Situated just off main road in Claremont, Yo Yoga was specifically opened to cater to the Southern Suburbs – partly because there was no hot yoga studio in the ‘burbs’, and partly because Stuart was originally from the Southern Suburbs.
Newly remodelled with the help of a Feng Shui consultant, the studio is north facing, light and sunny. We have changing and shower facilities, and our lounge area offers free wi-fi and a selection of books and magazines, so you are welcome to chill out before or after your class. Our change rooms are light, with great showers!
“Yoga has given me strength and brought much enjoyment to my life… I truly believe it can greatly benefit anyone and everyone!”
I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and instructing classes since late 2003. I enjoy a dynamic style of practice like Ashtanga and flow yoga and in 2003 I was certified in London through a form known as Chaya (shadow) yoga. All these yoga styles can be identified by the synergy of breath with movement and all encourage a sense of freedom through movement. I enjoy working with practitioners of all levels and find myself learning a great deal from each class I instruct.
“Yoga gives me the space and clarity I need during challenging times and allows me to move through these times as elegantly as possible…”
I found yoga in the 90s when – after having been a dancer for 10 years – I was already aware of the beauty of the mind-body connection, but wanted to take it to a deeper level. In the beginning, I practiced on and off and every time I went back it felt like home. now, every day I look forward to time with myself on the mat! I completed my intense teacher’s training at Jai yoga studio in cape town with Jacqueline Ivory and am a qualified Ashtanga and Vinyasa teacher. I am also experienced in teaching yoga Nidra, pregnancy yoga and kiddies yoga.
“Yoga helps me to keep light in my body, mind and life.”
I found out about yoga after joining yo yoga for a 10-day trial in 2010. I was hooked from the first class and couldn’t wait to get into the studio to experience and move my body in new ways. I loved both Bikram and flow so much that I decided to do a teacher training with the Shala in 2012. Ever since then I have not stopped practicing and cannot seem to get enough. Yoga is a great way to connect my body and mind to my breath, this helps me remain calm and happy no matter what situation arises in my life. Since my first class I’ve lost weight, toned up and found a new love for my body and all the cool things it can do. I hope my teaching helps you feel grounded, calm and light.
“I feel free!”
I used to work part-time for Jenny as a char lady in Sea Point. She begged me to come and work at the studio, saying the one condition of working was that I would have to do one yoga class a day! I didn’t have any knowledge of yoga so was not sure whether I should take the job, but after much persuasion by Jenny I decided to do it. The first class was very awkward. I didn’t know where to start! But the more I got used to it, the more it grew on me. I used to be very stressed, but since starting yoga I am so much more relaxed and feel much calmer. I feel I can handle stressful situations in a cool manner and I feel more confident because of yoga. Another bonus is that I have lost 10 kg since I started practicing!
“Yoga has given me the skills to find more freedom in my body, my mind and my life.”
I found yoga in 2007 and it immediately had a profound effect on my life. I knew then that I had started on a lifelong journey of transformation. I developed a new-found respect for my body, my mind and my health. Having worked in the corporate world for a few years, yoga couldn’t have come at a better time! Naturally the call to teach began knocking on my door and I finally took the plunge. I completed my teachers training with Jacqueline Ivory in 2011. In 2013 I travelled to study under Kino Macgregor and Tim Feldmann and most recently in 2015 completed a 200-hour Ashtanga intensive with them. Being able to share what I have learnt brings me great joy.
“I love sharing the energising and health-giving power of yoga with people!”
Born in Germany, I moved to Cape Town in 2007 after completing dance, drama and eurythmy training at the Academy of Living Movement in Vienna. When I came back from one of my travels to India I decided to join yoga teacher training with Jacqueline Ivory in Cape Town. My love for yoga stems from the transforming power it had in my own life, both physically and mentally. My main styles are Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. Seeing people release stress and body aches and simply transform is amazing. In my classes I focus on improving strength, flexibility and balance, allowing everybody to leave feeling energised, inspired and relaxed.
“Yoga is my life. My mat is my home.”
I discovered yoga while living on the island of Antigua, where yoga teachers were few and far between, and those who did come to the island, never stayed for very long. I began practicing using a dvd: The primary series: John Scott. Since then I have practiced daily and read about yoga with an intense hunger; it has become my passion. Having been a high school English teacher for 20 years, the ‘teaching’ aspect came quite naturally to me. In 2012, I attended a 7-day workshop with John Scott at purple valley in India, and in 2013 completed his teacher training in Cornwall. Yoga has become entwined in the very nerve centre of my being; it protects me, fulfils me and is my constant companion. I feel blessed to be able to share this love with others.
“All I need is the space of my mat and my breath.”
I have been practicing yoga since early 2012. Having practiced many different styles, I ultimately found a deep love for Ashtanga yoga and am devoted to the teachings and traditions of this age-old practice. I completed my 200 hour teacher training course with Yo Yoga in July 2014, along with various further intensives with senior Ashtanga teachers such as Anna Laurin, Mikko Seppinen and Laruga Glaser. I encourage my students to cultivate a passion for the practice and an awareness of the breath and body, so that they too can call their mats home.
“Time on my mat has shown me that consistency creates the path to our highest potential.”
My first experience of Bikram was a class in Wynberg more than 10 years ago. It created a bridge in my psyche between outer strength and inner presence, between focus and breath. I fell in love with the space where I could drop deep into my body and the vastness within. I returned to London to complete my studies in shiatsu – a bodywork therapy balancing the meridians in the body. I turned to remedial yoga after an injury and to prenatal yoga when I became pregnant; like there was an inner knowing always guiding me back to the mat. Since teaching Bikram with its great emphasis on alignment, I understand how postures access meridians and release blockages. This invites a free flow of energy throughout the body, internal systems can better communicate with one another and there is a shift toward balance - mindful movement as the gateway to self-healing.
Yoga helps to create the perfect balance in life.”
I discovered the yoga practice as a form of exercise (as most people do), at the gym, a long while ago. Soon after, I gave up the gym membership for membership at yo yoga, and I have never looked back. Yoga has become part of my life. It sets you on the path to being the best person you can be. It allows us to deal with stressful situations with calmness and grace and contributes to overall wellbeing. I started teaching in 2015 after completing the yo yoga 200 hour teacher training. I hope to inspire and spread the light to many people.
“Bikram will always by my staple, but vinyasa has stolen my heart.
Eleven years ago, while living in Singapore, I read an article entitled “look good naked”. It was the slogan that lured hundreds to the Bikram studio in Raffles City. The 90-minute session challenged me and exploited the parts of my physicality I had neglected due to a knee injury and ego. I was absorbed, excited and compelled to share this experience. In 2010, I completed the intensive teachers training course and was certified as a Bikram instructor. As a travelling teacher, I have been privileged to teach around the world. In 2014, I completed the 200hr yoga alliance teachers training course with Jim Harrington and now teach a combination of flow with a Bikram base.