YOGA IN CAPE TOWN
Yogaflow offers group Yoga classes in Camps Bay and private Yoga classes around Cape Town. With years of experience in many different Yoga styles, we specialize in designing a unique Yoga program to suit your individual or collective needs. We focus on appropriate sequencing and anatomically accurate alignment to ensure that you enjoy a safe and balanced Yoga practice. Our Yoga classes inspire you to tune into the cycles of nature and the rhythms of your body, guiding you to soften your mind as you deepen your breath and explore a more intimate alignment to your own authentic inner truth. Kindly see more information about the Yoga styles we teach, studio details and our rates below.
Little Glen Camps Bay
We offer Deep Yoga Flow classes at the scout hall in the Little Glen in Camps Bay. These are small group Yoga classes.
Monday at 9:15am to 10:30am
Thursday at 9:15am to 10:30am
Deep Flow is a fusion, based on traditional knowledge from the Krishnamacharya lineage. Slow, alignment focused Vinyasa, with some use of props and a touch of restorative. Suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate students.
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.
Map here: facebook.com/deepyogaflow
Directions: 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.
Stern Close Camps Bay
We host private Yoga classes at our rustic garden studio in Camps Bay upon prior booking, but this is an intimate home space, so please make an appointment before traveling to us.
Map here: yogaflow.co.za/contact
Yoga Workshops and Retreats
Melanie strongly feels that the philosophical background of Yoga allows for a deeper experience of the physical practices of Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breathing techniques), guiding us to more subtle practices of Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (one pointed focus) and Dhyana (meditation).
From time to time, she intimately shares some of the sacred knowledge she learnt over many years of travel in India, a life time of Svadhyaya (self study) and spacious moments of Ishvarapranidhana (surrender to the divine).
R575 (for one)
R675 (for two)
+ R100 per additional person
Travel costs may apply
R150 (drop in)
R600 (5 classes)
R1000 (10 classes)
Yoga as traditionally taught, one on one or in small groups, with intimate personal guidance on all aspects of the practice. Our Yoga classes are designed with clear intention to suit the specific needs of an individual or adjusted to serve the collective needs of a group. We tailor our Yoga program to best benefit your physical, mental and emotional requirements at any given moment. We travel to you and offer Yoga in the privacy of your home, hotel or office anywhere in Cape Town, or we can arrange exclusive studio space in Sea Point upon your request, or we can accommodate classes at our rustic garden studio in Camps Bay. We provide Yoga mats and props.
Iyengar Inspired Yoga
Yoga inspired by the teachings of BKS Iyengar, one of the most influential modern Yoga icons, whom made ancient Indian Yoga practices accessible to our western bodies. This style of Yoga is still taught in its pure form in Pune, India and is based on principles of accurate alignment and support through the use of props to enhance optimal flow of physical and mental energy. Like Ashtanga Yoga (see below), Iyengar Yoga also has its roots in the teachings of Krishnamacharya and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Yoga in its most modern form, dynamic and diverse in nature and continually 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, night flows into day, 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, through a sacred pause, then flowing back from exhalation to inhalation. So too the practice of Vinyasa Yoga is based on the traditional principles of Ashtanga Yoga that sacredly link the movement of body with the flow of breath, directing energy through subtle lines (Nadis) and subtle energy centers (Chakras) in our body, linking one posture to the next and threading one theme into another mindfully, with pure 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.
Yoga as traditionally taught by Guru Krishnamacharya and further popularized in the west by Sri K Patthabi Jois. Ashtanga Yoga is still taught in its pure form in Mysore, India and is based on a disciplined cultivation of meditative self practice, through which the student is progressively taught a set sequence of postures that increase in level of difficulty. 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 around 250BC. The eight practical steps are Yama (ethical disciplines), Niyama (self observances), Asana (yoga postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (one pointed concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (self realization).
Yoga similar to Yin Yoga where postures are held passively for a long period of time, but focused more fully on restoring physical and mental energy, allowing the body to rest and relax completely, passively opening, with the support of props. This style of Yoga originates from the teachings of BKS Iyengar and is often therapeutically prescribed for persons under intense stress or to those suffering from physical ailments.
Yoga in its most passive form, based on Acupuncture meridians, this style of Yoga is focused on stretching and strengthening the connective tissues of the body, rather than just the muscles. Postures are held for long periods of time to allow fascia, ligaments, tendons and bones to respond, opening and expanding energy flow throughout the entire mind-body system and especially enhancing the function of ones organs.