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."
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'."
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."
"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"
"As a child I spent a lot of my time in my head, so doing yoga has really been an awakening for my body, and this would eventually lead to a choice to become a teacher, because a 200h is where you really start to learn about yoga, but being a yoga teacher starts the journey of being a lifelong student of this vast field.
I have been practising yoga for over 15 years and completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher training (Yoga Alliance accredited) course in 2017. I began teaching my first class the day after graduating, and since then I have completed a Pregnancy Yoga, Nidra, and a Yoga for Injuries course. After doing aerial yoga for the last 5 years, I recently got the opportunity to complete my Aerial yoga teachers training as well. Yoga to me is an ongoing journey of learning, and aside from the certifications I have completed, I also supplement my teachings with ongoing workshops and weekend courses. The most recent ones I have done are Stand Up Paddling, Runner's Yoga, Injury Focused Yoga, Yoga for Menstruation, and Yoga for Vintage Yogis courses.
'You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.' - Shrii Shrii Anandamur"
"My personal interest and journey in Yoga began as a way to further my study and practice of internal energy, also known as ‘prana’ or ‘chi’. After studying Tai Chi for many years, I felt that I had somewhat stagnated in my practice and needed a new perspective of internal energy. What I found through yoga was not only a beautiful new perspective, but also an amazingly personal and meditative path when the teacher shares this practise with the class. This depth of experience made it imperative for me to pursue further teachings, and in the end this would also lead to me to teach.
I am passionate about strength and conditioning training, specifically hard-style Russian kettlebell training, but also flow mobility and clubbell training, and this would be the other reason for my pursuit of a Yoga practise. I coach these styles, which are very strength orientated, but found various disciplines to be quite lacking in compassion. Today my Yoga serves the purpose of releasing and allowing the internal energy to flow, unencumbered by muscle stiffness and tension.
Yoga is a form of therapy on the physical, mental and spiritual level; it is a way of connecting oneself to one’s own spirit. This journey is shared with the students through the teacher, but each students will interpret this in their own way, and this is truly magical and beautiful to observe."
"I got a taste of yoga as a student of Dramatic Arts during our human movement and breathwork studies. This led to an ever-growing curiosity and passion for how the body exists and operates in space. What initially started as a fascination with finding freedom within the body by alleviating pain and discomfort, as well as breaking habitual blocks, soon turned into a quest to delve deeper into the aspects of the psyche, and learning how to use yoga as a tool to create mindfulness in everyday life.
In 2017 I decided to invest in a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course with the goal of expanding my understanding of yoga, and ended up loving it so much that I pursued teaching full time and sharing this life transforming practice with others. I started teaching a few classes in a local park and shortly
after got offered an opportunity to teach yoga abroad in Thailand, Japan and then Bali, which granted me the opportunity to learn more about working with different cultures and bodies.
Through this experience I truly got to understand how beneficial it is for one to have a consistent practise and a calm space to turn to in a constantly shifting environment. It brings me so much joy to share space and flow with my students. I hope to encourage and support each and everyone’s journey into exploring new possibilities of their capabilities and perceptions of
what is possible."
"My yoga journey began in 2014 and continues to flourish to date. I enjoy yoga as a way of maintaining a healthy body and sound mind. After a 2 year disciplined practice, I completed my 300hr Hatha yoga certification. More recently, I also completed a 50hr Yin Yoga certification.
There is so much to learn from facilitating a space for yogis to safely explore their bodies. As teacher, I am passionate about making yoga accessible for people of all walks of life. Expect classes with emphasis on safety, easy-to-follow sequencing and modifications of postures - making it an experience for all levels. My teaching style continues to evolve as I grow older and expand the modalities used to explore the potential of the human body. I have found roots in trail running, hiking, indoor rock climbing, weight training, slack-lining and AcroYoga. I constantly draw inspiration from my environment as well as other experienced, charismatic teachers who motivate me to continue serving the global community with the gift of yoga.
Body Language is the most honest communication we share with one another. People have the tendency to say what they think you want to hear however, our bodies display the true essence of what is being shared. Watch closely how people look and move within your presence - you will come to know how they truly feel. The human experience is my meditation both on and off the mat. Yoga highlights the importance of regularly checking in with your mental, emotional and physical health. To be aware of your energetic frequency is to take responsibility for your mark on the World. It is easier to be aware of others if see yourself honestly and treat yourself with compassion."
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."