A Kundalini Yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and licensed acupuncturist known for his sense of humor, music, and extensive knowledge of the healing field, he offers a direct and fun approach to the healing dynamics of Kundalini Yoga. Amanbir currently shares his in-depth understanding of energetic and physical anatomy in Kundalini Yoga and therapy trainings worldwide including GuruRamDas Yoga Teacher trainings. He teaches at many major yoga festivals including Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, Yoga Journal conference, Kripalu and now SpiritFest. He has produced many tracks to inspire and uplift others that captures his modern embrace of the ancient sound current of mantras. He holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Tamsin dynamically weaves together elements from diverse yogic traditions and therapeutic schools of thought to offer alignment based yoga classes that work on strength and body intelligence. Over and above simply instructing poses, Tamsin emphasizes the importance of helping students find the subtle, internal connections that make up poses through conscious breath and movement. She encourages students to ‘move in the direction of yoga’ – to develop a sustainable self-practice and integrate the teachings of yoga into all aspects of their lives to find greater balance of mind, body and spirit. http://theshala.co.za
VIKTOR VAN DER KLEIJ
Viktor’s foundation studies included the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Sivananda and Dona Holleman, a student of Krishnamurti and Scaravelli. Born in Holland and have resided in South Africa for the last 10 years, Viktor helped co-create Maluca Marruma, a permaculture/Yoga community project in Pemba, Mozambique. He established an education centre, based on self-sustainability and transformation. He is a regular guest teacher at Yoga schools in Europe and conduct retreats, courses and workshops there, as well as in India. The teachings will include meditation, asana, pranayama, chanting, kirtan and satsang (enquiry).
Anton is a co-founder and Director of GuruRamDas. He is the carer, the nurturer, the giver and the chai wallah. His aromatherapy back ground has given him the knowledge and understanding of natural blends and food remedies to assist people on their path. His gentle nature will make you feel safe and right at home. He teaches yoga in a centered, safe and balanced way that is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners to go deeper. “I believe that there are things in life that unite and divide us, Kundalini Yoga is one of the uniting tools that brings the courage, wisdom and love to open to our full potential.”
Ilana has the ability to draw out things you never knew existed; from tears to laughter. She began a formal practice in her teens, and has gone on to train under such esteemed teachers as Yogi Bhajan, Gurmukh and Richard Freeman. She continuously expands her personal practice with numerous disciplines as well as assisted in numerous International KRI Teacher trainings and trainings at her GuruRamDas home studio.
VALENTINA LEO – (a.k.a. Mrslove) is a Dakini -embodied teacher – from the Traditional Tantric lineage of Kashmir Shivaism that recognise the body as Vibration and Space. With grace, charm and humor, she will guide you into traditional practices of “non-doing” that will allow for the intimate experience of Spanda – the Sacred Tremoring of Reality. From this point, there is no split between the inside and the outside, an we can taste the true essence of Love as ultimate Freedom – which is at the heart of all Tantric teachings .
Harmonic Sound Healing: a deep restorative gentle sound journey using a monocord bed and Yoga Nidra.
I’m a qualified graphic designer with experience in the advertising and fashion industry. I know stress, and I know pressure, but most importantly I know no one likes it. That’s why I made it my mission to find a solution that I could help everyone who suffers from the stress of life. Creative Laughter or Laughter Yoga helps ease tension and relieve anxiety, restlessness and stress build-up. I qualified as a laughter leader in 2012 with Dr.Kataria’s school of laughter yoga and have been spreading laughter through NGO’s, schools, offices and employee wellness programs around South Africa. Kids and adults of all ages welcome – laughter is for everyone! LAUGH NOW
GINETTE DE FLEURIOT
Ginette has a teaching background but her move into marketing and the corporate world led her to deepen her yoga and meditation practice as a way to still the mind and restore the soul. Ginette explored Hatha, Bikram and Iyengar before finding “her home” in Kundalini. She teaches at Gururamdas Yoga Studio in Gardens, at The Source in Bergvliet and in Newlands as part of Body Mind Breath Community Yoga. She has also taught at AfrikaBurn, Space of Love and Learning Man.
