“My journey with yoga started almost 20 years ago. Initially, I saw it only as a way to exercise but I gradually opened up to yoga as a mental, physical and spiritual practice. Through yoga I found the means to balance my heart, mind, body and soul and it provided me with a new perspective on life and what is important to me. I try to achieve this balance in my own practice, as well as in the classes I teach.
I teach Holistic Yoga and Yin Yoga for all levels, including yogis with limited or decreased mobility. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training as well as a 100-hour YACEP accredited Holistic Yoga Teacher Training, focusing on therapeutic yoga. I am registered with the South African Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship.
Caron da Silva
My yoga journey started over 18 years ago after a serious car accident left me with restricted movement to which I had to adapt and adjust my lifestyle. No more dancing, horse riding or kickboxing….then I discovered yoga, and fell in love. It developed into a long-term love affair and, with its many facets and aspects, yoga is my life-long adventure. As I have had to adapt so much of what I do to suit my body’s limitations in my own practice, I realised that I could share this with others who have similar limitations to make peace with their body and find joy in movement and stillness.
I recently visited Rishikesh, India, to complete my training with the Siddhi School of Yoga, with a particular emphasis on alignment and adjustment. This has added an awareness to my practice and teaching of the importance of following the body’s unique structure and abilities. These guidelines help to avoid injury and maximise the body’s ability to remain fluid and supple preventing the onset of age- related stiffness and immobility –restorative yoga, Hatha yoga and chair yoga are my favourites.
I have practiced kriya* yoga for many years and this has been an essential element in keeping balance and awareness through many changes and challenges in my life. This is something that I incorporate into my classes .
*kriya is a yoga form of ‘action’ that uses breath work, meditation and cleansing to bring the physical and energy bodies into balance and harmony.
By accepting my body and its limitations, I have been able to find peace of mind, harmony with my emotions and a connection with the flows and rhythms of life and nature. Through yoga, pranayama and meditation I have come to know and accept myself and other travelers as unique and extraordinary beings.
Dhanwant Dalene (Dalene Pierini)
I have been doing yoga since 2001. My first experience on the mat was with Hatha Yoga in Vanderbijl Park. I felt at home on the mat straight away, and my desire to know more about yoga led me to my teachers training in 2003 during which I was introduced to Kundalini.
As with Hatha yoga, I was intrigued by Kundalini Yoga from day one, and started attending classes. I completed my Hatha training and started giving classes in 2006. In 2007 I embarked on the Level One Kundalini Teachers Training and while teaching at the same time, completing Level One in 2008.
I added two Level Two Teachers Training courses; Vitality and Stress (2009) and Life Cycles and Life Styles (2013)
I have been teaching Kundalini Yoga in various studios in the Vaal triangle and Pretoria.
I absolutely love Kundalini Yoga, for me there is nothing quite like it – the way it facilitates transformation – it’s subtle and yet so strong, it uplifts and support on all levels.The technology of Kundalini Yoga is designed to transform ourselves gently into an authentic, true shape, by raising our vibrations with asana, pranayama, mudra, bhanda and sound current.
After many years of attending yoga classes and having an inquisitive mind with an interest in philosophy, I decided to enroll for a yoga teacher’s training course to deepen my understanding and practice. I completed my comprehensive 200-hour RYS (Bikram, Ashtanga (primary series) and Vinyasa) in January 2018, a 50-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training in July 2018 and a 100-hour YACEP accredited teacher training course in meditation in India. In October 2019, I completed a 100-hour YACEP accredited teacher training course in Holistic Yoga which dealt with all aspects of holistic therapeutic yoga.
My interest lies mainly in alignment and precision for each individual and unique body, and a meditative, transformational and yin practice; as well as meditation as a specific way of learning how to understand one’s different levels by giving attention to body, breath and mind.
The balance and harmony gained from an integrated yoga practice – asana, pranayama and meditation – bringing alignment to each practitioner, is of the utmost importance to me….. something I strive to achieve in my own yoga practice and classes.
I have been practicing yoga for almost 50 years, and played a part in introducing yoga to Pretoria and South Africa. I received my training in Iyengar Yoga directly from BKS Iyengar, and I am an accredited Iyengar Teacher.I am a founder member, as selected by BKS Inyengar, of the South African Ramamani Inyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and also drafted the original constitution and certificates.
As a yoga practitioner and instructor I place emphasis on alignment, posture and pranayama which assists in developing strength and mobility.
I am a menstruality leader, women’s well-being mentor, yoga therapist and artist. I believe in empowering and supporting women to be the best versions of themselves. I have trained in the UK with Alexander Pope and Sjanie Wurlitzer-Hugo, have taught Well Woman Yoga and menstrual cycle awareness for nearly 10 years and am also a Red School Menstruality mentor. I have completed three teacher training diplomas – Well Woman Yoga Therapy; Pregnancy and Postnatal with renowned author and womb yoga teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.As the world raises its’ feminine voice, I teach from the heart with two feet on the ground, believing that there is no spirituality without humility and grounding. Originally from the UK, my teaching and therapy focuses on Cyclical living, self-care and acceptance. I nurture and empower women to unearth an inner knowledge with the guidance of their own menstrual cycles and transformative journeys from menarche to menopause – including fertility, pregnancy and post-natal care. I teach and facilitate classes, workshops, courses, retreats, women’s circles as well as 1-to-1 mentoring and therapy. For more information, please visit my website at www.andreawhite.co.