MEET OUR TEACHERS
Maya is the co-owner of The Yoga Loft. She has over 10 years of experience teaching yoga, facilitating teacher trainings and operating yoga studios.
Maya loves to teach a fluid style of yoga with emphasis on and inspiration from myths of the asanas, mudras of the hands and creative movement of the body. Get ready to be challenged, be playful and have fun!
The love of yoga was instilled in Bev from an early age as she grew up practicing yoga with her gran, who taught yoga well into her 80s. With Bev’s background as a pharmacist and her keen interest in health and the body, teaching yoga was an easy transition for her. Bev has been teaching yoga since December 2016, completing teacher training with Yo Yoga and Catherine Wilkinson.
"Yoga is the ever-evolving path home to self."
With a background in dance and performance, movement has always been at the heart of everything Tana does – a medium through which she connects and experiences the world around her.
Tana found yoga at a very turbulent time in her life, and the solace she found in the practice helped her feel rooted in the present moment. "My desire to share the practice with others through teaching was birthed organically out of my own inner transformation – it is a privilege to share this practice every day."
Elana started practicing 11 years ago and has been teaching for 8 of those years. She obtained her 200h YTT in her hometown of Cleveland Ohio, USA where she then graduated and began teaching in a studio in Los Angeles while obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Religious Philosophy and Fine Arts. After four years of study and teaching, she said goodbye to L.A., and moved to Berlin, Germany. During her interim period of not teaching due to COVID, she furthered her education increasing her credentials to 350h YTT.
Her classes are strong and creative. She believes in laughter, fun, and discipline. She focuses on the breath offering dynamic sequences to keep practitioners challenged, and engaged. She is interested in the mental and spiritual domains of the practice as a philosophy to understand the Self. Her passions are rooted in meditation, yin, and the more subtle dimensions of the practice.
Lets strive together in a well-rounded free flow power vinyasa that incorporates a variety of balancing postures and holds. Learn to surrender and relax as we replenish spirit, body and mind in our restorative Yin classes.
I look forward to seeing you out on your mat!
Dominique le Roux
Dom found a sense of peace and grounding on her mat years ago when life felt difficult and unbearable. It was the only place that brought consistency and a feeling that everything was going to be okay.
Once realising that yoga seemed to be the answer to all lifes problems, she decided to deepen her practise and dive into a teacher training, in order to be able to share her love of yoga and the benefits it clearly had.
After completing 500 hours of training, she hopes to show all that attend her class that being in your body and breathing is a beautiful thing we all have the privilege of experiencing. Dom's flows are dynamic and creative, created to take you out of your mind and into your beautiful body.
Jessica Van Goetham
My practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, and more courageous, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully and to be gentle in all that I do.
From Vinyasa to Yin, Jess's teaching style is all about connecting and being holistic in one's practice. In her Vinyasa classes, Jess combines creative dance-like sequences that are dynamic and flowing. Her Yin classes are aimed at creating safe spaces to soften and explore one's inner world while working on deep connective tissues.
"Every day I am inspired by the dedication of students and the powerful group dynamic of practicing in a community, and I'm particularly passionate about the dynamic flow of power vinyasa and aim to teach
clearly structured, well-rounded classes with an emphasis on the harmonious movement
of body and breath.
My yoga practice is a reliable constant in a chaotic world, and my mat is my safe space to explore my body and my mind."
The intention Gemma puts behind her classes is to practice the discipline of focusing the mind through strong postures whilst surrendering to meditation during movement and flow.
Gemma believes in cultivating a practice to be strong and feel powerful in one's body, which ultimately helps you find freedom.
"Expect to work hard, but also to flow and get expressive and playful.
Style craves line. So let's explore both!"
Anna was introduced to Yoga from a young age by her mother, an Iyengar teacher. During her travels in 2016, she started to connect more deeply with the practice & decided to further her knowledge through her first teacher training in India.
