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

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.

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! 

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.

Candice Tootell

Candice

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.

Jessica Lessev

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” – The Bhagavad Gita

I started yoga for movement and exercie. Not too long after that I realized that I had begun a journey of self discovery.
It became a way of finding balance, healing, and simply connecting and being present.

I aim to give my students a space where they can feel free to explore yoga. I encourage my students to practice yoga not only on their mat but in their everyday life. Meeting on the mat together to explore, discover and connect to our divine self.

Achieving unity of the mind, body and soul through breathing, meditation and asana.

Connecting with my students helps both me and them reach new heights on our yoga journeys.

Heres to an incredible journey ahead.

Namaste!
Jessica

Paige Winfield

I am a lover of life and all of the twists and turns that go along with it! Yoga has given me balance in a world filled with chaos.

Through yoga I have begun to explore my connection to my body. I have found and developed a deeper connection to my intuition which allows me to move in a more authentic way from my heart space. For me, yoga has created nothing but love and light and I truly hope that I will be able to bring that to others on their journey towards healing and finding balance in a crazy with crazy possibilities.

A quote that I love by Julie Andrews reads:
‘Who could have imagined that life would have taken such marvelous twists and turns or that I would often be so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time?’

Come and join me on a journey towards a happy heart!

Tess Patricios

My first yoga class was an accident. It was actually a Pilates class, but the instructor was sick and so the Yoga teacher filled in. By the time the class reached Savasana, I knew I would be changing my Pilates classes to Yoga classes. I walked out of that first yoga class feeling blissfully connected to my inner self for the first time in forever.

And, so began my journey into yoga.

I attended more classes at Earth Yoga Studio where I could take my practice further. And then a little bit of madness crept over me and I decided to do the Yoga Teacher Training offered by the studio. It really was one of the better moments of madness I have had in my life.

I am still very much at the beginning of my journey. And I never thought that I would end up helping to guide others on their own yoga path. But what I am learning every day as I go along this path is that through helping my body to get stronger and healthier, my mind and emotions have become calmer and clearer.

Yoga is really an organic journey that takes patience and time to become your authentic self.

Angelica van der Merwe

Yoga is a personal journey – one that has transformed me into the woman I am today…one that has helped me to realise my inner strength over the years.

It has brought such fulfillment, joy and absolute wonder into my life that it has called me on the path into becoming a teacher and an eternal student.

To share this experience is a dream…One that I hope inspires, uplifts and grows you – mind, body and spirit.

Namaste