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PRESENTERS

ABEDAH MUSENGI

Methodical. Attentive. Passionate. Abedah is an emerging teacher based in Johannesburg and Pretoria respectively. Her yoga journey began in 2014 and continues to flourish to date. Abedah enjoys yoga as a way of maintaining a healthy body and sound mind. Abedah spent 2 years maintaining her own asana practice before moving on to complete her 300 HR Hatha yoga certification. She also completed a 50HR Yin Yoga certification in 2018. Abedah is excited to share her perspective on leading a yogic lifestyle with all who seek to know more. “There is so much to learn from facilitating a space for yogis to safely explore their bodies. As a teacher, I am passionate about making yoga accessible for people of all walks of life.” Expect a class with emphasis on safety, correct alignment, easy-to-follow sequencing and modifications of posture – making it an experience for all levels.

ALENA DERBY

Alena came to Pilates recognizing its value as a cross-training tool to keep her body balanced and strong for the outdoor sports that she really loves to do (ie Kiteboarding, mountain biking, skiing and stand up paddleboarding). She initially trained 10 years ago with Power Pilates, learning the classical style of Pilates. Recent advanced training has been at the Master Program at BASI with Rael Isacowitz, as she appreciates his perspective on biomechanics within the Pilates method. One of Power Pilates’ mottos is “movement heals”. Alena still ascribes to this philosophy and has progressed her education in neuromuscular techniques and bodywork.

She blends elements of the following courses- NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), Anatomy in Motion (AiM) gait analysis, Active Release Techniques (ART), Movement X and Corset courses by Ido Portal- to help resolve and reset dysfunctional movement patterns that can decrease performance or cause chronic pain. The blending of classical Pilates with the complementary courses has led to a unique perspective on restoring efficient movement.
Alena lives in Nantucket MA during the summer travels as a guest instructor in the winter seasons.

ANGIE LANDER

I qualified as a Biokineticist after completing my postgraduate BSc Med Hons in Exercise Science at UCT in 1991. I have had extensive experience in London and the United States of America working at various hospitals and physiotherapy practices doing courses and rehabilitation of orthopaedic and spinal injuries. After 4 years working in this field overseas, I returned to South Africa and took over the Biokinetics practice at the Sports Science Institute of SA in Newlands, Cape Town. I owned this practice for 21 years and specialized in both orthopaedic and neural rehabilitation during this time. In addition, I lectured for UCT on the Exercise Science honours programme and spoke at many conferences on Exercise and pregnancy, Back and neural rehabilitation. My experience during this time included working with spinal cord patients on the Ekso skeleton teaching them to walk again which was a very rewarding process. Over this period I qualified as a Pilates instructor, massage therapist, fascial therapist, aqua teacher and Schroth therapist.

I have attended many international conferences including ACSM, SASMA, World Spinal Congress in Barcelona and USA, SOSORT conference in Banff and Dubrovnik. I qualified as a Schroth therapist at the Asklepios Klinik in Germany and spent 10 days training in the SEAS approach under Michele Romano at ISICO in Milan.

In 2017 I left Sport Science to continue my specialisation into Scoliosis and spinal rehabilitation. My aspiration is to create more awareness of scoliosis and poor posture in children and have recently begun screening at many of the schools in the Western Cape for early detection and treatment of these issues.

ANNEKE KRUGER

Anneke has a passion for movement and its effect on mental and physical well-being. From playing sports and doing ballet when she was younger to hiking up mountains and practising Yoga, Pilates and Slings she has always been a keen mover. She is fascinated by the power of mindful, intelligent movement to heal and support a healthy balanced life.

Attending the Anatomy Trains in Motion course offered the first of many ‘a-ha’ moments. The interconnectedness of not only the body but also mind and soul was given scientific and experienced-based evidence. Her curiosity about the subject continues to grow.

Anneke was born in Cape Town and grew up in South Africa, she moved to London in 1998. When not learning, exploring, hiking or travelling, Anneke is still based in London where she has her own private apparatus studio and also freelances for other studios, a Sports Medicine clinic and corporate clients.

