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Events with Living Yoga in JHB – from May – Dec 2011

May 1, 2011

Petros in SA – May 2011

Petros is an Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher who lives, teaches and sings in Munich, Germany and gives workshops, kirtans and retreats throughout the planet. He wants to inspire his students to do – whatever you do – in full awareness, and to do it with your heart. So we can always return to that place where, independently from outer circumstance, we always will find peace: within our hearts. Many times we’ll meet obstacles on this path: our intellect, our body, our expectations and preferences.

Yoga gives us the possibility to free ourselves from these hindrances that keep us from experiencing our true nature – that, what we really are: free, wild, full of love and joy – without conditioning, without fear. He is thankful for all teachers and circumstance that give us the chance to experience this feeling of unity, of non-separateness – to eventually learn to accept the greatest of all teachers: our life itself.

Om shanti.


Jivamukti  Yoga Philosophy and Practice

5th May: 13:00-16:00 @ Living Yoga, JHB
Transform yourself with Jivamukti Yoga. A workshop to meet and learn about the 5 tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:
A Jivamukti Yoga class involves an ever changing flow of postures (vinyasa) that is intended to challenge you on many levels. Each class revolves around a theme based on ancient wisdom and emphasizes the importance of practicing with an elevated intention. Chanting, meditation, and inspiring music are a part of every class.
The five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga are:
Scripture ~ source teachings from the ancient Sanskrit scriptures.
Bhakti ~ devotion; finding a greater purpose for our lives.
Ahimsa ~ non-harming; understanding how our actions affect other beings.
Music ~ Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound), chanting and listening to good music.
Meditation ~ turning inwards and reconnecting to our true selves
Cost: R350
Yoga philosophy lecture and Kirtan
5th May – 19-00-22:00 @
Living Yoga, JHB
Freedom as a concept cannot be clearly defined because it deals with a state that is dependent upon individual experience.  To put it another way, freedom can only be experienced when it can be contrasted with its counterpart, ‘non-freedom.’  This ‘non-freedom’ might be of a bodily nature, such as a physical disability, a geographical or psychological nature, just to name a couple of possibilities, each with innumerable different individual consequences.  So in this context, some sort of ‘non-freedom’ must exist in order to finally achieve freedom.  Any freedom would be relative to the ‘non-freedom’ personally experienced.
Moksha is the principle of unconditional freedom, a state independent of our location, environment, and all other particular circumstances.  Continuous practice reveals the conditional interaction between the ego and the world as we perceive it through our senses.  Anyone who has discovered this holds the key to his own freedom in his hand.  The Jivanmukta experiences this kind of freedom in this body, now, not as a possibility somewhere down the road.  He experiences and accepts this world as the creative force of which he is an expression.  Any mental or physical tendency is possible here and is a part of the whole.  Whoever understands this has released himself from all situational freedoms, because in the end there is only this one.

Music is something moving, the proof of the Greek quote “panta rei – always flowing” And when the further ingredients are devotion and prensence, something magic can happen,something that has been described by yogis as “ananda – bliss”. This state is nothing far, fixed or framed. It is the state, when intuition, strength and spirit harmonise in the Now. Harmonies are the foundation of music – and so we come together to spontaniously experience, what the word itself actually describes: Harmony (greek: armonia: to bring together; the union of opposites to one whole). So the greek root of the word, that describes the union of opposites is nothing other than something very familiar to us: Yoga!
Cost: R350


Backbending Workshop
6th May – 13:00-16:00 @ Living Yoga, JHB
You will find a safe and invigorating class for all levels of practitioners in this workshop. Bending over backwards is as difficult as it is essential to a balanced yoga practice and life. You will feel confident and restored from the gradual opening postures. Then you will proceed to more difficult postures with enthusiasm and fearlessness. This class will build a knowledge of essential key ingredients of the safe and sane backbending class that will be invaluable to your practice of yoga.
Cost: R350

Kriya/Asana/Pranayama- A Jivamukti Yoga Workshop
6th May – 17:00-20:00 @ Living Yoga, JHB
Patanjali discribes the ashtanga yoga, the eight-limbed yoga path in his Yoga-Sutras. A possible aprroach to an open perspective, deep understanding and the experience of our unlimeted potential and creativity. The different practices allow us to slowly sharpen our focus on the unchangable true nature of our existence, which we eventually meet within us. Due to our way of living, our diet, social conditioning – due to our definition of what’s real or not (mostly given through the collective consciousness of our enviroment) and our perception, based upon those principles, a honest view on our own truth, covered by this veil becomes rather difficult. In this workshop we will approach parts of those practices and establish a possible connection to our great potential. With kriyas and practices of nada-yoga (the yoga of sound) we will clense our koshas (body-layers) deeply – so a feeling of clarity and balance can arise. When the body, mind and breath are cleared and opened through those practices, we set the base for a dynamic, challenging asana-practice (for all levels, some experience is recommended, though). What we started with kriyas, we will continue with asana on a more subtle level. Becoming aware of the energy within us, we will then begin a journey towards our very core – through pranayama, conscious, focused breathing we eventually arrive at a point of clarity, peace and freedom. Finally, here we find total silence. A silence that doesn’t occur through the outside, but arises from within, with a smile….
Cost: R350

Please email to book your space. Space is limited, so when you book, please provide payment either by EFT or credit card at the studio


Living Yoga Teacher Training 2011

Who is the course for?

