Teachers

Izelle Nair

I was born in Namibia and grew up in the African Bushveld. I loved feeling connected to the Earth and all the animals. As a child I used to sit in stillness and just take in the world. Nobody taught me any techniques or tools. I just knew how to be. Fast forward many years, at 25 years old I was stressed out, over worked and disconnected.

Many miles away from the African Bushveld, I walked into a gym in London and took my first Vinyasa class. I was hooked. I saw a glimpse again of what I experienced as a child. I felt connected to Source. It felt like home. Over the years I continued my practice and one day I woke up, fed up of the corporate world and decided to just go for it and teach yoga full time.

I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2011 at Living Yoga. It was obviously the right decision as since then many more doors opened and opportunities presented themselves. I now teach Corporate Yoga, Private classes and at Earth Yoga Studio in Kyalami that I co-own with my husband, Malcolm Nair. Unroll your mat with me and let me share my practice with you!

www.izelleyoga.co.za

Malcolm Nair

Malcolm Nair Yoga

I’m an avid yogi, gardener, father, husband, web developer, artist and business owner.

Trying to juggle all of these Roles can be quite a task. I’ve experienced the busy and sometimes stressful lifestyle that comes with city living.

Yoga has helped me to find balance in the craziness that is my life. Allowing me to be more present in my life and generally a lot happier.

Join me on the mat and allow me to assist you in your yoga journey

Get to know and love your body, find inner strength and balance in your life.

Namaste

Malcolm

Dave Gardner

Dave Gardner Yoga

“I am a human. Inspired by the natural world, I have followed my intuition and explored the inner and outer reaches of this thing we call life. Seeking out teachers and friends that have helped me help myself and been by my side, my immersion into the practices of Yoga have been guided by legends.

I met Jim Harrington in 2011 and began studying with him in 2012 (this has lead to this very moment now), with many workshops, training and epic adventures along the way. While in India with Jim, I met Aditi Gaur of The Himalayan Yoga Tradition in 2013 in Rishikesh and have nurtured the powerful subtlety of her teachings. Immersing deeper into the practice of Synergy, Jim invited Simon Borg-Olivier to South Africa for the first time in 2014, which led me to following Simon to India to study with him and Bianca Machliss in 2015.

Rediscovering the power of natural and spinal movement, and longing to reconnect with my Muay Thai practice, I discovered Cameron Shayne and Budokon, a synthesis of Martial Arts, Yoga, Calisthenics and Animal Locomotion. I have recently returned from studying with Cameron and am focused on sharing my experience. All these teachers have been leaders, with a sense of powerful humility they have inspired me through their lives, and created a willingness within myself, to empower myself, and through this empower others. This is what I look to share…while moving, jumping, floating, flying, crawling, swinging, rolling, laughing and loving around like the monkey I am!”

Dave Gardner teaches Budokon at Earth Yoga on Wednesdays 6pm.

www.davegardneryoga.com/

Alicia Ackerman

‘If you practice yoga once a week – you will change your mind
If you practice yoga twice a week – you will change your body
If you practice yoga every day – you will change your life.’

For me yoga changed everything , the way I react to everyday situations of life’s roller coasters to the way my feet look , it gave me confidence in myself and an amazing bounce in my step and most importantly a sense of peace within . I absolutely can not get over the way a Vinyasa class can challenge the way we think and perceive what we are all capable of, the first time I saw a back bend I really thought there was no chance but gave it a go in any case and immediately fell in love with the high it left me in …  Suddenly it all came together for me – mat , body , mind , breath and soul …

My practice only really took off in 2015 when I joined Earth Yoga.  In a way it felt like coming home, I giggled my way through the opening Ohm chant and then became mesmerized by the oceanic sound of breath around me.  Soon I was there everyday and about 8 months in I saw an advert for teacher training, wanting to deepen my practice and get a better understanding of Vinyasa I signed up and now here I am.

I haven’t been doing yoga for many years and I still have much to learn, my experience so far has been amazing and I truly wish to grow and share with all of you.

Much love

Rita Vollono

Rita Vollono Yoga

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down”

When I feel my energy level is low and the world around me  seems to run too fast, I sit on my mat, I close my eyes and I start to breath slowly and deeply, moving my body with my breath, my mind slows down end I enjoy the sensation that a yoga practice can give me.

I started practicing yoga 6 years ago in Italy, where I come from, I was working in my Wellness Center, helping people to improve their well being, I discovered that yoga was having the same effects on me, improving my well being.

I wanted to learn more about this powerful discipline and after 2 years, practicing every morning with my teacher Izelle Nair, I decided in 2014 to attend to her yoga teacher training.

I will guide you through a fluid sequence of Vinyasa yoga or a more meditative and slow Hata and Yin yoga, completing with pranayama and meditation.

Come to join me on the mat!

Namaste

Stephanie de Beer

Stephanie de Beer yoga

It’s only when I started a consistent practice that I really noticed the big effect yoga had on me, and my life. When you obsess and attempt to over plan every detail in your life, so many miracles go unnoticed. This practice has shown me how to create the environment for things to happen and unfold naturally.

After my very first yoga class, in a gym, I was so curious to do more, learn more!  I found Earth Yoga Studio when we moved to Johanessburg. It took me about 5 seconds to feel at home! Soon after, I completed my 200 hour training with Izelle  and now a proud member of the Earth Yoga family.

