Not just a yoga Teacher, Natalie is an ambassador for the ocean. “Yoga to me is about connecting to our true nature and sometimes it’s on the Yoga mat that you can find that connection and sometimes it’s in the ocean, forest or on a long beach walk that we can connect. I was surfing the waves of Durban In South Africa in my Teens. In 2012 I became an Open Water Scuba Instructor, and then in 2013 I began Freediving, and so my love for the ocean has grown and I am continuously reminded just how short and wonderful this life is and that nothing but our breath and nature is sustaining us. All life comes from the Sea, and everything we do contributes to the survival of it’s species. See more in Blog Posts for how we can be more sustainable to contribute to the survival of it’s species.
I have been exploring yoga and its roots for over 10 years now, and early on the path I was selling myself short, trying to disconnect myself from the ego identifications of a modern, consumerist and commercial world and ‘yogi’ being. As I began to explore other paths of Yog, Bhakti (devotion through Kirtan and Mantra), Meditation, Pranayam and then Freediving and deeper explorations of the natural world, I began to understand that sometimes an identification is necessary in order to survive and succeed in the modern world. The point of yog is to be unattached to this idea of uniqueness, but at the same time we can allow ourselves the freedom and courage to explore it and to present it to the world in a way that is somehow contributing to the collective consciousness of joy and union.
Forever a Student first, Natalie encourages students to seek their own inner truth on and off the mat.
Influenced and experienced in the traditional Lineages of Sivananda and School of Bihar, Natalie fuses the traditional teachings into her joyful, flowing, harmonizing Yog Asana Sequences, which encourages those new to the practice to explore deeper layers of their body and being, while the more experienced are guided to go beyond self. Everyone overcomes something just by stepping onto their mat, and everybody can explore just that little bit extra to find parts of ourselves that are forgotten or not even yet discovered.
Nat has a great knowledge of anatomy, alignment, and creative sequencing having facilitated on 200 Hour RYT trainings in Goa, India since 2016. Her sequences bring students to a place of grounding while infusing movement and breath in her Vinyasa Classes. The more traditional Hatha classes see a deeper incorporation of meditation and Pranayam. Restorative Yoga Classes will bring healing and restoration to body and Mind. In Yin Yoga you can expect to explore deeper levels of flexibility, as we stress tendons and move deeper into our tissues with long yet relaxed stretch holds that encourage inner stillness in the mind then you can expect to experience calm, assisting relaxation on long freedives or stressful situations on dry land.