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(Ha) + (Tha)

People often confuse yoga for some sort of religion. They couldn’t be more wrong. It is in fact, as Yogi Bikram Choudhury states, “the science of living life correctly so that we can get to that point , our ultimate destination.” So why does Mr Bikram refer to it as the science of life? “Science helps us understand the physical world. Yoga helps us understand not just the physical body but also the mind and the Spirit. Yoga helps us understand nature; and nature helps us understand the voice of our spirit, or God.” The Symmetry of Hatha Hatha Yoga refers to the practice of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation. In Sanskrit, Ha means ‘Sun’ and Tha means ‘Moon’. Isn’t that just perfection in itself? I’ve known this truth for a long time, but I love the way Bikram expresses it so simply and aptly in his book, Bikram Yoga. Let me share it with you… “In nature there is a strong symbiotic movement between the Sun and the Moon, a balance between …

My Favourite Yogis in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a little piece of heaven nestling at the base of the Himalayas on the banks of the holy Mother Ganges. It is known to be one of the most spiritual places in India and also referred to as the “world Capital of yoga”, and for good reason. From the moment you arrive in Rishikesh you can sense there’s something different about this place, a very special kind of energy resonates here. The Ganges flows through the centre of the town and on either side the banks are lined with Ashrams, yoga centers, cafes, jewelry and book shops, and places offering massage or other ayurvedic therapies. The great thing about staying in Rishikesh is that there is so much yoga to choose from, from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Kundalini to traditional Hatha. I’ve been to many different teachers in Rishikesh, but these are my two favourites… Surinder Singh (Hatha Yoga) My absolute favorite teacher is Surinder Singh… an inspiring teacher who teaches Hatha with an Iyengar influence. His yoga to me feels like an art …

To Connect

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ― Brené Brown I had the privilege of assisting at one of the Township Yogi classes held in Inanda last Saturday, and WOW what a humbling, inspiring experience. There were about 30 students ranging from 5 to 65 years old, mostly men and teenagers. I was blown away by the level of dedication from the budding new yogis and the degree of focus held throughout the class. It was beautiful to watch how as the class unfolded the students softened and the divide between us (the teachers) and them seemed to fade. It felt as if as they relied on us for guidance and assistance, they became more open and vulnerable, creating space for a little light to shine through. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”  ― Brené Brown This reminded me of Brené Brown’s inspiring insights on vulnerability (watch her Ted Talk here) and how ““Courage starts with showing up and …

Township Yogi

I am so excited to be getting involved in this amazing initiative, headed up by Producer Elle Matthews from Green Shoot Films, an eco-friendly film production company. Township Yogi is a documentary about changing the lives of HIV Aids sufferers in KwaZulu-Natal through the power of yoga. Research shows that South Africa has the highest incidence of Aids in the world, and nearly 40% of the HIV Aids population live in townships in KwaZulu-Natal. The documentary will be shot over 6 months and will follow the lives of five people living in Inanda township as they embark on a journey of transformation through the practice of yoga. This will be the catalyst for establishing yoga studios within townships and to further train locals so that they can go out and teach yoga to the people suffering in their communities. This is exactly what we need here in SA! Christine Withiel from the Jivananda Centre (featured in the trailer above) will be training the initial 5 students to be documented in the film. Also, we have already begun teaching weekly …

Dear Yoga,

Oh how I’ve missed you. I’ve missed your sweet embrace, your warmth, your release. It’s been too long… It feels good to be back, even though it’s on new terms. Thank you for teaching me acceptance and how to let go – of my ego and my self-limiting beliefs. Thank you for teaching me patience. And for the gift of being present and totally at peace, breath by breath, moment by moment. Thank you for showing me my strength and my inherent ability to heal. Oh it feels good to be back :-)