Meet the Teachers

We introduce our wonderful teachers to you…

The ISHTA Studio of Yoga & Health is proud of the unique and collective energies of the teachers of the studio and the differing teaching styles. They not only bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom each within them, but all resonate with the shared love of yoga and the eternal spirit from which it was born.
We welcome you to try all of their classes!

Wendy Wood (Nandiva)

wendy-woodWendy is an initiate of Kavi Yogiraj Mani Finger and has been practising yoga for over thirty years. Wendy believes that by linking the mind and body with the breath we create a centred, harmonious feeling.
After Mani left to live in the USA in the later part of his life, Wendy, inspired by the teachings of her guru, mentor and wonderful friend, continued the tradition of ISHTA by creating the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health.
Nandiva – a spiritual name given to Wendy by her guru – is a name derived from the Bilaspur goddess Naina Devi who, being the goddess of eyes, saw things that most others could not see.

Contact: To contact Nandiva, call (011) 880 3601/ 082 338 8153 or email


Theoni Papoutsis

Theoni PapoutsisTheoni teaches Pregnancy yoga at the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health and is also a qualified Doula, certified HypnoBirthing practitioner and aromatherapist.
Theoni is passionate about creating the right environment for a child to enter the world and believes in the capacity and courage of women to face life’s journey and all its challenges. With a sensitive and practical approach to your wellness during pregnancy, Theoni guides students on a yoga journey that they will be enriched through, learn from, delight in and ultimately, treasure.

Contact: To contact Theoni, call 083 229 3253, email or visit for more information.



John Malherbe

John ProfileJohn has practiced various styles of yoga – having started with Kundalini Yoga in 2005, Ashtanga and Hatha styles soon followed and for the next three years John developed a solid yoga practice and foundation from where to teach and spread his love and gentle wisdom of the yoga teachings.
John teaches Ashtanga yoga at ISHTA as well as a new style he developed that combines and incorporates these much-loved yoga influences into a style he describes as Hatha Fusion. John’s energetic yet flowing Ashtanga yoga classes will help you move into richer, deeper physical and mental states and his structured Hatha Fusion classes, incorporating a blend of Ashtanga, Hatha and Kundalini energies are taught from a his unique spiritual perspective and offers wide benefits to many a yoga practitioner.

Contact: To contact John, email 

Leanne Glanville

Leanne GlanvilleLeanne has a UNISA Honours degree in Psychology. She is a certified children’s yoga instructor and has completed her 500 hour International Yoga Teacher’s Training at the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health. However, she believes it is the lessons learned from the “University of Life” and the grace of the Divine Light within that has led her to walk the path of yoga with the most precious beings on earth… children.

“It is my intention to spread the light of yoga to all beings…especially to our children. I strive to create a safe space for children to grow, play and simply BE. I feel truly blessed to share the knowledge of yoga with these little people whom more often than not, are my greatest teachers”

Contact: To contact Leanne call 082 972 9843, email or visit 

 Karen Bothomley

Karen yoga1Karen’s background includes Sivananda and Iyengar forms of yoga, as well as Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. This has shaped her faith and belief in the rewards and beneficial effects of Hatha yoga physically, mentally and spiritually. Her years of teaching both art and classical guitar, have given Karen a love of sharing knowledge, and the desire to encourage and inspire students in their yoga practice.

Contact: To contact Karen email or call (011) 803 0420 or 073 170 0073




Angela Myers


Angela is the admin and workshop coordinator at the ISHTA School of Yoga & Health. Angela completed her Yoga Teacher Training through ISHTA in 2009 and has continued to teach there ad hoc over the years, initially running the children’s yoga programme. With a background in publishing, after leaving her career as a magazine editor, she took over publishing and editing Complete Yoga magazine. She is also a freelance writer/editor, mom of two and simply relishes her daily yoga and meditation practice and the endless opportunities for personal growth it allows her. Teaching from the heart, Angela’s classes bring spiritual upliftment while focusing on classical hatha, pranayama and meditation.

