Teachers

Amanda Ramcharitar

Amanda began her yogic journey travelling to India to find out more of the great subject. _MG_7052She 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 South Africa. She has taught in church halls, high schools, City park programs, Yoga Studio’s, on beaches, at aquariums and theatre’s, 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 connecting to 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.

Rene le Roux

rene le rouxRené first came across yoga about 18 years ago was instantly drawn to the ancient practice. Fast forward a few years later and René was on her way to Spain to complete her first Teacher Training on a Sivanada Ashram. Not long after this René quit the corporate world and packed everything away to go sailing, affording her the opportunity to experience many different studios and teachers in amazing places like India, Costa Rica and eventually Bali where she completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training (2013). This was a profound experience and she was inspired to share what she had learnt with others.

René returned to Cape Town where she started teaching Vinayasa and Preggy Yoga. René taught throughout her pregnancy and was so moved by the experience and connection she had with the other Preggy ladies that she wanted to deepen her understanding of the effects of Yoga on pregnancy and birth, which led her to take a intensive Preggy and Fertility Yoga Teacher Training (2015)

René relishes the way Teaching Yoga connects you to others and the way in which it keeps us in tune with what is real and really matters.

Kim Frankel – Iyengar

kimHatha yoga has been part of my life since high school offering support & guidance through difficult family & life transitions. Yoga continued to be a regular practice through travels, studies & then marriage. Carrying & supporting me through two healthy pregnancies & births of my two children – practicing right up to the day before birth! It was only 2 years later that I got introduced to Iyengar yoga; 6 years later (2010) I completed my Teachers Training Introductory Level I through the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa.

Yoga has become a wonderful blessing in my life. Offering me guidance, strength, patience and above all acceptance of all the challenges that life offers us on a daily basis. Whether these be emotional, physical or spiritual. Yoga is my foundation from which all else flows. The continued practice of yoga has brought balance & harmony into my life and through my teaching I hope to pass on those beautiful qualities that have been brought to us by the Iyengar family of Pune, India.

With the teaching of the asana class I aim to bring balance, poise & calm. I focus on building inner core strength and a strong sense of concentration thereby developing an inner awareness. With the aim to build not only physical health but also mental clarity which enables us to penetrated deeper into our true selves.

Gervaise Christie – Kundalini

Gervaise

Gervaise has been trained in and teaching yoga for the last ten years. Her teachers include Jim Harrington, Pritam Khalsa, Glen Ross-Hudson and Viktor van der Kleij, as well as local teachers at various ashrams whilst travelling India. She will be teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan at Citta Shanti Imhoff from the beginning of June.

 

 

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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