5. Yoga Community

Yoga Teacher Interview: Cher Strydom of Indi -Yoga in the East London.

20 February 2015
  1. Name:

Cher.    

  1. DOB:

14.02.1975

Cher contact page photo

  1. What style of yoga do you teach?

indiYOGA

  1. Where do you teach? East London:-

Buccaneers Backpackers, Tea in the Trees, Beacon Bay, Rainbow Valley. I am a travelling yogi !!

  1. How long have you been practicing yoga?

On and off 10 years.   

  1. How long have you been teaching yoga?

5 years.

  1. Who have you trained with and where?

Kerry Weavind, Haum of Yoga, Fourways (indiYOGA). Jim Harrington, Cape Town (Yoga Synergy).

Bakhasana

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

Yoga found me in London and what I absolutely enjoyed about the practice was how much better I started to breathe.  I wanted to start teaching yoga because I wanted yoga to become a lifestyle for me, so that I would be more focused and disciplined in my yoga practice. I believed that being a teacher would keep me inspired to grow, and it most definitely does.

  1. What do you love most about teaching?

When students leave the class and feel amazing, they always thank me for their experience but the truth is that I am only the facilitator in the process and it is they themselves, who have managed to create this amazing feeling in their bodies and their minds. I enjoy sharing the journey of self – discovery with them.

  1. Is there a focus in your teaching style?

My focus is to guide students into their bodies, so they can notice what they are feeling and experiencing about themselves. I believe that it is important for us to learn to trust ourselves, as the majority of us often doubt ourselves.  As we become confident with our physical bodies and learn to trust ourselves on our mats, we learn to trust ourselves more and more in our daily lives.

  1. What do you love most about yoga?

The sacred, alone time spent on my mat.

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

Many a challenge!  My experience of yoga, I can relate to the age old metaphor of peeling away the layers of an onion.  Slowly but surely the layers peel back and I become more and more familiar with who I am.

Head Stand

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

Most people believe that you can only do yoga if you are flexible.  This is a sad misconception.  Yoga is about moving into your body, getting to know your body and your mind and the connection between the two. Yoga is about moving past the boundaries that we build around ourselves that stop us from living our lives to our fullest potential.  Boundaries in the mind, we hold rigid in the physical body and as we gently soften into our bodies so these boundaries both in the mind and the body start to fade away.  My advice to people who have never tried yoga is, “buy a mat today and start exploring your amazing Self”!!!!

  1. Do you have a regular practice?

Yes I do a daily self-practice. Length of time varies depending on what the day presents me with, this a wonderful practice in itself, to simply go with the flow and embrace each self-practice without expectation.

  1. Favourite Asana?

 My favourite asana at the moment is Urdhva Dhunurasana (Wheel), this pose is very stimulating and I really enjoy the sensation I experience when I flex into my spine.

  1. Strongest Asana?

Virabradasana I.

Ardha Matsyendrasana

  1. Any religious affiliations?

None, I understand that all religions share a common root, which is limitless compassion.  They emphasize human improvement, love, respect for others and compassion and love for the suffering of others. 

  1. What are your other interests?

Playing guitar, painting and spending time with my children.

  1. Any Thank yous?

I want to thank all my yoga teachers, (teachers, friends and yoga students alike), for being the amazing beings that they are. Each and every one of you touches my life in so many ways. Bringing rays of light and love into my heart whenever I am in your presence!

Namaskar