Tracy Gerza

Durban, South Africa

When did you move to OZ ?

What’s your signature dish?
“Durban Bunny Chow” (Sans Rabbits!)

Let me explain…. First of all, cook a delicious HOT curry!
Then – hollow out half a loaf of fresh crusty white bread and keep the soft, delightful, “inside bread” on the side.
Fill the crispy bread shell with chunky curry, Mrs Balls chutney & sambals. (Must be Mrs Balls!)
Scoop out the curry deliciousness with the fresh hollowed-out bread.
I’m not sure why it’s called “Bunny Chow”, but let me reiterate that there are no rabbits in it!

Tea or Coffee?
Tea. Preferably from a teapot, on a tray in a pretty cup.   🙄 

Favourite café?
The “Tea Cozy” teahouse, at The Rocks.

Cat or Dog?
“I like Dags”!

 Star Sign?

 What quote do you live by (or favourite inspiration quote?)
Try to see / understand things from everyone’s perspective.

What Yoga style do you practice?
Mixture of Hatha / Pilates / Hanna Somatics & Yin. Different all the time depending on what my body needs / some sort of injury… I mean “learning experience”! Ha-ha!

How did you start yoga?
Mum did yoga when I was little and we also used to go to the Local Ashram in the 70s & early 80s, so I guess it all started there. I grew up with a lot of “new age” philosophies through mum. We kept it fairly secret, as in those days it wasn’t popular to have “alternative” beliefs in South Africa.

I didn’t really start a regular asana yoga practice until I moved to Sydney in 2004. One of my first classes was an Ashtanga practice with a lot of boys from Oxford Street in small briefs. My flatmate fancied one of the instructors so I struck a deal to go with him if he cleaned the kitchen.

Soon after that, I discovered Japanese Ki yoga. For me it was a kind of bridge between yoga & Pilates which I loved & practiced regularly.

When I moved to Manly, my husband knew a Qi teacher trainee and we started doing her student classes in Freshie. I loved the classes and teachers and really enjoyed the gentler practices which I’d not experienced before. Doing a gentle class with Morgan the first time I met her and doing a songbird W/S with Kylie were 2 stand-outs for me I’ll never forget.

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you?
Stillness – Time suspends itself.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
Qi Yoga, 2014.

Favourite pose?

Least favourite pose?
Downward Facing Dog.

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?
There are so many incredible teachers out there.
I must pay tribute to the amazing yoga & Pilates teachers that have lead me to where I am right now: Mark, Nikola, Julie D, Cat G, Jeremy, Dav, Louisa, Audrey, Jo, Lisa, Carmen and especially Joan Miller who encourages & inspires me every time I see her.

Also, a big shout-out to Mysan Sidbo who set me on my Yin & anatomy journey which I’m intensely passionate about.

I learn a lot from clients and the lovely people in my classes too.

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