About

Jan

I had always been intrigued by the mysticism of yoga, especially growing up in a very conservative small town in the heart of a farming community in South Africa.  It wasn’t until much later that I finally joined my first class with a couple of friends nearly 20 years ago.  What flowed from curiosity to a regular practice finally became a way of life when I committed to doing my first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.  In some ways it was hugely fulfilling, but in many ways it left me wanting more, disappointed that it wasn’t the epiphany I had hoped for. This feeling drove me to continue studying, particularly in the field of philosophy and mindfulness.  In 2019 the stars aligned and I had an opportunity to travel to India to study mindfulness and meditation with Tibetan monks in Dharmsala.  Everything I learned made perfect sense and I knew that I had finally connected to my purpose.  I had extraordinary experiences in Dharmsala, one of them being taught an ancient Tibetan breathing meditation by a Tibetan healer in his tiny little consulting room on a busy street in India.  The single most life-changing moment of my visit to India, however, was somehow managing, by the accumulation of circumstances, to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in person.  I had never before felt the energy of pure light and compassion as I did in those few moments in his presence and I knew that I had to work to bring this light into other’s lives too Since my return from India, I have continued studying to find ways of bringing this light and compassion to others. Towards the end of 2019 I completed a diploma in Mindfulness and Meditation teaching and in 2020 completed a further 300 hours of Advanced Teacher Training to become a 500hr registered yoga teacher. I have also had the privilege of kindling the flame of Tibetan Yoga lit in Dharmsala, by studying aspects of this practice directly with Tibetan masters during 2020. In addition to my journey through yoga to mindfulness and meditation, I am a passionate earth-warrior, wholesome food seeker and natural medicine mama.  I support local businesses, farmers and products that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly and don’t harm our precious planet or any creature in it.  Through educating our children and our immediate circle of influence, we can, together, alter the destructive trajectory of human kind. In line with my passion for the environment, I have had loads of fun designing yoga products, lovingly made by Uzwelo, who employ local community women and use tons of waste material and recycled plastic to create practical, useful, beautiful things.  And of course, the restless curiosity in my soul will continue to push my boundaries and search for new ways to connect body, breath and mind…  

What's in a

Llama

THE BODY
of the llama is layered, firstly in a traditional meditation position, secondly in an infinity sign and thirdly into the outline of a lotus flower, a symbol of purity and spiritual enlightenment.
THE WORD
llama is also threefold.  Firstly, for the little furry creatures I fell in love with while climbing the Andean Inca trail in Peru. Secondly because the word Lama (spelled with one “L” though), is the Tibetan name for a spiritual teacher and thirdly as a dedication to my sister, Llani, who constantly watches over me.
And lastly, the nose of the llama is in the shape of a little heart, which, of course, represents my own yoga heart.