My yogic journey
Uschi Heyd (Swami Pavitrananda)
I bought my first yoga books at the age of 17 and started practicing yoga daily before school. Yoga was my inspiration in an otherwise conservative upbringing. Yogic teachings have been my steady anchor and inspiration during times of turmoil and great change.
Over the years I attended many different yoga classes but 10 years down the track felt that I was stuck, I was looking for more than just feeling good from practicing asana (yogic postures).
My yogic journey took a turn when encountering Satyananda Yoga in 2001. The teachings of Swami Satyananda opened my eyes to the vast scope of yoga and linked me to an ancient yogic lineage from which I learned some of the deeper aspects of yoga and yogic lifestyle. In 2005 I completed a 3 year diploma in yogic studies and yoga teacher training in NSW, Australia. I took yogic initiation in India and over the years spent weeks and sometimes months at a time in the ashrams and yoga centres in India, NZ and Australia, taking time out from running my yoga centre in Christchurch.
I handed over my yoga studio in 2014 and now live 2-3 months during summer at the Mangrove Yoga Centre in NSW co-coordinating and teaching on the yogic diploma and teacher training program at the Academy of Yoga Science.. The rest of the year I spend in Dunedin with my partner offering yoga & meditation classes, child birth education and pregnancy yoga as well as studying for a BA in Educational Psychology.