Anastasia Cambitzi is a yoga teacher who recently led our summer event for young people. We caught up with her to find out more about her journey.

Tass Cambitzi, yoga teacher

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Friends, family and students know me as Tass. I'm a yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher. I'm also a trained Holistic Massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. I love that my job entails passing the most useful information I have ever had to help me through life on to other people.

How did you get into yoga and what kept you going back?

It was during a period of deep depression that physical yoga was suggested to me. I have studied Buddhist, Christian and modern day self-development texts and found that the suggestions rarely differ:

Get to know yourself so well that you can predict how you would usually react in a moment and then take a breath before you make a choice to act.

Can you tell us about your personal experience of bipolar?

I was diagnosed with Bipolar at 16, on my first hospitalisation. My grandmother lost her life to the illness, then called Manic Depression. I am very grateful that we know so much more about the chemicals that govern the highs and lows of this condition today and how to assist the brain in staying in safe territory.

What else do you do to self-manage your bipolar?

I am very fortunate to have an incredible support system. My family are amazing. The spiritual tradition I have been a part of for many years is also a backbone for me. I continue to see a therapist and I support myself with daily exercise, meditation and a diet rich in Omega 3 fats and magnesium.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to try yoga?

Just do it! Everyone’s mat is their own practice space so don't worry about what you can and can't do. Yoga is just a tool for getting to know yourself. And once you know how you react to these things you can then start to notice when it happens at work, at study, in relationships and then find new ways to approach challenges.