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May 2011 – Yoga Events at Lotus Studio, Knysna

May 1, 2011

Yoga Asana & Pranayam Workshop with Viktor van der Kleij | Sat 7 May | 09:00-13:00

Pranayam is an ancient art form where the breath is utilised to optimise our life force. 

This workshop will primarily focus on breath manipulation techniques and incorporating these into the asana practice.
Breath control is one of the main pillars on which the Hatha Yoga tradition is built. The asanas clean the body while breath work directly influences our mental states. We can use them separately or combine them. Used together the Yoga practice becomes alive and playful but above all it can become a great tool for transformation. This workshop will give an introduction to the anatomy and philosophy behind the breath and asana positions and is suitable for anyone who wishes to deepen their Yoga practice.

Viktor van der Kleij was born in Holland but lives in South Africa. He is trained in the Classical Yoga tradition as instructed by Donna Holleman (and various other Iyengar and Astanga teachers). Over the years his teachings have become a unique combination of many different techniques and mystical traditions, from Hatha- and Tantra- to Raja- and Bhakti-Yoga. Viktor regularly teaches retreats in Europe, India and various parts of Southern Africa. If you have questions for Viktor prior to the workshop please email

When: Saturday 7 May | 09:00-13:00 | Cost: R300 

Reservations BY 3RD MAY PLEASE!!! : Manya 073 33 44 615 | email

Full Moon Sadhana | Tuesday 17 May | 06:00-08:00

If you missed the 5am start at our last Full Moon Sadhana you are welcome to join our next gathering to awaken body and spirit and meet the day with purpose and clarity. This time we’ll be starting at 06:00 for our 2 hour practice guided by Jaideep. 
As before we will start with the recitation of Japji – The Song of the Soul. For those of you who would like to try it, we will have copies of the script so you can chant along with the group. The ‘effect’ and experience of the Japji on the tongue, the senses, the mind, the subtle energy bodies and also the battle with the pronunciation is all quite elevating! 
Please bring anything you require to sit comfortably and be cosy. It is recommended to wear white clothing and a head covering. After practice we invite you to share yogi chai and fruit.
When: Tuesday 17 May | 06:00-08:00 (Doors will close just before 6am) | Cost: Free of charge 

If you have any questions or would like to let us know you are coming contact Nicki | 083 410 1320 |

Inspirational Breathwork | 1 Day Workshop | Saturday 21 May | 09:30-17:00 

Imagine how life can be if you breathe up to 80%! Inspirational Breathwork offers many benefits, including lowered blood pressure, improved athletic performance, stress management, emotional balance, energy & vitality, muscle relaxation, brain function, panic responses…and more! Your facilitator is Joost Maijvis, who guides these breathwork sessions internationally.
This workshop includes:
  • An introduction to the ideal Inspirational Breathing Pattern (full and deep diaphragmatic breath).
  • An explanation of how the breathing effects the body and how to stay with the breath.
  • A discussion about how breathing affects us on phyical, spiritual and emotional levels.
  • You will learn and experience the 100 breaths of joy, a 5 daily minute breathing exercise to ensure your breath remains open and full.
  • Fully facilitated breathing session.
For more information visit | Cost R500 includes practice CD
Contact Jen for bookings |  | 072 528 5859

“Tryengar” Yoga | 2 Iyengar Yoga Intro Classes with David Jacobs | Saturday 28 May

If you have been intimidated by the idea of a full day workshop (or prohibited by the cost) we are pleased to offer you this great opportunity to Try-Iyengar Yoga under the experienced guidance of senior teacher David Jacobs. On Saturday 28th May David will be guiding two 2 hour classes at only R60 per session! Class times are 8:30 to 10:30 and 11:00 to 13.00 and will offer different content so you are most welcome to join both. That is 4 hours of yoga for just R120!!!! Please book and pay for your place with any Lotus teacher. These classes will undoubtedly be popular so we recommend booking early. In order that these classes can commence timeously we’d appreciate you arriving 15 minutes prior to start time.  

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