Yoga Teachers

May 19, 2016

Kelly Botes


I would say my yoga journey started when I participated in a meditation course at the age of 14. After the course I became an avid meditator learning the skill of stilling the mind and being completely at one with the present. It wasn’t long after that I joined a Bikram yoga class where my love and dedication for yoga began to develop. In varsity I found a Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa Yoga teacher who took my practice on a road I had never ventured down. It was amazing and, although an inflexible person, I soon became an Asana-Junkie.

I attended more and more classes and have been inspired by several teachers: My Hatha Teacher – Sally Flanigan; Vinyasa Teacher: Catherine Rogers; Jivamukti Teacher – Cheryl Duncan; Ashtanga Yoga Teachers – the late Ingrid, Vanessa Burger, and Andreas Bothner; and Sivananda Yoga teacher – Swami Yogasar. All of my teachers have inspired me to be the best yoga practitioner and the best teacher I can be. I find teaching one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever done, and it is absolutely amazing to deal with different people, who are all teachers in their own way, and learn from them as they learn from me.

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I am a big advocate on learning to be kind and loving to the body. I believe in working at your own safe pace, and finding a way to be content with your yoga practice no matter how difficult or how simple. Every day your practice will be different, and in yoga accepting this is all that matters. Each class taken with me leaves my students in a happy-feel-good space, being both challenged and inspired by the practice.

My love for yogic philosophy is a massive element in classes where I express and explain influential teachings of gurus through the ages. I am passionate about the path to enlightenment and constantly share this with my students as an additional influence to their practice, understanding that there is more to the yoga practice than just poses.

Karen Brink

My yoga journey started in 2004 at the age of 17 when I attended my  first Vinyasa yoga class. AV As soon as I stepped on the mat, I fell in love. I knew I wanted to be a teacher and to share this amazing practice with others. It has made spiritually grow, so much, and the effect that yoga had on me was life-changing.

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So I attended workshops, did research, read up and watched many Youtube videos. As soon as I had a daily practice and I believed that I had gained enough knowledge, I started teaching friends and family. Word got out and in 2009 I had quite a handful of students. AB I then decided to do my teacher training at Living Yoga in 2013 under the wonderful guidance of Sarah Bentz, Bruce Burger and Jo Gibbon, and it was without a doubt one of the best experiences of my life. It has opened a door that can never be closed and I cannot stop expanding my knowledge on this beautiful practice that is yoga, and to share all I know with my students.

I went on to teach at studios around Johannesburg as well as many private group and one-on-one classes.

My true love is teaching Vinyasa.  With this practice I want my students to combat the effects of stress and my classes mostly focus on gaining courage and confidence to push yourself to reach your utmost potential in life, letting go of things that no longer serve you, being mindful, conscious and living a good karmic life, as well as always focusing on the positive. I try to encourage my students to practice this both on and off the mat. I want my students to leave my class feeling confident, courageous, positive, elated, energized and light.

Yin is another love of mine. I believe it is very important to balance out our energies. We live a life that is constantly rushed and fiery. In Yin yoga you learn to slow down, a lot. We go deeper than the muscle, working on flexibility and really challenging the mind to be still for long periods at a time. When you leave this class you feel calm, open, relaxed, focused and patient.

Teaching is in my blood.

I have my Bachelors in Education, and I am a certified Kids Yoga and Air Yoga teacher.