Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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.

Our Teachers

Natalie Botha

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.

Natalie Botha

Tanya Botha

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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 200hr Teacher Trainings 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 Goodfellow

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.

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Bruce Burger

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Bruce Burger

“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 Hayman

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.

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Melanie Castleman

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My practice started in 2001 when I discovered that all I needed to do was tie myself into a knot to feel at peace? After a few years, I had completed two teacher trainings, 2004 YYI (Iyengar based), 2005 Hatha (Haum of Yoga) as well as many workshops/immersions with various international and local teachers.

I am Inspired by Anusara, Vinyasa, Forrest, Ashtanga and Kundalini. I have experienced Desiree Rumbaugh (Anusara ), Jordan Bloom (Anusara ), Ashtanga in the Shala with Charat and Saraswati (AYRI Mysore, India), Gurmukh on the Ganges (Kundalini), Seann Corn (Vinyasa), and many of our fantastic local teachers.

After experiencing many different styles of yoga my passion lies in Vinyasa, it allows me the freedom to combine my favourite aspects of other styles into one while adding my own personal “twist”. I enjoy discovering ways of stringing and infusing postures into a sequence that inspires and changes our way of habit, liberating body, mind, and spirit. My classes are challenging for those who wish to deepen their practice as well as accommodating to beginners. I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Namatse

Avril Chambers

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.

Avril Chambers - Yoga Teacher

Su-Yen Thornhill

Su-Yen Thornhill

Su-yen is a life coach, trail runner, Ironman, Medical Microbiologist and self-taught chef. She teaches Vinyasa yoga and brings to her practice all her life experiences to create an uplifting soul enhancing yoga experience.

Tawana Randall

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 🙂

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Dani Blanchard

Dani Blanchard
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I started my yoga journey in 2013 – for a guy. He did yoga, and suddenly so did I. Before I knew it, I was practising four or five times a week. I did gymnastics as a child, and have played with various other ways of moving my body since then, but nothing got to me quite like yoga did. I continued practising and it only made sense to do my teacher training in 2015.

It was just after completing my training, when I was in a Yoga Synergy class, that I realised how completely in love I was with moving my body, and at the same time how completely in love I was with the fact that I loved moving my body so much. It was like I had seen the light.

I absolutely adore moving my body. I have been blessed to have the most incredible teachers. I love how they have shown me so many things, and helped me to discover so many things by myself. I love exploring my body and I hope to get my students to explore the way I do. My classes are strong and experimental. No class is ever the same. You will learn to move in very different ways if you come to my class – it’s a dance with your body, rather than just movement. Yoga is a part of who I am. I hope to bring my students the gifts that I have been given myself.

I find myself on my mat. Come and find yourself with me.

Namaste
Dani