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!
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.
‘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.
“My yoga journey started as with most, for what I saw, people doing things I could never fathom. I had no idea of the pleasant rabbit hole I was going down.
Whether you are a beginner or a strong practitioner I draw inspiration from you, and regard you as my teacher as well. This is something I cannot explain, so join me for a flow class and share the moment with me. Love and light.’
What I have planned for the class, I couldn’t say. I adapt according to the students to be honest.
Love & Light,
Stephanie de Beer
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.
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’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.
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.
My journey with yoga started in 2002. I was 20 years old. I had a shattered heart and a severed spirit.
Waking one May (mid)morning – gin cocktail & a fag already already in my hands and thought ‘I don’t feel so good. I can not carry on like this.’ Suddenly inspired, I recalled a magazine article I had read some time before – Madonna highly recommended yoga; so I gave it a go…
And there, at my first yoga class in the recreational hall of the Methodist church (thats right, yoga in a church hall) on Innes Road, Durban I felt better than I had in… ever. The Unholy Mother had, indeed, led me to salvation.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches us that ‘Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the Self.’ A journey through myself, trying to find an authentic me has been nothing short of challenging, rewarding, frightening, exhilarating, not always consistent, sometimes obsessive. So many wondrous things. Without yoga, none of this exploration and discovery would have been possible. I don’t consider what I do ‘teaching’, but more sharing. Sharing my experience, sharing my knowledge, sharing my love – perhaps something I share could inspire someone else to journey in to themselves. After all, we are only able to meet others as intimately as we have met ourselves.
We can only truly love from a place of self-love. And this world needs nothing more than love right now…
I took my first yoga class because I had anger management issues and struggled to find peace in my heart. It was such an awakening. Obviously, it didn’t happen overnight, but the more I did and the more I tried to adjust my lifestyle to incorporate the mindfulness practiced on the mat, I found the ability to tap into that peace. I still occasionally turn into The Hulk, but I’m able to control it better! I don’t take myself so seriously anymore and love giggling through a class with like minded friends.
I explored so many styles with some amazing teachers, and have gathered gems from all of them. It was only once I had children and took them to yoga, that I decided I wanted to learn more and be able to share this with others.
Yoga, in my view, is not about the awesome poses on Instagram – but maybe that’s because arm balances are my nemesis! It’s about taking the time to put yourself first for an hour, to just be with your body, your breath, your thoughts. For me, if all you achieve in class today is just noticing one breath – you’re doing yoga!
If you can get that awareness of one breath to translate into being more mindful of all your breaths and the potential within them, as well as becoming aware of everything else that breathes, and the connection between us… Then you’re changing the world!
Om Shanti, shanti, shanti.
I’m a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunty, the mother of a gorgeous four-year- old jedi, a gardener and avid vegetable grower, a book worm, a tree-hugger, a yoga student for life, a yoga teacher, an outdoor fanatic, a personal development enthusiast and a devoted food lover.
Yoga is that perfect place for me where my passion and my work meet. I’m of the belief that one’s life purpose is just their way of serving the world. Yoga is mine. Whether I am practising or teaching yoga, it has helped me connect to my deepest purpose, and that is to create an environment where people feel free to learn and discover themselves, free to make mistakes, free to laugh at themselves and free to grow wild!
“Be like a tree
Connect with your roots
Bend before you break
Enjoy your unique natural beauty
– Joanne Rapits