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Abedah Musengi-Van Staden

Abedah is an Experienced Yoga Teacher. She is also an emerging Death Doula and Bereavement Counsellor based in Johannesburg. She currently owns and operates a private practice teaching in-person and online.

Abedah is completing her Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majors: Psychology & Counselling).

Abedah finds her passion for sharing yoga rooted in developing a sustainable mindfulness practice that boosts mental and physical resilience.
She teaches embodiment practices as powerful tools in Grief Recovery.

Abedah completed End of Life Companion training with Going with Grace in 2020.
She has also studied Bereavement Counselling through the Blackford Center – completing her course in 2021.

Her focus is on social service by facilitating community-oriented spaces and projects. Her career path is to become a Registered Counsellor specialising in supporting and caring for Autistic children.

Anneke Kruger

Anneke is a comprehensive Pilates teacher (NCPT) and Slings Myofascial Training. Practitioner. She also has qualifications for designing Pre- and postnatal programmes, Ashtanga Yoga, and Yoga Nidra and is a certified Buff Bones. instructor.

As an Educator for Anatomy Trains and Swiss-based art of motion. Academy Anneke lectures and hosts Anatomy Trains in Motion and Slings Myofascial Training Courses.

She originally trained as a Pilates Teacher in London with Body Control Pilates in 2009 but has continued her education with a variety of teachers and schools in Europe, the United States, Australia, and South Africa. From 2017–2020, she was a programme ambassador for the New York Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) Workshop (Hosted by the Kane School/Kinected).

Anneke feels passionate about the benefits of conscious movement and how this directly influences our quality of life and overall well-being. She has a special interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation and worked at a busy London Sports Medicine clinic alongside a team of medical practitioners until moving to Cape Town, South Africa, in 2021. She now runs a boutique movement studio in Bloubergstrand and continues to host retreats and teach workshops and courses internationally.

Antoinette Haupt

Hey, I’m Antoinette

 SomaSensing therapist & self-confessed fascia nerd

I come from a dance background and began my journey as a movement instructor in 2001 when I delved into the world of Pilates and discovered firsthand the transformative power of conscious movement. It was during this time that I had my first encounter with somatic movement through Feldenkrais.

Driven by curiosity & an insatiable desire to understand how we move, how we heal & the mind-body connection. I have constantly sought out leading educators in the fields of fascia, movement & neuroscience.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than sharing this knowledge with other movement professionals, especially guiding others to experience the felt sense of science through somatic exploration.

Baptiste Herbert

Born in Lyon France, in 1975, Baptiste started dancing when he was 8 years old and joined the Paris Opera Ballet School. After graduating from high school, he completed a year of preparatory school for physiotherapy. In 1997, he was hired at the Ballet National de Marseille for 11 years, and in 2001 he obtained the “French State Diploma of Dance Professor”.

Already aware of Pilates as a dancer, in 2008 he was certified as a “Comprehensive Pilates instructor” in France by the Classical method of Ms. Romana Kryzanowska and Alan Herdman. From 2009 to 2014, Baptiste owned and instructed at his Pilates studio in the heart of the 8th district of Marseille, France.

In 2015, with his family, he decided to relocate to Cape Town, South Africa, where he obtained a comprehensive BASI Pilates certification. He is currently instructing in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.

Brigitte Aubery

I am enthused by health, fitness, and well-being.

I have attended many workshops over the last 20 years, and through my training as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and my own personal life experience, I have created Cleanse and Detox Workshops and Nutrition Programs. My wellness programmes are designed to guide people towards optimal health and fitness, physically, mentally, and emotionally. They are intended to provide people with the tools and knowledge to continue on their journey towards health, a vegan/vegetarian diet, and an earth-friendly lifestyle.

I have more than 25 years of experience in Health and Fitness and I continue to be a student seeking knowledge and understanding of how the body and mind work.

I have trained and qualified Pilates Instructors for Conscious Movement, CT, hosted many workshops in health and movement and trained and qualified Reflexologists for the International School of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy (1998 -2003).

