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Hari Om

The inner workings of the human psyche have fascinated me since an early age. Being raised in a monastic environment until I was 15 years old afforded me the opportunity to experience the world of meditation and contemplation. As I got older my fascination guided me toward exploring this world through the eyes of many different traditions and cultural perspectives. A great friend and mentor, Fr. Mike Bracken, suggested I take my journey to the Sediba Mountain Retreat, a centre run by a catholic priest named Prashant who had lived in India for many years. It was here that I discovered yoga for the first time, as a means to integrate both mind and body, and soon came to experience that yoga offered me the most complete system for self-discovery and healing.

In 2005 I received my qualification as a Sivananda Integral Yoga Teacher from the Ananda Kutir Ashram in Cape Town, and continued with my training to become a Level 2 Integral Yoga Teacher. I went on to further my studies by completing a Yoga Nidra Teacher's Training course given by Swami Pragyamurti of the London Satyananda Centre. My journey then took me to Munger and Rikhiapeeth, in India, where I attended courses on Prana Vidya and Ajapa Dharana at the Bihar School of Yoga. I then rounded out my experience with one years mindfulness training with Rob Nairn of the Cape Town Buddhist Center. Overall my inspiration comes from the Satyananda tradition, and I believe this to be reflected in my teaching.

In 2015 I qualified as a MYYO practitioner. The MYYO Technique is a holistic, natural way of relieving discomfort and stress in a person by applying pressure to specific points within muscles, combined with simple stretching and/or yoga postures. This releases trigger points and tension, alleviating pain and helps treat various ailments, body discomfort and emotional and mental imbalances.

Over the last 10 years I have taught yoga therapy from my studio in Claremont, on both an individual basis and in group classes. I have held regular group sessions at the Crescent Clinic, working with people suffering from depression, mental conditions, eating disorders and substance abuse, and for 4 years have also taught at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital. These experiences have further shown me the positive influence yoga has on mind, body and spirit, and in doing so have provided me with a broader, more hands-on approach as a teacher.

Currently I perform seva (service) at the Chrysalis Academy in Tokai, one of the most exciting and dynamic Youth Development Programs in the country. I am enormously blessed to be a part of this incredible initiative, teaching Asana practices, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to groups of between 15 to 25 students. The academy runs an exceptional therapeutic care programme, enabling the students to release stress and tension, build their resilience and, above all, to connect with their higher self.

Whether you have a particular physical injury or an interest in getting fitter, stronger, more healthy, or learning to still your mind through mindfulness practices and breath awareness, yoga is an invitation for you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery and healing.