Yoga Mala Cape Town, South Africa. 



Juanita's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in French and Italian from the University of Cape Town and a certificate with distinction in the Basic Principles of Public Relations from the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. After 9 years of smoking she decided it was time for healthier living, respecting her body and nurturing her mind and soul.

Juanita began this journey with Thai Chi, which she loved from the very first class. She found serenity and overall well-being instantly. Unfortunately her wonderful teacher had to leave. Juanita turned to the gym to maintain a physical fitness regime. However after two years she realized that her body was being attended to but the mind and spirit were not being nurtured and again stress began to dominate her well-being. This is when Juanita turned to exploring Yoga.

Juanita started her Yoga practice with Iyengar Yoga training in 2002 at the Mind, Body & Balance studio in Greenpoint. She later practised at The Centre Yoga Meditation, then a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance, in February 2005, where she completed a two year Teacher Training course:

2006: 200HR TTC

2007: 270HR TTC

Juanita has been teaching Yoga since 2007 and she is influenced by the Iyengar and Sivananda Yoga teachings.

Her journey led her to explore further options:

In 2009 Juanita completed a one year 200HR Teacher Training course through Ananda Kutir Ashram,

which follows the teaching of Sivananda Integral Yoga and is registered with the Africa Yoga Federation.

In 2010 she continued to complete a post graduate and a master course at Ananda Kutir Ashram.

In 2013 Juanita completed a 75HR advanced teacher training module and retreat in Rishikesh, India with Jim Harrington.

Juanita has participated in the following workshops:


Yoga Awakening Africa: Chaitanyananda and Sangeeta of Satyananda Yoga School

Ancient Practice for Modern Lives with Jim Harrington

Yoga Awakening Africa Workshop with Brigitta Tummon


Yoga Awakening Africa Workshop with Brett Wearne

Art of Living Part 1 Course by Art of Living Foundation

Anatomy Re-defined Workshop with Jim Harrington



Yoga Retreat in Cederberg, Cape Town with Jim Harrington & Aditi M. Gaur from Mumbai, India

Prana Vidya Workshop in Cape Town, with Aditi M. Gaur from Mumbai India

Spinal, Arms & Legs Workshops in Cape Town, with Simon Borg-Olivier, founder & co-director of Yoga Synergy

Thanks to her Public Relations studies and experience, Juanita discovered a love for writing and since 2007, after editing a book on Yoga, she has continued her love of the creative word by writing press releases, newsletters and articles featuring various industries from jewellery to tourism to the topic and philosophy she loves the most, Yoga.

Juanita is the editor for Yoga Awakening Africa and also oversees the marketing and advertising for the online Yoga portal. 

Juanita loves to show people the joy of experiencing ultimate health and serenity through the integration of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being that only Yoga can provide.

May the gift of Yoga inspire you and nurture body, mind and soul!      

"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."