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 and Yin Yoga, with a particular emphasis on creating balance and harmony in the body and mind, adjusting to the needs of each student in the classI completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yoga Connection as well as a 100-hour YACEP accredited Holistic Yoga 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 did my 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training at the Siddhi School of Yoga, Rishikesh, India. The emphasis on holistic alignment and adjustment has added an awareness to my own practice and teaching of the importance of following the body’s unique structure and abilities. This helps to avoid injury and maximise the body’s ability to remain fluid and supple preventing the onset of age- related stiffness and immobility. Holistic, restorative and chair yoga are my favourites. I completed an additional 100 hour YACEP accredited holistic yoga training to enhance my teaching.
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 breathing and meditation classes.
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.
Yoga found me about 25 years ago with my first yoga teacher from the Bihar School of Yoga and since then many inspirational yoga teachers have shaped my yoga practice to develop a kinder, deeper relationship with myself and the world. Growing up, I participated in all kinds of physical activities, through sport and ballet, where I could channel my energy and keep healthy and active. I still believe that movement is medicine, also for older people, and a mindful yoga practice is available to everyone. Two years ago, the planets aligned and I did my Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200) and experienced the suble yet profound energetic effect of Yin Yoga, which is the focus of my teaching.
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.
Andrea White – menstruality leader, women’s well-being mentor, yoga therapist and artist – believes in empowering and supporting women to be the best versions of themselves. She teaches and facilitate classes, workshops, courses, retreats, women’s circles as well as 1-to-1 mentoring and therapy at the Sole2Soul studio. For more information please visit www.andreawhite.co. or www.ovathemoon.co.za.
Dr Feroza Mansoor – Medical Doctor, Conscious Transformation Leadership Coach, Biodanza facilitator – avid activist for holistic health and well-being. She works intuitively to help her clients understand and manage their internal states and change their lives from inside out. She hosts workshops and biodanza at the Sole2Soul studio. For more information please visit www.biodanza.co.za
Siphiwe Sithole ‘African Marmalade’ – praise singer for African foods, organic grower/distributor of naturally grown produce and entrepreneur – grows indigenous African vegetables and fruits, supplies organic seeds and seedlings and secure markets for indigenous produce. Veggie boxes available via our studio.