I am grateful for the wonderful gifts of the sister teachings of Ayurveda, Yoga and Reflexology. They have a solid foundation of ancient knowledge passed down through the sages that connects us to the natural rhythms of life and the simplicity of using nature to heal and teach. This is what has kept me grounded, and I have faith in our growth as humans working with nature.

I invite you to begin living less out of habit and more out of intent and look forward to sharing the wisdom of these teachings as I continue on my journey of learning.

Namaste’

Britt Stroebel

Britt has been actively engaged in the world of movement since a young age. She entered the world of physical expression through the world of dance and drama in the beginning and evolved into both a pilates and yoga teacher in her young adult life while delving deeper into spiritual self-discovery. She currently finds a blend of the scientific and intuitive realms through individual remedial training and breathwork, focusing on individual needs and the exchange of knowledge.

Bryan Mac

As one of the founders of The Source, I have taught transformation for several decades in a multitude of capacities. I lectured on Applied Yogic Philosophy in our various Yoga Teacher Trainings. In a nutshell, learning to understand the human condition by being self-reflective and increasingly conscious and how to make growth decisions versus fear decisions

Christy Smith

I made the move from being a professional ballet dancer to a full-time Pilates instructor in 2008. As well as teaching private and group Pilates classes, I still teach ballet at Cape Town City Ballet Co. and do rehabilitation work with injured dancers. I have a passion for the miracle of engineering that is the human body and will continue to expand my understanding through continuing education courses in Pilates as well as the Franklin Method and Slings in Motion modalities. I have also developed and presented several workshops for Pilates teachers, ballet teachers, and physiotherapists. I am accredited with the internationally recognized Pilates Method Alliance, based in the USA. I have been part of the teacher-training team at Conscious Movement Education for many years and have twice presented workshops at the Conscious Movement Conference.

I look forward to many more years helping people get the most from their bodies.

Dominique Beaumont

Dominique is a Pilates teacher passionate about movement and wellbeing. With a background in professional athletics and a particular interest in anatomy and rehabilitation, she has been practising 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 as well as antenatal pilates, currently training as a Doula.

Dominique is also a teacher trainer and workshop presenter, teaching on retreats and at studios here in Cape Town and abroad, bringing her passion for movement & travel together. In her spare time, she can be found walking the promenade or climbing a mountain, She is also passionate about yoga and meditation bringing those elements into her teaching.

Kerry Marais

I have been practising Yoga for more than 15 years and continue to be dedicated to an Ashtanga Mysore practice. It’s my love for Yoga and its transformative power that inspired me to complete my teacher training in 2013. Yoga taught me to embrace life and to be more present, allowing me to find a deeper connection to self. It is this passion that I wish to share with others.

Leigh Bosch

Coming from a background in dance, I’ve always found joy and expression through movement. So it was almost inevitable that I would develop a love and appreciation for yoga’s propensity to move the body in a conscious way and to keep the body strong and flexible.

Ironically, though, it wasn’t the physical and movement aspects that originally drew me to yoga. Rather, it was the way it helped calm my mind and emotions and, subtly but powerfully, opened up the path back home to myself. Yoga offered me tools to become present, to manage stress and anxiety, and to heal my relationship with myself. There are few practices as holistic as yoga that acknowledge the whole of one’s Being. Bringing the body, mind, and soul into awareness and encouraging a union with our Higher Selves, or Divine nature.

After spending thirteen years working in the corporate world, ten of those based in London and travelling around Europe, and two in the renewable energy sector in Cape Town, I was incredibly fortunate to open House of Yoga in 2018 – an urban sanctuary in Claremont where people from all walks of life can reconnect with themselves.

I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training with the Marianne Wells Yoga School in February 2016 and my 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training with The Shala in Cape Town in February 2020. I’ve practised yoga for 18 years and have explored various styles of yoga (including Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Scaravelli and Ashtanga) and am privileged to be able to share with others what the practice has gifted me, through movement, breathwork, meditation and yoga nidra: being comfortable and at home in the body and with oneself; to re-access the intelligence centres of the body to balance out overstimulation of the mind and incessant thought, and to take responsibility for one’s body and overall well being.

