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Yoga & You – June Teachers

June 2, 2011
Ana Forrest.

Ana Forrest is an internationally renowned pioneer in yoga and healing. Her own life experiences have formed the foundation from which Ana created Forrest Yoga – a distinct approach of using yoga to address today’s physical and emotional challenges with a highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. With more than 35 years of experience teaching yoga she challenges her students to access their whole being and to use Yoga as a path to finding and clearing emotional, mental and physical blocks that dictate and limit their lives. With Ana’s meticulous guidance, students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, creating a unique and powerful opportunity  to make practical life decisions based on their own experiences.
Ana is visiting South Africa in September, click here to view her workshops.

I first began my yoga journey in 1983 when I joined an Iyengar Yoga Class in Kalk Bay. I knew immediately that yoga was something special and wanted it to play a role in my life but had no idea how to approach the yogic lifestyle at the time. Yoga was not, in those days, considered an all encompassing philosophy and lifestyle choice but as an alternative exercise regime, once popular with hippies!
At a cross roads in my life in 2005, I was drawn again to yoga and embarked on a journey with a beautiful and earnest teacher, Jackie Rixon, who introduced me further into the philosophy behind yoga as well as to her friend Viktor Van der Kleij who teaches a classical style of yoga similar in its physical discipline to the Iyengar style but also incorporating Raja Yoga. Viktor and Jackie’s interest in the yogic philosophy and commitment to the lifestyle it proposes lead me to the Ananda Kutir Ashrama in 2007 where I embarked on further study of the philosophy.

In 2009 I completed my training as an Integral Yoga teacher and spent 3 weeks in India at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh.
I continue to practice and to study the philosophy with Viktor Van Der Kleij who teaches in Scarborough, Cape Town.
While I “teach” yoga I don’t really believe that yoga can be taught! The true teacher resides inside each of us making a yoga practice a wonderful journey of self discovery!
In Integral Yoga a student is introduced to different aspects of yoga and a typical class would include some Raja Yoga (mind exploration), a strong physical practice, breathing techniques and possibly some chanting and meditation. While physical fitness is important I believe happiness and contentment is only possible if we keep the mind and the emotions, (our intuitive side), fit and healthy too through observing them and understanding them.
____________________________Ronel.I have always enjoyed endurance sports and never considered yoga as part of a fitness routine.
During the 1980’s aerobic craze, I qualified as an aerobics instructor and taught aerobics for 23 years.
However, age and wisdom brought the realization that aerobics’ main focus was on looking good externally. The inner self was not addressed.
After a car accident left me with neck, lower back and foot injuries, circumstances forced me to seek a gentler routine, hence the beginning of my path to Yoga. I initially trained with experienced yoga teacher and therapist, Val David’s, practicing Hatha Yoga. It brought me the calm, peace and flexibility not experienced in secular sports.
At the ripe age of 47 years, I embarked on Karma Calmer Teacher’s Training Programme, a 240 hours course that included applied anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology, pranayama, meditation, yoga therapy and Ashtanga Primary Series Asana. The course was taught by Jim Harrington (RYT) and is accredited by Yoga Alliance. I graduated in November 2009 as an Ashtanga teacher.
Ashtanga is the perfect fitness regime for me and replaced all endurance and power training. It assists with weight loss, builds body strength, promotes fitness and flexibility, and addresses the inner body’s well-being as well.
Toni Westaway.Toni is a qualified yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga seriously for the past 7 years. She is committed to teaching yoga to children, specifically, because she believes that the amount of stress and pressure that our children are exposed to on a daily basis negatively affects their physical, mental and spiritual health. This can have lasting negative effects on their well-being and confidence.
One of the affirmations she teaches to the children is “Peace begins with me”.  This simple phrase helps our children recognize that they have the power to change the world both internally and externally. Toni believes that giving human beings the tools to gain a strong body, respect and love for themselves, other people and the planet they live on from an early age will only have positive ripple effects in generations to come.
Toni feels both blessed and excited to be able to offer yoga to your children. |
Natasha Fernandes.Natasha is a qualified yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for the past 9 years.  She completed the Sivananda Yoga Teacher’s Training in Neyyar Dam Kerala India in 2005 and also specialised in pregnancy yoga through Birthlight in London.
Natasha’s prenatal classes focus on yoga-based exercises emphasising breath work, relaxation techniques and positions for the preparation of labour and birth in a nurturing and supportive environment.  The classes are gentle and safe for all women, whether new to yoga or with years of practice.  The mother-to-be will get some much needed ‘me-time’ and stress release which is especially beneficial to women working during their pregnancy.
Prenatal yoga brings awareness to the connection between mind, body & breath to attain deep mental relaxation for pregnancy, birth and the journey into motherhood. |
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