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YAA Interview: Lee-sa Harmse

November 2, 2011

1.    Name: Lee-sa Harmse

2.    DOB: 29 June 1978

3.    What style of yoga do you teach? Vinyasa Yoga

4.    Where do you teach? Southern Sea Yoga in Muizenberg.

5.    How long have you been practicing yoga? Since 2003.

6.    How long have you been teaching yoga? Since 2008.

7.    Who have you trained with and where? I started attending ISHTA yoga classes with Esta Opperman in Somerset West and then was introduced to ashtanga yoga by Michael Hamilton. I did my teacher training with Jim Harrington in 2008 and enjoy attending Iyenger workshops with David Jacobs and Jurgen when they are in town.

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

Esta left to travel overseas and a couple of her students asked me to continue teaching them when she left. So I did, but I felt uncomfortable not being a qualified yoga teacher and then decided to do Jim’s teacher training course.

9.    What do you love most about teaching? When you start teaching, you feel so unprepared and nervous, but that feeling leaves when the flow of consciousness takes over, it’s an amazing feeling. And it is wonderful to see people become empowered.

10.   Is there a focus in your teaching style? Yes, Anatomy.

11.   What do you love most about yoga? Everything! I can come to my mat with any feeling, happy, sad, angry, upset, but even after just 5 minutes of just sitting and being present or working with asanas has the ability of leaving me with a feeling of bliss, always being drawn back to the centre.

12.   What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of yoga? My ego, accepting that I am not always able to do what others are physically capable of doing.

13.   What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga? Try it!!!

14.   Do you have a regular practice? Yes, I mainly practice synergy yoga, but a regular practice is vital, because you can’t teach unless you practice, especially when it comes to yoga flow, you need to know what posture or variation comes next.

15.   Favourite Asana? Shoulderstand.

16.   Strongest Asana? Anything to do with flexibility.

17.   Least Favourite Asana? Backbends.

18.   Any religious affiliations? No, nature and the energies of nature.

19.   What are your other interests? Nature and reading

20.   Any thank yous? To all my teachers and to the system and science of yoga that is available to everybody.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2011 10:26 pm

    Keep up the good work Lees! We love you!


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