For me, every time we step onto our mats, we begin a journey – a journey home to ourselves. Yoga is about celebrating the adventure of life, being human, our uniqueness, but also our connection to all things.

Liane Brink

Liané grew up surrounded by music and movement. After starting with Ballet classes at an early age, she went on to study Dance Technology at Tshwane University of Technology. This is where her teaching journey started with Pilates and Contemporary dance as focus points.  She graduated with a National Diploma in Dance Technology in 2004.

Liané is a qualified group fitness instructor (HFPA), Zumba instructor, Rhythm Pilates instructor, Basi Mat instructor and Comprehensive Pilates instructor. She qualified as a rebound instructor through Rebound SA in 2018.

Liané has been a movement teacher for the last 22 years, managing and teaching at her own studio, offering Pilates and Zumba classes as well as choreography for dance competitions and school productions.  Choreography of movement, and music are two of her greatest passions.  She also presented Pilates, Rhythm Pilates, and Bound to Bounce workshops and classes at several conferences hosted by Basi Pilates South Africa.

Currently, she is a Pilates and Bound to Bounce instructor at Body Intellect in Brooklyn, Pretoria.  She is also married and the mom of two girls.  The rebounder became a centrepiece in her own home where her family joined in the bouncing fun from time to time.

Liané is proud to be the designer of Bound to Bounce ™ – the first instructor course created through Body Intellect. 

As a rebounding and teaching style, Bound to Bounce made its way to various homes, studios, gyms, and physiotherapy practices internationally.

Louise Knoop

Louise Knoop is a South African-born Life & Movement Coach. 20 years at the forefront of Pilates in Southern Africa have seen Louise’s “living – moving – being” method optimising key physical well-being indicators for clients. From injury prevention to habitual posture; prehab to pain management; and functional fun to executive performance, Louise uses the principle of marginal gains to improve longer-term health and function in any environment.

A former professional dancer with a depth of individual and group facilitation, Louise shares her work via coaching, teacher training and freelance content development.

Megan McLaren

I have been practising and teaching the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methodology for the past 22 years. During this time, I was fortunate enough to travel abroad and work with Juliu Horvath, the founder of the system. This resulted in my becoming a Master Trainer in both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis as well as being recently chosen by Juliu to carry out Certifications on both.
I have a busy Studio in Montagu but also travel extensively to teach Courses
It is a great privilege to be able to share the Gyrotonic Expansion System at this Conscious Movement Conference in the form of a Gyrokinesis Class.    

Mike Viljoen

Mike Viljoen offers online and in-person Breathwork and Movement sessions, Conscious Connected Breathwork Classes in Houtbay and Sea Point and rebalancing and Revitalizing Retreats in and around Cape Town through Élan Vital retreats. He has been in the fitness industry since working at the Sports Science Institute in 2001. Mike is a qualified Pilates instructor, Personal Trainer and Conscious Breathwork Facilitator. 

Natalie Wittwen

Something quite magical happens when suddenly all aligns and you find yourself following your passion. I am exceptionally grateful to all the people that have come into my life to guide me and inspire me. In my early 30s, I kept my focus on what felt good (internal) as opposed to what was expected of me (external), when it suddenly occurred to me that I was following my heart! I realised that I wanted to serve the community and be of help to others.

So in 1999, I found myself fully immersed in the beautiful movements of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan(Chinese Martial Art), which was soon followed by my keen interest in learning more about the extraordinary complexity of the human body. Following the Tai Chi way of “going along with” / “flowing in the course of nature”, it felt that my life’s purpose would naturally include sharing these two practices with others whilst incorporating some Tai Chi principles and characteristics into my life. It is important for me as a teacher of Tai Chi and as a Massage Therapist, to be open and receptive to others’ needs, whilst knowing my personal boundaries and trusting my intuition in a non-judgmental way.  Having a sense of groundedness and connectedness to all living beings, really helps me to stay present! I love being in nature and it brings me great joy to harmonise with all living beings in the flow of an awakened life!

