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 the differing teaching styles. They not only bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom each within them, but all resonate with the shared love of yoga and the eternal spirit from which it was born. 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  | 083 653 7145

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

LYNNE STAPLETON (Sarasananda)

LYNNE STAPLETON (Sarasananda)

Lynne fell in love with the transformational power of yoga in 2014. She studied Satyananda yoga at the Satyam School of yoga in 2015 and, has since, allowed yoga to be her guide, integrating harmony and deeper awareness into her daily life. Lynne is a holistic healer who uses massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki and yoga to empower the body and being into a peaceful existence. She believes in the power of truth (satya) and loves teaching yoga because it, in her words, “tunes the entire body to health and wellness”.

Contact: 073 486 5500 | yogalbs1@gmail.com 

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: | daymond@mweb.co.za

TASH DE SALDANHA

TASH DE SALDANHA

Tash has been practicing Ashtanga yoga at ISHTA for six years and, as a qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, Tash loves to share her energising practice and love for yoga with others. “Yoga brings with it the potential for deep fulfillment and endless self-discovery,” she says. Come join Tash on the mat for Vinyasa flow every Saturday at 7am.

Contact: | TashdeSaldanha@investec.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

COLLEEN DAWSON

COLLEEN DAWSON

Colleen has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2013 and practicing since 2004. Playing guitar in the Dharma Sisters kirtan band with other yogis is a wonderful integration of her love of yoga with her long love of sharing music. Colleen is at heart a teacher and has been teaching in many situations for nearly 40 years. Meditative practices like Tai Chi, meditation and yoga have been integral in her life since she was 18. Teaching and practicing Kundalini yoga brings compassionate understanding into her life in a more real way every day.

Contact: | colleen.d@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

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
083 653 7145

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

LYNNE STAPLETON (Saras Ananda)

LYNNE STAPLETON (Saras Ananda)

Lynne fell in love with the transformational power of yoga in 2014. She studied Satyananda yoga at the Satyam School of yoga in 2015 and, has since, allowed yoga to be her guide, integrating harmony and deeper awareness into her daily life. Lynne is a holistic healer who uses massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki and yoga to empower the body and being into a peaceful existence. She believes in the power of truth (satya) and enjoys teaching yoga because it, in her words, “tunes the entire body to health and wellness”.

Contact: 073 486 5500 | yogalbs1@gmail.com 

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: | daymond@mweb.co.za

TASH DE SALDANHA

TASH DE SALDANHA

Tash has been practicing Ashtanga yoga at ISHTA for six years and, as a qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, Tash loves to share her energising practice and love for yoga with others. “Yoga brings with it the potential for deep fulfillment and endless self-discovery,” she says. Come join Tash on the mat for Vinyasa flow every Saturday at 7am.

Contact: | TashdeSaldanha@investec.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

COLLEEN DAWSON

COLLEEN DAWSON

Colleen has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2013 and practicing since 2004. Playing guitar in the Dharma Sisters kirtan band with other yogis is a wonderful integration of her love of yoga with her long love of sharing music. Colleen is at heart a teacher and has been teaching in many situations for nearly 40 years. Meditative practices like Tai Chi, meditation and yoga have been integral in her life since she was 18. Teaching and practicing Kundalini yoga brings compassionate understanding into her life in a more real way every day.

Contact: | colleen.d@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

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