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WIN a FREE YOGA PHOTOSHOOT in Cape Town courtesy of jdj studios!!!

February 19, 2014

Winning has never been so simple and so easy. All it will “cost” you is your time to write a comment or two about the flyer and the competition:

Comment on the YAA FACEBOOK Page and get ready to win and save big time! Now is your chance…SEIZE THE MOMENT!

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Teacher Interview: Hylton Jaggard of Hot Dog Yoga Studio, Cape Town.

February 11, 2014

1. Name:

Hylton Jaggard.

Hylton Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

2. DOB:

28 October 1968.

3. What style of yoga do you teach?

An integrated eclectic mix of movement – Iyengar based.

4. Where do you teach?

Hot Dog Yoga Studio in Sea Point, Cape Town.

Hot Dog Yoga Cape Town Hylton Teaching

5. How long have you been practicing yoga?

Since a young boy – when looking back at childhood photos I am often depicted in a handstand / Tree pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana.

6. How long have you been teaching yoga?

24 insightful years.

7. Who have you trained with and where?

John Leebold, (Iyengar), Mary Dunn, (Iyengar, NYC), Richard Freeman, (Ashtanga, Colorado), and many more great souls…

8. What lead you to teaching yoga and at what point did you decide that you wanted to teach?

Living in Japan with friends who were expats; they were interested in learning the art of movement, so I started teaching them what I knew.


9. What do you love most about teaching?

Witnessing my students’ love for yoga deepen.

10. Is there a focus in your teaching style?

I enjoy the creativity of designing intelligent sequences.

11. What do you love most about yoga?

That it is so much more expansive than just the physical body, yoga really is a gateway to higher consciousness.

12. What is the greatest challenge you have overcome with the help of yoga?

Yoga stills my jumpy mind…my thoughts can be valid, but varied within a very short space of time.


13. What advice do you have for people who have never tried yoga?

Yoga is a life-changing adventure into understanding your deeper self – don’t hold back!

14. Do you have a regular practice?

Most of the time yes. The breaks from practice bring more inspiration and creativity into it.

15. Favourite Asana:

That’s hard…Tadasana for its simplicity, that everything comes from the profound alignment and grounding. Savasana, beautiful to let go of all effort and integrate the energy of one’s practice.

16. Strongest Asana?


17. Any religious affiliations?

To understand all is to forgive all.

Hot Dog Yoga Cape Town Hylton Jaggard

18. What are your other interests?

Five rhythms, swimming, yoga philosophy…

19. Any Thank Yous?

Huge Thank You to my students who teach me every day and share so much love – thank you for trusting me to be part of your journey. My family and friends for their faith and support.





1st – 12th May 2014 Combining Travel & Education with a Yoga Holiday to Varkala, Kerala, India.

February 7, 2014

1st – 12th May 2014 SA Yoga Safaris, Retreats & Holidays and Cheryl Lancellas presents a travel opportunity not to be missed!

Come Travel with like-minded people to South India, the birthplace of Ayurveda for a 12 day Yoga Holiday in the Ayurveda capital of India, Varkala-Kerala. Daily Yoga, Ayurveda treatments, Relaxation on the beach to restore the body, mind and soul!

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Immerse yourself in this Yoga experience where we will luxuriate in daily Ayurveda treatment, daily yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditation with plenty of time to enjoy the warm Indian Ocean, beaches and plentiful shopping!

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R 14 500.00 per person sharing inclusive of return flights from Johannesburg to Varkala, transport to and from airport, accommodation, breakfasts, daily yoga and Ayurveda treatment.

It does not include daily lunches and dinners.

Contact Cheryl Lancellas for more information. E-mail:

Cell: 084 090 2083. Website:

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24 May 2014: Book for the White Tantric Yoga before 28 Feb 2014 and receive a R300 discount!!!

February 6, 2014

white tantric early bird

Equine photography – capturing the majesty of nature’s creature by jdj studios.

February 5, 2014

Jaletta de Jager of jdj studios offers us a beautiful personal reflection about her experience during the photo shoot with horses in the Eastern Cape in December.

Her words capture the profound feelings one has when being with these graceful creatures and the sentiment is equally captured in the photos themselves. A beautiful read and a feast for the eyes and the soul! ENJOY.

The face of grace jdj

By: Jaletta de Jager.