ANULA MAIBERG

Anula Maiberg was born in Israel and moved to NYC in 2001 in order to pursue a career in photography. While working on her degree at the School of Visual Arts she fell in love with Pilates through the classes and private sessions she took around the city. After receiving her Masters in Fine Art from the Royal College in London and a few years at a “desk” job she realized happiness wasn’t in front of the computer screen. She decided to attend the Kane School for Core Integration (Kinected) to become a fully certified teacher graduated in 2009. After several years teaching she was accepted into the Kathy Grant Heritage Training Masers and graduated in 2014. In 2017 Anula started a world tour. Spanning all over the US, Canada, Europe, UK and Australia. She’s been hosted by Polestar, Breathe Education, Balanced Body and Stott. Anula is passionate about upholding the traditions and principles of Pilates while being able to update and personalize them for the needs of her students. She also feels strongly about volunteering her time to the LGBTQ community and believes Pilates is a wonderful movement modality and a tool for healing in a supportive environment.

BIANCA VOLANS

Practising Yoga and teaching the art of yoga, brings deep daily joy and reflection into my life and inspires me to remove layers of illusion to discover the true divine self. I am an ex Joburg gal, loving living in Cape Town with my children and my partner and extended family. It was during my pregnancy with my second child that I discovered Yoga and the beautiful connection it affords mother to child. After the birth of my second child, the Yoga bug had bitten and life had thrown in some valuable lessons – In 2009 I embarked on a 200-hour teacher training with Kerry Weavind at the Haum of Yoga. Further workshops with wonderful inspiring teachers such as Patrick Creelman, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Gurmukh, Sean Corn and travels to India, ignited the passion and yearning to explore and delve deeper into the Yoga practice and it’s very sacred philosophy. I believe that the practice of Yoga is in ALL we think, speak, and do and is infinite and that the breath is our connection to the deep well of our infinite Divine Being.

BRITT STROEBEL

Borne from a performing arts background with a strong focus on ballet and contemporary dance, I have been discovering the depth of self through physical expression for most of my life. This expression took a challenging turn in 2010 when I had reconstructive hip surgery, veering my life path in what I see now as a far healthier and fulfilling direction. I turned to Pilates as a rehabilitative technique and being inspired by how it completely reformed my own structure, undertook my teacher training, qualifying in Mat and Equipment. Pilates nurtured my body post-surgery and then I found yoga in 2011, discovering how to nurture my mind and heart as well.
I have trained in Vinyasa, Restorative and Pre Natal Yoga through my years as a teacher, always aiming to expand my education. Thus uncovering the daily miracle that is the breath. The simple magic of breath now forms the basis of all my classes, yoga or pilates, as I aspire to spread the knowledge I have accumulated in any small way that I can. Each one, teach one. 

BRYAN MACDONELL

Bryan is the co-founder of The Source, has 25 years experience as an Organisational Development facilitator, Dialogue facilitator, Practitioner for the practice of Truthful speaking and being Authentic, and is a Yoga instructor. Bryan’s most profound learning has come from A Course in Miracles, the channelled works of Bashar and the respective Dialogue practices of both David Bolm and Dr Chris Argyris.

CHRISTIEN MANN

Christien Mann is a qualified physiotherapist, BASI mat work Instructor, co-founder and trainer of MAP Movement. She has been involved in group training since 1998 and was introduced to Pilates in 2000. She has combined her physiotherapy knowledge of chronic pain, Pilates and group training experience with recent research on the importance of the myofascial system. Her main focus is to motivate people to move from fear of movement to freedom of movement, using Breath as the guide. The aim of MAP Movement is to change chronic pain patterns such as lower back and neck pain through movement, thus creating space so that we can move into that space and as such live and move and have our being.

Together with Lené van Heerden she presents MAP movement Introduction and trainer courses and runs her own full-time MAP Movement studio in Pretoria. 

DAVIND TOMSU

David Tomsu is an award-winning musician and composer of Shamanzi, a multi-instrumentalist with a deep love of traditional trance prayer instruments from around the world.

He is a sound engineer, visual and performance artist, video editor, instrument builder, gardener. He works on stage, in the corporate field and in the ceremony. Under the banner of Shamanzi (Healing Waters), he creates varied styles of music, from deep ceremony to onstage indigenous instruments blended infusion with an acoustic and electric guitar.

