In celebration of Women's Day this August, we asked 33 South African female yogis to share their advice, quotes, mantra's or affirmations that have inspired their yoga practice.
"I give up freely what is no longer serving me. I release it to create space for what inspires me"
- Tarryn James, yoga instructor and founder of Yoga South Africa
Yoga is for all. It reminds us that we are perfect, whole and complete, just as we are, right here, right now.
- Anesu Mbizvo, yoga instructor and owner of The Nest Space in Johannesburg
"I cannot look to others for the wisdom and happiness that lay inside me"
- Casey Chiang, yoga instructor and co-owner of Zen Hot Yoga World in Johannesburg
"Realign body, mind and spirit with the first source and become the channel of love you are meant to be"
- Larissa Govender, yoga instructor in Ladysmith
"Asana is a tool to focus the mind, strengthen the body and connect to your highest potential"
Asana has been a tool in my life to stabilize the emotional body and become less reactive, my mental body to stay more calm and logical as I negotiate my life experiences, and my physical body to stay fluid, toned, open and strong.
My spiritual connection comes from having the space achieved by balancing all three.
- Tamsin Sheehy, Yoga instructor and co-owner of The Shala Cape Town Yoga School
"Raise your vibrations. Happy mind, happy life"
- Anastassia Dellis, yoga instructor and founder of The Mindful Movement
"Live meaningfully. You are not here to dwell within the basement of your potential."
“Use your practice to emanate peace and kindness” #satnam
- Ilana Fintz, yoga instructor and co-owner of Gurramdas yoga studio
I am love. I am peace. I am kindness. I am open to receive.
- Tegan Burger, yoga instructor in Johannesburg
"The only thing that is certain is change. Surrender. Anything and everything is possible and getting upside down really does change your perspective on things."
- Marissa Dana, Acro yoga instructor in Cape Town
"The most significant teaching for me right now is the practice of loving kindness on my yoga mat.
The practice of loving kindness with myself and all of the parts of me that show up in my awareness, Parts of me that I like and parts of me that I don't like..
I use the loving kindness as a way to to cultivate a neutral mind or gentleness towards anything that I see."
- Lauren Porter, yoga instructor at The YogaLife in Cape Town
"Everything you admire in others, already exists within you - courage, strength, compassion and joy - all of these beautiful qualities exist within you"
- Ashnee Mathen, yoga instructor and founder of Koga Kids Yoga in Centurion
"You can choose. You can choose how you react to people and situations. You can choose how you feel. What you do. Who you are. Put the time into yourself and it will become easier to know what you choose."
- Jenine Grove, yoga instructor in Pretoria
"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretence and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself" - maya angelou
- Theresa Moodie, yoga instructor in Johannesburg
"No matter who you are, what your life looks like or how you think.. Self love and self care are the secrets to a happy heart. Open your heart to yourself. Open your heart to movement that makes you feel good, thoughts that build you up, food that makes you thrive and humans that make you laugh. You are worth all the love and all the care."
- Christi Wasserman, yoga instructor and founder of Hello Happiest in Cape Town
"Repairing the balance of equality has very little to do with taking power back, and everything to do with stepping into our own power, strength and responsibility. And as we do so, we need to know that if we don't take care of our masculine counterpart in all its forms - teaching that part to stand beside us rather than above, below, or in front of us - we will just perpetuate another cycle and struggle.
I practice and teach Womb Yoga that honours your cycles and adapts to the changes of the female body. It has connected me to who I really am. I honour, respect and accept the body I have. I am able to tap into an inner source of guidance and power, unearthing a deep inner wisdom and intuition. Being in harmony with my the cycles in my life, I am able to navigate my real and messy life with a lot more compassion and self kindness. I know I am being held in the loving arms of the universe. What I want to share is this is in all of you, a wild power, a deep wisdom. Your true yoga teacher, and guru was inside all along.
- Andrea White, yoga instructor in Pretoria
“Yoga is a sacred conversation with yourself. Honour your strength, your resilience, your courage & your compassion.”
- Natasia Cook, yoga teacher & founder of Namasté Yoga Studio
"There it is. As you are. Right here. And now. In this moment. In you."
- Kelly Tasmin, yoga instructor in Johannesburg
“You never really know until you try”,
- Lara Roux, yoga instructor in Cape Town
"Get out of your head and into your body."
- Lexi Ryman, yoga instructor and co-owner of Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning
"I am deeply loved. I am divinely blessed. I am my own sacred light. I honour the goddess within"
- Kholofelo Mhlabane, yoga teacher in training in Johannesburg
I think the most important part of our yoga practice begins when we step off of our mats. We come to our mats to learn, and we step off our mats to live. Rolling out our mats to practice the physical asana is important, but #yogaeverydamnday doesn’t always look like a down dog or a fancy inversion. Some days it looks like kindness, forgiveness or love. Some days it looks like practicing a pause and taking a deep breath. Some days it looks like missing an intense practice in favor of a slow stroll to admire a beautiful view. Trust your process and trust your practice. "
- Dominique Veiria, Yoga instructor and co-owner of Wild Thing Yoga & Body Conditioning in Cape Town
Yoga is the process of moving energy. Sometimes we need to be fluid. Sometimes we need to be static. Something we need to sweat. Sometimes we need to restore.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to moving energy, just the remembrance that, at our essence, that is what we are"
Yoga meets us where we are.