Although since trained in & influenced by many Yoga styles, Jivamukti Yoga, a Hatha Vinyasa inspired practice, based on a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings - is where Anna has found perspective, passion & purpose.
Yoga has helped Anna overcome many personal challenges and has allowed her deep self-exploration, which has changed the way she perceives & moves through life. On the mat is where she feels like the best version of herself, and she aims to serve others in this way - creating a safe but dynamic practice that enables others to strengthen their understanding of & relationship with themselves.
Anna’s classes have a slower pace & have a strong focus on the breath and alignment, shining awareness on & honouring the body's physical capabilities & needs. Her objective is for the class to leave one feeling balanced, grounded, connected & present.
Richard-Dean is a movement practitioner and teacher. His unique classes blend techniques and principles from several arts including yoga, capoeira, grappling, eastern martial arts and dance. In 2007, he started his journey in fitness industry, and still works as a personal trainer and bodyworker. His passion lies in human movement, anatomy and evolutionary biology.He's deeply fascinated by the intersection between the emotional and mental state and how it relates to movement expression, and how movement can be used as a medium to explore living a philosophical life.
Mark’s training is deeply rooted in classical hatha yoga with elements of depper enery work, tantra, kundalini and vinyasa. His teaching focuses on the essence of yoga and the opportunity to expand from there into depth.
Areas that influence him deeply are philosophy, pranayama and the effects on prana (your life force or energy), and the spiritual aspects of the practice. “I like to try and instill a sense of conscious connection and intention to a class but whilst allowing for a light, open and humorous space allowing students the opportunity to let go, smile, explore and share the beauty of breath and movement together”.
"Teaching allows you to connect to people on a completely different level. Within the studio space people who are so used to putting up walls share with you their vulnerabilities, emotions and laughter. They move, breathe, sweat and meditate together on a common journey. And for me this is what it all comes down to - the beauty in creating this yoga community together".
Kat teaches an explorative and embodied style of yoga. Her classes playfully exploring the wisdom of our bodies in a creative, non-linear practice.
Kat has completed various trainings around the world in Kundalini yoga, Vinyasa, Tantra vinyasa, Authentic flow and as a breath-work facilitator.
Her classes are an amalgamation of all these various influences. Forever a student, she is continually inspired by the natural world around her and exploring new meditation and movement modalities.
‘My classes explore both our inner and outer worlds. We bring philosophy to life through movement. Whilst gently and playfully expanding our range of ease in motion.’
A few years into her yoga practice, Mimi stepped into her first Yin class. While she loves Vinyasa and other Yang practices, in Yin, she found the deep resonance of a practice that comes naturally. Guided by this innate connection, she brings a sense of ease and warmth to each class.
She completed her Yoga Alliance 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Cape Town in 2019, and her Yoga Alliance 50-hour Yin training in 2020, both with Unraveled.
Michelle has stumbled into a reality in which she studies brains, bends bodies, and is a friend to animals. She's passionate about teaching safe and accessible yoga for everybody and every body. Since her study of yoga began with Jim Harrington in 2016, she's committed to constantly learning, accruing over 350 hours of certified yoga teacher training and constantly learning. Also in 2016, she established Downward Dog for Dogs, a registered nonprofit organisation that supports animal shelters through yoga-based events. Her teachings are rooted in sound anatomical theory and creative flow, and her qualifications in Psychology (Honours) and Neuroscience (PhD Candidate) greatly inform her approach to connecting the mind and body through yoga. She loves to teach a (usually slow and) strong vinyasa class as well as restful and restorative yin. Michelle's favourite element of being a yoga teacher is being part of the process of people discovering their personal experience of yoga.
Ish has been teaching yoga for 5 years around Cape Town with a clear focus on blending the anatomical with the metaphysical.
His classes are based in strength and control, with a high focus on arm balance stability, and mobility."While searching for a deeper understanding of my practice, I continue to evolve and learn, grow and develop my teaching. I look forward to sharing it with everyone."