He won Acoustics Originals competition for his guitar compositions and runner up in SA Boss Online Loop Champs. He has played at many venues, festivals including Awesome Africa, Splashy Fen headline act, FLUX, Southern Cross, Earthdance, Rocking the Daisies & was invited to tour in Germany where he took a five-piece band.

He also works as a healer, was initiated by Maharishi at age 11 and has walked a shamanic path for 3 decades, learning from the mysticism of sound in nature, from the ways and music of various indigenous cultures and plant teacher mirrors of consciousness. He is a sonic channel in sacred space, blessed by Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa with the name Madabuza “the one who makes a path in the forest for the people to walk”.

DOMINIQUE BEAUMONT

Dominique Beaumont is an international pilates teacher and workshop presenter passionate about movement and wellbeing. With a background in professional athletics and a particular interest for anatomy and rehabilitation, she has been practicing Pilates for the past 15 years discovering the benefits of functional movement. She has trained and worked in the UK, Europe and America gaining invaluable knowledge on biomechanics, anatomy, muscular and fascial releases, kinetics and conditioning. Dominique’s current set of workshops explore the art of touch & tactile teaching, facial release, breath work and biomechanics. 

IANTHE BASSON

Ianthe Basson, Studio Owner and Principal Pilates Instructor, Ianthe Basson Pilates. Owner/Founder, R3 restore | refresh | rebalance® and Co-Creator of Caliente Espinale® Hot.Spine.Dance.

Ianthe is a certified Pilates practitioner who has been in the professional movement industry since 1999. She has a rich, professional background in dance as well as Pilates with numerous certification and accolades which attest to her success.

In 2004 Ianthe completed her Pilates Comprehensive Teachers Training Course through Renee Watson and then continued to further her Pilates Education training in the BASI (Body Arts and Science International ®) method of teacher training, currently holding the Advanced Education Pilates Certificate for Injuries and Pathologies.

With over 15 years of Pilates teaching experience both locally and internationally, as well as presenting various courses and workshops in both the Netherlands and the UK, she still continues to learn every day. In September of 2019, Ianthe will be travelling to the USA to further her studies with Dr Brent Anderson from Polestar Pilates. 

In 2017, after three years of research and two years of programme development, Ianthe launched R3 restore | refresh | rebalance®, a movement programme specifically designed for people with cancer.

In April 2018, Ianthe was approached by international Specialist Neurosurgeon Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, to join as Co-Creator for global spinal rehabilitation and spinal wellness dance program – Caliente Espinale® Hot.Spine.Dance. This program is available at multiple host venues within the Western Cape and continues to expand rapidly within host studio and medical facilities in South Africa.

Caliente Espinale® is fully endorsed by global organisation BackCare UK, which is currently the largest non-profit organisation for spinal wellness within the UK and Europe.

Join Ianthe for her 2- hour Caliente Espinale® workshop and experience this Hot.Spine.Dance at its best!

JERI SILVERMAN

Jeri is passionate about the interconnectedness of mind and body, exploring mindfulness on all levels and how we can use these tools to facilitate greater flow and ease in our bodies. She is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and a long-time student of Yoga and Meditation. Her journey began with Yoga (practicing from 10 years old with David Jacobs in Cape Town) and has extended into dance, voice and music. Pain while playing the guitar as well as vocal strain led her to the Alexander Technique —  she began her studies in 2015 in New York City and is grateful to be back in Cape Town to share the teachings. She uses Alexander technique as a foundation for exploring moment-to-moment mindfulness with a particular interest in voice and managing anxiety, and has trained in acting (Atlantic Theater School, New York), the Roy Hart vocal technique and is currently studying Jungian-based Archetypal Psychology. 

LANA DE WIT

Lana is a Pilates Instructor and Studio owner at Laros Pilates, Port Elizabeth. Laros Pilates is an upmarket Pilates studio that offers a variety of private and group classes. The studio has been operating for over 10 years and currently offers in excess of 30 group mat, reformer and jump classes every week.
She holds a comprehensive instructor trainer qualification as well as personal training certificates. Lana has completed numerous Pilates courses and workshops with Conscious Movement Education (Cape Town), Peak Pilates (Colorado and the United Kingdom) and STOTT Pilates (Johannesburg).

