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Happy 7th Birthday Yoga Awakening Africa!!!

January 15, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was 7 years to the day when a very young and nervous Nina, was standing in front of a group of local yogis introducing the very first edition of Yoga Awakening Africa.

How things have changed since that morning.  Like they say, time flies, but it really does feel like it was just the other day when I was staying up and working into the wee hours of the morning with my friend Aline Nienaber from Nila Workroom and Lindsaye McGregor to put together the first edition of Yoga Awakening Africa – my dream. To create a high quality yoga magazine that would encompass all the styles and different teachings of yoga in a community based magazine.

We worked together tirelessly for three years on creating 6 beautiful magazines, until we decided that we needed to give print media a bit of a break and hence headed online. Thanks to the continued support of all our small and big advertisers we have been able to carry on sharing yoga events, stories, interviews as well as the deeper wisdom and knowledge that yoga has to offer.

It has been a fabulous, creative, fluid and always changing journey and we are so excited to see what this year has in store for us. So if you would like to be part of this journey, be sure to contact Juanita for our 2014 advertising options.

So this is what happened in 2013:

We received over 200 new FaceBook likes to our already growing fan base and now total over 800!

We received over 44 000 views to our blog, which means on average we have over 120 visits per day!

The most visited pages on our blog were the calendar and SA Yoga Teachers pages.

(We will be improving these this year to make it even more user friendly!)


kateheadstandThe most visited yoga postures were:

  1. Salamba Sirasana – Supported Headstand
  2. Ardha Chandrasa from Utthita Trikonasana – Half-moon Pose from Triangle Pose
  3. Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana – Half-bound Lotus Pose
  4. Baddha Konasana – Cobbler Pose
  5. Parivrrta Janu Sirsasana – Revolved Head to Knee Pose


The most visited yoga sequences were:

  1. Kidney, Liver, Spleen & Pancreas Vinyasa
  2. PhalakasanaStress Management through Yoga
  3. Using Variations of  Adho Mukha Svanasana to create your own sequence
  4. Summer Morning Vinyasa
  5. Spring Yoga Routine


yogaspiritThe most visited studio posts were:

  1. Yoga Spirit in Constantia
  2. Yoga with Nicci in Stellenbosch
  3. Yoga with Nina
  4. Yoga Odyssey Bryanston
  5. South African School of Satyananda Yoga in Hyde Park



The most visited interview posts were:

  1. Mariah Betts
  2. Elonne Stockton
  3. Caron Waddy
  4. Marinus Muller
  5. Candice Helena


shunyamudraThe most visited mudra posts were:

  1. Shunya Mudra – (Heaven Mudra)
  2. Varuna Mudra
  3. Mushti Mudra
  4. Pran Mudra
  5. Mantras and Mudras


angus (41)The most visited pranayama posts were:

  1. Sama Vritti Pranayama
  2. Agni Sara
  3. Anuloma Ujjayi Pranayama
  4. Nadi Sodhana – Alternate Nostril Breathing
  5. Dandelion Breath


aboutus2013Many thanks to all of you for your support!

We look forward to sharing our new yoga news with you this year.


Nina and Juanita.


YAAissuesIf you would like any back copies (only issue 3, 4, 5 and 6 available), please email us. They are R25 each including postage (RSA only).

Contact: Nina on and Juanita on

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