The best teachers are those that show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. - Alexander K. Trenfor
Nadya Booyse (Studio Owner)
"The wonderful thing about Yoga is what you find out about yourself when you learn to pay attention. When you watch your mind as you practice, you learn to listen to the story that has become your life. When you observe your story, you give yourself an opportunity to take a step back and choose a different story, and in so doing you become the true author of your life. Yoga has had an enormous influence on my life, not the least of which has been finding my calling as a teacher, but I will also remain a forever student.
I am fiercely dedicated to the well-being and growth of each of my students, always hoping that their yoga eventually follows them off their mat and into their lives, creating ripples of change as they move into the world."
Melanie van Lier
"A flame that has never faded was lit in my first Yoga class in 2000. The last 2 years have afforded me the opportunity to make this passion my full-time focus – and what a privilege it has been to pass the flame of this ancient wisdom to others through teaching. I truly believe Yoga is inherent in all of us; as such my classes are not about learning something new, but rather remembering a more natural way to move, hold ourselves and journey through life – with space, with lightness, in wellness.
‘Yoga is not about touching your toes – it is what you learn on the way down’ - Jigar Gor"
"I started yoga in high school as an alternative activity to exercise, I have always been a creative, art driven person and was never interested in sports or even gym exercises. The more I continued to practice yoga the more I fell in love with its philosophy and lifestyle.
For a long time, I worked in the fashion industry, with the long hours I practiced yoga sporadically.
In August 2016 I decided to take a risk and change my path, I quit my job to do a YTT in Thailand that September. It was the best decision I have ever made, not only did I learn more about yoga and the art of teaching it, I learned so much about myself, returning more confident, aware and self-accepting."
'Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.' - The Bhagavad Gita"
"My practice on the mat first took flight in 2015 and it felt like coming home at every class, every movement showing me more of myself... In 2016 I took this love to a new level with my first YTT200 in Vinyasa and this is where it all blossomed. Since then I have completed training in both BUDOKON yoga and mindfulness. This is where my love for movement, as well as holding space for others to facilitate this in their own way, became evident.
Cameron Shayne's motto 'the way we do anything, is the way we do everything' rings true for me and I wish to instill this in my students as well, both on and off the mat. I look forward to sharing my experience of playfulness and slow purposeful placement with everyone I get to share my journey with."
Yolandi van Rooyen
"Yoga to me is about finding your balance (both on and off the mat!). It's about allowing yourself the time and space to focus on yourself. To surrender to your own breathing. To gain the knowledge of proprioception. And simply put, to move. My movement quest began when I started walking and had to get stitches 1cm from my eye before the age of two…twice. Since then my quest has had a few nice ups (the obsessive podium finisher in most everything that requires running) and a few downs (broke my vertebrate and had to step down from a few podiums due to asthma). So the ability to be at peace with myself lead me to the path of YTT200. And now I find myself in this remarkable place in my life to pay the love of yoga forward. To try and bring balance and peace into others lives, and to assist them in their own movement quest.
P.S, if I had to classify my type of classes it would probably read more like a disclaimer and be something very unpoetic like 'bring water and towel'."
"I was introduced to yoga in 2012 at Vuyani dance theatre where I was a dancer. At that time, however, I only connected to the physical aspect of the practice. One of the teachers kept on repeating the instruction to breathe, and that triggered a need for a deeper understanding within me. As a trained dancer and actress, I was always in a rush from one audition, performance, practice to the next. On my travels across the world, I started visiting various yoga studios, already suspecting that yoga was the key to releasing the stress and anxiety of this life. In 2016 I moved to New York, before finally settling in Chicago in 2017. It was here that I finally decided to accept my heart quest and dive into a Yoga Teacher Training. My training started in 2018 at Nature Yoga. It was the best decision I ever made.
I suffer from anxiety and trauma, and Yoga gave me a space to heal by observing my mental shift through
physically alignment, drawing my attention inwards, as well as providing the most supportive community. This enlightenment is what I wish to share through my style of teaching: Yoga is inner light, awareness, conscious breathe, and community.
'Yoga means becoming one. As long as we stand apart in judgment, we sabotage the opportunity for
connection and integration that is yoga.' - Meditation from the mat Rolf Gates"
"Yoga found me in 2016 after the birth of my son. When you find a practice that draws your awareness in and challenges you to observe yourself with honesty, compassion and love, miraculous things start happening, and each time I came back to my mat felt like I was coming back to me. Yoga declutters my mind, assists me in navigating this thing we call life, has taught me to breathe little easier when things get tough, and it creates a stillness within me that has been missing ever since I can remember. I completed my 200H TT not with the idea of teaching at all, but rather to deepen my own practice and continue my personal journey of self growth. I soon realized that I absolutely love sharing this gift of Yoga with others. It truly is the most magical thing! I will be forever grateful that Yoga found me, and that I am in a position to share this experience. I will always keep coming back to my mat.
'Yoga is a light which once lit will never be dimmed. The better your practice the brighter your flame.' - BKS Iyengar"
Celeste van Staden
"Whether I need to just sit and breathe deep for 10 minutes, or sweat it out and get my 3-legged dog on, yoga has the answer.
I like to think that yoga found me. About two years ago, I realized that my exercise routine needed a new direction. I kept searching for Pilates classes on the internet, thinking that might be what I was looking for. Instead, yoga kept popping up. I decided to let the universe take the lead and try at least one class. Needless to say, it took only one class to get me hooked! I actively look forward to yoga every day, as I know it will make me feel better. And there is always something new to learn on the mat, whether it is a new pose or a new attitude.
I completed my teacher training in 2019 and can’t wait to help guide people to the doorstep of yoga and give them the tools necessary to create new levels of health, peace, and wellbeing.
There is a saying that calm is a super power. A super power yoga has taught me. Not that I have all the finer nuances and intricacies down to a tee. I’m still learning every day. And I am letting yoga be the teacher."
Ashnee Mathen - KOGA Kids Yoga
"As a practitioner of yoga, it was in a class that my mind wondered about kid’s yoga and the immense benefit it would have on kids. I researched it and discovered a world of magnificence and wonderland. I love kids and I love yoga and the combination of the two is my absolute passion and joy! To be a kid’s yoga teacher today allows me to live my purpose and serve little delightful beings with the hope that they grow into abundant, balanced, brave and confidently calm humans.
Timing is everything, I believe in this with my whole heart. I completed my Yoga4Kids soul purpose teacher training at the end of 2017 and in 2018 officially launched my personal brand of kid’s yoga called KOGA. Inspired by the peacock, the brand serves as a form of release, a call for calm, equipping children with the breathing tools and positive affirmations they can use to conquer and succeed out in the big wide world."
"I have been practicing yoga since 2011, but knew that teaching was my next step in 2015 when I attended a class that opened my eyes to my true meaning own yoga. I completed my teacher training at Shakti Yoga and am registered/accredited with YAI. We learn something new every day; new lessons, ideas, visions, and goals - I enjoy learning from my students and adjusting the class to suit the specific mood or energy of the day and studio. I love attending different workshop and classes to expand my knowledge as one must never stop learning and trying.
Every one individual will have a different experience of yoga (union). No path, nor experience is wrong. What is presented to you, is what you have been prepared for."