I was exposed to yoga from a young age through both my granny and my mum who taught and practised Iyengar Yoga as well as studying yoga philosophy extensively.
I always knew that yoga would be become an integral part of my life but it took until I was 37 to switch my career and my focus to submerging myself in the Yoga practise.
I completed my 200hour Alliance Approved teacher training at Yo Yoga in Claremont, Cape Town with both Stuart Kirton and Justine Barnes. The focus of this teacher Training was on Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy and Bikram Yoga.
After completing the training, I started building my studio while teaching at both The Source Yoga and Pilates (owned by Rene Watson) and Yo Yoga. Completing many courses including Pregnancy Teacher Training and Kids Yoga, I opened my doors in Jan 2016. This is when I embarked on my 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training under the tutelage of Catherine Wilkinson at Wellness Connection. This training opened my eyes to the importance of Anatomy in human movement and sparked a complete passion for learning more about not only yoga, but how it can be adapted to suit each individual personally in today’s world. During this time I was lucky enough to get accepted back into Stellenbosch University as a special student to study Anatomy. I subsequently completed 3 modules over 18 months 2nd and 3rd year Anatomy.
As a naturally more flexible than strong person, I felt after completely my advanced teacher training that I needed to work on this strength aspect of my training. I started enthusiastically looking for cross-training options that would help me build more upper body strength for arm balances and this is when I started cross-fit. Not a practice I would normally gravitate to, I have come to really enjoy challenging myself to use my body to its’ full potential and be able to lift, carry, pull, push, press and hang. All these movements are integral to all round body strength and mobility and finding new ways to move is always so exciting! Yoga unfortunately misses the key elements of the “pull” movement and “glute” activation and I strive to make sure I include specialised exercises in all my strength classes to address this.
The cross-fit training and gymnastics elements really helped when I went on to complete my 50hr Budokon Primary Series Teacher Training with Cameron and Melayne Shayne from Budokon Univeristy, Miami.
Learning new and different ways in which to move and evolve is constantly where I see not just myself, but the studio and the practitioners.
My personal philosophy is to use Yoga asanas and the practice of Yoga in order to build strength from the inside out. The more strength you build, the more you believe in your own potential physically, mentally and emotionally.