She is a faculty member and lecturer for Conscious Movement Education and takes pride in developing upcoming instructors. Influenced by her late father she graduated with an Honors’ Degree in Psychology followed by a Masters’ degree in Health and Welfare Management from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

As a committed fitness enthusiast, she has visited numerous Pilates studios around the world and loves to learn new methods of teaching and training. She loves sport and working with people!

LENE VAN HEERDEN

Lene van Heerden is a qualified physiotherapist and owner of a physiotherapy practice in the east of Pretoria. Fields of interest include sports rehabilitation and movement. She spent a few years working at different sports practices treating various patients. With this experience, she realized a solution needed to be found for chronic recurrent injuries.

Searching for answers for her own patients, and being injured herself, she travelled abroad and found the world of Fascia. She attended numerous fascia congresses in Germany since 2014, collaborating with Dr Schleip at some conferences to present MAP Movement workshops. Since her rehabilitation changed to incorporate fascia structures, working more in muscle meridian theory rather than muscle isolation, her own injuries cleared up, enabling her to run Ultra marathons even after a hip surgery. Her clients train with her weekly doing MAP Movement classes, and as a result, they don’t need physiotherapy sessions as maintenance anymore. MAP Movement was founded in 2014 with the aim to create freedom of movement instead of fear of movement. This has re-defined the way she approaches Physiotherapy as a whole.

LOUISE KNOOP O’NEILL

Louise Knoop O’Neill is a South African born Life & Movement Coach – and citizen of the world.
20 years at the forefront of Pilates in Southern Africa has Louise sharing her philosophy that movement heals.

Louise’s career took to its current wholistic status after healing her own chronic inflammation and knee pain following agonising years of trial, ignorance and error. This experience has Louise’s “living-moving-being” method employing the principle of marginal gains to improve longer-term health and performance in any environment via her private coaching, group teaching, teacher training and freelance content development.

Louise is currently back home in Cape Town teaching private sessions online and in person.

MANDY WILLIAMS

Mandy Williams was a soloist and a principal dancer with CAPAB/Cape Town City Ballet from 1990-1997. After a serious injury curtailed her professional ballet career she joined Dudley Tomlinson at the Wynberg Pilates Studio where she furthered her interest and knowledge in the modalities of Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis method. Her interest in working with the 3-dimensional Oov has brought gnosis that’s changed the way she teaches. Her source of inspiration and the commitment of her dedicated clients and fellow colleagues have prompted her into observing movement from the somatic point of view, internal physical perception and experience. 

MATTIE HOLME

Mattie Holme’s career in fitness and movement spans almost 40 years and three countries. Qualifying with the American Council on Exercise in the USA as a Group Fitness Instructor in 1987 and a Personal Trainer in 1991, her interest in Pilates was sparked in 1999, after a visit to Wynberg Pilates where she now works. In 2006 she qualified with Body Control Pilates® and in 2011 with the GYROTONIC® Expansion System. Her philosophy is to use and adapt whatever method is applicable to the body and the client, and this has led her to a fascination for the Oov as a tool for functional stability.

MIKE VILJOEN

Mike is a Personal Trainer, Pilates and Gyrokinesis instructor. He’s been in the fitness industry for 17 years and discovered the powerful rebalancing & cleansing effects of conscious Breathwork through a holistic retreat that he attended. Since then Mike has become a Breathwork Practitioner and runs a weekly Breathwork class as well as private sessions.

MONET VILJOEN

Monet spent more than a decade in the world of the academia, where she obtained a doctorate in researching how childhood trauma/maltreatment and psychological illness manifest in the brain and the endocrine- and immune systems. Alongside her studies, she pursued an ardent passion for the ancient traditions of yoga, Vedic philosophy, Taoist tantra, the womb/priestess mystery schools and Buddhist mindfulness practices. In addition, she explored many dance forms, where she is currently performing and teaching dance with a strong pelvic floor component, based on tribal fusion belly dancing.