Nicole Sherwin

Nicole Sherwin

Nicole Sherwin is a serial ecopreneur with a mission to inspire more change for good. She is the founder and director of Eco Diva Natural Superfood Skincare, www.ecodiva.co.za and partner at Danish furniture brand SOFACOMPANY www.sofacompany.co.za and is laser-focused on bringing about more consciousness around health and safety in cosmetics, personal care products, care for the environment, care for animal welfare, and self-care, something most of us put off as a nice-to-have.

In 2011, with a lifetime of holistic health experience and wellness knowledge garnered from her father, Dr. Philip Sherwin, Nicole revived her health after a life-threatening heavy-metal poisoning episode (lead and mercury found in her cosmetics and personal care products) and healed her own skin from adult acne, pigmentation, and rosacea completely.

Nicole was invited to join the team on SABC3’s Expresso Show every Thursday morning as their plant-based cosmetic chef. For 2 years, she created over 85 different natural personal care, skin care, and cleaning products and launched Eco Diva Natural – Superfood Skincare. Eco Diva Natural offers biology-smart, functional skincare, gut-balance nutricosmetics, and superfood make-up products that focus on holistic beauty, wellness, & sustainability.

Rene Lambert 

Rene is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, Yoga Therapist and Ayurveda Practitioner (Dip). She studied at Ananda Kutir Ashram and, as of 2023, has 23 years’ experience in teaching Hatha Yoga. Rene is also certified in Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy and has incorporated all her professional training in her bodywork practice for over 30 years. Her multi-faceted career has endowed her with insightful knowledge of the mind-body relationship, which has infused her life with deeper meaning and purpose. She runs her Seed to Flower Yoga & Bodywork Studio in the beautiful seaside village of Scarborough in the South Peninsula, Cape Town.

Rene is passionate about creating space in the body by applying the combined use of yoga, targeted breathwork, ayurveda, bodywork, mindfulness, relaxation, and meditation.  Through the use of these tools, she believes we can find true balance and comfort, harnessing the energy required to forge ahead on our chosen paths towards our destiny.

She holds an annual Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat in Eftalou on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Renee Watson

Renee Watson is an international Pilates master trainer and offers a multi-disciplinary approach in her sessions. With over two decades of experience, she combines the Pilates Method with fascial release, breathwork, mindfulness, and yoga. Renee is co-founder of The Source, a Pilates and Yoga studio in Cape Town, South Africa. She loves to share her expertise in workshops and training around the globe. 

Sam Hozack

My first yoga class more than 30 years ago had me feeling all my own frustration and impatience! Looking back at my younger self, I realise now just how mentally & emotionally inflexible I was.  My practice has been a deeply personal journey of self-discovery, guided by the rich sensorial experience of breath, and my wish is to share that with others as they unroll their own profound journey on the mat.

Simone Sittig

Simone Sittig, trained as a Biokineticist, strength and conditioning coach, studied medical honours in Exercise Science and Biokinetics to prescribe corrective exercise, learned functional biomechanics and myofascial trains with Thomas Myers, then delved deep into functional neurology and neuromuscular therapies.

Simone is passionate about sharing knowledge and success in neuromuscular bodywork techniques she has studied and mastered over 11 years. She works with elite Olympic Beach Volleyball teams including Olympic Gold medalist Laura Ludwig and Czech Team Marketa Slukova. The neuromuscular techniques applied to athletes work to maximise muscle contractility and identify neuromuscular dysfunction as a cause of pain and imbalance.

Tania Bownes

I have been passionate about health and healing, via body, mind, and spirit, for 30 years now.

My interest in bodywork began in 1993 with a short course in Massage, including Anatomy and Physiology. From there, I went on to study Aromatherapy for a year, and that opened up so many avenues, from Reflexology and Indian Head Massage to many energy and esoteric modalities, such as chakra work and Reiki, levels 1, 2 and 3.

