“Juanita, commenced teaching me yoga 5 years ago following a brief chat in the parking lot of the block of apartments we once shared. Little did I know at the time what a profound and positive impact our chance discussion would have.
At the time I was stressed and searching for more balance in my life and although I did not know much about yoga at the time, I decided to give it a go. Not being the most accomplished nor graceful of yogis, I nevertheless persevered, always aided by Juanita’s patient and gentle approach. Juanita is an incredibly disciplined and dedicated teacher who is a person of quality and this comes through in her teaching. I enjoy the fact that she names all poses in the original Sanskrit which, together with the English translation, is very descriptive. She devotes attention to form as well as function unlocking the maximum benefit of each pose whilst never losing sight of the fact that the physical has to also be balanced with the emotional and spiritual.
The benefits of her teaching have been subtle yet consistent over time and holistically positive on many levels. With Juanita’s wise help, yoga has created the space where mind, body and soul can unite, albeit briefly, and regular practice maintains these benefits and enables continued learning.
In a world filled with change Juanita is always consistent, warm, present, calm, engaging and mindful. I feel blessed to have her as my yoga instructor.”
“From the beginning when our company arranged for yoga classes 3 years ago, I was hooked. Originally we only practiced yoga twice a week, but it soon became apparent that all participants were enjoying it so much that we extended classes to three times a week.
Yoga has been an absolute learning curve for myself, I was a complete novice, but knew I wanted to do something more than just cardio workouts and in yoga I found that it incorporates a person’s entire body, mind and spirit. Breaking my day with yoga, instead of sitting at my desk has definitely helped with my concentration, well-being and productivity. I feel revitalized after a class and ready for the afternoon, no matter what it might bring.
Doing yoga in a small corporate environment has also been great fun as it has helped build a greater team spirit. No matter whether you are a director or the filing clerk, there is a spot for you and some days we have a good laugh when Juanita introduces new poses or pushes up the tempo and we try and keep up.
I find that I am much stronger in all physical aspects and taking this strength over into regular cardio workouts has made me feel much better about myself and my health.
We all have only one life to live, so living it well and looking after my health is very important.
"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - Juanita uses this quote and since I started doing yoga, I now only understand the meaning and it has changed my personal perspective on all aspects in my life.”
Corporate client: Foord Asset Management
(Written in 2011).