Restorative & Yin Yoga
Yin is a restorative and slow yoga practice. Each pose is held for a few minutes so that the body and mind can unwind from its habitual ‘doing state’. The class deeply relaxes and encourages a change of pace. Our nervous system and muscles benefit as we surrender to an increased state of quiet and calm.
Most poses are on the floor so that very little muscular effort is engaged. If you feel like some good wholesome nurturing this practice is for you. Yin is a great practice to use in conjunction with other styles of yoga as it completely supports your already established practice.
Always remember to discuss any physical ailments or injuries with the teacher, so the most effective way to practice your yin can be achieved.
Hot Yoga transformed my life on a whole other quantum level! From the inside out, as they say, bones to skin.
I started my yoga journey in 2006 and with each year of practice, my muscles got stronger, my mind clearer and my heart more open. Teaching this style of yoga was my natural next step and I can’t wait to see as many of you in class as possible.
You can find more information about me at www.YogaPlus.co.za.
My journey with yoga began at a very early age; I was blessed to be allowed to practise yoga with my mom at the age of three in the 1960’s when yoga was first introduced to the western world. That is where the initial seed was planted and lay dormant until I reached my twenties.
I rediscovered the healing practice of yoga out of a need for stress relief during my stint in the Corporate World as a fashion buyer, realising that I found sanity and serenity on my mat. After I left the corporate industry I started my own fashion design label and once again the stress encouraged me to pick up a more serious practice which leads to my wanting to teach and share this passion that is yoga, meditation and pranayama.
I did my teacher’s training in Hatha in 2013 with Taryn Herselman at Shakti yoga centre and am registered with Yoga Alliance International. In 2014 I completed the foundation course of Yogabeez children’s yoga teacher training programme. The current styles of yoga that I teach are Hatha, Vinyasa flow and restorative yin. My aim is to inspire all whom I teach to fall in love with this very ancient and very magical healing practice.
Natalie’s teaching comes from an Ashtanga Vinyasa grounding- searching for the balance between strength and flexibility, surrender and commitment, discipline and delight.
Vinyasa is the playground where intention, breath, dedication and openness to gifts as yet unwrapped, takes the form of a practice where the body does asana, and yoga is the state you are in when it happens.
Yoga is a state of wholeness- nothing lacking, everything perfect- just not finished yet…
Natalie will be a registered Yoga Alliance 500 hr Vinyasa teacher as of September 2012, you can join the progressive classes at any level and benefit from the immersion into a practice that challenges your conceptions of possibility and grounds you in the magic and potential of everyday living.
I essentially do not know life without yoga. I found myself in my first yoga class aged 6 and ever since then it has been an integral part of my life. Following the natural ebb and flow of life, there were periods where I felt myself more immersed in my practice than ever and times where my time on my mat was more sparse and spread out.
Every time finding myself back on my mat when life willed me there most.
I went on to practice Yoga Intense (HOT) at age 9 and a half and found Jivamukti, Vinyasa and Forrest yoga in my early teenage years. When it was time to go on and study something so I could forge my path forward, it seemed more apt than ever that I go study yoga. A process which only brought me even closer to myself, that expanded my growth and awareness exponentially. I started off with my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training, then went on to Yin only to find myself at my Yoga Intense (HOT) Teacher Training- which had been a dream of mine since I was 12!
Yoga carried me through most of my greatest hardships, it cultivated a beautiful intimate relationship with myself where I have become truly comfortable facing myself and holding myself in love and tenderness. It has created a deep awareness of how I operate within my external experience of the world and also of my internal reactions to those.
Yoga has taught me so much and continues to do so every day that I am alive. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received and wish only to be the conduit that shares this beautiful gift with the world.
See you on your mats!