Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Flow Yoga is inspired by many different forms of yoga, with a strong foundation in the Ashtanga tradition. Vinyasa Flow is an invigorating practice with creative and playful sequencing. This class maintains focus on breath awareness, core strength and key alignment principles.
All levels welcome.
Natalie’s teaching comes from an Ashtanga Vinyasa grounding- searching for the balance between strength and flexibility, surrender and commitment, discipline and delight.
Vinyasa is the playground where intention, breath, dedication and openness to gifts as yet unwrapped, takes the form of a practice where the body does asana, and yoga is the state you are in when it happens.
Yoga is a state of wholeness- nothing lacking, everything perfect- just not finished yet…
Natalie will be a registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr Vinyasa teacher as of September 2012, you can join the progressive classes at any level and benefit from the immersion into a practice that challenges your conceptions of possibility and grounds you in the magic and potential of everyday living.
I started practising in 2002, and have been teaching since 2006. Starting as a dedicated Ashtanga follower, I now focus on Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga.
While living overseas I was blessed to study with several AYRI Certified Ashtanga teachers in Taiwan and Thailand, as well as with Guruji Pattabhi Jois and Sharath in Mysore, India. I’ve done several 200hrs of Teacher Training and studied with many international Anusara teachers, including Martin Kirk who is an expert in Anatomy and Yoga Therapeutics in the USA.
Unfortunately, I have really struggled with many natural, genetic misalignments in my body (bad back, knees, shoulder, neck, hip and ankle). When I discovered the therapeutic approach and biomechanical alignment principles of Anusara Yoga in 2005 it completely changed my experience of how to work with my body. My classes and teaching are now very much based on Anusara, giving me a unique approach as very few teachers in SA have studied this style of Yoga.
I’m not so interested in putting people into crazy poses. My main aim in teaching is to help people to work with their joints and connective tissue in a way that is supportive, will protect from injury and ensure that we are all still doing our yoga well into our 90s! I also teach with a strong breath-focus which balances the nervous system, bringing the mind into that centred meditative place that is so elusive in today’s insanely paced lifestyle.
For 5 years I was a facilitator of the Pranayama, Yogic Energetics, Philosophy and Yogic History sections of a well-known yoga teacher training course. It is these deeper aspects that are my true interest in Yogic practice and they are the basis for everything I do in my life. My advice for a good life: take what you learn on the mat and apply it to everything you do off your mat. That’s where the true Yoga is!
Shasta is a barefoot child of the Earth, a tree-climbing goddess. Like most Scorpios, she’s swept through life by the swirling river of transformation, sometimes kicking and screaming, often almost drowning, but along the way beginning to get the hang of flowing with the currents.
From Zambian missionary child to yoga teacher her evolution has taken her through an insightful journey, bringing a little bit of wisdom and a whole lot of compassion.
Through her work as a birth educator, Shasta’s deepest desire is to see more of the souls reaching Earth being encouraged to participate wholly in their own birth process, with the cooperation of their parents. To play yoga with Shasta is to know her.
“I love Yoga, and sharing its light to manifest positive changes to this world is my life-path.”
Bruce led a typical pedestrian life, with two degrees in Engineering and an MBA. In 2006 he studied Reiki and then Mindfulness training and so began his journey into conscious and mindful living. This was followed by further esoteric and traditional studies; eventually leading him to Yoga.
In 2011 Bruce became a certified teacher of Vinyasa Yoga taught by Cherryl Duncan and Sarah Bentz of Living Yoga. Their teachings inspired him to teach others to experience Yoga. In 2013, to enrich his teachings, he completed the international Jivamukti Yoga 300hr teacher training course with Sharon Gannon and David Life. In 2014, he followed this up with a course in traditional Yoga meditation run by Abhyasa Ashram.
His love for Yoga now reflects through his teaching with emphasis on the Yogi’s individual requirements, irrespective of their level of practice, and acts as a “guide” for the Yogi on their journey.
His current interests relate to all aspects of Yoga, traditional Yogic practices, mantra, knowledge, devotion, with emphasis on pranayama and meditation.
