Friends and family describe me as calm, grounded and nurturing, yet also driven, motivated and risk-taking.
All these qualities encapsulate my life motto – “Live your life according to your own truth”. This motto remains my daily affirmation and is made possible through my Yoga practice.
Yoga has been my “go-to-place” for more than 25 years.
During my twenties, living in South Africa I pursued yoga mainly out of curiosity. As a young, naïve Afrikaans-girl with a sheltered upbringing I had not even heard of the concept of yoga until then. Upon further investigation, I concluded it was some weird ohm-chanting/exercise practice which managed to swiftly improve my flexibility and suppleness.
During my thirties, whilst living in the United Kingdom, I pursued yoga as a complimentary exercise regime prior to giving birth to my two sons. “Working with the breath” was a foreign concept to me up until then as breathing to me was normal and took care of itself. I was fascinated to discover how effortlessly I was able to transform my state of being, purely by becoming aware of my breath. Not to mention the massive benefit of practicing HOT yoga as a way of combating the gloomy UK climate!!
It wasn’t until my forties when living in Singapore that I encountered yoga to its full extent. I have some incredibly gifted teachers to thank for their guidance and am grateful beyond words for the manner in which my practice has evolved as a result. A consistent practice, whilst remaining curious and open to the experience, nourishes and sustains my well-being physically, mentally and emotionally. To me a healthy body, strong mind and free spirit forms the basis to living an authentic life which is well-balanced, yet astonishingly remarkable.