My Yoga Journey
My personal yoga journey
I discovered yoga around 15 years ago at a gym I was going to. Initially my practice (if you can even call it that) was infrequent and purely for fitness and stretching after an arduous workout.
It wasn’t until 2009 when I found a DVD lead by Elena Brower that my journey with yoga really began. There was something magnetic about Elena. Her gentle yet potent asana practice and her ability to show up with presence and gentleness had me wanting more. I loved that yoga could assist in creating space in my joints, help me to gain flexibility and relieve my lower back pain, allow for awareness of subtle changes in my body, help me to tune in to what I was feeling and above all – assist me with slowing right down. Looking back now, I realise it was an invitation to practice being present to reality and the added bonus: peace in amongst chaos!
I attended many different classes of all forms of yoga and they were lovely but my busy schedule clashed with studio timetables and so I kept up a home practice. I also didn’t feel the same connection to any teacher as I did with Elena even though I’d never met her. I discovered she was recording classes for yogaglo.com so I signed up immediately back in 2011 and began taking classes almost daily for a few years (and still do so today).
Then in 2013, although I was (and always will be) a student of yoga, I decided to embark on yoga teacher training so I could share with others the way Elena did with me. I went on yoga workshops like Psychosomatic Yoga Therapy with Chris Knight, Ashtanga Yoga with Mark Robberds, watched countless yoga documentaries and DVDs, and then completed a 200hr Hatha/Vinyasa Flow/Yin Yoga Teacher training with the School of Sacred Arts in Ubud, Bali. I have also closely followed yoga experts Judith Lasater, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Tiffany Cruikshank, Sean Corne and Kathryn Budig for many years and my classes are very much influenced by these wonderful teachers.
Then, meeting Vishrant was the ultimate in my yoga journey. Although Vishrant hasn’t been teaching asanas, he’s been guiding me along on my inward journey, assisting me to find and remove obstacles in my way of freedom, be a light for others, practice openness, and live a life in selfless service – what I feel are the foundations of being a yoga teacher.
Leading up to my training and immediately afterwards, I taught privately with individuals and small groups of up to 8 people for almost a year before taking some time out to practice privately again – including asanas, meditating, breathing, studying and practicing openness. My main focus with yoga has always been on grounding and relaxing the body, assisting with relieving back pain, gaining flexibility and strength as well as maintaining a healthy body and now… while this is still the case, I also practice and promote yoga for self-acceptance, slowing down and gaining silence and stillness.
Slow down, find some space in your body and from your mind, and learn to nurture yourself through a gentle guided practice.
You can find out more about the classes I hold on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Baker’s House in Harrisdale by clicking here. I would love to see you there.