“To date, this has been my most enjoyable and most challenging shoot yet. This shoot happened during the December holidays on the coastline of the Eastern Cape. I was lucky enough to snap horses that were on a farm just outside of Jeffrey’s bay. What a beautiful experience; walking for kilometres after these majestic animals, roaming free and feeding on the fynbos. They have always seemed so different to me out on the field, their strength and screen beauty shines through. It is this beauty and power that drew me to them as a child and was what I was hoping to capture during this shoot.  However, capturing their magnetic nature turned out to not be my only or biggest challenge.

Looking ahead jdj

Rather it was holding on to my camera’s memory card. Like most photographers I always have a back up memory card. And since this was a long walk I ended up taking a lot of photos not only of my main subject but also of the scenery, vegetation and smaller creatures. As a result I had to change my memory card during the shoot and as fate would have it my card fell out of my pocket and still lies somewhere in the Eastern Cape. Only upon arriving home did I realise what had happened. With a heavy heart myself and the co-founder of jdj studios went on an expedition. Needless to say it was not fruitful and not only did I lose a valuable piece of equipment I also lost hundreds of photos that I will never be able to take again. Despite our disappointment, the very next day we were at it again, this time with only one memory card.

Full Picture WHite horse jdjMy lucky stars did align. The horses were feeling beautiful and started to almost flirt with the camera. As I came closer and closer, taking an ever increasing amount of photos, they started to really show their souls. Allowing me to capture that which I so wanted to capture, to show others how it is that I see them. It was a special day and I was filled with gratitude. Although I have been around horses almost my whole life and have ridden many times before, this was a special day being able to share their magic, beauty and touch of fantasy. ”

Caressing horses jdj

To view more photographs please visit:!equine-photography/c13oq


Natarajasana – Lord of the Dance or The Dancer Pose

February 3, 2014


Natarajasana – Dedicated to Shiva, Lord of the Dance or The Dancer.

  •  Begin in Tadasana – feet together or Samasthiti – feet hip distance apart
  • Maintain a firm left leg and bring the toes of the right foot on the mat
  • Bend the right leg taking the right foot behind the thigh and grab the top of the right foot or right ankle with the right hand
  • Maintain a hold on the foot with the hand throughout the pose
  • Align and connect both knees side by side to establish alignment and steadiness
  • On an inhalation move the right heel  / foot away from the right thigh or  buttock by lifting the leg back and away from the body simultaneously straightening the right arm and lifting the left arm up above the head
  • The intention is to bring the right thigh parallel to the floor and the right shin perpendicular to the floor with the right foot pointing upwards
  • Keep the chest as upright as possible
  • Keep the hips square i.e. both hips facing forward as much as is possible
  • The left leg should be as firm and straight as is possible or comfortable
  • Hold for 3 -5 breaths as a beginner and 8 – 10 breaths as a more advanced practitioner
  • To release slowly bring the right arm down releasing the extended right leg back to the starting position and bring the left arm down
  • Return the right  leg to Tadasana
  • Repeat with the left leg raised for the same duration of time. 

Counterpose /  Pratikryasana:

Tadasana, (feet together)



Samasthiti, (feet hip distance apart).

–       Both are ideal for beginners.


Ardha Uttanasana

Ardha Uttanasana



Uttanasana holding elbows

–       Ideal for advanced practitioners., (unlock the knees and bend legs if prone to lower back and / or knee issues).


  • Rejuvenates and stretches the spine backwards
  • Stretches, tones and strengthens the leg muscles
  • Strengthens the ankles
  • Stretches and tones the quadricep muscles
  • Stretches and strengthens the arms
  • Opens and expands the chest
  • Invigorating

Natarajasana Male

 Cautions and Modifications:

  • If prone to inner ear ailments, e.g. Vertigo, other balance disorders or flat feet, practice close to a wall for extra support and a sense of security by placing the fingertips or extended hand on the wall
  • Unlock the knee joint of the balancing leg if the stretch proves too strenuous
  • Use a belt around the foot to hold the leg if the stretch is too challenging on the shoulder
  • Avoid the pose if suffered any knee injuries and in early stages of recovery
  • The raised arm can also be in line with the shoulder joint instead of upright
  • Do not raise the one arm if it compromises one’s balance, rather rest the hand on the waist or hip 

Chakra Association:

Svadisthana and Anahata Chakra.

Natarajasana with Chin Mudra

May your practice bless you in every respect! 