All the teachings of Yoga are of our fabric and Bruce encourages students to rediscover the joy of Yoga for themselves through their own regular practice on and off the mat. Yoga unites us back with our creative source, and only the student can do this for themselves, becoming their own teacher.
“Yoga is a personal journey and it is my honour to guide students with confidence and joy on the path that is Yoga
Steven is originally from Belgium and came to Africa in 2004 through his job at an international trading company (first in Nigeria and then South Africa). During an extended holiday in India in 2009, he was introduced to different styles and practices of yoga. Upon his return to South Africa, he continued to practice yoga regularly and really started to experience its many benefits to stay balanced and healthy while having a busy travelling and work schedule.
Steven loves the vinyasa flow style of yoga with a good amount of action and intensity in the classes and its always changing sequences depending on the focus and inspiration of the instructor. In 2013 he completed his yoga teacher training, promptly quit his corporate job after 12 years, and started his own company Yoga Works to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with lots of people and to organise fun yoga events in and around Johannesburg (on rooftops, in art galleries, in the park,…)
Expect fun and creative sequences focussed around a central theme per session, accessible to all levels of yogis who enjoy a bit of intensity. Steven loves inversions and arm balances and always offers lots of opportunities to go upside down or to try out some more challenging poses. Other important elements of his classes include funky playlists, lots of hands-on adjustments and precise instructions for safe alignment.
“Holding space for an experience needed by the student is my passion, and my fuel”
Internationally recognised and esteemed Yoga Teacher Melanie Castleman is known for her passion, unique approach, and inspirational instructing style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental strength.
Johannesburg-based Melanie Castleman (Forrest Guardian in training) trained in many different styles yet gravitates towards Forrest Yoga and Forrest-inspired vinyasa.
After much Forrest training, Mel has developed her own unique style of teaching and has a dedicated following in South Africa and globally.
With lots of attention to detail and breath, Mel weaves a web of connectedness throughout the room, facilitating a slow but fluid flow.
Her classes are creatively sequenced, light-hearted, with the right amount of intensity for gentle transformation.
My journey with yoga began at a very early age; I was blessed to be allowed to practise yoga with my mom at the age of three in the 1960’s when yoga was first introduced to the western world. That is where the initial seed was planted and lay dormant until I reached my twenties.
I rediscovered the healing practice of yoga out of a need for stress relief during my stint in the Corporate World as a fashion buyer, realising that I found sanity and serenity on my mat. After I left the corporate industry I started my own fashion design label and once again the stress encouraged me to pick up a more serious practice which leads to my wanting to teach and share this passion that is yoga, meditation and pranayama.
I did my teacher’s training in Hatha in 2013 with Taryn Herselman at Shakti yoga centre and am registered with Yoga Alliance International. In 2014 I completed the foundation course of Yogabeez children’s yoga teacher training programme. The current styles of yoga that I teach are Hatha, Vinyasa flow and restorative yin. My aim is to inspire all whom I teach to fall in love with this very ancient and very magical healing practice.
My hesitation to step into my very first yoga class came from my misunderstanding that yoga is a feminine practice. At that time I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do less than sit for an hour breathing, stretching and chanting. Man, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I was in a space where my mind, body and soul were all challenged simultaneously- something I had never experienced before. My ADHD made Savasana, to my surprise, my biggest challenge. Fast forward a couple of months, and I found myself immersed in Teacher Training. Here I stand two years later, turning away from the safety net of my life as a lawyer and jumping feet first into my passion. That’s yoga, just by the way.
Nuts, right? Except it’s not, it’s exactly where I need to be, because it’s part of who I am.
I am guided by the heart and driven by passion. I teach what I love, because I know that is where my light is shared. I teach flow, I am fascinated by it, by the fluidity of movement and breath. It’s a beautiful harmony of challenge and calm.
I’m a 300hr Yoga Alliance International Hatha trained teacher, just throwing that in there. I am all about human connection, so let’s chat, let’s get to know each other better so that we can flow together.
Whatever your reason for your practice, I can’t wait to meet you on the mat 🙂
I essentially do not know life without yoga. I found myself in my first yoga class aged 6 and ever since then it has been an integral part of my life. Following the natural ebb and flow of life, there were periods where I felt myself more immersed in my practice than ever and times where my time on my mat was more sparse and spread out.
