The Yoga Room teachers are highly experienced and have diverse yoga backgrounds.
We aim to create a safe, inviting atmosphere that welcomes people of all levels, of all ages, of all shapes and sizes.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Elsa van Niekerk
+ read Elsa's biography
Elsa is the founder of The Yoga Room. She believes in the transformational power of yoga and meditation and how it positively impacts people's lives and loves sharing this practice with her students.
Whilst living and working in New York, she completed her 500 hour Teacher Training and Yin Yoga qualification in 2013 at the renowned ISHTA yoga school in New York, under the guidance of Yoga Master Alan Finger. The ISHTA philosopy combines the teachings of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda and emphasizes finding the yoga that resonates with the individual's spirit.
She also completed her Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2017 and loves teaching the strong Forrest Yoga practice of focusing on breath, strength, integrity and spirit.
Elsa is a keen photographer and loves the world of architecture and design – and hopes to one day develop a yoga retreat centre.
+ read Kirsti's biography
After over 20 years of ballet practice, Kirsti first sought out yoga as a way of balancing the body physically. What she found was that yoga not only healed her body, but her mind and soul too, and so began her practice.
After completing her Architecture degree, she completed her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training based on the Jivamukti method at AIR yoga in 2016. In 2018 she followed it up with a 30hr Advanced Teacher Training at The Shala.
Expect carefully sequenced asana and lots of bhakti and dharma mixed with a sense of humour and open mindedness as we work from the outside in to find divine connection..
+ read Sheona's biography
Sheona discovered yoga as a means to find respite from a busy world. Having been drawn to self-inquiry and introspection, yoga provided a platform to discover space within and the more subtle aspects of the Self.
She felt connected to the freedom of Suspension Yoga and completed a Suspension Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 at The Yoga Republic in Johannesburg. In 2016, she completed the 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at The Shala in Cape Town, and in 2017 completed the Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrrest. She is also a qualified Yin Yoga teacher, a style that she loves to share with others because of its many benefits. Her teaching encourages a deep connection to Self, using yoga as a tool to witness whatever mirror the asana presents.
In her own life, yoga has provided a means to feel and acknowledge the complexities of life and to consider responses to circumstances, giving a broader perspective and greater awareness of Self. This awareness she readily shares with others to help them enhance their own journeys of discovery.
+ read Elaine's biography
Elaine is a seasoned teacher and practitioner. Her style is a fusion of her numerous trainings over the years. She combines the alignment of Iyengar, emotional connection of Forrest Yoga, integrity of Synergy Yoga, working safely with the back and the delightful flow of Vinyasa.
She is passionate and fascinated by connection, communication and philosophy. One of Elaine’s first loves was painting, having spent 20 years painting in the film industry, while practicing and teaching yoga, until her passion for teaching yoga took over.
Elaine believes yoga is the understanding and cultivation of Connection, Union. Connection of self to self; self to others, self to the world and the environment - teaching us everything is connected. All is one.
Yoga has helped Elaine get to know herself, so she can better understand others. It has healed her in times of sickness and stress, kept her sane and stable, connecting to the present moment; quieting and calming her mind, made her physical and emotionally strong and flexible; and most importantly taught her to play, appreciating the joy of a physical body.
+ read Néna's biography
Néna is a vinyasa yoga teacher, actress and yoga student with a passion for helping people find more comfort, joy and connection on their yoga mat and in life. Through combining her expertise as yogi and performer she is passionate about sharing her yoga journey with others in a playful and relatable manner. Néna teaches at various studios around Cape Town. She also teaches private clients, giving them the individualised attention in their yoga practice, something that she feels very passionate about.
She completed her 200 hour training at The Shala and is constantly inspired by new trainings and teachers and recently completed a 30 hour Intensive Training for Yoga Teachers with Tamsin Sheehy and Lara Roux. Néna plans on completing her 300 hour training in 2019 and wants to delve deeper into the therapeutics of yoga through further studies.
“Yoga for me is freedom, self love, community and strength. The practice is a powerful, multifaceted gift that I hope to share through my classes and interactions with people.”
+ read Jane's biography
Jane is a devotee of the body, she is curious and constantly researching and testing ideas on her own body. Music, dance and Chardonnay feed her soul, especially when she can do all three outside in the sunshine, surrounded by nature.
Yoga has ignited her creativity and evolved her ability to negotiate life with equanimity. She is more able to see suffering in others and know how to help them uncover their own power so they can be free from fear, more at home in their own skin and able to navigate their lives more skillfully. The Vital Principles, which she studied under Dona Holleman and Theresa Caldas, encompass the entirety of a yoga practise and a life path. Relax the body , Quiet the mind , Intent , Rooting/sinking , Connecting , breathing and elongating.