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YAA Interview: Wendy Young

November 14, 2012

1.    Name:

Wendy Young.

2.    DOB:  

22 August 1968.

3.    What style of yoga do you teach?

Satyananda Inspired Hatha Yoga.

4. Where do you teach?

Yoga & Meditation Classes @ ISHTA School of Yoga & Health, Atholl, Sandton, JHB.

5    How long have you been practicing yoga?

13 years.

6.  How long have you been teaching yoga?  

8 years.

7.    Who have you trained with and where?  

2 year yoga teacher training  course at Mandala Yoga Ashram, Wales, UK followed by a 1 year meditation training course based on Yogic and Buddhist philosophy also at Mandala Yoga Ashram.

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

Meeting a trainee yoga teacher one Friday night in a bar in London and talking to her about yoga brought me to yoga as a student.  Reaching a place in my personal practice where I felt I wanted to go deeper in myself as well as yogic knowledge made me decide to do a teacher training course.

9.    What do you love most about teaching?  

Seeing the changed state in students at the end of a class, hearing about their insights and transformation and how what they have learnt on the mat helps them in daily life.

10.    Is there a focus in your teaching style?

Practice is in-depth working to create space and integrity in the physical structure. Students are encouraged to recognize and work to a level that feels right for them. The focus is meditative emphasizing awareness and an inner experience of the practices. A quietening class to connect with inner Stillness in and around.

11.  What do you love most about yoga?  

That’s a difficult question as yoga is life and life is yoga… yoga for me is a lifestyle and a way of being who I really am.

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

Each day I’m grateful for yoga, it keeps me grounded, has taught me how to manage my default emotional response of anxiety and continues to teach me about myself and life.  It allows me now to experience greater ease, happiness and peaceful states of mind.

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

Listen to their bodies, don’t worry about what the person next to them is doing and only do what feels right for their body and mind in that moment.

14.  Do you have a regular practice?  


15.  Favourite Asana?  

What my body and mind needs in the moment.

16.  Strongest Asana?  

Let go of preferences.

17.  Least Favourite Asana?

Let go of preferences.

18.  Any religious affiliations?


19.  What are your other interests?

Nature, cooking and community, Holistic Life Coaching, Mental & Emotional Healing, Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultation, Ayurvedic Deep Tissue Oil Massage, (Chavutti Thirumal), Reiki, Yoga Therapy & Meditation Teaching.

20.  Any thank yous?  

To all my teachers.



Wendy Young (Vandana) is a qualified Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Holistic Life Coach & Therapist.  She has studied in India, Thailand and United Kingdom, and offers a range of therapeutic treatments, group and private yoga lessons and meditation classes as well as workshops and retreats.

Wendy has studied Traditional Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Oil Massage, (Chavutti Thirumal), Nutrition, Ayurveda, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Pranic Healing and is a Reiki Master.   She completed a two year yoga teacher training course at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales, UK which was a Satyananda Yoga inspired training diploma.  She then completed a 1 year meditation training course based on Yogic and Buddhist philosophy.

She regularly attends workshops and retreats to deepen her practice and understanding of Yoga, Ayurveda, herself and life.  She has been in private practice for 12 years and her approach is to invoke your inner teacher and inner knowing in order for self-healing, sustainable change and true empowerment to take place.  She has been teaching Yoga for 7 years and has a calm, caring and down to earth approach.

Wendy can be contacted on 011 781 4797, 072 800 4982 and or visit Wise Living on FaceBook here.

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