I hope to help others on their journey, to inspire, and uplift one another.

Bronwyn Thomen

Bronwyn Thomen Yoga

I was introduced to yoga at a time in my life when not very much was “going right”. I didn’t know it at the time but I was completely hooked on yoga. Not just to the physical benefits but to the way it made me feel – clearer in my thoughts and lighter in my body, as if heavy burdens had been lifted from my shoulders. It is absolutely true what they say, that if you do yoga once a week you will transform your mind, if you do yoga twice a week you will transform your body and if you do yoga every day you will transform your life.

And so, after dabbling here and there – from one very informal yet truly life-changing class at the Lions River Polo Club in KZN in early 2013 and a HotBody yoga DVD acquired with a fashion magazine, to an energetic Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior class at Living Yoga Studio in JHB and doing yoga in cow-print pajama pants at AfrikaBurn, as well as many other equally beautiful and transformational experiences – I finally came to settle into a more regular practice at the much loved Earth Yoga Studio in Kyalami.  I completed my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training course in June 2016 under the expert guidance of teachers (and owners of the studio) Izelle and Malcolm Nair.

I often have to remind myself not to take life (and myself) too seriously, and yoga has really helped me gain some perspective on where I am and where I want to be in this life. I hope to bring a light-hearted enthusiasm to my classes, intertwined with philosophy that you can use both on and off the mat.

I truly believe there is something to be learnt from everyone, that paths cross for a reason and that students are without a doubt the greatest teachers. I hope you will join me soon on this amazing journey where we can grow and evolve together in our practice of yoga!

Namaste

Lizzie Breaks

I started practicing yoga back in my home city, London, where I tried a range of studios and classes as a form of indoor exercise (it rains a lot in the UK!) and a way to relive stress from living in a fast pace city with a busy job.

I fell in love with the way that yoga builds strength, balance, and flexibility in the body and the way that a Vinyasa class unifies the body and mind by focusing on the breath. 

However, I soon realized that practicing yoga is so much more than a physical workout and that the benefits of yoga go beyond the hour spent on the mat. I noticed that I had better concentration at work; I became more patient and confident; less anxious and was sleeping much better!

In June 2016, I completed my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training course at Earth Yoga, which I have found to be such a friendly, down-to-earth studio and a great place to meet lovely yogis (both beginners & advanced).

I look forward to seeing you on the mat! 

Sajiv Issuree

Sajiv Air Yoga

Sajiv’s yoga journey started when his chiropractor recommended he try yoga to aid him strengthening his back as he suffered from lower back pain and first started attending yoga classes at his gym in 2006.  He then got hooked into it and started a regular practise, as the benefits of doing yoga went far more than just helping his back but also found yoga to be an excellent way to find balance in his life and a great way to beat the stresses of daily life.

Sajiv does many styles of yoga ranging from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Acroyoga and Air yoga.

In 2015 Sajiv completed a Vinyasa yoga teacher training facilitated by Living Yoga and immediately took the opportunity to teach.

He draws inspiration from ancient yogic texts, dance, music and life in general to teach classes that require not only strength and focus, but also bring a very playful element to your practise.  His classes are mentally and physically uplifting and challenging as he loves doing backbends, arm balances and being upside down in inversions to look at things from a different perspective.

Sara-lize Loots

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I was drawn to yoga during a very difficult time. In 2012 my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I had to leave everything behind and move away from Johannesburg to be with her and my dad. I was blessed enough to meet one of the most amazing Hatha Yoga teachers and spiritual mentors even though I was living in a very small town. Yoga taught me so much about myself and my body. I was absolutely hooked after just one class.

I moved back to the city in 2015 and was called to start my journey to become a teacher. My experience during my own pregnancy inspired me to become a pre-natal yoga teacher. To share with expecting mothers the amazing benefits of this type of yoga. I am blessed enough to be under the ongoing mentorship of J’anaki Ra from Yoga Mama South Africa.

It is the most rewarding feeling in the world to see expecting mothers grow more at ease with the changes their bodies are going through. To share with them the tools to relieve every ache and pain that they might experience during the trimesters and to connect with the little life that is growing inside of them.

It has been a very beautiful journey.

Namaste

Kerry Chapman

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I first experienced yoga at the age of 19 when I attended a few classes at my local community hall in Durban. I was blown away by the strength and flexibility of the yogis double and treble my age; this has always stuck with me, this idea that through consistency we don’t have to become ‘old’ in the way everyone says. Life took me on various paths and I practised here and there, but never consistently. Then in 2016, 7 weeks after giving birth to my second child, I decided it was time to heal my body and mind and explore my yoga practise at a deeper level. I no longer enjoyed the negative thoughts about my body that were occupying my mind.

After studying theory of yoga through an online course and completing 200 hours of my physical practise…I have come out ALIVE. I was living before, but now I feel ALIVE! I have always kept my 19 year old experience with me, there I was, a teenager with all the possibilities of life ahead of me, but I battled through my 20s with self-doubt and self-deprecation. Only now, at 33 years of age have I found peace with myself and my body, I have had 2 babies and in no means am I slimmer and trimmer than 19 but I really feel like I have found a way to still those ugly thoughts about myself that dominated my youth!

“Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” Rumi.