Within the scope of Jungian depth psychology, in her own personal so-called descent into the underworld, she extensively explored how the unconscious mind works and influences the way we perceive reality, our beliefs, the choices we make, and the way we behave. This level of understanding was obtained by investigating the roles of mythology, symbolism and specific archetypes in the psyche. With Dr Monet endeavouring to assist others to heal and thrive on their path of Self-actualization, and through Monet’s own healing journey of transforming trauma, Monet completed a yoga teacher training course, and also trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-and-values-based cognitive behaviour therapy. By combining the modalities of ACT, Internal Family Systems, somatic work, Jungian psychology and myth, she curated a 5-step shadow work process whereby one’s unconscious limiting beliefs are systematically rewritten to create one’s reality from a place of love, awareness and sovereignty. Furthermore, directed specifically at women, Monet also combines her knowledge of chronobiology (how every system in the body has its own rhythm) with preserved womb wisdom predating the Patriarchal system (i.e., more than 5000 years ago) and Taoist tantra, in coaching on: a) hormone balancing and womb consciousness, using diet, herbs, and sacred self-care and lifestyle recommendations that are in accordance with the lunar and menstrual cycles, b) as well as the yoni egg practice.

NATALIE WITTWEN

Natalie Wittwen has been fascinated with the human mind and body since a young girl.  After qualifying in modern jazz and hip hop dance, Natalie started teaching children to dance. But life changed course after a serious knee injury which later healed and strengthened after starting Tai Chi in the late 1990s.  Currently, a Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan instructor and practising massage therapist, Natalie teaches Tai Chi based exercises at retirement villages and runs two Traditional Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan clubs in Western Cape, to those interested in learning it as a martial art and ancient cure to modern diseases.

 “Moving mindfully and with ease, brings about a graceful way of being present as we flow through the natural course of life”

PATWANT KAUR

Patwant has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for 18 years. She is a Reiki Master and has been practicing this form of energy healing for over 20 years. Not only has she witnessed countless people transform their lives through this practice it has been an absolute catalyst and anchor in her life. She teaches regular classes, private sessions, workshops and retreats here and abroad. She has recently co-founded an online Kundalini Yoga teaching platform:
www.kundaliniyogalounge.com

PETRA BONGARTZ

Petra Bongartz (Moving into Connection) guides people into reconnection with themselves, each other and life through intentional movement and dance. The Movement Medicine practices she teaches support participants to uncover the vitality, wisdom, creativity and resources that live in their moving bodies. Petra is passionate about empowering people to discover who they are and what unique part they can play in creating a better world for all. 

Petra has been studying with the School of Movement Medicine (UK) for ten years and is a fully qualified teacher and facilitator with Level 4 Advanced Training as well as being a mentor for the School.  She also trained in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson and as an Integral Yoga teacher (Unity School of Yoga, UK).  In her ‘other’ professional life, working in international development, she has been facilitating diverse groups of people from NGOs, governments and aid agencies in Africa, Europe and Asia for 14 years.

In all her work, Petra’s intention is to inspire, support, nourish and connect people so that we can all play our part in creating the more beautiful and meaningful world that our hearts know is possible.  Petra draws on Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and is a trained Facilitator of the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, a transformative educational programme that explores the challenges facing humanity at this critical moment in time and the opportunities we have to create a new future. 

RENEE WATSON

Renee experienced Pilates for the first time in 1990 while dancing in Vancouver, Canada. Renee has a strong background in health including the American Council of Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

After moving to Cape Town in 1997, she completed her Pilates qualification with Body Technology. Renee subsequently studied further with Dianne Miller in Vancouver, Rael Isacowitz in California and Toronto with Stott Pilates. In 2004, Renee qualified with Body Arts & Science International and completed her Dance Conditioning at Cal State University, Long Beach. She also completed her Injuries and Special Populations training with Stott Pilates in 2004.

In 2007, Renee qualified as a GYROKINESIS® instructor and also attended the GYROTONIC® course. More recently, she has completed the Anatomy Trains in Motion® course and has delved into the manual therapies of Dorn Method and Massage therapy. Drawing on her diverse background in movement, Renee teaches a constantly evolving method of Pilates. Renee is a Pilates Method Alliance® Certified Pilates Trainer and also a Yoga Alliance® 200-hour Yoga Teacher.

SAM VIETRI

A fun-loving & energetic yogi. Nature wondering, ocean addicted, conscious living lover…always looking at the brighter side of life. Inspired by fluid movement & playful curiosity. Classes range from deep & delicious to slow flows and upbeat, dynamic practices. Integrating energies and prana to create a still focus of the mind, a space for sweet surrender and the ultimate release.