Teachers

Amanda Ramcharitar        _MG_7017

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.

Jennifer Stephens – Integral

JenniferHaving 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 – Hatha

MarcelleMarcelle 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 Morris – Flow

LynetteLynette 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 she 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.

 

Jani Steyn – Kids Yoga/Meditation

Screen shot 2015-11-28 at 5.59.46 PMCreativity, discipline, enthusiasm. An all-encompassing love for wellness and health. These are the qualities that leap out at you when meeting Jani Steyn, a yoga teacher, graphic design artist and photographer. She’s been involved in anything yoga since she was 16 and became qualified by doing her 200 hour certificate in kids and adult yoga through Beaming Kids Yoga and the Moya Institute respectively in 2012/2013. Since then she has run Beaming Kids School of Yoga in Cape Town and also been working for an International NGO, YogaStars, where she teaches Kids Yoga in Educare Centres and schools in and around Cape Town. Experienced in forms such as Kundalini, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, her chosen style is Vinyasa flow and Restorative yoga.

Jani is a vibrant and creative artist dedicated to sharing a space of support, love and intuitive development with children. Jani facilitates creative growth in children and enriches their lives through Yoga, Art, Colour Therapy, Affirmations and establishing a connection to every living thing.

Merina Wolmarns – Pilates

In my 10 years as a Pilates teacher, I have always felt passionate about facilitating my clients’ ability to function better in their everyday lives. My commitment to learning and understanding what it takes for the body to move optimally shapes my teaching style and enables me to share this bodily wisdom with my clients so that they too can better understand how to maximise the use of their bodies and to move in a balanced way.

Marion Bartko-McCabe – Astanga

marion.jpegMarion is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who completed her initial and advanced teachers training with Shimon Ben Avi. She has been practising yoga for thirteen years and teaching for six.

She has attended a few Intensives with Richard Freeman and a yoga therapy course with Doug Keller, as well as other short courses both in Cape Town and London.

Marion practices Mysore regularly, following the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and she has explored Iyengar yoga extensively as well as various other Hatha yoga schools. She is a committed practitioner who enjoys the opportunity to inspire others.

Marion has found yoga to help her to be more focused and present through all her daily activities. Yoga and art – her other love – support the creative process and make her more aware, accepting and alert.

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