A yoga classes with an experienced teacher, in a small scale environment of a studio with a capacity of 15, has important benefits for the students.
● Helps me help almost anyone willing to begin a yoga practice
● Makes it easier to share and monitor basic and advanced techniques
● My focus is on the well-being of the individual, one of my interests is healing yoga, and that requires individual observation and attention
● Healing includes a personal path of self-discovery that is both spiritual and physical, and that requires experienced guidance
● I love where I live and work and what I do, and it feels great to share this positive energy of my studio
A gentle vinyasa hatha yoga style
“Hatha” and “yoga” means “union” of “all that is”, in the widest possible sense: the physical (posture, breath, mobility), therapeutic (emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual aspects), to develop understanding of the deeper teachings of yoga (pranayama, chakras, mudras, nadi, metaphysics etc.). Hatha Yoga is an integral style of yoga that also means “asana that flows with the breath”.
My book Essentials of Effective Yoga – Five Keys to Well-being focusses on a practical, holistic body-mind-spirit lifestyle. My own lifestyle approach to yoga is informed by years of experiences with both beginners and seasoned practitioners, of all ages, varied capacity, background and my own working life and creative and entrepeneural career. Refrence my blog on Do-able Yoga.
Yoga builds physical strength, yet is much more than exercise. Yoga helps one become supple, yet it is more than stretching. It is a metaphysical science and not an intellectual system, developed to sharpen the mind, a spiritual philosophy that avoids religion. Meditation is at the heart yoga, part awareness, or mindfulness practice, part concentration, always in direct perception of an objective self rooted in cosmic consciousness. Yoga is a Body, Mind & Spirit system.
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A seaside Yoga Studio in Muizenberg, away from busy Cape Town
The cozy and humble space allows for individual attention. Each class is unique, with consideration of the level and ability of the students in attendance, mood and time of the day, and other factors that may influence the content.
For me yoga has everything to do with my life journey. While I seldom do a lot of it on my own, no day goes by without at least a little practice.
Yoga inspires and informs my living, and teaching helps me to constantly develop my practice, on, and especially, off the mat. Yogic awareness in class is relatively easy, to apply and it in day-today living often less so. In this yoga there are no short cuts, yet no successes or failures either.
I closed down the longest running yoga studio in Stellenbosch in 2011 to live in a smaller village, and be near the ocean. On fair weather days or when the winds are offshore, the studio windows are open to the sea, but it is frequently cool in Muizenberg, with strong onshore and South Easter days. Then I am grateful for the warm wooden floors, and glimpses of the big blue, and I can hear or smell the sea.
● Yoga Awakening Africa online magazine: me and my Muizenberg Yoga Studio
● Why I love my dream studio in the surf village of Muizenberg, a great community of individuals
More about my yoga journey and training
I view yoga as a kind of bodywork-spirituality laboratory; where we learn and practice how to best apply the science and technique of yoga – to our lives. Yoga imparts us with so much awesome understanding of the body as energetic system based. Knowledge of the chakras and the life force, Prana, is the secret ingredient to an already heady mix of the above mentioned aspects of holistic hatha yoga. bear in mind that “esoteric” metaphysics simply means “hidden”, not “weird”!
I am blessed to have received traditional Sivananda training from Ananda Kutir, in Cape Town. The focus was always simplicity of beginner or advanced practices, always with breath, meditation and relaxation practices present. Gentle yoga assists deep loosening and release of old bodymind and emotional patterns that doesn’t serve us. When we release such blockages many of the causes of persistent, chronic pain, injuries, illnesses and self-limiting beliefs are also released. I learned a thorough, therapeutic practice of non-acrobatic, therapeutic vinyasa flow that I am increasingly grateful of receiving.
The yogic way to optimal health and personal development is to loosen up and energise the bodymind with conscious connection to the cosmic life force, prana. This why the yoga system is based on stretches, relaxation, movement, breathing and meditation: A loose arrangement with inner focus and cosmic connection.
Most of my classes are spiced with challenging though do-able poses, to increase the exercise value and aid development of mental and physical stamina and focus. Agile strength and athletic progress improves sports performance, and assists spiritual aspiration and self-development. Advanced yogi’s or beginners benefits are derived from these combinations of physical practices and philosophical insights of yoga. The softer aspects of classes assists with deeper integration of the body wisdom, which is why I don’t indulge yoga gymnastics and thrill seekers.
My (unofficial) slogan is “Join a class and leave with a greater sense of well-being”. And I believe anyone can, with a bit of effort, do my classes and go home with an improved body, sharper mind and greater connection to inner peace.
SandyDecember 6, 2021
I tried yoga a few years ago and couldn’t continue as I’m allergic to incense and scents, which result in my asthma flaring up and my eyes getting itchy. Do you have any classes which are scent free or can you suggest anywhere I can go? Thanks. Sandy
J KotzeDecember 7, 2021
Hello Sandy. For that reason I don’t usually burn incense in classes. Or before. But do use it at intervals around the area. You are welcome to come feel yourself in the room to check for reactions. If that is practical!