Meet Our Instructors

Janet Farquharson

Janet Farquharson

After many years of travel adventures as a tour guide, Janet’s thirst for more yoga knowledge and desire to be grounded in one place brought her back to Cape Town. In 2014, she completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training with internationally acclaimed Dutch instructor Viktor van der Kleij. She later had the privilege of assisting Viktor run his ashram in the Knysna forest for 6 months while continuing to expand her knowledge of living a yogic and sustainable lifestyle. In January 2018, Janet completed further yoga teacher training (200 hours) in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Janet currently teaches regular yoga classes and workshops from her base in Muizenberg. Her classes focus on body alignment and conscious breathing, and include chanting, meditation and deep relaxation. Janet also facilitates wellness & yoga retreats, drum circles, and sound journeys.

Lauren Sharp

Lauren Sharp

LAUREN SHARP is an internationally certified 3HO Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher. She began practicing Vinyasa and Asthanga in 2005. In 2012 she discovered Kundalini. By early 2014, Lauren began sharing her passion and knowledge. As her classes became more popular, it was clear that she was being called to become a teacher.

Lauren sees each class as an opportunity to clear the internal space for deeper introspection into one’s practice and self. “I believe that when we are able to tap into our internal stillness, it can be used as a mechanism to grow our awareness and progress spiritually.”

Yogi Bhajan, described yoga as an art and a science that can help one navigate life’s challenges: “It is a science, and knowledge, and art, where mind and body can work in union and spirit will back it up.”

Lauren’s classes are suitable for all ages, and are aimed at both beginners and advanced practitioners. She offers private classes and workshops. All sessions need to be booked directly with Lauren.

Karyn Velleman

Karyn Velleman

Karyn Marais is a body alignment therapist and yoga teacher. She is passionate about finding ways to move with less effort and more ease in life. Her work is grounded in what she has understood through various bodywork modalities, and her own movement practises, including yoga and natural movement. You can expect a class with creative and balanced sequencing at a pace that encourages a deepening of sensory inquiry to feel into the layers of our original body.

Gail Schoeman

Gail Schoeman

Gail Schoeman is a movement and creative process facilitator who teaches weekly Nia classes at Sangha. If you enjoy moving, dancing and stretching your body, but don’t necessarily appreciate being drilled or pushed through a rigorous gym workout, come and try Nia. Optimise your cardiovascular fitness, guided by great music and an encouraging, fabulous instructor! Over and above a dance and fitness offering, Nia is a blended practice that integrates body, mind, heart and soul, encouraging self-expression, awareness and non-judgement. Experience a heart-pumping, foot-stomping, gleeful workout that will leave you feeling centred and invigorated!

Renata Harper

Renata is a writer and yoga teacher with a special interest in how yoga and creativity can support each other. She focuses on self-care and nourishing movement, and encourages you to be yourself, follow your curiosity, and find the right approach for your body. She welcomes questions and laughter, as well as play. Though yoga is a deeply personal experience, Renata sees group yoga also as an opportunity to connect and build a sense of community. Renata’s greatest inspiration is the natural world and she loves to practise outdoors, particularly in the bush.

Renata certified as a RYT200 yoga instructor under Jim Harrington (with Toni Westaway) with additional training in Yoga Synergy’s Advanced Yoga Fundamentals. She is passionate about Yoga Synergy’s ethos to “do yoga responsively, in harmony with how you feel from day to day, moment to moment”.

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