Author Archive | Charmaine

Savasana Yoga provides Deep relaxation & stress relief

The Art of Deep Relaxation & Stress Relief

Yoga Nidra is a state of mind between wakefulness and dream state that opens deep phases of the mind. It is a state that promotes deep relaxation & stress relief. The practice of Yoga Nidra includes eight stages: Internalization Sankalpa – your heart-felt resolve/vow Rotation of Consciousness Breath Awareness Manifestation of Opposites Creative Visualization Sankalpa […]

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Yoga Intensive - Charmaine in Locust yoga pose - Yoga 101

Create Freedom & Strength in the Neck, Shoulders and Hips

A Forrest Yoga Intensive w/Charmaine van Niekerk Learn how to connect to your core and safely release these habitually tight spots through intensely focused breath work and asana, including inversions, standing poses, and vinyasa. You’ll work to strip away the layers of emotional and physical blocks held in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. You will […]

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Yoga Intensive - Charmaine in Locust yoga pose - Yoga 101

Yoga 101 for Beginners

Discover yoga in a fun way in an intimate and supported environment during this 6-week Yoga 101 Beginner Series. This course is suitable for both beginners and those wanting to establish a good foundation for their practice. We will discuss the background of yoga and yoga etiquette. You will learn and practice the fundamental postures, breathing techniques, […]

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Charmaine assisting a Life's a Gift student with a pose in the Yoga Asana - Heat & Breath workshop

Yoga Asana ~ Heat & Breath

Two of the fundamental pillars of Yoga Asana are Heat and the Breath. Heat ~  When you heat the body it becomes pliable. The combination of motion and breath in yoga builds healing heat that burns away tension (stuck energy). Muscular motion creates heat that softens your tissue and makes you malleable. Heat heals, heat […]

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Charmaine running the Comrades marathon

Why should an Athlete do Yoga?

You love your sport but sometimes your body just doesn’t move as smoothly as you’d like. On top of that breathing is labored and energy low. Unfit? So you train harder and just as you become fit, the injuries start and you’re forced to back off training to recover. How are you going to improve […]

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