This form of yoga focuses on precision and endurance within a multitude of progressive sequences. A strong practice that incorporates dynamic, static and restorative postures to firm the body and steady the mind.
All levels welcome.
I went to my first yoga class in 1999, when I was eighteen, not really knowing what yoga was, but instinctively feeling that it was something I had to try. And from that first class I was hooked. I was fortunate that within a year of starting yoga, Faeq Biria, a world-renowned Iyengar teacher and close student of B.K.S Iyengar (the founder of Iyengar Yoga), came to South Africa to teach an intensive. From then on I was blessed to go to Faeq’s intensives in France over many years practicing for up to eight hours of yoga a day for weeks at a time.
I completed my first teachers training of three years in Cape Town and as soon as I was able to I moved to France for two and half years to complete a second teachers training with Faeq and his wife Corine. While living in Paris apart from the teachers training, I was going to classes, assisted in classes, including general classes, pregnancy classes and “medical classes” (for people who had conditions which required a specific practice) and also taught some classes including the children’s class at Le Centre de Yoga Iyengar de Paris (run by Faeq and Corine Biria). Outside of the centre I had my own group classes at Eden Monceau, private classes and a two more children’s class. I have now been dedicated to the practice of yoga for fifteen years and teaching for twelve years. Presently I am living in Johannesburg where I teach group classes taught in French, private classes and a children’s class. Yoga has benefited me so much and in so many ways. I am doubly blessed that as a teacher it is so fulfilling to see the positive impact yoga has on others. I believe my love and passion for yoga is carried across in my teaching. I am the mother of two amazing little girls who attend the French School in Johannesburg. They always want to do yoga with Mommy and when I am practicing love to climb all over me.
Lars first dabbled in yoga by randomly attending Ashtanga classes in London in 1997. Only when living in Cape Town in 2002 did he take up a more regular practice. By chance, he walked into one of David Jacobs’ classes, and his rigorous teachings inspired Lars to stick with what turned out to be the ‘Iyengar method’. After a 3 year training programme, Lars certified as a teacher in February 2008. Along the way, he studied with numerous well-known American and Indian teachers, most of SA’s senior Iyengar teachers, and he is looking forward to a one-week intensive with Dr Geeta Iyengar in London at the end of May.
Brian De Wet
I started yoga because I heard an old person saying that if they could have anything back from their youth, it would be their flexibility. I was surprised to find out that yoga not only makes you flexible, it also makes you strong, physically, mentally and emotionally. I love all styles of yoga and chose to teach Iyengar yoga because of its versatility. I like that it has a lot of detailed corrections, teaches a large variety of postures, includes inversions and because it uses props, caters for injuries and growing capabilities. I see it as being an invaluable tool in assisting everyone to be active, energetic and capable, well into old age.
My approach is soft and strong, stable and supple. You will never be the best at all the poses, nor will you be the worst. With that in mind I strive to guide each person, in each pose, from their current, growing capability. Yoga can be practiced and progressed for life. There is no race. There is no competition. There is you, there is your body, heart and mind, there is your potential to keep yourself alive, awake and capable.
Yoga really does help make us amazing. You are always welcome at my classes, come and join in – anytime!