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YAA Interview: Lisa Martin

June 20, 2012

1. Name:

Lisa Martin.

2. DOB:

31 December 1982.

3. What style of yoga do you teach?

Sri Sri Yoga, Thai Yoga massage.

4. Where do you teach?

Mainly in Muizenberg. I’m going to teach at Sangha Spot and I’ve just finished a course at YoYoga.

5. How long have you been practicing yoga?

Since 2003.

6. How long have you been teaching yoga?

Since 2005.

7. Who have you trained with and where?

Studied Thai Yoga massage at The Universal Centre of Healing Arts in Chiangmai under Master Jo Kherliang. Studied Sri Sri Yoga through the Art of Living Organisation. My training happened all over South Africa!

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

I always thought it is important to spend your time enjoying yourself. It gives joy to teach others about finding their inner joy.

9. What do you love most about teaching?

The wisdom and knowledge it brings through the experience. Students are the great teachers.

10. Is there a focus in your teaching style?

It depends who I’m teaching and what they need. But I focus on helping people surrender through the breath.

11. What do you love most about yoga?

Through yoga life becomes a dance. Yoga has enriched my whole life.

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

Severe post-natal depression and bilharzia.

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

Listen to your body. Let it be your first teacher.

14. Do you have a regular practice?

Yes.

15. Favourite Asana?

Whatever asana is most challenging at the moment.

16. Strongest Asana?

The asana that is best for me in the moment.

17.        Least favourite asana?

The one I most need to be doing at the moment. My favourite is often my least favourite to begin with.

18.        Any religious affiliations?

Love is the way.

19.        What are your other interests?

I am also an artist and a dancer.

20.        Any thank yous?

The Art of Living Community and its teachers. Kindred spirits along the way.

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