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 practicing in 2002, and have been teaching since 2006. Starting as a dedicated Ashtanga follower, I now focus on Vinyassa 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 from 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 insure 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 centered meditative place that is so illusive in today’s insanely paced lifestyle.
For 5 years I was 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 every thing 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 within 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 traveling 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.
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.