Contact: To contact Angela, email or call 082 789 4847


Marianne Felix

Mariaane FelixMarianne Felix is a medical doctor who specialised in Occupational Health. Her focus has always been preventive medicine.

Kundalini yoga helped Marianne resolve personal trauma so she knew it was a good technique for dealing with the emotions. Marianne became a yoga teacher and formed Yoga4Alex – an NGO that offers yoga classes to Grade 11 and 12 learners in Alexandra.

To date, five yoga4Alex youngsters have become yoga teachers and currently 1500 learners in Alex participate in weekly yoga classes at five high schools in Alex.  Marianne gives the Wednesday evening Kundalini yoga class at ISHTA.

Contact: To contact Marianne, email


Siri Shakti Kaur (Mariette Strauss)

Siri Shakti Kaur (Mariette Strauss)Siri Shakti Kaur is a Kundalini yoga teacher, a healer, fire walking instructor, Tantric numerologist as well as a “lifelong student”.Her spiritual journey began 20 years ago and has afforded her travels to many countries and to study a diversity of healing modalities. Besides ISHTA, Siri Shakti Kaur teaches Kundalini at the Boksburg Correctional Service, the juvenile’s maximum imprisonment, a “humbling experience” with the long-term goal of empowering the youth there to become teachers themselves. Siri Shakti Kaur is also currently an intern at the Kundalini Research Institute, teaching to become a lead teacher trainer.I strive to help and guide individuals to be the best they can be in this life and reach for their highest potential. The most important tool is to understand compassion for self. Through my own journey I have learned that through continuous practice and self-discipline to live out my purpose and to do it courageously and to keep sharing,” she says.

Contact: To contact Siri Shakt Kaur, email or call 083 653 7145

Georgios Demetriades

georgios cropGeorgios is an ISHTA yoga teacher, full time yogi and has been practicing yoga for nine years. His approach to teaching integrates precision-based forms of postural execution with meticulous attention to detail, a strong emphasis on breathing technique; influenced by B.K.S. Iyengar’s deep insights in the field of pranayama, and the meditation practices of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Inspired by the teachings of his guru Paramahansa Yogananda, Georgios is inclined toward the mystical and believes in the healing power of “scientific” meditation – an aid not only to spiritual growth but also to living the life of a yogin in the “jungle of civilisation”. Georgios is also a part-time Sanskrta scholar and aspiring teacher of the language, and a freelance graphic designer.

Contact: To contact Georgios, email or call 076 185 8168


Karen Turis

Karin Turis

Karen Anne Turis is a qualified Kundalini yoga teacher, as well as a qualified Dance and Movement Therapist. She has offered private and group yoga for over 17 years and has, more recently, taught movement classes to both adults and children. Karen has reached thousands of people over the past 25 years of working in the health and wellness industry. Karen also mentors youth as part of The Yoga 4 Alex project.

Contact: To contact Karen, email or call 082 772 4794




Colleen Dawson

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Colleen Dawson has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2013 and practicing Kundalini yoga since 2004. Playing guitar in the Dharma Sisters kirtan band with other yogis is a wonderful integration of her love of yoga with her long love of sharing music. Colleen is at heart a teacher and has been teaching in many situations for nearly 40 years. Meditative practices like tai chi, meditation and yoga have been integral in her life since she was 18. Teaching and practicing Kundalini yoga brings compassionate understanding into her life in a more real way every day.

Contact: To contact Colleen, email or call 083 308 2335



Sandra Brits

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Drawn to yoga in search of a deeper connection – to self, to earth, to God – Sandra, through her lessons, seeks to share the teachings and philosophy of yoga, to both challenge and nurture body and mind, and to create space for each yogi to discover their truest self. A trained classical Hatha yoga teacher, Sandra is also a mother of two, an avid gardener with a passion for natural medicine and organic food.

Contact: To contact Sandra, email or call 072 181 5432