Arriving back in Cape Town in 2011, enroute to Angola, where Tina was living at the time, she got hooked on Power Yoga. There was something oddly therapeutic about stepping into a dark and sweaty yoga studio with temperatures resembling those of the sweltering Angolan summer days.
Yoga for Tina is like pressing pause on the often overwhelming, continuously spinning wheel of life. In 2014 she decided to join the yoga teacher’s tribe and completed her training, specialising in Power Vinyasa Yoga. Her teaching style is hugely influenced by her athletic background. Gymnastics and dancing, specifically. Tina is mostly active outdoors these days, with surfing being her second favourite soul cleansing activity.
You can expect powerful and functional yoga classes from her, which will make you sweat and push you out of your comfort zone.
Q & A with Tina Sakko:
The fact that time seems to stand still during my practice. For one hour you take all your problems, put them in a bag, and leave it in front of the studio. Sometimes, when you step off your mat and walk through the door, the bag is gone. And if it is still there, it will feel a lot lighter than before. That is the magic of yoga for me.
I love a creative and dynamic Vinyasa class, that makes me flow and stimulates me mentally. Moving continuously helps me to get my mind off my worries, and immediately takes me into a deeper state of peace and ease.
I enjoyed the physical challenges, especially as a former gymnast. Inversions and arm balances intrigued me from the beginning. I also got hooked on the mental benefits that came with mindfulness and meditation.
As clear as day! I was living in the Angolan desert, far far away from the next civilisation and was slowly but surely losing my mind, because I didn’t know what to do with myself. A friend of mine gave me a USB stick one day and said, ‘Try the yoga videos on here, they really helped me!’ And so there I was standing in my lounge of my wooden house, overlooking nothing but sand and ocean, trying to mimic the moves of this guy bending himself into one pretzel after the other. I had no idea what I was doing, but when I entered my first Savasana, I experienced a sense of peace, that I hadn’t experienced since childhood. Being present changed my experience of isolation and loneliness tremendously for the better.
Pure desperation. After coming back from Angola I went through a very dark phase, and had no idea what to do with my life. I was searching for some kind of purpose and identity, and decided to join a teacher training program. Yoga teachers are often seen as these near perfect human beings, that have reached full enlightenment. However, most of us have chosen this path as a result of facing adversity in our lives, and were seeking for solace for ourselves, before passing it on to others.
Online or in person? Online is great, in person is magic!
Morning or evening practice? What better start to the day than doing yoga? Morning!Downdog or Updog? Updog for a nice front body stretch.