Amanda began her yogic journey travelling to India to find out more of the great subject. She spent 4 years wandering through its dusty roads and living in Ashrams in search of teachers and their knowledge. She was introduced to many forms of Yoga and Philosophy and enjoyed learning about them all including deeper understanding of Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Tantra, Hinduism, village beliefs, amongst others but especially resonated with the traditional Yogic system of guiding principles. It was in India that she began to teach Yoga, assist classes and in Yoga festivals. She began to witness the amazing medicine of Yoga and it was here at the source in India that her passion and commitment to the traditional practice and its healing capacities took form. After leaving India she followed her Yogic journey through many lands. She was called to teach in Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada and now teaches in Cape Town, South Africa. She has taught in church halls, high schools, City park programs, Yoga Studio’s, on beaches, at aquariums and theaters, been involved in a number of social outreach Yoga programs and has taught to a huge variety of people from the elderly to athletes to toddlers.
Amanda is a Certified Iyengar Teacher, she also completed a teacher training in Shiva Rea’s, Prana Flow, as well as enjoys the traditional Astanga series. Her classes emphasize Yogic philosophy, finding ones centre through in-depth core understanding and blends Vinyasa (movement with breath) and conscious mind body connection. Her classes always incorporate restorative elements, breath exercises and techniques of meditation. She has authored the book Breathing From the Bones and is the founder of the Cittashanti philosophy and studio space. For Amanda it has been a blessing to have found Yoga and to be one who shares it.
Having qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1999, Jennifer Stephens completed her diploma in Yoga Therapy in 2003 at Ananda Kutir Ashrama in Cape Town. She has shared the gift of yoga with adults & children, as a Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Yoga Teacher Trainer with AYA. In 2011 Jennifer created an Ayurvedic products company, Shambhavi, as a way to fund her outreach with the children, educators and residents of Nyanga and became an outreach co-ordinator for the Ananda Kutir Outreach.
Jennifer teaches a mindful asana practice incorporating subtle yet powerful pranayama practices, mantras, mudras & bandas. Calming the mind, freeing the heart chakra and rejuvenating the physical body. Integral Hatha Yoga is based on the teachings of Swami Venkatesananada and TKV Desikachar. Each class is adapted to suit those present so yoga experience is not essential. Find your centre and sense of self so that each challenge can be faced from a space that is happy, peaceful & calm.
Marcelle Webster started this Yoga journey in 1994, studying and practicing in the Sivananda, Iyengar and classical Yoga traditions. She is blessed by the teachings of Viktor van der Kleij and has been sharing these teachings for about 7 years. Marcelle loves practicing Yoga because of the way it lights up her experience of life by sparking playfulness and balancing it with a sense of contentment and peace.
Each class incorporates some meditation, Mantra, Pranayama and deep relaxation, as well as, the core Asana practice. Everyone is welcome to join in the joy of discovery that comes from moving the body with awareness. The essence of this practice is rooted in bringing together body, mind and breath producing a deeper sense of clarity, harmony and freedom in our busy daily lives. Marcelle is excited and inspired by the magic of this process, so join a class and find out how you can alleviate some stress and feel more alive, please remember you do not have to be bendy or even good to try it!
Lynette came across Hatha yoga in Thailand in 2003 and proceeded to practice in London. In 2009 she completed her 200hr in Costa Rica and started teaching in Doha, Qatar, with Yama yoga studios where we were fortunate enough to train with John Scott. She returned to Cape Town in 2013 where she furthered her training with Jim Harrington in Anatomy and Physiology and recently finished Synergy Yoga fundamentals training with Simon Borg-Oliver following his Synergy Master Classes in Cape Town. Her practice and classes are very much influenced by her varied yoga history.
Sian is a registered Yoga Alliance Vinyasa (RYT200) and Prenatal Yoga (RPYT) instructor. She is a trained Doula – Dolphin MethodTM and IAIM Infant Massage Instructor, and the founder of Glow Prenatal Yoga, which offers pregnant mums a safe and soft space to prepare for a gentle birth. Sian’s expertise and passion for prenatal yoga radiates through her teaching. She encourages a beautiful balance of finding inner strength in postures, connecting breath with movement, and softening the body to prepare for an empowering birth experience. Her insights and techniques of prenatal yoga enhances the comfort of pregnancy, inspires an instinctive, connected journey, and helps prepare you and your partner for a positive birth experience.
Working as a professional contemporary dancer for over 20 years imparted to me a deep love and respect of the body and how we can exist within our bodies. I have a great respect for all movement and spiritual forms and modalities each gifting us with their unique offerings. Kundalini Yoga is a yoga that allows an ordinary person to keep up with the challenges of this world, experience the ecstasy of consciousness, and then use this consciousness to serve humanity. It is a powerful transformational yoga that has helped me in my life immensely.
I also offer Pilates Mat classes ( Beg to Advanced ,Private &Group); Nia Dance Classes; Stretch, Tone & Body Conditioning; Gentle Hatha/ Flow Beginners Class; Soul Dance – a Fusion of Yoga ,Dance ,Free movement, Relaxation (Adults &Teenagers). Recently I have been touched by the Aloha Spirit of the Pacific Islands where Kahuna Massage has become one of my great passions which I love to offer- a bodywork treatment based on the ancient Polynesian form of healing.