Yours in Yoga, 


Juanita Caprari

Juanita Caprari is a certified Yoga teacher and Public Relations Practitioner. She started her Yoga practice in 2002. She has completed two Yoga Teacher Training Courses, the last one through Ananda Kutir Ashram and has been teaching Yoga since 2007. or visit the website or

A loving welcome to Nicole Panzer of Lila Yoga Therapy Health & Well-Being for all!

February 3, 2014

Yoga Teacher and Dorn Treatment and Breuss massage therapist, Nicole Panzer is based in Cape Town and has dedicated herself to consistent learning through the years to bring therapeutic and transformative healing to practitioners of all ages, from children to adults.




Lila Yoga Therapy offers children & pre-teen Yoga, Pre & Post Natal as well as Adult Yoga classes and Dorn & Breuss treatments. Nicole hosts retreats to nurture and revitalize from within and the next retreat is “Becoming Me” from the 28th – 30th March 2014 at The Blue Butterfly in Tulbagh. The last retreat, based on the same program, was such an amazing success that it deserves to be held again for others to experience the joy!

Becoming Me Lila Yoga Therapy RetreatDo yourself a favour and allow Nicole of Lila Yoga Therapy to guide you on your path of positive transformation – just like the beautiful evolving journey of a butterfly!


Upcoming Teacher Training Courses for 2014 with The Southern Africa Yoga Centre – Yoga Alliance UK accredited.

February 1, 2014

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Do you live in KZN? Have you been longing to learn more about Yoga and become a Yoga teacher to immerse yourself deeper into your own practice and to share the healing transformative benefits that Yoga provides?

Have you struggled to find a course that meets your life schedule and your requirements? Look no further!

The search has ended thanks to The Southern Africa Yoga Centre based in KZN.

Cheryl Lancellas of Southern Africa Yoga Safaris & Retreats runs a 200 hour Teacher Training Course under her training college called The Southern Africa Yoga Centre which is accredited with Yoga Alliance UK.

Cheryl’s Teacher training offers you 3 different ways to empower yourself with a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2014.

This year, take the necessary steps to empower yourself with a Yoga Teacher Certificate, (Internationally Certified). The options are:

1.            This course runs over one full weekend per month, in KZN, from February through to November. We start the course on the weekend of the 8th and 9th February. Fees for this are R13 000.00.

2.            This is a  24 day intensive live-in Yoga course, eat,  breathe, sleep Yoga! Fees for this are R19 995.00. (All inclusive).

3.            This is an extended period of maximum 30 months to complete all 4 modules. Fees for this are R15 000.00

All 3 options are 200 hours of hands-on lectures and workshops providing you with the knowledge needed to take your Yoga to the next level of understanding. Empowering you with the necessary skills to share this love of yoga with passion, safety and confidence.

Contact Cheryl Lancellas for more information. E-mail: Or  Cell: 084 090 2083.


Choose the option that best suits you, then take that step to empower yourself on the journey of self discovery under the guidance of Cheryl and The Southern Africa Yoga Centre.


Southern Africa Yoga Safaris, Retreats & Holidays – A welcome addition to the YAA community!

January 31, 2014

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KZN based Cheryl Lancellas of SA Yoga Safaris & Retreats offers participants the unique opportunity to experience the healing art of Yoga with African night game drives, to encounters with dolphins in Mozambique to the sacred sounds and energy of India!


Each Yoga destination experience is a thorough and therapeutic journey which includes all aspects of Yoga i.e. Yoga Philosophy and Psychology; caters for small groups of 10 or less; welcomes all ages over 12.

No previous experience is required as Cheryl is a fully qualified Yoga teacher, (trained in Nasik, India), a personal trainer and a physical therapist. Each person will be personally evaluated ensuring the best Yoga exercise for one’s ability is provided.

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From Africa to India, one can enjoy unique accommodation with all amenities and only vegetarian meals will be served. The beauty of the small groups ensures personal attention to meet all your requirements to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.

Find your peace and follow your bliss with Cheryl and Southern Africa Yoga Safaris, Retreats & Holidays!





SA Yoga Safaris & Retreats is also a registered Teacher Training College known as The Southern Africa Yoga Centre which is accredited with Yoga Alliance UK for a 200 hour Teacher Training Course.

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For more information stay tuned for forthcoming retreats and Teacher Training Courses offered by The Southern Africa Yoga Centre.

To inquire further contact: Cheryl Lancellas. E-mail: Or cell: 084 090 2083 Or visit the website: