What does the Young Yoga Institute teach?
Adopting the path of Hatha Yoga means to adopt a responsible and compassionate attitude towards life, to yourself and to others.
Secondly to bring the body to it’s full potential through the practice of asanas, and to gain breath control through the various breathing techniques.
Thirdly, to train the heart and mind for contemplation – a state of tranquility and silence, undisturbed by the activity of the senses or the distractions of one’s own wandering thoughts.

What happens in this school of Yoga?
Activities are confined to the teaching of the asanas, the art of relaxation, basic breathing techniques, contemplation and meditation.

Does Hatha Yoga deal only with the body?
Hatha yoga brings body, mind and spirit to a state of equilibrium.
“YOU” are more than just a body ….
“YOU” are a body, mind and spirit.
These three entities make up the human personality. As yoga aims to bring you to your full potential, to make you a “complete” human being, yoga must, of necessity, affect not only your body, but your mind and spirit as well.

Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion but because dedicated practice affects the entire person in body, mind and spirit, it may have an effect on the yogi in religious spheres. Any spiritual beliefs held by a yogi are deepened and strengthened.

What are the advantages?
Muscles are toned. Vital organs are rejuvenated, kept in place and enabled to function correctly. The body is brought to a state of good health where it can cope with disease.
A state of tension is transformed into a more relaxed attitude to life. The body reaches it’s full potential because avenues of communication are opened up between the brain and the body.
One achieves a state of awareness, not only confined to the self, but also one that reaches out to embrace everyone and everything that comes within one’s orbit.

Is there a spiritual aim?
Yoga enhances your own spiritually or your personal religious belief.

How does it work?
Disciplines the body; clarifies the mind; steadies emotions; raises awareness from the mundane towards a more spiritual way of being.

Where does Yoga come from?
Yoga originated in the East, many thousands of years ago. It was a means of bringing people to God.

Has this been proven?
Yes. Many thousands of yogis testify to the fact that once they took up yoga, they were brought back to an awareness of the spirit and to a better way of life.
Yoga does not dissuade people from their own beliefs.



Karen Carr


Ulinda Pembrooke


Amber Tubb


Ingrid Barnsley

Head of Tutorials and Communication.

Our Favourite

When you want something,
the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it.

Paulo Coelho

Words fail to convey the total value of yoga.;
It has to be experienced.

BKS Iyengar

When I practice, I am a philosopher. When I teach
I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.

BKS Iyengar

Yoga releases the creative potential in life.

BKS Iyengar



A message from Wally, Barbara’s husband:

Thank you Virginia  and John as well as all the lovely messages from the yogis that knew her. After 54 years of marriage I can only say I could not have wished for a better life partner and mother to our two Daughters, Karen and Gigi. October 2022 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 4, which had already spread to the fluid that surround the abdominal organs and  the lung lining.

The specialists’ estimate was 4 to 6 month but she managed 14 month under weekly specialist Care and a lot of medication but mostly due to her love for Yoga which she carried on teaching during most of the time till the 19th of December and during this last class something upset the Cancer  she could not hold anything down, not even water or medication, as her digestive system had broken down completely. We still managed to keep her under home care.  With the Doctor and a sister attending to her on a daily basis and my daughter and myself at her bedside 24/7.

What also was very important to her was the arrival of our great grandson to hold him in her arms before she passed on. He is now 6 weeks old.

RIP Dear Barbara🪷🙏🏻.

Barbara served as YYI Deputy, then Principal consecutively. She was a quiet and gentle soul. She decided against chemotherapy and enjoyed her last months at home with her beloved husband Wally. From Colleen Mawhinny

Rest in Peace Barbara

Thanking you for bringing such a beautiful kind gentle spirit into this world

John and I are so sorry to hear that. She was the most amazing person we know. She had so much courage, wisdom, patience, acceptance and love for her family and friends. She was so kind and loving to everyone, what a generous heart and soul she had. We are going to miss her so much. Wally, Gigi and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. From Virginia

Condolences and kind wishes poured in from all over South Africa, expressing admiration for Barbara and appreciation for all she did and all whose lives she affected. Namaste, dear Barbara.

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