Ina Fourie started practising yoga in 1998. After experiencing a full class and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) with Swami Yogasagar, she became totally fascinated and curious about yoga. Swami Yogasagar is Australian, but has lived in the Ashram in Munger, India, and studied with the Bihar School of Yoga. With him she was exposed to almost all aspects of yoga: the cleansing practices of yoga, Karma Yoga (selfless service), and chanting as he has a beautiful voice and played the Kertan.
A few years later she attended Durgana from the Ishta School of Yoga’s teachers training course. Durgana’s course had a lot of information on the different energy centres of the body.
She has also completed a course offered to people that want to teach yoga at a gym, where she learnt the importance of warming up the body before stretching. She has further read numerous books from the different yoga styles for instance B.K.S Iyengar’s Light on Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga.
To Ina, awareness is essential to all yoga practice. At first it may appear that the postures are merely concerned with the physical level because they deal with the movement of different parts of the body, but they have profound effects at every level of being if they are combined with awareness. Awareness may be understood as consciously noting sensations in the body, the physical movement, the posture itself, breath control and synchronization, concentration on an area of the body and witnessing any thought or feeling which comes to the mind.
Ina has been exposed to more than one style of yoga and enjoys combining different combinations in a class. Her approach to yoga is to create a neutral and non-judgemental space where anyone can practice yoga. Ina has a great interest in breathing, relaxation and meditation and integrate this into every yoga class.