I first became interested in whole foods and natural remedies in the 1980’s, when I was an art student in my 20’s. A few health issues came to light: I was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy, for which I took prescription medication for about 2 years, I developed atopic eczema which I struggled with for years, and I also had a recurring thrush condition which plagued me on and off over a number of years. These were challenges which opened up my interest in the world of natural remedies and healthier eating options. In the mid-1980’s I worked at a school which encouraged meditation and vegetarianism for students and staff. Since this period I have eaten no red meat at all.
In the 1990s whilst living in London I attended a few yoga classes, and continued with these upon returning to South Africa in 1993. For 10 years I lived in Cape Town, where I completed my yoga teacher and yoga therapy training at the Ananda Kutir Ashrama
I registered with the Allied Health Professions Council (Ayurvedic Remedial Yoga) before moving to Johannesburg in 2003. Since that time I have favoured vegetarianism and natural health, cleaning & beauty products and for about 17 years I taught yoga and pilates to groups and individuals.
My focus on recycling and ‘anti-waste’ began when I was an art student and later a nursery school teacher in the 1980s, I learnt to be creative with yoghurt containers, egg cartons, toilet roll inners and various other otherwise disposable items, and even got friends and family members to save theirs for me ;). I was seeing the beauty, or at least the usefulness, in the mundane. The point is that much of our waste that we thoughtlessly throw ‘away’ (there is no such place as away) can still serve a purpose, or at the very least not end up on our ever depleting landfills.
My goal through writing is to help create awareness and appreciation for our connections with our world, and for our capacity for creating positive change as individuals. I have found that simplicity can offer peace of mind, and that it is easier to feel calm and happy if life doesn’t get too complicated. I also believe that we need to be the change we want to see in the world and that motivating for global change can begin with the little things.