At the age of 20, I began dance classes, moving from Modern to Jazz, but it was only at age 41, when I discovered the Nia technique, that I actually began teaching movement. Starting as a novice White Belt teacher in 2003, I am today a Black Belt Nia teacher, and I believe this 20-year journey is what has taught me so much about my own body. Nia has brought me to a place of deep somatic awareness. In 2012, I was most fortunate to study with David Berceli, founder of TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises), and I found myself even more passionate about how the body holds the physical and emotional story deep within the fascia. After completing my training as a TRE practitioner, I took several courses in fascia release therapy, and today my work (other than as a Nia teacher) is primarily offering TRE privately, in groups, and doing fascia treatments on clients. In 2012, I trained as an Ageless Grace Educator, teaching people to move to music in chairs. More recently, I completed a 200-hour course as a Yin Yoga teacher and love incorporating this into my classes and retreats. Last but not least, I have led 17 Women’s Retreat groups at Temenos into the Joy of Sound, the Joy of Silence, as well as taken many Dolphin Delight trips to Mozambique and two Aqua Goddess trips to Croatia. In a nutshell, my work is as much about the inner, energetic world as about the body……. and I truly love both!

On a personal level, I am a born and bred Capetonian with a passion for South Africa and Africa. I am happily married to Ronald, my soul partner for 35 years now, and we have been blessed to parent Darren (28) and Nicole (25). I see myself as a sort of “Zorba the Buddha”, living a life of balance between playful, joyful expression and deeply grounded centeredness.  I truly love dancing, teaching, hiking, working with bodies and people in general, SUPboarding, meditating, reading, learning, connecting, and adventuring. Oh, and let’s not forget that I have now been surfing for just 3 years and am absolutely addicted! At 62 years young, I believe life is only just beginning to really blossom!

Tanya Thompson

Tanya Thompson

As a highly experienced fitness and health educator from South Africa, I have dedicated my career to

understanding and teaching about the human body in movement. I am the founder of Of-CourseOnline.com and Pilates Unlimited – The Art of Movement.

With over 25 years of specialized experience in Continuing Education for the fitness and health industry, I have established myself as a trusted partner of the American Council on Exercise.

Throughout the years, I have consistently developed courses, ensuring that Movement Professionals stay up-to-date with the latest knowledge and skills. However, I didn’t stop there.

I have also taken it upon myself to bring a new dimension to the world of online fitness education by launching Of-CourseOnline.com, and creating a unique brand and an engaging ‘Education Hub’. I strive to keep professionals excited and fully engaged in their learning.

Vinay 

My natural medicine journey formally began in 2007, when I started my 5-year training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the University of the Western Cape. I have been in private practice as a doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for the past 11 years. I also have strong and active interests in Ayurveda and Plant Spirit Medicine.

My healing journey began much earlier. I was a melancholic and sensitive child, and a depressed and often lonely teenager and adult. My personal suffering inspired the awakening of the ‘Wounded Healer’ archetype within me. The seed of the desire for wholeness for self, beloveds, and all of life exists within all of us. To nurture that plant into a strong tree with deep roots is essential to my purpose. We are a microcosm of the whole, and to heal the self is also to heal the whole.

My healing interests are diverse, ranging from varieties of spiritual wisdom traditions -primarily Vedic but including many others -; indigenous Ecoshamic practices and trance states; transpersonal, trauma-informed, Human Potential and Developmental Psychology; Deep Ecology and the Work that Reconnects, permaculture and biodynamics; wholefood healing; natural conscious pregnancy and birthing, and conscious parenting; and much more. I am a passionate herbalist, gardener and yogi (I could do with more asana!), and strive to always dance in the Wisdom of the Path of the Heart. Love is the essence!

In recent years I have been greatly impressed by the essential necessity of movement in order to transmute trauma and other negative emotions and to access joy and peace. I love to dance! May you always flow in Love, Grace and Beauty!