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

SIRI SHAKTI KAUR

SIRI SHAKTI KAUR

Mariette Strauss is a Kundalini yoga teacher, a healer, fire walking instructor, Tantric numerologist as well as a “lifelong student”. Her spiritual journey began 20 years ago, studying a diversity of healing modalities. Besides ISHTA, she teaches Kundalini at the Boksburg Correctional Service, the juvenile’s maximum imprisonment, a “humbling experience” with the long-term goal of empowering the youth there to become teachers themselves. Siri Shakti Kaur is also currently an intern at the Kundalini Research Institute, teaching to become a lead teacher trainer. Striving to help and guide individuals to be the best they can be in this life and reach for their highest potential.

Contact: mstrauss@mandre.co.za  | 067 414 2927

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

ANDREAS BOTHNER

ANDREAS BOTHNER

Andreas has over 18 years experience teaching yoga and has studied with master teachers such as Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami, as well as Shimon Ben-Avi, Simon Borg-Oliver and Bianca Machliss to name a few. Andreas is also a qualified Pilates teacher and a keen scholar of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Andreas has a passion for eastern philosophy and has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation in India, Nepal and Australia. With his passion for yoga and deep understanding of human anatomy, Andreas uses his knowledge and experience to help people overcome their physical and mental boundaries using a safe and gentle approach while providing his students with a physical and spiritual connection.

Contact: | andreas@bothner.net

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

MARLOES JOSEPH

MARLOES JOSEPH

I did my first yoga class in 2004, and it has been a consistent part of my life ever since. I started teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Tibetan Heart yoga after completing my teacher training 2007. Having deepened my knowledge with various yoga workshops and with the study and practice of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, my classes are richly influenced by what I have learned, bringing together the classical teachings of wisdom and modern asana practices. 

Contact: | marloes@vodamail.co.za | 083 654 4620

GEORGIOS DEMETRIADES

GEORGIOS DEMETRIADES

Originally a graphic designer by profession, Georgios moved from the advertising industry in favour of a vocation and mode of life as a yogi. He has been practicing yoga since 2008 and has been teaching since 2011. Georgios believes in the transformational power of the yogic teachings and is an avid student and teacher of Sanskrit. Over the years, George has worked and held yoga workshops at various corporates, yoga studios and gyms, teaching the full spectrum of yoga practice from asana, pranayama and meditation to ayurvedic cleansing to achieve balance and overall wellbeing and follows the Kriya yoga approach of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Contact: | georgiosyogainfo@gmail.com| 076 185 8168

ELLA DESSINGTON

ELLA DESSINGTON

An ISHTA trained teacher, Ella has been practicing mindfulness through breath and movement since she was a child. Her fresh, never too serious classes will help you learn to trust your breath and move in meditation as you journey your path to wholeness. Tapping into a deep spring of intuition and foundational learning, Ella leads students to find a deeper awareness in their practice.

Contact: | ella.dessington@gmail.com| 082 446 8356

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

SIRI SHAKTI KAUR

SIRI SHAKTI KAUR

Mariette Strauss is a Kundalini yoga teacher, a healer, fire walking instructor, Tantric numerologist as well as a “lifelong student”. Her spiritual journey began 20 years ago, studying a diversity of healing modalities. Besides ISHTA, she teaches Kundalini at the Boksburg Correctional Service, the juvenile’s maximum imprisonment, a “humbling experience” with the long-term goal of empowering the youth there to become teachers themselves. Siri Shakti Kaur is also currently an intern at the Kundalini Research Institute, teaching to become a lead teacher trainer. Striving to help and guide individuals to be the best they can be in this life and reach for their highest potential. The most important tool is to understand compassion for self. Through my own journey I have learned that through continuous practice and self-discipline to live out my purpose and to do it courageously and to keep sharing,” she says.

Contact: mstrauss@mandre.co.za     067 414 2927

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

BUHLE MABANGA

BUHLE MABANGA

Having discovered the transformative power of yoga, Buhle Mabanga is passionate about helping others to discover their truth. With a deliberate, sincere and light-hearted teaching style, Buhle’s love of life and inner discovery shines. As she says, “So often in life we look for the answers outside of ourselves. The truth is, everything we need — all that we are — can only be found within.”

Contact: | buhlemabanga@icloud.com | 084 847 2057

ANDREAS BOTHNER

ANDREAS BOTHNER

Andreas has over 18 years’ experience teaching yoga and has studied with master teachers such as Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami, as well as Shimon Ben-Avi, Simon Borg-Oliver and Bianca Machliss to name a few. Andreas is also a qualified Pilates teacher and a keen scholar of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Andreas has a passion for eastern philosophy and has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation in India, Nepal and Australia. With his passion for yoga and deep understanding of human anatomy, Andreas uses his knowledge and experience to help people overcome their physical and mental boundaries using a safe and gentle approach while providing his students with a physical and spiritual connection

Contact: | andreas@bothner.net

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

MARLOES JOSEPH

MARLOES JOSEPH

I did my first yoga class in 2004, and it has been a consistent part of my life ever since. I started teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Tibetan Heart yoga after completing my teacher training 2007. Having deepened my knowledge with various yoga workshops and with the study and practice of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, my classes are richly influenced by what I have learned, bringing together the classical teachings of wisdom and modern asana practices. 

Contact: | marloes@vodamail.co.za | 083 654 4620

GEORGIOS DEMETRIADES

GEORGIOS DEMETRIADES

Originally a graphic designer by profession, Georgios moved from the advertising industry in favour of a vocation and mode of life as a yogi. He has been practicing yoga since 2008 and has been teaching since 2011. Georgios believes in the transformational power of the yogic teachings and is an avid student and teacher of Sanskrit. Over the years, George has worked and held yoga workshops at various corporates, yoga studios and gyms, teaching the full spectrum of yoga practice from asana, pranayama and meditation to ayurvedic cleansing to achieve balance and overall wellbeing and follows the Kriya yoga approach of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Contact: | georgiosyogainfo@gmail.com| 076 185 8168

ELLA DESSINGTON

ELLA DESSINGTON

An ISHTA trained teacher, Ella has been practicing mindfulness through breath and movement since she was a child. Her fresh, never too serious classes will help you learn to trust your breath and move in meditation as you journey your path to wholeness. Tapping into a deep spring of intuition and foundational learning, Ella leads students to find a deeper awareness in their practice.

Contact: | ella.dessington@gmail.com| 082 446 8356

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