Meet the Teachers

We introduce our wonderful yoga teachers to you…

The ISHTA Studio of Yoga & Health is proud of the unique and collective energies of the yoga teachers of the studio and their differing teaching styles. They not only bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom each within them, but all resonate with a shared love and passion for yoga and teaching. We welcome you to try all of their classes!

WENDY WOOD

WENDY WOOD

NANDIVA – a spiritual name given to Wendy by her guru – is a name derived from the Bilaspur goddess Naina Devi who, being the goddess of eyes, saw things that most others could not see.

Wendy is an initiate of Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger and has been practising yoga for over thirty years. Wendy believes that by linking the mind and body with the breath we create a centred, harmonious feeling. After Mani left to live in the USA in the later part of his life, Wendy, inspired by the teachings of her guru, mentor and wonderful friend, continued the tradition of ISHTA by creating the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health.

Contact: (011) 880 3601 |  082 338 8153 | nandiva@wol.co.za

THEONI PAPOUTSIS

THEONI PAPOUTSIS

Over the last two decades Theoni has honed her pregnancy yoga classes to help women enhance flexibility and tone key muscles that support pregnancy health and assist you during birth. Pregnancy yoga helps release tension in the spine and body and helps build the strength and stamina that women need for birth and for the on-going challenges of motherhood. Theoni further helps women deal with anxieties around birth while providing a safe, supportive framework and community of like-minded women to explore them. Pregnancy yoga will help you create me-time and give you skills to connect with your baby. Theoni teaches, supports, inspires and holds space for women to find trust in themselves and their bodies, so that every baby feels welcomed.

Contact: 083 229 3253 |  hello@theonipapoutsis.co.za | www.theonipapoutsis.co.za | Instagram @papoutsistheoni 

ANGELA MYERS

ANGELA MYERS

Angela teaches and manages admin and workshops at ISHTA. Angela completed her ISHTA training in 2009 and initially began running the children’s yoga programme. Angela published the Complete Yoga magazine and is a freelance writer/editor and mom of two. She believes yoga brings deep grounded connection while allowing the spirit to fly. Teaching from the heart, Angela’s classes are spiritually uplifting while focusing on classical hatha, pranayama and meditation.

Contact: angela@ishtayoga.co.za | 082 789 4847

KAREN TURIS

KAREN TURIS

Karen Anne Turis is a qualified Kundalini yoga teacher, as well as a qualified Dance and Movement Therapist.

She has offered private and group yoga for over 17 years and has, more recently, taught movement classes to both adults and children.

Karen has reached thousands of people over the past 25 years of working in the health and wellness industry. Karen also mentors youth as part of The Yoga 4 Alex project.

Contact: karen@zingwellbeing.co.za | 082 772 4794

HANNI DAYMOND

HANNI DAYMOND

Having fallen in love with children’s yoga during a visit to India where she met a very young yogi, “Sunaina”, Hanni was inspired to teach children’s yoga and studied with YogaBeez. Hanni says, “Over the years I have been blessed with the most amazing teachers who till today form a very integral part of my yoga journey.”
“Yoga allows me to more present in my life and I am passionate about children and working with them as well as offering yoga as a therapy to special needs children who I am able to connect well with.”
Hanni says children are natural yogis – whole, innocent and playful. She believes that yoga is a gift to children and encourages them to hold onto their childlike mind with wisdom and beauty.

Contact: 082 373 2342 | daymond@mweb.co.za

MARITZ STEYN

MARITZ STEYN

Maritz’s teaching and yoga practice has been an evolving culmination of years of personal development and exploration through body, mind and spirit. As a dancer, pilates instructor, massage therapist, integral coach, and yogi, Maritz’s passion lies in teaching intelligent, dynamic modern asana flows while emphasising the importance of technique and alignment in order to practice yoga safely and effectively. Connecting fluidity and breath, Maritz’s classes help strengthen and optimize movement ability with mindful awareness, instilling a sense of calm and deep concentration.

Contact: | maritzsud@yahoo.com

CLAIRE STEPHENSON

CLAIRE STEPHENSON

Claire is passionate about wellness and has over 20 years experience as a yoga and Ayurveda practitioner. Having lived and studied in India and Germany, Claire is also a qualified Hatha, Pregnancy yoga, Children’s yoga and Yin yoga teacher. Claire spreads her energetic spirit through her passion for yoga and truly living a satvic and mindful yogic lifestyle.

Contact: | claire2clarity@gmail.com | 082 338 8001

MICHELE HIGGINSON

MICHELE HIGGINSON

Michele Higginson has been practising Iyengar yoga for 23 years and has studied under senior teachers around the world. She has also studied directly under the Iyengar family four times in India. She is passionate about the precision and beauty of Iyengar yoga, as well as the freedom it brings to one’s body, mind and outlook in life. She considers yoga as the cornerstone of her journey! “Iyengar Yoga has nourished and challenged me and continues to do so and therefore I love sharing these teachings to the best of my ability. Yoga is for Everyone and so Everyone is welcome at this class.”

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Contact: | Michele.higginson.mh@gmail.com | 082 891 2839

MISHKAH SALLIE

MISHKAH SALLIE

As a self-taught yogi for over 10 years, Mishkah completed her Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA in 2019. Since finding the sacred art and teachings of yoga, Mishkah has been inspired to share her deep passion and love that she has for yoga with others through teaching. She believes that everyone has an inner yogi residing within them and that it takes practice and consistency to bring out our individual light, peace, love and unlimited awareness into the world. “Keep flowing, keep practicing,” Mishkah encourages.

Contact: | mishkah26@gmail.com | 079 249 4293

NINA TEGGARTY

NINA TEGGARTY

An ISHTA trained teacher with over 20 years as an avid yoga student and a recent 200hr mindfulness teacher graduate, Nina teaches an uplifting, mindful and gentle class suitable for people of all ages and levels. Offering deep connection and heart-focused classes, Nina helps her students build trust and confidence in themselves.