The program is geared for serious yoga practitioners who want to deepen their understanding of Yoga and integrate the philosophies and practices into their everyday lives as well as those aspiring to teach Yoga to others.

Students who complete the 200 HOURS will:

  • Deepen their practice and understanding of yoga
  • Know how to structure and create a cohesive, well-rounded class
  • Acquire an understanding of yoga philosophy
  • Have the possibility of teaching at Living Yoga Johannesburg
  • Have the confidence and tools to begin teaching yoga
  • Be part of the a Yoga community locally and internationally
 Course Faculty
 Cherryl Duncan and Sarah Bentz (Co-creators of Living Yoga Johannesburg) will run the program and offer their knowledge in Yoga philosophy (according to the traditional and ancient Yogic texts like Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, teach students how to effectively deliver a Yoga class, principles and practice of meditation, the principles of the business of Yoga, how to assist and adjust students in an asana class, and workshops on refining the asanas.

The course will also include other experts in various fields as guest teachers on the program:

  • Brian Appleton – principles of Pranayama.
  • Mark Joseph – Buddhism and Yoga
  • Mark and Marloes Joseph – Tibetan Heart Yoga
  • Richard Demartini – Anatomy
  • Aryo – Pregnancy Yoga
  • Yoga4Kida – Teaching Children Yoga
  • Cherryl Duncan- Chakra Tuning Workshop special workshop
 The 200-Hour program which is registered with Yoga Alliance (recognised Internationally) will deepen and build your practice transforming it into something that becomes part of who you are and not simply a class you do a few times a week.

Course Requirements

 You do not need any experience in teaching yoga, but a regular yoga practice is preferred. Since this course is geared to those wanting to deepen their practice and not necessarily teach, it is open to anyone willing to commit fully with their hearts and open minds to the 3 month program.

You will be required to complete 80 Yoga classes over the 3 month period.
Attend all lectures (if any are missed they are your own responsibility to catch up with fellow teacher trainers).
Complete a written exam, asana exam and teaching exam as well as assignments during the course.
Course Fees
R15 000

 200-Hour Program Tuition Includes:
  • Living Yoga200-hour Training Manual Textbook
  • Unlimited Yoga at Living Yoga for the program’s duration
  • Certification on completion of course
  • A non-refundable deposit of R3500 before 31st May 2011 secures your place. The balance is payable by the 30th June 2011.
  • Early bird discounted rate: If you pay on or before the 1st May 2011, in full, the course will cost you R12000
 Course dates

This course is a part time course with lectures on Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm and Saturdays 8-11am/11-4pm for 3 months.

Start Date: July 6th, 2011

Last Class: October 5th, 2011


Students will also receive a diploma and Letter of Completion which they can use to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level and share with prospective employers. Completion of this program will also qualify students to apply for a mentorship program under Cherryl Duncan or Sarah Bentz and Living Yoga Johannesburg.

Email for more information


 Bali Shakti Retreat

14th-23rd July 2011

The perfect place for healing and renewal

Bali continues to grow as a prime destination for the spiritual traveler.

Join Cherryl for a Winter getaway to Ubud, Bali.
Ubud is regarded as the most healing and culturally rich area in Bali. Located in the middle of the island, it is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali — scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces and beautiful rivers.

This retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a daily yoga practice within the context of Bali’s spiritual surrounds.

10 days of transformational yoga with Cherryl Duncan at the Yoga Barn

(especially designated yoga space 400 meters from the rice paddies where we’ll be staying)

·         Breakfast daily

·         10 days/9 nights accommodation at Brata House

·         A healing session with Ketut – Eat, Pray, Love’s famous medicine man

·         A half day Temple Tour

Ecstatic Dance class with Charley Patton (owner of the Yoga Barn)
·         Return flight including airport taxes

·         Hotel Transfers

Total cost: R15 665

(R5825 excluding air ticket)

If you would like to organise your own flight and just book for the retreat, then please pay a deposit of R3000 by the 28th February 2011.

The balance is payable on the 1st July.


Yoga Surf Retreat Mozambique 2011

12th-19th December 2011

Mozambique retreat Dec 2010

Join Cherryl and Ryan for a week of Yoga, Surf and Sand
You will be amazed at how yoga helps with balance and focus while surfing, or even just learning to surf.
If you’ve ever had an inclining to learn how, now is your chance.
This retreat is also open to those just wanting to skip the surfing completely and just join in for a week of rejuvenating Yoga in the specially created Yoga lounge at Turtle Cove.Ryan Ribbink has been surfing for 25 years. He recently won the South African masters and seniors surfing titles and offers surf trips throughout Southern Africa from Cape Town all the way into the deepest and most unspoiled parts of Mozambique.We are lucky to have him join our retreat in December where he will be available for lessons and together with his crew and 4×4 we will be able to explore some of the areas further north of Tofu.Retreat Package includes:Option One (Including Flights)7 nights accommodation at Turtle Cove

2 Vegan meals daily (Breakfast and Dinner)

2 Yoga classes a day with Cherryl Duncan

Daily surf lessons including board hire

All petrol, airport transfers, transport around tofu


Option Two (Excluding flights)
7 nights accommodation at Turtle Cove

2 Vegan meals daily (Breakfast and Dinner)

2 Yoga classes a day with Cherryl Duncan

Daily surf lessons including board hire

All petrol, airport transfers, transport around tofu

You make your own way to Durban and catch a lift with Ryan and his crew to Turtle Cove


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