Dorly Viollier

Dorly @ Masincedane Clinic

Dorly @ Masincedane Clinic


Name: Dorly Viollier
Place: Cape Town

When I was about 14 years old, I wrote a letter to my parents,

telling them that I want to become a medical doctor and bring healing and health to the poor communities in Africa. My grand father, father, and my older brothers were medical doctors too.

But my mother had other plans for me.

When I was 19 years old, I rebelled against my mothers all imposing plans and finally chose a medical profession.

But the type of high school that I was on did not allow for the full medical career. I became a physiotherapist. But a deep feeling of discontentment of having missed the career of my choice accompanied me for many years.

I worked for a short while in hospitals and quit my career shortly before giving birth to my first son. 3 more children followed and I raised them with love and dedication.

A vast emptiness and  meaninglessness engulfed me again when my children started leaving home.

After 10 years of doubts and searching, Yoga stepped in my life and the miracle happened. With it came my first steps to the Ananda Kutir Ashram, and its peace and joy reflected back onto me.

I became a Yoga teacher and immediately found a new passion and love in spreading the knowledge and healing gifts of yoga to students. I started to get involved in the Outreach project in the TB/Aids clinics in the underprivileged areas of the townships.

I remember often the letter that I wrote to my parents and the dreams that I had.

Now I am in Africa, I am allowed to help the sick and poor to heal and regain their health.

Om and gratitude to the Guru who teaches us to Serve, Love and Give.


Dorly (bottom left) @ Ashram after Sandwich making

Dorly @ Ashram after Sandwich making

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