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YAA Interview: Carey Abercrombie

December 1, 2011

1.       Name: Carey Abercrombie

2.       DOB: 10 May 1981

3.       What style of yoga do you teach? Hatha & Vinyasa

4.       Where do you teach? Positive Health, Morningside ; The Breathing Space, Glenwood ; Suncoast Casino, (as part of SUNfit sponsored by Lisa Raleigh and Suncoast); Cabana Beach Hotel, Umhlanga ; and a corporate company on the Ridge. Next year I am also starting classes at Physical Impact Gym at Greyville Racecourse.

5.       How long have you been practicing yoga? Seriously for 4 years but sometimes it feels like I have always been practicing it and just didn’t realise what I was doing…

6.       How long have you been teaching yoga? 2 years now – can’t believe it!

7.       Who have you trained with and where? Teacher training with Cherryl Duncan from Living Yoga (JHB), Tibetan Heart Yoga series 2 with Ted Laferty (JHB), Mindfulness Meditation with Mark Joseph (JHB) and Kerri Martinaglia (DBN); Christine Withiel at Jivananda centre for Wellbeing, (my current teacher in DBN).

8.       What lead you to teaching yoga and at what point did you decide that you wanted to teach? Teaching came to me – I never felt like I made a conscious decision to teach, but I am so pleased that it is where I have landed. I started Yoga at a time in my life when I was often gripped by depression. Yoga helped me release that grip. I did the teacher training to deepen my own understanding of Yoga. Initially I had no intention to teach. My good friend and teacher Mark helped me realise the power in helping other people. I soon changed vocation from the television and film industry to working for a charity, (the Starfish Greathearts Foundation). My personal circumstances changed, and I found myself in Durban, unemployed, so I started my journey as a Yoga teacher.

9.       What do you love most about teaching? The joy and peace I see reflected back through my students at the end of a class.

10.   Is there a focus in your teaching style? I think my strongest influence is Mindfulness, and practicing to remain present. Also, finding the JOY in what you do – even if you are uncomfortable!

11.   What do you love most about yoga? The freedom it provides for my body to move, my mind to be still, and my heart to be peace-filled.

12.   What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of yoga? Yoga has helped me rise above a traumatic and haunting violent crime – in many ways I feel like Yoga saved my Self.

13.   What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga? There is a first time for everything, and Yoga could be the first time for the rest of your life!

14.   Do you have a regular practice? I go to Christine Withiel at least twice a week at Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing, and I try to do my own practice too.

15.   Favourite Asana? I try not to discriminate… but probably chakrasana

16.   Strongest Asana? Trikonasana

17.   Least Favourite Asana? Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and also revolved triangle.

18.   What are your other interests? I have recently started to join my boyfriend on a few trail runs. I love hiking and camping and will hopefully summit Kili next year! I enjoy gardening and swimming in the sea. Pretty much anything to do with nature.

19.   Any thank yous? I am so grateful to all my teachers, Cherryl, Mark and Chrisitne to name a few. My family and friends who inspire me and motivate me to be the best I can be. I am thankful to my students for teaching me invaluable lessons too!  (I could be here all day…)

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  1. December 7, 2011 2:33 pm

    Carey’s calmness and ‘presence’ when teaching yoga is an inspiration to all of us, her students. Les A

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