Featuring Linci Abrahams from South Africa

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Written by Linci Abrahams
Edited by Justine of Just Yoga

My name is Linci Abrahams and I'm 35 years young based in based in Kuils River near Cape Town. My day job is working for an amazing organisation called Earthchild project bringing health, wellness and environmental education to an under-resourced community on the Cape Flats and on the side I teach yoga to an underprivileged and impoverished community. I work with youth through my Instagram page "Your True North" taking yoga to them.

My journey started in 2010 with restorative yoga and I fell in love with it and how it made me feel. I was inspired to keep practicing after my first class.

I felt so good in my physical body but more so that I felt calm and clear on where I was and what I wanted to pursue in my life. 

My first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) was done through the Africa Yoga Project (AYP); like Nyakinyua Chege who was featured earlier this month on Just Yoga. I was blessed to be on their scholarship programme and it changed my life. My community project was also born through my experience with AYP. I wanted to share my knowledge and teachings with people from my community and help them on their journey to expand their true north. Later in 2016 I was fortunate to further my Yoga teacher Training with The Shala in Cape Town and I am entirely inspired by Tamsin Sheehy in her teachings. I am a better yoga teacher because of my teachers and students.

Before Covid hit us, I loved teaching my Thursday evening classes, it was a community class and it was a place where us women came together, did yoga together, tell our stories, lots of laughs and at times we cried together too. Covid pushed us to take it online, I'm not there yet, but looking forward to potentially taking our community yoga online :-)
Yoga brings me so much joy, I feel it in my body, I feel in my heart and it feeds my soul every day.

Yoga has helped me to not only connect to myself but it has helped me connect with my community especially the women from my community.
My biggest supporter has been my sister who has never missed any of my classes. If she is not practicing yoga, she welcomes everyone with my smile. And so my sister inspires me to show up every time; the women from my community inspire me to show up every time. My family inspires me to keep going even when life is challenging and things get tough.

My favourite asana by far is Natarajasana (dancers pose) . When I am in this pose I'm completely aware of my body and how it is my temple. I only have this one body, a body that is a gift that needs love, care and nurturing. Yoga has over the years strengthened my body and with my daily practice on and off my mat, I feel it in my body when I miss a day or two.

Being a mom of two, finding a daily practice is very challenging, sometimes doing a round of sun salutation is not possible. I do find a few minutes to stretch and breath before I start my day and I find that helps me to be calm throughout the day. Life will always happen, unexpected things will always pop up and with trying to balance my role as a mom of two little humans, two dogs and a full time job is no different to many and as rewarding as it is, it comes with challenges too.
I think I would be completely lost without my yoga, my mat, my sacred space. Yoga has taught me self love, be patient and know that it's okay to not be okay.  
I love sharing the gift of yoga and would recommend it to everyone. Yoga is not about being flexible, I believe it is about bringing your mind, heart and soul together. When you read my story, I want you to know that yoga is not about how flexible you are, or how thin you are, how it should and shouldn't be. Yoga is about bringing you closer to who you truly are. Finding your true north and that means different things for everyone. Every time I roll up my mat after a class I am filled with complete happiness and I feel renewed. I want everyone to experience this. 

Linci Abrahams

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