Marisa van Vuuren – Founder and Director of Yoga Zanzibar & Lead Yoga Teacher of the Art & Science Teacher Training Program
Born in South Africa in the Karoo. Marisa has been living on the island of Zanzibar since 2003. She fell in love with the island’s ambience, colors, turquoise blue ocean, simplicity of lifestyle, its people and sunsets.
Marisa van Vuuren is the founder of Yoga Zanzibar – the one and only yoga alternative in Zanzibar offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009.
Marisa is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She teaches dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini Yoga, bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow. Marisa has been practicing yoga for over 11 years. She also teaches the Art & Science of Yoga 200hr Teacher Training Program certifying yoga teachers.
Marisa’s vision is to be of service to others through sharing the tools of yoga with her teachings. She is passionate about life, yoga, travelling, the ocean, dancing, playing drums and painting.
She is also the co-founder of Divine Diving, Yoga & Dive Center, Zanzibar – the fusion of yoga & scuba diving. www.scubazanzibar.com She is a PADI Dive Master and finds Yoga and diving a true complement as Yoga practice helps you regulate your breath and entering a meditative state while diving.
Marisa also co-hosts International Retreats with Consciousness Coach® Marcel D’Allende, in the most exotic locations on earth, igniting the mind, body and soul.” Barefoot Yoga & Consciousness Retreats” ® are a powerful combination of Consciousness expanding workshops and Yoga. www.barefootyogaretreat.com
Maris is part of a online yoga community offering yoga video classes. To get a taste of Marisa’s yoga classes you can visit www.bemoreyogic.com
From 8 Feb – 23 April 2019 Guest Teacher:
When asking Tara why she is a Yoga Teacher, she said simply “I love it, I’m passionate about it and want to share it with the world”.
That’s all good and well but I think there is more to it – so I delved a bit deeper…
“The over commercialisation of the world freaks me out. I really feel that Yoga gives me, and others, a space to step into the quiet, to put you in touch with your feeling body. It rips away all the bullshit and layers that we put over ourselves to get through the day to day challenges of life”
Okay, so now she is on a roll… “Yoga leaves you with who you really are – the raw and vunerable version of yourself which is truly beautiful”
So with after having practiced yoga for 10 years, she decided to become a teacher and started her own studio in 2011. She became dismayed in the merchandising of Yoga happening all around her. It was time to cut and run. Tara landed in Morocco where she lead yoga surf retreats and was rewarded by seeing individuals and yoga teachers from EU, UK and the US open up about their own experiences at the hand of in-authentic yogis.
The need for authenticity in all forms has now inspired her to create Retreats that are “like a constant cuddle, with a little kick in the pants” and Yoga Teacher Training that is “like a re-birth, a ripping off the layers and the evolution into the INDIVIDUAL teacher you really are”.
She get’s all excited, stands up and runs over to her notebook to read me her favourite quote “It’s from Buddah!” she says “Your work is to discover your world and with all your heart give yourself to it”.
Then in a flash of wilde blonde hair and bright blue eyes she has bolted off to assist someone on a mat somewhere…
To learn more about Tara please visit: https://www.mandalaymr.com.au/