YAMA YOGIS

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Rolaine Paterson

“Allow yourself to be the person you see in yourself.
Life is a precious gift from God, honour Him through it.”

“Dancing since the age of four, I was introduced to commitment, discipline, strong movement and flexibility. In 2012 I had an accident, placing me in a wheelchair with poor strength on the whole left handside of my body. With physiotherapy I soon started walking and returned back to beginners ballet. I wanted to do more to improve my balance and strength and found my way back to yoga.

In 2014 I signed up for a Bikram at The Source in Constantia. Thereafter, followed a course in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. I found enlightenment through the synchronized movements of breath.

To me, my practice has become a journey, through which I still constantly gain balance and strength, learn patience and acceptance and grow confidence.  It is by God’s miracles and through this journey that I have completely healed and are able to life live at its fullest.”

“Yoga is a beautiful inward practice, challenge yourself to grow along with it. “

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Mareta Bester

Some of my earliest recollections as a young child are of dancing and I started ballet lessons at the age of 4. I was trained, first under the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) teaching method and later the Cecchetti method.

In 2002 I completed a Pilates course and for me the transition from teaching ballet to teaching Pilates was a natural step in my journey through life. I have taught pre-natal classes, mat and equipment classes from beginners to advanced, and in association with a physiotherapist I have taught post-rehabilitation Pilates.

“That which lies before us and whatever lies behind us
Are but small matters compared to the light which lies within us.
When we allow that light to shine out into the world,
Miracles happen.”

My journey continues and I studied the Bikram, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga styles at “The Source” in Constantia. Yoga is not about touching our toes, it’s what we learn on the way down.

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Henry Crafford

“I was introduced to yoga at the age of 28 while looking for way to improve my life. I started my yoga training under David Jacobs and became interested in the Iyengar way of yoga which focuses on the precision and alignment of yoga poses. I was captured by the dynamic workout yoga gives and with many years of practice and teaching experience behind me, I still consider myself a student of yoga.”

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Darren Waterman

“My journey into Yoga began in Tanzania, where my Mother introduced me to a Yogi named Satya. After taking his classes I knew I wanted to share this knowledge with everyone. I believe that Yoga is a great tool to heal on all levels( universally, psychologically, physically, biochemically etc). In 2015 I completed a 100 hrs Yoga teacher training in Nepal at the Kathmandu School of Yoga. On my return to Cape Town, I completed Jim Harrington ‘s 200 hour TTC and in 2016 I flew with Jim to India to complete his Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. My name is Darren, I am of yoga. That which I learn, I love to share with my peers.”

“Doing anything with attention to how you feel, is doing Yoga” – Jean Couch

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Elizma Badenhorst

“My yoga journey started in 2009 as a bet that I wouldn’t survive a Bikram class… I almost didn’t, but I did; I was hooked immediately. I always had the thought in the back of my mind of becoming a teacher – that goal became reality in 2016. Yoga and the incredible people I’ve met through my years of practice have been such an integral part of my personal growth. More than just a physical practice, it has been a therapeutic journey for my soul. I cannot imagine my life without it.”

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Charney Engelbrecht

Charney has been on the yoga path for over 10 years and has been teaching yoga and meditation for 8 years. Having completed teachers training in Sivananda Integral yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, Aerial, and kids yoga, she offers a holistic well-rounded yoga practice suited to all levels. She invites you to dive deeply into this exploration of yoga, life and yourself through breath, flow, and the art of letting go.

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Anushka

“Creative, lover of the ocean and inspired by movement & flow, my real love affair with the practice started in 2011, where it began to shape and change my life. This journey, one of self-inquiry led me to complete my 200hr Teacher Training at YogaLife in 2016.”

“I practice because it encourages a greater connection and understanding of my body and mind and that is exactly what I aspire, to inspire with, when sharing the movement with others.”

“I explore across various disciplines including Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, Power and Budokon and enjoy bringing these learnings into a safe environment, for all to explore & play.”

“What inspires me is the ‘simple’ concept of ‘practice what you preach and preach what you practice’. xx”

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Amy Watson

Amy has been dancing since she could walk. Her training in Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance has led her to gaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography, as well as opening up a wide world of somatic practice to her, including Pilates and Yoga.

It is, however, in the yoga studio where she has found the greatest freedom and comfort in movement, learning anew each class how best to stay in the moment, and truly accept her body, breath and self.

Amy enjoys teaching challenging and thoughtful classes which are anatomically mindful and creatively sequenced, whether Pilates, Vinyasa or Yin.

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.”

― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

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Suzette Du Plessis

Yoga has taught me so much about myself emotionally and spiritually. It has also certainly helped me discover muscles I never knew I had!

I have a “day job” in Healthcare Finance and can’t wait to go to my mat at the end of the day to go and play!

My teacher training journey started in 2017 where I did my 200hr TTC at Yama Yoga, in connection with the Wellness Connection. Upon completing my first course I was hooked, and subsequently enrolled for Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga and Aerial yoga training.

Teaching is a lovely opportunity for me to put together all the pieces I learn along the way and share it with others. Of course, every student also teaches you so it is a beautiful symbiotic process.

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Gabriella-Shay Struwig

My yoga journey started in 2017 when I completed my 200hr Teacher Training at YamaYoga in connection with The Wellness Connection.

YamaYoga is my home away from home. A sacred and safe space to simply be who you are. Every day Yoga teaches me more about myself and my connection to others.

I found a deeper respect and gratitude for the physical abilities one can conquer through consistent practice. I love people and sharing the gift of Yoga gives me great joy.”

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” – Yogi Bhajan