my years of dancing and yearned to take it to a deeper level. I began exploring yoga asana over 20 years ago, and was very deeply drawn to the essence of the practice: the breath. It was through the understanding of the breath that I began to experience presence in my practice. This is the essence of my approach to teaching.
I have been fortunate enough to have trained with some powerful and inspiring teachers: Jim Harrington, Jacqueline Ivory, Tamsin Sheehy, Sharlene Rofail, Patrick Creelman, Ana Forest, Laruga Glasser, Mikko Seppinen, Tarik Thami , Sharon Gannon and David Life, Hamish Hendry, David Swenson, Simon Borg-Olivier, Yvonne de Kock, Anna Laurin.
I have endless gratitude for all the teachers that have shared with me, but my main inspiration and learning comes from my mat. It is here that I have experienced, at the deepest level, that this practice is therapeutic and deeply transformative.
I enjoy teaching a hybrid of all the different styles that I have practiced and trained in. I teach restorative, yin, ashtanga vinyasa, vinyasa flow, pre natal, yoga nidra and basic pranayama and meditation.
My yoga journey over the past 16 years has been inspired by many teachers and text, however I am always drawn back to the restorative ,spiritual and physical elements of the practice focusing on alignment and form combined with a strong core. My classes mirror these principles, are dynamic in nature offering a combination of restorative and strengthening postures that challenge and develop both mind and body. With a sprinkle of humour because let face it, life needs to be FUN! My biggest passion is learning how to move in fun, interesting ways and then teaching others what I learned in the process. Seeing them get the result is very rewarding.
My first experience of yoga was in a Bikram studio in London in 2002. I practiced regularly at various Bikram and Vinyasa studios in London and attended a pregnancy yoga workshop in 2009 which was the catalyst to take my practice further and become an instructor. Three more years of practice and a change of country, I fulfilled my ambition completing a Yoga Alliance 200hrs Vinyasa teacher training in 2013 at Yoga Life in Cape Town.
In 2017 I completed an RYT 300hr Advanced Teacher Training at Wellness Connection with Catherine Wilkinson which focussed on anatomy, physiology and functional movement. Here I learnt a method of teaching which emphasises the individuality of the student and what they require to achieve the yoga practice that is right for them with intelligent sequencing and the emphasis on alignment.
I focus more on teaching people rather than poses.