Why start yoga?

The benefits of a regular yoga practice include:

    • Increased flexibility
    • Increased muscle strength and tone
    • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
    • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
    • Cardio and circulatory health
    • Improved athletic performance
    • Protection from injury
    • Mental and emotional resilience
    • Improved concentration and memory
    • Improved coping ability
    • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Better self esteem and confidence

At Ayama Yoga, we teach the traditional Iyengar style. Each student progresses at their own speed, and beginners are welcome.

Private Yoga

Why choose private yoga?

In these one on one sessions, we are able to tailor-make the classes to suit you. We can focus on any specific area/s you are wanting to work on, or attend to any personalised goal you may have. Private classes allow for more direct teacher and student communication; the teacher will get to know your yoga practice and plan classes to suit. By working one on one, any ailments, weaknesses and strengths will become apparent and classes can be designed accordingly to balance you out.

Ayama Yoga offers private yoga classes in and around Cape Town.  Our yoga sessions are designed to bring about a balance between strength, balance and flexibility. Through this alignment of body, one can attain an inner alignment of mind and soul, and bring about holistic healing.

These private yoga classes can be held at the Constantia or  Kalk Bay studios or in your own home.

We look forward to working alongside you!

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Group Classes


Group classes are mixed levels and beginners are most welcome to all classes, with dedicated beginner class options. Students are given the suitable variation of the poses to suit their ability and experience, and each student progresses at their own pace.

Studio Space

Right in the heart of Kalk Bay, this studio is truly beautiful. A big, open, breathable space to do yoga.

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Student options available.

Please Note: monthly packages are payable for the month ahead. It is up to the practitioner to manage their sessions as no sessions will carry over to the following month.


About Teacher

Monique has a background in Architecture and Sustainable Development, and has completed degrees in both. Since 2015, Monique has changed her career radically from Architecture to teaching yoga full time. She is passionate about teaching yoga because she believes it guides people to live more connected, authentic, fulfilled and sustainable lives. She has been practicing yoga for 9 years, and believes in the powerful effects of yoga on the body and mind. Monique teaches the traditional style of Iyengar yoga in Constantia and Kalk Bay. Her classes have an alignment focus, a characteristic of Iyengar yoga. She believes that it is in the alignment that one finds true freedom in yoga, and that alignment can help one go much deeper into one’s yoga practice. In her spare time Monique enjoys hiking, surfing, nutrition and general adventures that involve the outdoors!

Monique offers yoga classes that are suitable for all levels of yoga. Her classes are ideal for absolute beginners who want a safe introduction to yoga, but also provides deeper, more nuanced instruction for those more advanced. We will explore poses in detail, as well as move through our breath.

The Sanskrit word Ayama summarises her experience of yoga: extension, expansion and ascension.

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About Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga teachers must complete intensive teacher training for 3 years before undergoing an independent rigorous assessment process. Iyengar yoga is known for its focus on the anatomical alignment of asanas (postures), therapeutic use of sequencing, and use of props. Props like belts, blocks and blankets help ensure the correct performance of postures, and makes the poses accessible to those of all ages and all walks of life.

New Students

Here are a couple of points to take note of to prepare for class:

  • Remember to wear clothing that will not restrict movement. Tights, leggings, shorts.
  • Clothes should not be too tight that they restrict blood flow and movement, but fitted enough to enable the instructor to observe the correct alignment in the poses
  • No shoes. Yoga is done barefoot so that the unnatural shape of the shoe does not disrupt the body further up.
  • Empty stomach required! One should generally wait 3-4 hours after a meal before practicing yoga, and 30 minutes after a light snack. Doing yoga soon after eating will disrupt your practice and cause nausea, lightheadedness and fatigue.
  • No water or towel is necessary.
  • Arrive at class 5-10 minutes early to get the necessary props and be ready to start on time.
  • If it’s your first time, please arrive 15 minutes early so that you can mention any injuries, limitations or concerns you may have.

See you on the mat!

What is Yoga?

Extension, expansion and ascension: this is the meaning of Ayama and it summarises what yoga is about. The word yoga means to connect or join in ancient Sanskrit. This connection or joining refers to the connection and joining of the mind, body and spirit, and ultimately of the mind, body and spirit with the supreme consciousness, or the universe.

The practice of yoga is a discipline, most famous in the West for its asanas, or postures. These postures aim to bring about self-realisation to help create a state of union, peace and harmony of oneself with the outside world, and oneself with the divine. The practice of yoga aims to purify the body so that it becomes a fit vehicle for the soul. Through asana one begins to access and train the mind, and as such yoga becomes a method of mindfulness. Yoga is meditation in action.

Why Choose Yoga?

Yoga has many benefits for the mind, body and soul. The longer one practices yoga, the more subtle and energetic the improvements. The first noticeable benefits tend to be physical; lessened back pain and increased strength. Continued practice results in increased energy, vitality and a better sense of well-being. Years of practice begins to work on the inner sheaths of the body, mind and soul, and one can begin to benefit from mental clarity, connection to the higher self, or God, and a blissful state of being.


I’d love to hear from you!

I respond quickest via Whatsapp or SMS, and only get to my emails once or twice a day between classes.

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