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Workshops

The Shala offers a variety of specialty workshops, courses & events. Hosted by our in-house teachers as well as external facilitators from all around the globe.

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Restore Workshop.

3 October
5pm-7pm
In Studio
R444

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Hosted By Mandisa Nduli

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This workshop is specifically targeted to those experiencing anxiety, forms of depression, lethargy, exhaustion or the inability during these uncertain times. The sequence of the workshop aims to aid in the process of drawing you back to a state of homeostasis through pranayama, lymph, meditation, restorative yoga & yoga nidra. This 2 hour class is specifically designed to provide a safety net ,where deep levels of healing & shifting of stuck energy can take place. Mandisa is passionate about holding space & assisting in the facilitation of her students’ healing process. Sharing tools that enhance positivity & well being – she’s your accountability partner in breath, movement & connection.
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African Wisdom

4 Dec
11.30 – 16.00
In studio
R675

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Hosted By Gogo Khanyakude

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Saturday 4 Dec  • 11.30 – 16.00
with a tea break

In Studio

R675

A workshop exploring an African Wisdom perspective for personal and global healing, and understanding our own life purpose. The timing of this workshop is specifically chosen to link to the new moon before the summer solstice – imparting the importance of the balancing our energies between new and full moons.Gogo Khanyakude is an iSangoma and Indigenous Knowledge educator, and we are honoured to host him for this in-person workshop.

The first half of the workshop will explore, on a theoretical-level, the elemental forces of creation including what this means and how we give them expression, using an African Wisdom perspective.

Earth, water, fire and air each exist both within our own bodies, and within the Earth body. This workshop will draw on these energies to ground and root our self-identity, and our soul purpose here on earth.

The second half of the workshop will focus on practices and tools that we can use on a daily basis, using the elements that always surround us and are easily available for daily rituals.

We will also explore the intersectional space where African Wisdom and yoga meet, and consider how we can include tools from the African indigenous offerings into our yoga practices. The balance of these elemental forces within our bodies, and within the earth body, can support sustained health on a biological and spiritual level.

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Yoga in the Modern Age

2 – 23 Feb
19.00 – 20.15
Online: 4 Sessions
R150 | R500

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Hosted By Firdose Moonda

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Wednesday’s 2, 9, 16 23 Feb 2022  • 19.00 – 20.15
4 sessions

Online Only

R150 per session or
R500 for all four.

Firdose brings Yoga into the modern age with this 4-part talk and discussion series.

Session 1. Feb 02
Developments in Postural Yoga in the late Colonial Period (late 1800s to mid 1900s). This session will look specifically at the Mysore Palace and the patronage of yoga teachers by the Maharajah, as well as the styles of postural yoga developing at the time.

Session 2. Feb 09
Yoga in Indian independence and other radical movements. We’ll consider how the philosophies of non-harm, liberation and union were used in the battle for Indian independence and in other movements abroad, such as the American Civil Rights Movement.

Session 3. Feb 16
Transnational Yoga, How yoga moved West,  who took it, who received it and why. This takes us into the 20th century and examines the growth in popularity of yoga outside India.

Session 4. Feb 23
Yoga Today. We finish off with a look at contemporary yoga in the 2000s and beyond and discuss the ways in which we see the practice developing in the future.

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Yoga Origins Series

2 June – 28 July
18.00 – 19.30
Drop In: R150
All 8 Sessions: R1000

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Hosted By Firdose Moonda

Contribute to Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Hours.

Online Only – Recordings Available.

Yoga is a living culture from the Indian subcontinent that is practiced around the world in a variety of ways. As the development of yoga over time has taken it to different spaces, places and forms, so has the search for authenticity and understanding.

This winter we go deep to explore the roots of aspects of the practice which are commonplace in yoga today. We will examine the philosophies that influenced yoga, the social context in which it was forged and the ways in which its core ideas and principles are reflected today. This eight-part series will cover:

• 2 June – Origins of Tapas.

An exploration of the historical importance of heat in Vedic ritual and ideas around discipline for purposes of transformation.

• 9 June – Origins of Mantra.

An appreciation of the richness and value of the oral tradition, recitation and memorisation techniques and mantra as a source of devotion.

• 23 June – Origins of Meditation.

A deep-dive into the unique contribution of Buddhism to the philosophy of the time at the turn of the millennium and an understanding of how meditation has evolved over time.

• 30 June – Origins of Dharma.

An analysis of purpose and the socio-political context around which the idea of duty was cultivated.

• 7 July – Origins of Pranayama.

A journey into the practice of breathing from an element of asceticism to a director of energy and an accompaniment of postural practice.

• 14 July – Origins of Subtle Body Practice.

An overview of the ways in which nadis, chakras, mudra and nyasa entered the practice, what they were used for and why.

• 21 July – Origins of Asana.

Around 1,000 years ago, a fundamental shift in the yoga philosophy saw asana move beyond the seat. We consider how and why that happened and what forms physical yoga took.

