People

Misch Mac

Michelle McNamara, affectionately known as (Misch) grew up in the Eastern Cape, is an 800hr Certified Jivamukti Teacher, Philosophy Scholar and Artist. She first discovered yoga in 2005 amidst the madness of academia at Rhodes University. After 5 years of Advertising in Johannesburg she still could not get over her love for yoga. Misch quit her full time job and began her studies in the ancient tradition. After two years of teaching and studies, she travelled to Costa Rica to do the Jivamukti Teacher training. In 2013 she completed the 800hr Apprenticeship programme under the loving guidance of Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd in Charleston, South Carolina and is now the Co-Owner of AIR Yoga, Cape Town. “I believe in COMPASSION for All Beings, a thorough but challenging Practice and I am certain peanut butter tastes good on everything”

Jay Mac

Jay Mac is the Co-Owner of AIR Yoga, #VEGAN, ANIMAL LOVER, an 800 Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Vegan Chef, Film-Maker and facilitator of AIR YOGA’s 200HR #RYT VINYASA Teacher Training Course. “I’m proud to be part of this global awakening!”

Jill King

Jill took her first yoga class in 2005 and was instantly hooked. Always having enjoyed the physicality of sports as well as spiritual and religious philosophy, yoga strongly resonates with her as it challenges the body, mind and spirit together in one practice. In 2009 Jill became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and has been teaching ever since. Before moving to Cape Town, Jill taught at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston in South Carolina, USA. Jill is also a professional violist and freelances in Cape Town with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Her classes are uplifting and challenging both physically and mentally, with an emphasis on cultivating compassion for all beings. Jill is forever humbled and grateful for her teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life for being ambassadors of peace around the world, Andrea Boyd for setting a perfect example, and Mark Jackobs for being a constant inspiration. “Enlightenment is always the goal”

Angela Holderness

Angela, felt called to teach yoga during a retreat to Gaansbaai. She received a profound vision, accompanied by the call of whales and she knew that it was time to take a leap of faith and embark on a healing journey to reconnect with herself and her family.  Angela received her first Vinyasa 200hr training with Misch and Jay at AIR YOGA and has recently qualified as a 300 hr Jivamukti teacher in India with the incredible Jules Febre, Lady Ruth, Sharon Gannon and David Life.  It is through yoga that she has found connection, peace and an expression for her deeply spiritual nature. Angela is a Montessori teacher, a natural nutritionist, an Ayurvedic massage therapist, a mother of two beautiful children and is currently studying kinesiology. She is passionate about sustainability, community development, good music and gratitude. Angela is a nature lover at heart and her favourite place is camping under a sky full of stars. ‘I had no idea where this yoga journey would take me, but I can honestly and humbly say that it changes my life for the better one day at a time.  I feel blessed to be a part of such a special community at AIR and I am eternally grateful for the love and support of my teachers.’

KERRY THOMAS

Kerry-Ann Thomas is a 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. While traveling and working aboard as a Scuba Diving Instructor, her awe of the mystery and beauty of the underwater world drove her to seek a spiritual path. Overjoyed with the stability and peace yoga has brought to her life, Kerry has dedicated herself to contributing to the happiness of others through teaching. “Yoga – like the ocean – is a door you look at your whole life, not knowing what is on the other side. But once you open that door: it marks the beginning of a very special and beautiful journey. The breath is the key – in scuba diving, in yoga, in life.”  

KATIE ATMORE

Katie moved to Cape Town from London in 2014 to study for a Masters in neuroscience as her primary calling in life is to better our understanding of the relationship between brain and mind. Having done little to no physical activity for 21 years, when she found herself with some free time before her experiments began she decided to do something a bit different and try a few yoga classes. Her new-found practice became a tool for studying the self and hence the brain from a completely different perspective to what she had become accustomed to in the lab and when her schedule filled up again she knew there was no way she could give it up. At the end of 2015 she undertook a 200hr Vinyasa training course and followed that up with a 3 month mentorship in 2016 to deepen her understanding of yoga and to be able to share this knowledge with others. Emerson Pugh a leader in computer memory technologies said that ‘If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t!’ … but I feel that if we apply the yogic principles of self-study to our own lives we can get that little bit closer to understanding what it is to experience cognisance for all beings.

Isabelle Thill

My yoga journey started long before I decided to become a teacher. During the time I spend in China and India, my yoga practice became a more and more important part of my life. I was lucky to meet teachers who lightened my way and made me discover different yoga styles (Ashtanga, Jivamukti yoga, Yogic Arts, Budokon yoga). Life taught me to stay open to new experiences and not to limit myself. My first studio “yogaroom” opened in 2008, the second one “yogaloft” in 2011.During those years I was teaching as well as organising many workshops with visiting teachers. Although creating a yoga community in Luxembourg was a very precious and fulfilling experience, I decided in 2016, that it was time for a radical change and gave up everything to move to Cape Town. My personal teaching style is quite dynamic. I try to challenge and stimulate my students but also encourage them to follow their pace without pressure.
css.php