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

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

ANGELA WOOD

ANGELA WOOD

As a second-generation ISHTA teacher, I have always felt blessed that the seeds of my yogic practice were planted at an early age and that yoga has consistently served as a deep and powerful guide at the heart of my life’s journey. I am equally blessed to have now shared the ever-giving joy of learning and teaching of yoga with others for over 15 years. I believe there is no better modality than yoga to awaken us to the complete health, wellbeing and potential of the body and mind, while continuously helping us expand our most authentic selves and allowing our spirits to fly! My classes focus on calming yet uplifting creative flow within the boundaries of classical hatha, pranayama and meditation. I am also a writer, studio and events manager and an adoring mom of two beautiful children.

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

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

HEMA RAMJEE

HEMA RAMJEE

An ISHTA graduate, Hema’s passion for yoga began at a very young age when she discovered the joys and benefits of the practice. In 2015, she completed a course in mindfulness and incorporates this in her teachings. With a sincere passion for helping people, the aim of Hema’s class is to help you connect with your body and mind and improve your physical strength, flexibility and mental focus. Hema is committed to enhancing her students wellbeing through the use of movement, breath and awareness and finding the integration through the art of yoga.

Contact: | kassenh@gmail.com | 082 625 6696

ANDREAS BOTHNER

ANDREAS BOTHNER

With 18 years’ experience teaching yoga and Pilates, Andreas brings a rich and knowledgeable background and unique skill set that makes his classes gentle yet challenging, inspiring and informative. Having studied with teachers such as Pattabhi Jois, Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami and Simon Borg-Oliver, Andreas has immersed himself in many different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yoga Synergy, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Forrest and Anusara yoga. He is well versed in the movement sciences of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and has a passion for anatomy, classical Buddhism and Eastern philosophy also. 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 deep physical and spiritual connection.

Contact: | andreas@bothner.net | 079 247 0104

HAYLEY ALEXANDER

HAYLEY ALEXANDER

A seasoned yoga instructor with 15 years teaching experience, Hayley is passionate about promoting holistic wellness and offers a highly integrated and inclusive yoga flow classes suitable for all, including pre- and post-natal participants. With a commitment to safety and inclusivity, her classes provide a nurturing space for pregnant moms and individuals of all backgrounds to explore the benefits of yoga. Join Hayley on a transformative journey toward physical and mental well-being. Embrace the opportunity to experience her classes and discover the joy of yoga for yourself.

Contact: | mindbodyhayley@gmail.com | 082 655 9306

SUNDRI ATMA

SUNDRI ATMA

For over two decades, Sundri Atma has been integrating spiritual teachings, energetics, sacred practices and therapies, breathwork and Kundalini Yoga to guide people into self-healing and self-acceptance. Called to serve others through awakening and bringing about internal personal shifts, Sundri Atma’s Kundalini classes help clear deeply rooted emotional blocks that prevent people from living from their authentic selves.

Contact: | sundriatma@gmail.com | 079 511 4129

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

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

ANGELA WOOD

ANGELA WOOD

As a second-generation ISHTA teacher, I have always felt blessed that the seeds of my yogic practice were planted at an early age and that yoga has consistently served as a deep and powerful guide at the heart of my life’s journey. I am equally blessed to have now shared the ever-giving joy of learning and teaching of yoga with others for over 15 years. I believe there is no better modality than yoga to awaken us to the complete health, wellbeing and potential of the body and mind, while continuously helping us expand our most authentic selves and allowing our spirits to fly! My classes focus on calming yet uplifting creative flow within the boundaries of classical hatha, pranayama and meditation. I am also a writer, studio and events manager and an adoring mom of two beautiful children.

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

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

HEMA RAMJEE

HEMA RAMJEE

An ISHTA graduate, Hema’s passion for yoga began at a very young age when she discovered the joys and benefits of the practice. In 2015, she completed a course in mindfulness and incorporates this in her teachings. With a sincere passion for helping people, the aim of Hema’s class is to help you connect with your body and mind and improve your physical strength, flexibility and mental focus. Hema is committed to enhancing her students wellbeing through the use of movement, breath and awareness and finding the integration through the art of yoga.

Contact: | kassenh@gmail.com | 082 625 6696

ANDREAS BOTHNER

ANDREAS BOTHNER

With 18 years’ experience teaching yoga and Pilates, Andreas brings a rich and knowledgeable background and unique skill set that makes his classes gentle yet challenging, inspiring and informative. Having studied with teachers such as Pattabhi Jois, Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami and Simon Borg-Oliver, Andreas has immersed himself in many different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yoga Synergy, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Forrest and Anusara yoga. He is well versed in the movement sciences of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and has a passion for anatomy, classical Buddhism and Eastern philosophy also. 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 deep physical and spiritual connection.

Contact: | andreas@bothner.net | 079 247 0104

HAYLEY ALEXANDER

HAYLEY ALEXANDER

A seasoned yoga instructor with 15 years teaching experience, Hayley is passionate about promoting holistic wellness and offers a highly integrated and inclusive yoga flow classes suitable for all, including pre- and post-natal participants. With a commitment to safety and inclusivity, her classes provide a nurturing space for pregnant moms and individuals of all backgrounds to explore the benefits of yoga. Join Hayley on a transformative journey toward physical and mental well-being. Embrace the opportunity to experience her classes and discover the joy of yoga for yourself.

Contact: | mindbodyhayley@gmail.com | 082 655 9306

SUNDRI ATMA

SUNDRI ATMA

For over two decades, Sundri Atma has been integrating spiritual teachings, energetics, sacred practices and therapies, breathwork and Kundalini Yoga to guide people into self-healing and self-acceptance. Called to serve others through awakening and bringing about internal personal shifts, Sundri Atma’s Kundalini classes help clear deeply rooted emotional blocks that prevent people from living from their authentic selves.

Contact: | sundriatma@gmail.com | 079 511 4129