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Teacher Interview: Rolaine Paterson of YamaYoga Studio in Bellville, CPT.

21 October 2015
  1. Name:

Rolaine Paterson.

  1. DOB:

21 July 1981.

Rolaine profile

  1. What style of Yoga do you teach?

Bikram & Vinyasa.

  1. Where do you teach?

YamaYoga & The Source.

  1. How long have you been practicing Yoga?

I have been practicing yoga for 5 years, but only really got into my practice 3 years ago, practicing 3/4 times per week.

  1. How long have you been teaching Yoga?

2 years.

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  1. Who have you trained with and where?

200hrs Bikram training with Sy Ali at The Source, 200 hrs Vinyasa training with Laura Norton at The Source.

  1. What lead you to teaching Yoga and at what point did you decide that you wanted to teach?

In 2002 I had an accident causing a stroke. I had to learn how to walk again. I went back to beginner’s ballet, Pilates and Yoga to improve my balance and confidence. I started finding joy in Yoga as it really improved so much more than just the physical abilities…it helped me to calm my mind and gave me freedom.

  1. What do you love most about teaching?

Very easy, the ability to share what I’ve learned!

  1. Is there a focus in your teaching style?

Strength in both the body and mind.

Lunge

  1. What do you love most about Yoga?

The different styles… the different instructors…the different energy, and that one lifetime is not enough to learn and know it all!

  1. What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of Yoga?

My career change.

  1. What advice do you have for people who have never tried Yoga?

Don’t just try it once. It’s like eating a delicatessen that originally you might not enjoy, like oysters, capers; olives…try it at least three times before you make up your mind…this can be applied to all things in life.

Studio space

  1. Do you have a regular practice?

Yes, 3-4 times per week.

  1. Favourite Asana?

Any Dhanurasana – Bow, Standing pulling Bow, Upward Facing Bow…love the opening and lifting of the heart chakra!

  1. Strongest Asana?

Trikonasana – Triangle.

Teaching

  1. Any religious affiliations?

I’m a Christian.

  1. What are your other interests?

I enjoy hiking, Mauy Thai, swimming, reading, traveling, cooking, food & wine, family time and time on my own.

  1. Any Thank yous?

Thank you to my mother, Laura Norton, Renee Watson & Bryan Mac at The Source for believing in me and my abilities.