I discovered my love for yoga back in the year of 2015. I was already living a physical active lifestyle partaking in Zumba classes and then later on took up running. In 2016 I enrolled with Trifocus fitness academy to obtain my qualification in becoming a certified yoga instructor.
Yoga is a lifestyle, it is a lifestyle based on making healthy choices. It is a lifestyle that will help you grow mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. This is what encouraged me to obtain the qualification. Yoga has transformed my life in many ways and I am now able to help other people discover how yoga can enhance and improve their lives.
Life is all about growing and yoga is a lifelong journey where growth is constant. I help my clients grow and my clients help me grow, in yoga we help each other grow regardless of whether you’re the student or the teacher.
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Why did I start Yoga? Initially to get my body in shape and because I thought its an easy way to exercise (wow was I wrong) without having to do too much. On the other hand I always had an urge to, I suppose. You always see other people doing it and it looks so peaceful... so serene. I think thats what made me keep going back. Well this was nearly a year ago. My body changed thank goodness haha, but something else did too. I found what I was looking for.. peace, calm, serenity. Marlise was there from the start to teach and guide me on this journey. I discovered muscels I definately didn’t know I have. I feel strong from head to toe. I feel healthy and I almost have my summer body yay! Its nearly winter now but I will make sure to shape and strenghten my body and mind until then and after of course. Thank Marlise for being part of my yoga journey.
It is great privilege, to be able to write this testimony, about my experience at the Hatha yoga classes. i joined the yoga classes in February of this year, as i was looking for a new challenge and experience. Yet what i found was so much more, not only has the classes helped with my running and working out, it has given me a better and stronger mind set as well as helping to release my anger and stress, in a way that has left not only myself but others noticing a happier and more relaxed version of myself.
It is a wonderful and peaceful place to practice yoga and grow not only as a person but as a group.
I started yoga about 9 months ago because I needed to find a balance in my life, especially from my chaotic work schedule. Since starting with Marlise I've found a way to focus and quiten my mind whilst still pushing myself in every class. Each time I return to the mat I notice I am able to do something I wasn't able to previously. Marlise has very gentle and kind soul, she bring a calmness to her classes which always leaves me feeling more nourished and at peace than before the practice.
How has yoga changed my life?
I began yoga classes with Marlise Els in June 2018. I had been wanting to begin yoga for some time, as I am asthmatic I find any cardio exercise difficult to get through. Since joining yoga I have found my lung capacity has greatly improved through learning different breathing techniques, in fact I haven't had a single asthma attack since I began doing Yoga.
Further to this, I have grown in strength and flexibility, and when I have found any yoga position difficult, Marlise will always offer an alternative pose to work on and will teach me new stretches to help strengthen the muscles required in order to work towards getting the position correct.
I find that even just attending two classes a week has reduced my stress levels significantly and I am far more adaptable and patient.
I feel healthier, stronger and more at peace and I am forever grateful to Marlise for bringing Yoga to the Bluff.
I am 47 years old and have been doing Hatha Yoga with Marlise since October 2018. With my full and busy lifestyle, this was the best thing I could have done for myself. It is my time to relax and focus on me. In yoga we learn to focus on our breathing and to focus on our mind and bodies. Every amount of tension I may have before the class is gone by the time I leave. It is a great workout as one does feel every muscle working, stretching and toning. Marlise has a calm and peaceful presence and allows everyone to work according to their own ability. The venue, Bluff Eco Club, is beautiful and calm. It is perfect for yoga. Marlise also plays tranquil music in the background. It is a time for relaxation and calmness. I believe that people of all ages would greatly benefit from yoga. For me, yoga has become a way of life. Thank you Marlise. Super class.
Hot sunny days, sweating comes naturally and the last thing on my mind is exercise! Having an athlete for a man doesn't help things either. Hatha Yoga got me excited and doing "strange" poses became challenging progression of yoga skills appear smooth and natural over time - Marlise is a great mentor. A stress free, welcoming and friendly environment.
Don't let your weight discourage you from doing any exercises. Doing yoga is already a step in the right direction.
It depends on the severity of your condition. You can still come to the class if you feel capable and comfortable. If you don't feel comfortable, you can inform your yoga instructor and ask him/her to give you yoga poses to practice at home which will help relieve that "gassy feeling" .
Tights and a loose top or a tank top, anything that you feel comfortable in which will allow you to move freely.
Yes certainly. You don't have to be flexible already in order to do yoga. Yoga is what will help you to gain/improve flexibility. You must allow your body time to adapt.
Yes, Yoga is one of the exercises highly recommended for pregnant women. There are a lot of yoga poses suitable for pregnant women which can benefit them throughout the entire pregnancy right up until the delivery of the baby.
Always remember that there are yoga poses that won't be suitable for pregnant women.
Your yoga instructor will give you alternative poses to practice.
No people don't stare at you. They are focused on themselves and executing the pose.