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PRESENTERS

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 Sport 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.

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 and BASI Mat Work Instructor. She has been teaching Pilates classes in Pretoria since 2000. Her main focus is to motivate people to move from the fee of pain to freedom of movement, with the aim to change chronic pain patterns such as lower back and neck pain through movement.

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!

LEILAH KIRSTEN

Leilah started her dance training with The Cape Dance Company’s, Debbie Turner in 1998 and graduated from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts in 2007. She went on to participate in Jazzart Dance Theatre’s Young Adult Training and Job Creation Programme (2009 – 2011) under the directorship of Alfred Hinkel where she fell in love with release technique and experienced a variety of contemporary dance, improvisation and musical training.

Training and performing with circus and Chinese martial arts-based company, Yaotl Physical Art Company from 2015 to 2017, opened her mind to the endless possibilities that exist in the body, mind and spirit and the methods of the company’s founders, Iesu and Tamryn Escalante, continue to influence her journey as a physical theatre artist, dancer and teacher of movement.

Along with her dance education, she has completed certificates in Personal Training (ACE) and Pilates (Prime Movement) and has freelanced as a movement artist and coach since 2012.

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.

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.

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 dance. But life changed course after a serious knee injury which later healed and strengthened after starting Tai Chi in the late 1990’s.  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 dis-eases.

 “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 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

RENEE WATSON

Renee experienced Pilates for the first time in 1990 while dancing in Vancouver, Canada. Renee has a strong background in health including 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 in 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.