Specialising in the application of Anatomy and Physiology for the practice and teaching of Yoga Asana and healthy living, Thomas runs courses and workshops aimed at demystifying the complexities of the human body. At SpiritFest he will be guiding us through the main principles of keeping our practice safe and sacred. Thomas teaches teachers at The Shala in Cape Town.
Kundalini Class for Kids Ages 3-7 (with parents) We will go on a journey together that combines music, movement, song and dance and that will leave you laughing and glowing. Class for Kids Ages 8-14 (parents welcome) Join us for a beautiful Kundalini Yoga class exploring the life lessons and wisdom of Nelson Mandela. We will learn some of the things he taught that help us along in life – like laughing at ourselves at times and also becoming still. The class will combine Kundalini Yoga chants with movement and meditation. We explore what gives us strength and how to be in our power. We also practice letting go and letting be. See you for an unusual experience!
Gerlinde is a volunteer and teacher for The Art of Living Foundation. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for more than 15 years. Together with her husband, Mukesh she conducts monthly Happiness programs in Cape Town, where participants learn an advanced breathing technique, the Sudarshan Kriya - promoting an integrated way of life, allowing people to become more aware, connected and contented.
She is one of two Advanced-level Sri Sri Yoga teachers in Africa, facilitating yoga retreats which incorporate knowledge on the Yogic scriptures and Ayurvedic cleanings practices.
Gerlinde draws on her enthusiasm and love of life and sharing to inspire a holistic and healthy lifestyle combining yoga, meditation and breath-work.
SpiritFest is privileged to welcome Atma into our yoga family! Atma’s Yoga journey began almost 5 DECADES ago, during which time she learned from a variety of styles until she finally “came home” to Kundalini Yoga in the late 1990’s. She established Kundalini Yoga in Cape Town before moving to Barrydale in the Little Karoo where she lives and runs Little Samadhi Karoo Retreat. She is a teacher trainer, a certified Health Coach and Ka Huna bodywork practitioner.
Triveni started teaching children’s integral yoga in 2011. After running a successful children’s yoga program at Ananda Kutir Ashram she started working for Children of Light School: an NPO that infuses the principals of integral yoga with mainstream education. Every child is born with a divine spark and purpose in life. It is our job to nurture that divinity in order for the individual to reach their highest potential.
Marissa is an AcroYoga instructor who believes that turning yourself upside down can change your whole perspective on life – and that anything and everything is possible! Come Fly! You’ll sample and explore the foundation of AcroYoga in a safe and supportive environment. This class is accessible to all levels of practice and will share the foundational techniques and skills that will allow you to enjoy the limitlessness of the practice. You will have first-hand experience of the joy of AcroYoga and will work within the support of different partnerships with new and old friends as you experience the three roles in AcroYoga of base, flyer and spotter. No experience necessary, no partner needed. Just bring your willingness to play and have fun!
Mukesh has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for more than 15 years. Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Mukesh has been conducting monthly Happiness Programmes in Cape Town where participants learn the Sudarshan Kriya, an advanced breathing technique. He was made Cape Town’s first Art of Meditation /Sahaj Samadhi teacher, being able to initiate seekers into an ancient and beautiful mantra meditation practice. In 2016 he was made the first resident Advanced Course/Art of Silence teacher of the Art of Living. Art of Living is a not for profit international NGO and its mission in Africa to empower individuals and create a stress-free, violence-free society.
Kathleen has a passion for teaching the reputable "Absolute Beginners Course" which runs twice a year. She strives to encourage all yoga practioners to be mindful about their alignment and foundation and to take the time to develop a self-practice. Kathleen also feels strongly about the importance of addressing health issues through movement and meditation and continues to use yoga as a tool to help students with depression, anxiety and other illnesses. In 2015 she completed her 200hour RYT at her home studio "The Shala - Cape Town Yoga School” where she teaches and manages. If you are new to yoga - Kathleen is a best place to start.
Maya Pratt has taught vinyasa yoga for over 10 years and is the owner and founder of Unraveled Yoga in Cape Town. Her flow classes are inspired by fun, creative and playful movements while incorporating Bhakti tenants of storytelling, mantra and devotion along the way. At SpiritFest, Maya will be leading a Bhakti inspired flow where students will get to meet, play, dance, flow and sing to some of yoga’s most prominent myths and deities.