IYENGAR YOGA IN CAPE TOWN
Melanie de Villiers teaches Iyengar Yoga in Cape Town. Group Yoga classes are offered in Camps Bay. Private Yoga classes are offered around Cape Town. Online Yoga classes are offered via Zoom. See LIVE page for more info about Zoom classes.
With over twenty years of in depth study of the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition, Mel has substantial knowledge to create intelligent Yoga sequences that are fine tuned to suit your individual nuance. With a strong foundation in both Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, Mel’s focus is on appropriate postures for each level of practice and anatomically accurate alignment to ensure that you enjoy a safe and balanced Yoga class.
Mel’s teaching intention is to guide you closer to your self, by inspiring you to feel into the rhythm of your own body, to find softness in your mind and to deepen your breath as you explore the intimate resonance of your own inner truth. See class details and rates below.
Yogaflow group classes are based on traditional techniques as taught in the Krishnamacharya Yoga lineage. The style is Iyengar Yoga with a subtle resonance of flow – alignment focused, well integrated with the use of props and softened with a restorative touch. Suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate students. Classes are taught in a small, intimate group setting with the potential for individual attention and adjustment.
Little Glen Camps Bay
Group Yoga classes are offered at the scout hall in the Little Glen, off Blinkwater Rd, Camps Bay.
Kindly note that our in person group Yoga classes are currently on pause. You are most welcome to join our weekly online class. See LIVE page for more info about our FREE group Yoga class via Zoom.
▪️ Thursdays at 9am to 10:30am
Please log in at least 5 mins before class to settle in and get your props ready.
Our wooden Yoga shala is in harmony with nature, surrounded by mountain and ocean, in the soft shade of trees, deeply peaceful, with the sounds of birds and flowing river.
Blinkwater Rd, Camps Bay. “The LITTLE Glen” is located on the opposite side of Camps Bay to “The Glen”. “The LITTLE Glen” is just off Geneva Drive. If you are coming from the bottom (beach side) of Geneva Drive, then Blinkwater Road is the first turn to your right, if you are coming from the top (city / mountain side) of Geneva Drive, then Blinkwater Road is the last turn to your left. You can park in Blinkwater Road or in Geneva Drive. To enter the green belt, walk to the end of Blinkwater Road (it’s a cul de sac), the entrance to the park is on your left if you are facing the cul de sac and have Lions Head to your back. Walk up along the river path, where the path splits, stay right, continue a little further up and you will see a wooden Scout Hall on your left.
Yogaflow private classes are based on how Yoga was traditionally taught in India, one on one, with intimate personal guidance on all aspects of the practice. Private Yoga is perfect for busy professionals, discerning seasoned practitioners, raw beginners, anyone suffering from mild ailments or inspired individuals whom enjoy comfort and convenience. Each Yoga class is designed with a clear intention to suit your specific needs. Your goals are considered and the practice is adjusted to your physical and mental disposition at any given moment.
Private Yoga classes are offered in the comfort of your own home, hotel or office anywhere in Cape Town.
Stern Close Camps Bay
Private Yoga classes are offered at our rustic garden studio in Stern Close, Camps Bay.
Online via Zoom
Private Yoga classes are offered online via Zoom. See LIVE page for more info.
▪️Book a time that suits your schedule.
Stern Close, Camps Bay, Cape Town.
▪️R650 (1 person)
▪️R750 (2 person)
▪️+R100 per each additional person
Travel costs may apply.
▪️R150 (1 class)
▪️R600 (5 class)
▪️R1000 (10 class)
No expiry date on class passes.
Yoga focused on accurate alignment, created by BKS Iyengar, one of the most influential Yoga teachers in the evolution of modern Yoga. This style is founded on the original teachings of T Krishnamacharya, whom is seen as the father of modern Yoga. Iyengar made ancient Indian Yoga practices accessible to stiff western bodies through the use of props. When the body is properly aligned, energy is efficiently circulated to ignite radiance in dull parts of the body. By enhancing the absorption of fresh energy, increasing the circulation of nutrients, and promoting effective elimination of toxins, eventually the body becomes healthy and the mind becomes clear. The use of props is not only for beginners to make postures accessible, but also for advanced practitioners to be able to hold difficult postures for prolonged periods of time in a spacious way to increase the health benefits. This traditional style of Yoga is still taught in its pure form in Pune, India.
Yoga as originally taught by T Krishnamacharya, whom studied in the Himalaya mountains for many years with Yogeshwara R Brahmachari. Krishnamacharya revived Yoga in India through a series of demonstrations and is seen as the father of modern Yoga. This traditional style of Yoga was popularized in the west by his most dedicated student Sri K Patthabi Jois, whom preserved the exact set sequences for over sixty years, until he passed. These set sequences are still taught in the exact, original way world-wide. Ashtanga inspires a disciplined cultivation of meditative self-practice, through which the student is progressively taught postures that increase in level of mastery. It is the original foundation of Vinyasa, through which body postures (Asana) are synchronized with the flow of breath (Ujjayi), while gently guided by looking points (Drishti) and powered by internal energy valves (Bandha). Ashta (eight) & Anga (limb) means 8 Limbed Path and the teachings of this Yoga style follows the guidance of Sage Patanjali as prescribed in the Yoga Sutras, written around 250 BCE. The eight practical steps to liberation are: Yama (ethical disciplines), Niyama (self-observances), Asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (breath extension), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (one pointed concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (self-realization). This traditional style of Yoga is still taught in its pure form in Mysore, India.
Yoga in its most modern expression, dynamic and diverse, continually changing and evolving through the inner explorations and outer discoveries of Yoga teachers from around the globe. “Vinyasa” is derived from the Sanskrit term “nyasa”, which means “to place” and the prefix “vi”, which means “in a special way”. We see Vinyasa in nature all around us, as day flows into night, following the cycle of the sun and the moon, the transition of the seasons, the rise and fall of the ocean tides and the flow of our breath from inhalation to exhalation. So too the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, based on the traditional principles of Ashtanga Yoga, sacredly link the movement of the body with the flow of the breath, directing energy through subtle energy lines (Nadis) and subtle energy vortexes (Chakras) in our body, linking one posture to the next and threading one theme into another – mindfully, with clear intention. Vinyasa Yoga innovator, Shiva Rea, explains that Vinyasa in its original meaning, from the early Tantras, is understood as the sequence of consciousness or how life unfolds from Spanda (the creative pulse of life) in a spontaneous (Sahaja) way. The intention of Vinyasa is to realise and embody the sacred current within, to surf the waves of life-force from its primordial vibration as pure consciousness into its manifest expression of pure potential.
Yoga designed to restore the balance of physical and mental energy. Originally developed by BKS Iyengar to therapeutically treat persons suffering from physical or mental ailments such as kidney or liver problems, stress, anxiety or adrenal fatigue. Postures are passive and supported by props, allowing the body to relax and release. This style of Yoga is a great compliment to stronger Yoga practices, to inspire good coherence of external vibrancy with internal organic and subtle connective tissue health. Restorative Yoga is an excellent antidote to our fast-paced modern lifestyles. Postures are held for long periods of time, typically around 5 or 10 minutes per posture.
” Yoga is when every single cell of the body sings the song of the soul ”