I have been teaching yoga since before 1987. First it started when my teacher of many years, mentored me into assisting her teach her regular weekly classes, then sometimes standing in for her, then starting my own small class ... all this while still working full-time as an Analytical Chemist for the CSIR in Durban, South Africa.
After much further yoga reading, training and experience I eventually gave up my career as research chemist, moved to the beautiful Western Cape to a small village called Somerset West, in 1991. Here Martin (husband) & I opened a small healing centre then known as Essentially for Health, which encompassed our Yoga school called Ananda Sanga (named by 2 great teachers from the USA). We offered massage, reflexology, aromatherapy (all by Sarah); nutritional councelling; lifestyle education; meditation and of course I taught yoga classes.
By 1996 we required larger premises and built the existing Ananda Sanga with an octagonal shaped yoga room, and some smaller rooms and buildings. Joined by 3 other teachers yoga classes were offered 2 or 3 times a day. These included specialised children's classes, senior citizen classes, and private yoga therapy. Sarah had returned to England by this stage so it was only Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda on offer.
Since then 100's of people have trodden the path up to the beautiful octagonal room, their lives changed by yoga, for the better.