Contact: | ninateggarty@yahoo.co.uk | 078 501 3500

WENDY WOOD

WENDY WOOD

NANDIVA – a spiritual name given to Wendy by her guru – is a name derived from the Bilaspur goddess Naina Devi who, being the goddess of eyes, saw things that most others could not see.

Wendy is an initiate of Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger and has been practising yoga for over thirty years. Wendy believes that by linking the mind and body with the breath we create a centred, harmonious feeling.

After Mani left to live in the USA in the later part of his life, Wendy, inspired by the teachings of her guru, mentor and wonderful friend, continued the tradition of ISHTA by creating the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health.

Contact: (011) 880 3601
082 338 8153
nandiva@wol.co.za

THEONI PAPOUTSIS

THEONI PAPOUTSIS

Theoni teaches Pregnancy yoga at the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health and is also a qualified Doula, certified HypnoBirthing practitioner and aromatherapist. Theoni is passionate about creating the right environment for a child to enter the world and believes in the capacity and courage of women to face life’s journey and all its challenges. With a sensitive and practical approach to your wellness during pregnancy, Theoni guides students on a yoga journey that they will be enriched through, learn from, delight in and ultimately, treasure.

Contact: 083 229 3253
theoni@consciousbirth.co.za
www.consciousbirth.co.za

ANGELA MYERS

ANGELA MYERS

Angela teaches and manages admin and workshops at ISHTA. Angela completed her ISHTA training in 2009 and initially began running the children’s yoga programme. Angela published the Complete Yoga magazine and is a freelance writer/editor and mom of two. She believes yoga brings deep grounded connection while allowing the spirit to fly. Teaching from the heart, Angela’s classes are spiritually uplifting while focusing on classical hatha, pranayama and meditation.

Contact: angela@ishtayoga.co.za | 082 789 4847

KAREN TURIS

KAREN TURIS

Karen Anne Turis is a qualified Kundalini yoga teacher, as well as a qualified Dance and Movement Therapist.

She has offered private and group yoga for over 17 years and has, more recently, taught movement classes to both adults and children.

Karen has reached thousands of people over the past 25 years of working in the health and wellness industry. Karen also mentors youth as part of The Yoga 4 Alex project.

Contact: karen@funky-fish.co.za
082 772 4794

HANNI DAYMOND

HANNI DAYMOND

Having fallen in love with children’s yoga during a visit to India where she met a very young yogi, “Sunaina”, Hanni was inspired to teach children’s yoga and studied with YogaBeez. Hanni says, “Over the years I have been blessed with the most amazing teachers who till today form a very integral part of my yoga journey.”
“Yoga allows me to more present in my life and I am passionate about children and working with them as well as offering yoga as a therapy to special needs children who I am able to connect well with.”
Hanni says children are natural yogis – whole, innocent and palyful. She believes that yoga is a gift to children and encourages them to hold onto their childlike mind with wisdom and beauty.

Contact: 082 373 2342 | daymond@mweb.co.za

MARITZ STEYN

MARITZ STEYN

Maritz’s teaching and yoga practice has been an evolving culmination of years of personal development and exploration through body, mind and spirit. As a dancer, pilates instructor, massage therapist, integral coach, and yogi, Maritz’s passion lies in teaching intelligent, dynamic modern asana flows while emphasising the importance of technique and alignment in order to practice yoga safely and effectively. Connecting fluidity and breath, Maritz’s classes help strengthen and optimize movement ability with mindful awareness, instilling a sense of calm and deep concentration.

Contact: | maritzsud@yahoo.com

CLAIRE STEPHENSON

CLAIRE STEPHENSON

Claire is passionate about wellness and has over 20 years experience as a yoga and Ayurveda practitioner. Having lived and studied in India and Germany, Claire is also a qualified Hatha, Pregnancy yoga, Children’s yoga and Yin yoga teacher. Claire spreads her energetic spirit through her passion for yoga and truly living a satvic and mindful yogic lifestyle.

Contact: | claire2clarity@gmail.com | 082 338 8001

MICHELE HIGGINSON

MICHELE HIGGINSON

Michele Higginson has been practising Iyengar yoga for 23 years and has studied under senior teachers around the world. She has also studied directly under the Iyengar family four times in India. She is passionate about the precision and beauty of Iyengar yoga, as well as the freedom it brings to one’s body, mind and outlook in life. She considers yoga as the cornerstone of her journey! “Iyengar Yoga has nourished and challenged me and continues to do so and therefore I love sharing these teachings to the best of my ability. Yoga is for Everyone and so Everyone is welcome at this class.”

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Contact: | Michele.higginson.mh@gmail.com | 082 891 2839

MISHKAH SALLIE

MISHKAH SALLIE

As a self-taught yogi for over 10 years, Mishkah completed her Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA in 2019. Since finding the sacred art and teachings of yoga, Mishkah has been inspired to share her deep passion and love that she has for yoga with others through teaching. She believes that everyone has an inner yogi residing within them and that it takes practice and consistency to bring out our individuals light, peace, love and unlimited awareness into the world. “Keep flowing, keep practicing,” as Mishkah encourages.

Contact: | mishkah26@gmail.com | 079 249 4293

NINA TEGGARTY

NINA TEGGARTY

An ISHTA trained teacher with over 20 years as an avid yoga student and a recent 200hr mindfulness teacher graduate, Nina teaches an uplifting, mindful and gentle class suitable for people of all ages and levels. Offering deep connection and heart-focused classes, Nina helps her students build trust and confidence in themselves.

Contact: | ninateggarty@yahoo.co.uk | 078 501 3500

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