about house of yoga
With a background in fitness, Giulia has always followed an active lifestyle – keeping her body moving has always been her number one goal.
A healthy and fit daily routine led her to discover her love of yoga, as the fundamentals of her yoga practice allowed a deeper connection to her body as well as her mind.
After finding her place on the mat, Giulia proceeded with her 200hr teacher training at The Wellness Connection in Cape Town, which ignited a deep passion for the world of yoga anatomy. Giulia’s classes not only focus on strength building and alignment but also touch on a softer side of connection through breath to movement, allowing the mind to reconnect with the body.
Through her experience of teaching, Giulia has discovered the beauty of slow progression through movement and dedication to practice. She aims to focus on each and every student’s journey in their own practice and to guide them in a way which encourages more curiosity about their own body and finding contentment with where they are.
“As I breathe in I feel calm, as I breathe out I feel peaceful.”
Karen teaches yoga to little humans.
She is a certified children and teen’s yoga and mindfulness teacher, having completed her teacher training through Yoga4Kids, as well as obtaining her Mindfulness4Kids, YogaTherapy4Kids and Peaceful Babes certifications.
After attending her first yoga class more than 10 years ago Karen felt firsthand just how beneficial yoga was in helping her to deal with day-to-day stress and to self regulate through breathing and mindfulness. Over the years yoga has been crucial in helping her maintain a healthy balance between the mental, physical and emotional aspects of herself.
It is through her own ongoing journey with yoga and love for the practice that Karen found her calling in teaching yoga to children of all ages. She would love to make yoga and mindfulness accessible to as many children and teens as she possibly can, and believes the younger a child is exposed to the tools and benefits of yoga, the better they are equipped to handle the challenges of life.
A travelling nomad by nature and a full-blown holistic health advocate by heart. Kim first fell in love with yoga when she was teaching English in Vietnam – the city was chaotic and the yoga studio was not. She came to know and love the calmness and stillness that yoga presents to us on every basis. So, she carried this passion with her throughout all her travels for 8 years until she landed in beautiful Bali where she completed her 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training.
As an integrative nutrition coach and specialist in gut health, Kim believes that it’s not just what’s on our plate that makes us healthy – it’s our lifestyle. And yoga has proven to be a healer of all things in itself, our very own medicine, which is why she teaches it. To guide us complex humans to a simpler path of pure and utter joy and stillness. It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are, or whether you can touch your toes – if you want to better yourself and love yourself and have a lighter walk of life, then her classes are for you. She’ll be there with you every breath of the way.
Yoga has been a fundamental part of Jess’ life – from an early age, it carried her through her nomadic and transient upbringing.
What started as a beach-towel home practice quickly grew into a 200 hour and subsequent 300 hour teacher training qualification at The Wellness Connection in Hout Bay.
Through her practice, Jess has seen an improvement in both physical and mental strength, as yoga has provided her with a safe space to reflect and grow. It has taught her about both literal and conceptual balance. As a teacher, Jess is committed to constantly challenging herself, experimenting and learning through attending and getting involved in as many teacher trainings and workshops as possible.
Jess has a deep fervour for a powerful and strong energising flow and practices various types of yoga – Bikram, Budokon and Hatha. As an avid runner, both trail and road, Jess’ Yoga for Runners classes are strong, playful and fun, and focus on conditioning and toning the body.
In the spirit of balance, however, she has discovered a deep connection to Yin and Restorative yoga and teaches a deliciously restorative and re-nourishing Friday evening class which focuses on slowing down and tuning into the Self and the breath.
Angela is an internationally recognised Functional Medicine Health Coach, Certified Life Activation Practitioner, Ensofic Reiki Healer and Jivamukti Yoga Teacher with over 700 yoga teacher training hours. Angela has dedicated her own life to exploring wellness, healing and spiritual transformation so that she can be of service in showing others a way to live a life of freedom and joy. She is deeply passionate about sharing the tools that she has been blessed to receive and loves to guide students to move beyond their perceived limitations to realise the magnificence, beauty and goodness of who they truly are. Angela believes gratitude is a superpower!
Angela infuses her classes with a lighthearted playfulness, a transformative healing energy and simple yet profound spiritual insight. She loves all kinds of music and her classes are an inspiring sound journey which take you into the deepest parts of yourself.
Her favourite quote: ‘When you inhale you are taking the strength from God, when you exhale it represents the service you are giving to the world.’ B.K.S. Iyengar.
Yoga found Leigh at university, after years of being ungrounded and disconnected from her body. It was a holistic and healthy antidote to stress and anxiety and, with a background in and love of dance, she was drawn to the beauty of the practice’s physical movement and its propensity for keeping the body strong and flexible.
After having spent thirteen years working in the corporate world, ten of those based in London and travelling around Europe, she answered a yearning to return to the wide open spaces of her homeland, South Africa, to work in the renewable energy sector. She is now the proud founder and owner of House of Yoga – an urban sanctuary where people from all walks of life come to reconnect with themselves.
Leigh completed her 200hr Teacher Training with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in February 2016 and obtained her 300hr Advanced Teacher Training with The Shala in Cape Town in February 2020.
Leigh is passionate about showing how yoga is accessible to everyone and how it can bring a sense of calm, ease and peace to everyday life. By focusing on technique, alignment and letting go, she aspires to help her students feel more grounded, connected and nurtured. She enjoys weaving together aspects of her dance experience and the various yoga styles she has practiced (including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Scaravelli and Ashtanga) over the past 16 years into her classes.
For Leigh, every time you step onto your mat, you begin a journey – a journey home to yourself. Yoga is about celebrating the adventure of life, being human, your uniqueness, but also your connection of all things.
Aaron’s yoga journey started from a very early age. It left his life, and re-entered when he most needed it. With an upbringing in Martial Arts Aaron has merged this discipline into his yoga teachings and personal practice and has become an advanced practitioner specializing in handstands and inversions.
Wondering why he practiced twice a day and 7 days a week, Aaron completed his long-awaited 200hr yoga teacher training at The Source in Cape Town in February 2020. Prior to this Aaron was taught by and shadowed under many successful yoga teachers focusing on Hatha, Vinyasa, Budokon, Yin, Sivananda and Ashtanga. This has led to the development of his core set of values, devotion, variety of cues, unique foundations and authentic approach to teaching yoga.
Aside from being a yoga teacher Aaron is also a professional magician, Martial Arts instructor and English teacher. The role of being a teacher in these sectors has led to long term exposure, added to his current abilities, and will continue to aid in his progression as a professional yoga teacher.
Aaron’s teachings are aimed at strengthening his students, creating whole body awareness, polishing and rooting into the foundations of the asana to create more balance. Synchronization of breath and movement, and adding the element of challenge enriches his students’ practice in a fun and dynamic manner. Laughing and learning through play is his preferred methodology in order to remain present. By incorporating a gentle smile to the face during practice, this lends to his philosophy of releasing resistance to the present moment.
Through a solid foundation in the structural elements of yoga and proper guidance, inversions and later on, handstands, are attainable and can be learned by all. In the end, a master of any technique, is a master of the basics.
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