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YAA Interview: Anne Combrinck

November 2, 2011
1.       Name: Anne Combrinck.
2.       DOB: 3rd June.
3.       What style of yoga do you teach? Integral-Vinyasa OR Ananda Sanga.
4.       Where do you teach? Somerset West at Ananda Sanga mainly, but also all over the country and the world.
5.       How long have you been practicing yoga? Since I was 4 years old.
6.       How long have you been teaching yoga? Since 1987.
7.       How long have you been a teacher trainer and where do you facilitate hold the training sessions? Since 2002, at Ananda Sanga Educational Institute in Somerset West and Stellenbosch.
8.       Who have you trained with and where? Yoga with Ivy Collins in Durban, SA – 1979-1988 and Yoga Therapy, (1996), with Swamiji Parvathi from Ananda Kutir, Cape Town. I have also done yoga studies at Ananda, California, USA, (1993); with Sri Desikachar, son of Krishnamacharya and Sridhar from Krishnamacharya Mandiram, Chennai, India; AG Mohan – also from Chennai, India; Studied Kriya Yoga, (of Paramahansa Yogananda), with Swami Kriyananda, Ananda, California, (1991); Self Realisation Fellowship -USA (1991) and Calcutta, India (1999);  Sri Shibendu, (great-grandson of Lahiri Mahasaya), from Varanasi, India (1999 -2005); Roy Eugene Davis, Georgia, USA (2007). Participated in various yoga workshops with many other yoga teachers world-wide. Ayurveda studies with Dr Raj Coopan, Durban, SA, (1988-1991); Ananda Kutir (1994-1996); Dr Mahadevan, Kerala, India, (1999) and brought him to SA in 2000 to teach in-depth workshops at Ananda Sanga.
9.       What lead you to teaching yoga and at what point did you decide that you wanted to teach? I was a practicing Research Chemist for 16 years, and all the while a part-time student of yoga, with a talented yoga teacher which led to an ‘apprenticeship’ of many years. It was in 1987 that I was given the indication to teach my own classes, (part-time), and loved it so much, gave up the career as a scientist to teach full time in 1992.
10.   What do you love most about teaching and teaching students to become teachers? I love everything about yoga – I live yoga, not only teach it… the satisfaction of seeing others positively change their lives due to the practice of yoga is wonderful. Watching a yoga-lover transform into a good teacher of yoga is incredibly rewarding.
11.   Is there a focus in your teaching style? When I teach yoga classes we progress in a inverted parabolic flow which peaks in the most complex practice of the class, all the while keeping focus on a particular mental aspect, anatomical part or subtle quality, (eg. Chakra, kosha).
12.   What do you love most about yoga? It is a simple way of life that I resonate with. (Also see 10 above).
13.   What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of yoga? I have had many medical challenges in my life and I think yoga has helped me to mentally deal with them and also keep me physically healthy.
14.   What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga? I suggest that people try a few different classes in the beginning to see if they resonate with the style of yoga and also the teacher. We all have preferences in life and so too with yoga.
15.   Do you have a regular practice? Meditation and yoga are what my daily life cannot do without.
16.   Any religious affiliations? Although I have respect for all religions and those who practice them, I am not religious. I practice Kriya Yoga meditation, which is a deeply inward spiritual practice, my altar is within.
17.   What are your other interests? The Energy body, pranamaya kosha, has been of great interest to me since the early 1990’s, and being the eternal student, I have studied many healing modalities in respect of this. For example: Touch for Health, (Kinesiology), SA; Specialised Kinesiology, SA; Educational Kinesiology, SA; Energy Medicine , USA; Energy Psychology & EFT, (Emotional Freedom Techniques), USA. I have integrated these into my Yoga Therapy practice and am fortunate enough to see profoundly favourable results most of the time. See my other website: www.eft.org.zaAnother interesting modality that I did basic studies in the USA is Myotherapy, which is a manual manipulation method to release physical traumas in the muscles and joints of the body.
Otherwise, when I am not busy with my family, students/clients or studying, I enjoy reading, writing and researching – the old scientist does not let up easily – as well as the beach, sea, mountains – nature in general. The chemist in me also enjoys pottering around creating natural remedies, growing herbs, vegetable gardening and cooking.
18.   Any thank yous? I am forever grateful to my parents who introduced yoga to me at such an early age. And of course, all my teachers along my journey; and my family for putting up with some of the “weirdo” things that I get up to and releasing me for hours while researching and writing for my training manuals, articles and books. I am also deeply grateful to all my beautiful students over the years, who have trusted me, supported me and also been fantastic ‘teachers’ to me! Namaste – I salute you!


OM Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Neil Smith permalink
    November 9, 2011 4:52 pm

    nice write up Annie

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