Restorative & Yin Yoga
Yin is a restorative and slow yoga practice. Each pose is held for a few minutes so that the body and mind can unwind from its habitual ‘doing state’. The class deeply relaxes and encourages a change of pace. Our nervous system and muscles benefit as we surrender to an increased state of quiet and calm.
Most poses are on the floor so that very little muscular effort is engaged. If you feel like some good wholesome nurturing this practice is for you. Yin is a great practice to use in conjunction with other styles of yoga as it completely supports your already established practice.
Always remember to discuss any physical ailments or injuries with the teacher, so the most effective way to practice your yin can be achieved.
My yoga journey started in 2007 with a hot-as-hell Bikram Yoga class right here in Jozi. Since then, Yoga has been a way to ground, heal and express myself. In 2009, I attended a Vinyasa Yoga Teachers Training and a Yoga Experience YTT in 2010 ever since then I have been sharing what I know to the best of my ability. As we grow as people and yogis there are different things which become important in our practice, it’s a constant flow of evolution.
Yoga has been my path to self-discovery and acceptance. The practice and amazing people I met in classes supported me in recovery from an eating disorder, depression as well as all the fun and light times. My yoga teachers were there to love me until I learned to love myself and that’s the space I like to hold for my students. A space of safety, freedom of expression and love. I hope to meet you on your mat soon.
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.
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.
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 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!