Kelly Botes

Johannesburg GP
South Africa

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I would say my yoga journey started when I participated in a meditation course at the age of 14. After the course I

became an avid meditator learning the skill of stilling the mind and being completely at one with the present. It wasn’t long after that I JOINED a Bikram yoga class where my love and dedication for yoga began to develop. In varsity I found a Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Yoga teacher who took my practice on a road I had never ventured down. It was amazing and, although an inflexible person, I soon became an Asana-Junkie.

I attended more and more classes and have been inspired by several teachers: My Vinyasa Teachers: Catherine Rogers; Jivamukti Teachers – Sarah Bentz, and Cheryl Duncan; Ashtanga Yoga Teachers – the late Ingrid, Vanessa Burger, Andreas Bothner and Olivier Davids; and Sivananda Yoga teacher – Swami Yogasar. All of my teachers have inspired me to be the best yoga practitioner and the best teacher I can be. I find teaching one of the most challenging and rewarding JOBS I have ever done, and it is absolutely amazing to deal with different people, who are all teachers in their own way, and learn from them as they learn from me.

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I am a big advocate on learning to be kind and loving to the body. I believe in working at your own safe pace, and finding a way to be content with your yoga practice no matter how difficult or how simple. Every day your practice will be different, and in yoga accepting this is all that matters


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