When I first discovered the writings of transcendentalists like Emerson and Thoreau as a teenager, it sparked an interest in Hindu texts and curiosity in the potential of human consciousness. On my school lunch break one day, I walked into a Yoga and meditation class in a church in Notting Hill. Needless to say, I was captivated.
Later, while a student at King’s College London, I started to explore different methods of Yoga such as Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga during my free time and this practice planted seeds for a future lifestyle.
A few years later, while working as as a holistic therapist in a rehabilitation centre in Cape Town, people started asking me to share with them what they would sometimes see me doing in the garden. I reluctantly agreed, as I felt like a beginner and had not yet trained as a teacher. The experience was mind-blowing and has since served as a limitless source of inspiration, a reminder of the transformative power of Yoga.
After discovering Jivamukti Yoga in London in 2008, I undertook Jivamukti Yoga teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York in 2010. I went on to complete an apprenticeship with Cat Alip- Douglas at Jivamukti Yoga London, where I was based as a teacher until the end of 2013. In January 2014 I moved to Luxembourg, to co-found the Dancing Kala Yoga School.
My dream is for Yoga to inspire human beings to wake up and get in touch with who they really are and to set about living in a way that causes the least amount of harm possible, whenever possible. I believe a Yoga practice, over time, enables us to directly experience the inter-connectedness of life and to become de-hypnotised from oppressive cultural norms and conditioning.
Yoga also teaches us to be courageous and kind, strong but also soft, to be flexible so as to not to ever become bent out of shape or broken – not just in our physical bodies but in our minds, hearts and attitudes. Yoga calls on us to let go of divisive world views and to come together in pursuit of a higher goal.
When not working with you at Dancing Kala Yoga, I can be found unrolling my Yoga mat at workshops, retreats, in local forests, at home and in sacred sites and spaces around the world, embracing that ever greater sense of incremental interconnectedness of life.