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Teacher Interview: Tess Britz – Gian Inder Kaur, Kundalini Teacher and founder of Cotton Clothing Wallah.



Tess Britz – Gian Inder Kaur

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What style of yoga do you teach?


Where do you teach?

Yoga Republic in Randburg and Prashanthi in Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg.

How long have you been practicing yoga? 15 years.

How long have you been teaching yoga? 4 years.

Who have you trained with and where?

Pritam Khalsa for Kundalini and Geraldine Anderson for Hatha teacher training.

What lead you to teaching yoga and at what point did you decide that you wanted to teach?

I have been travelling to India since 2000, mostly on spiritual journeys. I attended a yoga festival in Rishikesh, Kundalini specific, which was the turning point for me.

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What do you love most about teaching?

I love to see the transformation in the students and how they access the soft and vulnerable space within.

Is there a focus in your teaching style?

I love to incorporate every aspect of yoga, from Kriyas, pranayama, chanting, meditation and most important the relaxation aspect, which completes a class.

What do you love most about yoga?

The journey it takes me on engaging the soft, gentle and vulnerable part of myself.

What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of yoga?

Patience, flexibility physically and emotionally.

What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga?

Don’t think about it, just do it, it’s your own internal journey and you are worth it.

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Do you have a regular practice? Yes.

Favourite Asana?

I don’t have a favorite. They all have their purpose when practiced for the appropriate reason.

Strongest Asana? As above.

Any religious affiliations?

Yes, I am drawn to Sai Baba’s teaching as well as Sikh dharma.

What are your other interests?

Walking in nature, travelling to India at least once a year, my next journey will be my 18th visit to India, beautiful cotton clothing and music.


Any Thank Yous?

To my spiritual guides and yoga teachers who have facilitated this wondrous path for me and to my husband who supports me in this journey.

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