Originally from Turkey, I found myself in South Africa in 2003, at the age of 15. After the initial culture shock, without much understanding of the local life and the language to be able to communicate, South Africa very quickly crept deep into my heart and before I knew it, I was home. And I could communicate fairly well. :)
After graduating from a performing arts college, studying full time music/piano, I moved to Cape Town and danced under the sun for about three years. Returned to Johannesburg and before I knew it I had a “real” job and a child. It was only after giving birth to my daughter that I made my way into my first yoga class, at my local gym. And I couldn’t get off the mat ever since. Inspired by one of my first teachers, I decided to do a Teacher Training shortly after I began practicing, to deepen my own understanding of yoga and my own practice and not with the intention of teaching. Though, following the given path and resonating with my journey more than anything I ever had before, it didn’t take long for me to decide to teach and share my passion for the magic that is Yoga.
In February 2016, I began my 200hr YTT With Natalie Botha – The Yoga School, and was blessed to have incredible Yogis teach me throughout my journey, such as, Melanie Castleman and Steven Heyman. It was the best thing I had ever done for myself, and in return for the rest of my World.
I resonate most with a strong, intelligent and creatively sequenced practice and prefer to teach what I resonate with. Though I have experience teaching all levels of students at various studios.
For me, Yoga is life, with endless meaning and definition. Though if I were to put it simply into words, with my current experience, I would say, if practiced authentically, Yoga is a mirror, a reflection of one's essential self and intrinsic quality, a portal through which I hope to teach others how to experience the best of themselves and how to be here, now.
Hope to see you on the mat!
“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches” Karl A. Menninger