• 28 July – Origins of Sequencing.

Flows are not as modern as they might seem and this session looks at how and why postures were made to follow each other as early as the 17th century.

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Interoception Workshop

26 June
11.30 – 13.30
In studio: R400
Online: R200

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Hosted by Kathleen Booyse (E-RYT500, YACEP)

Noticing Yourself – Interoception and Yoga

Interoception is defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. Practices such as asana postures, breath work & meditation teach us how to connect body signals to emotions & become sensitive to determine what action to take to promote comfort within the body, mind & soul.

Structure of Workshop

15 min – Introduction and info session

75 min – Asana postures (restorative postures)

20 min – Meditation

10 min – Closing & questions.

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African Knowledge Workshop

7 July
19.00 – 21.00
In studio
R400

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Hosted by Gogo Khanyakude.

In Africa a child is raised by the village, in our modern times the village is now a global one, driven by the world wide web.

This is an invitation for us to take space.

The global identity is being forged with each part of humanity contributing to this homogeneous identity.

We eat Chinese, practice yoga, enjoy fondant. Where is the African voice and identity in this?

What do we mean when we say African & Africa. Whom can speak for Africa, who can claim to be A child of the MotherLand? The answer lies in using indigenous knowledge systems and exploring Ancient Ancestral Wisdom.

This is our call is an invitation to explore to explore how connecting & aligning with Divinity, Nature and Ancestry will facilitate a true relationship with self, purpose & identity. All it takes to start a transformative journey of inner healing is one moment where we experience that which we took as common place and realise it to be divine.

This is also for those who are spiritually called to heal as an opportunity to be held in sacred space and community and to share and exchange of communal knowledge and gifts.

Gogo Khanyakude is an initiated Sangoma with 7yrs in the space; serving as a diviner, medium and channel and re-connecting people to the ancestry, genealogy and identity and how this informs our holistic health and wellness and practicing Inyanga; a ethnomedicine alchemist & Gobela; a person who guides and holds space in the creational process of understanding spiritual emergence and answering the call to initiate in your life purpose and Seer (an archive of the knowledge of ancients &antiquity) and as a contemporary offering he lends his services as an indigenous knowledge systems consultant.

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Release from Resistance

18 Nov – 2 Dec
7-8:15pm
In studio: R450
Online: R300

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This 3-session workshop with Mandisa Nduli will explore ways to find internal freedom from resistance to the constant changes happening in our lives. We will practice meditations and yoga sequencing designed to aid purification from the pain that can sit in the body and mind. Over three weeks we aim to identify areas of resistance, ways to transition from resistance, and integration of this freedom gained.

Wednesday Evenings – 18 Nov, 25 Nov & 2 Dec

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Hormonal Health

5 Dec 2020
11-1pm
In studio: R400
Online: R200

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When it comes to hormonal imbalances in women, stress management is a good place to start. This workshop will focus specifically on the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle – the premenstrual phase also referred to as the season of ‘Autumn’ in a woman’s cycle. This is usually when symptoms of bloating, period pain, headaches, fatigue and grumpiness may occur, making it the ideal time to prioritize rest and self-care.Join Néna Butler (500HR E-RYT) and Dr Chantelle Nienhuis in this 2hr workshop to explore ways to balance your hormones and get to know your body and your cycle. This workshop is for you if you are tired of feeling on edge, in pain or like a stranger in your own body. Connect with yourself and get to know your ‘flo’.

R200 (online), R400 (in studio).

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Hormonal Health

5 Dec 2020
11-1pm
In studio: R400
Online: R200

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When it comes to hormonal imbalances in women, stress management is a good place to start. This workshop will focus specifically on the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle – the premenstrual phase also referred to as the season of ‘Autumn’ in a woman’s cycle. This is usually when symptoms of bloating, period pain, headaches, fatigue and grumpiness may occur, making it the ideal time to prioritize rest and self-care.Join Néna Butler (500HR E-RYT) and Dr Chantelle Nienhuis in this 2hr workshop to explore ways to balance your hormones and get to know your body and your cycle. This workshop is for you if you are tired of feeling on edge, in pain or like a stranger in your own body. Connect with yourself and get to know your ‘flo’.

R200 (online), R400 (in studio).

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Hormonal Health

5 Dec 2020
11-1pm
In studio: R400
Online: R200

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When it comes to hormonal imbalances in women, stress management is a good place to start. This workshop will focus specifically on the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle – the premenstrual phase also referred to as the season of ‘Autumn’ in a woman’s cycle. This is usually when symptoms of bloating, period pain, headaches, fatigue and grumpiness may occur, making it the ideal time to prioritize rest and self-care.Join Néna Butler (500HR E-RYT) and Dr Chantelle Nienhuis in this 2hr workshop to explore ways to balance your hormones and get to know your body and your cycle. This workshop is for you if you are tired of feeling on edge, in pain or like a stranger in your own body. Connect with yourself and get to know your ‘flo’.

R200 (online), R400 (in studio).