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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. 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.

Maris is part of a online yoga community offering yoga video classes. To get a taste of Marisa’s yoga classes you can visit

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From 8 Feb – 23 April 2019 Guest Teacher:

Tara South

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:



August 20, 2014



Yoga Zanzibar  is located on the northern tip of  Zanzibar Island in Nungwi Village at Flame Tree Cottages.

Zanzibar Island is rated as the no. 2 Best Beach in the world according to Places to See in Your Lifetime!

Nungwi is ideally situated for diving, swimming and snorkeling! And you can see the most spectacular sunsets from here!

Nungwi Beach is rated by CNN as the no. 43 out of 100  Best Beaches in the WORLD!!

43. Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Previously: a simple fishing village and dhow-building center. Now: one of Africa’s most picturesque lines of coast, where palms amble onto a beach that dissolves gradually from spearmint blue into shades of deep turquoise.

Highlight: At sunset, white-sailed dhows leave from the boatyard, making for a great photo op.


August 20, 2014


budget yoga holiday @ casa umoja

    budget yoga holiday @ casa umoja

    • 7 nights accommodation at Casa Umoja with daily breakfast
    • 12 x Yoga Classes (Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow) * Yoga classes are suitable for all levels and modifications are given accordingly.

    * The yoga takes place at Flame Tree Cottages. Casa Umoja is situated next to Flame Tree Cottages  (just not right on the beach front like Flame Tree Cottages).

    * No yoga on Saturdays


    USD $ 655 single occupancy

    USD $ 575 per person sharing

    High season: 18 Dec – 10 January

    USD $ 775 single occupancy

    USD $ 655 per person sharing


    (Triple and 4 bed rooms are also available)

    Set in a garden just a few meters away from the beach. Casa Umoja guesthouse is surrounded by a big tropical garden which invites to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island. Our entrance gate is a few steps away from the white sandy beach and the blue ocean.

    Casa Umoja is a one storey house with 5 rooms. Additionally we offer 4 bungalows which are embedded in our spacious tropical garden. Well decorated rooms each with its private verandah, shower/wc, fans, cold/warm water, breakfast and much more.

    * Please note that there is NO ATM in Nungwi Village. There is only ATM’s in Stone Town.

    * Transport from the airport to hotel is about 1hr 15min drive – $50 one way



    If a booking is being cancelled 35 days prior to arrival a refund of the total amount will be granted.

    A cancellation from 34-15 days prior to arrival requires a 25% cancellation charge.

    A booking to be cancelled from 14 up to 3 days prior to arrival will be charged 50% of the deposit.

    If we are not being informed about a cancellation at least 2 days prior to arrival we will keep 100% of the previously sent deposit which is 50% of the total amount.


    August 19, 2014