Every time finding myself back on my mat when life willed me there most.
I went on to practice Bikram at age 9 and a half and found Jivamukti, Vinyasa and Forrest yoga in my early teenage years. When it was time to go on and study something so I could forge my path forward, it seemed more apt than ever that I go study yoga. A process which only brought me even closer to myself, that expanded my growth and awareness exponentially. I started off with my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training, then went on to Yin only to find myself at my Bikram Teacher Training- which had been a dream of mine since I was 12!
Yoga carried me through most of my greatest hardships, it cultivated a beautiful intimate relationship with myself where I have become truly comfortable facing myself and holding myself in love and tenderness. It has created a deep awareness of how I operate within my external experience of the world and also of my internal reactions to those.
Yoga has taught me so much and continues to do so every day that I am alive. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received and wish only to be the conduit that shares this beautiful gift with the world.
See you on your mats!
Thanks to my mother I’ve been fortunate enough to have had yoga in my life from a very young age, however only in 2011 did everything fall into place. I completed Living Yoga’s Teacher Training that year and began teaching in 2012.
Since then I have completed another teacher training with Jim Harrington, as well as his 500 hours (advanced) training. In 2013 I was even more fortunate to go to India where I met many wonderful teachers and wandered through some amazing ashrams.
In April-May 2015 I completed the 300 hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in New York with David Life and Sharon Gannon.
I am currently studying a BSc in Nutritional Science which I plan to further help my clients as well as myself.
Yoga keeps me in check with myself, when I don’t practice, I’m not myself. The more I practice, the more I get to know who I really am.
Join me as we get to know ourselves. Gutjahr
Michelle Van Straaten
I am a yoga teacher, lover of movement, a devotee of the natural world and a passionate creative. Originally from South Africa, I have had a calling and dedicated practice in yogic forms for the past 18 years studying under various mentors both in South Africa, India, America and Central America.
I believe in the power of movement as medicine. I believe in the wisdom of nature and the healing truth present in the world around us. I believe that through the connection to our bodies and natural environment, deep healing and authenticity can emerge, and it is with this approach that I seek to share my love with the world.
My teaching and practice are inspired at the intersection where movement, nature and discernment meet and draw from a wide range of traditions inspired by travels and studies in India, North and South America.
What can you expect from my flows? Creative, fluid sequencing with plenty of inversions thrown in. This is almost a dance-like practice that focuses on the movements and breath between postures.
Dee was born and raised in Ankara/Turkey, until the age of 15, and relocated to South Africa in 2003. She graduated from a Performing Arts College, studying full-time music. With her dreadlocks and bare feet, she spent years between Cape Town and Johannesburg, mountains and forests, dancing, loving, living.
It was only after she had her daughter, that she found herself on a yoga mat, and has not been off ever since.
With her foundation being Vinyasa Yoga, she has also completed teacher trainings and has a passion for teaching Restorative, Yin and Postnatal Yoga. She has been studying and practising Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 2017, which has immensely deepened her understanding of the Art of Living and has also influenced her practising and teaching.
Through the experience of her journey of healing and serving, she feels that Yoga is Life, with endless meaning and definition, and if practised authentically, it is a mirror, a reflection of one’s essential self and intrinsic quality, a portal through which she hopes to help others experience the best of themselves and how to Be Here, Now.
Yoga with Patrycja is an invitation to journey inside the body and beyond. To connect with, feel through and embrace our multilayered, human experience.
Inspired through her own yoga practice which helped her out of the emotional cold storage of depression and gave her tools to cope with PTSD and Disordered Eating. She teaches yoga as a healing art. A way to express our latent strength, resilience, tenacity, purity, love, play and beauty.
Patrycja believes that we heal through connection. Connection to ourselves, our Source and each other. Her motto is “Together we Thrive.”
All her teachers, local and international, have influenced her teaching which is breath focused and anatomy informed.
Patrycja teaches a wide variety of styles from Birkam, Forrest Inspired Flow, Vinyasa, Air to Yin and Restorative Yoga. Being an empath she intuitively weaves together classes catered to her student’s present needs with an invitation to come home to their body and expand into their skin in a loving, empowering way.