J'anaki began her personal yoga practice in 2004 at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in London. After many years of working in the corporate world she decided to embark upon a journey of the Soul, completing travels throughout Asia, and most notably the birth-place of Yoga: India.
Whilst in India J'anaki had the good fortune to study with many influential Yogis and then immediately went on to complete a rigorous Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in New York in 2008. In mid-2009 J'anaki returned to South Africa and further trained under the Satyananda Yoga tradition.
Although still teaching classical Hatha Yoga, J'anaki was inspired by her own Pregnancy Yoga classe undertaken in Ireland (through Uma www.yonishakti.co ) to begin teaching prenatal yoga in South Africa in 2010.
Since then Yoga Mama has flourished in studio’s and Birthing Clinics across the country, including Genesis Birthing Clininc in Johannesburg and Origin Maternity Hospital in Cape Town.
Yoga Mama’s approach to pregnancy yoga emphasises physical and mental well-being, as well as complete confidence in Oneself throughout pregnancy by utilising specific yogic techniques.
These techniques have been proven by thousands of pregnant mothers since Yoga Mama’s inception to be extremely beneficial during pregnancy and birth.
Pregnancy is a right of passage and a journey most women make from maiden to mother. It’s a life changing event, and for Rulene it rang true on many levels.
A qualified scientist, high school teacher turned yogi and life coach made yet another life altering choice to get pregnant and do her Pregnancy Yoga teacher training in 2015.
She initially studied with Colleen-Joy page during 2009 and 2010 and finished her Life Coaching qualification in 2011.
The following year, 2012, she finished her 200hr level studies as a classical Hatha Yoga teacher with Shakti Yoga Academy and started teaching right after.
During 2014 she completed her MYYO certification with Ananda Sanga Yoga Academy in Somerset West and also did a teacher training in Transformational Yoga.
September 2016, after returning from a break in teaching following the birth of her first child, she then furthered her studies with Shakti Yoga Academy and completed her 500 level Yoga Teacher Training.
She believes that yoga has still many secrets to reveal but in the meantime wants to share the gifts of yoga with pregnant women.
"The expectant mother embodies pure creation and I believe to be of a most special and scared phase of any women’s journey. This journey can be daunting and turmoil, but yoga can equip the mother to be with the tools needed to make it joyful and memorable time".
Dina’s interest in yoga started at a young age but her passion for teaching the discipline was inspired in 2008. She started learning the Sivananda tradition in South Africa since 1989, and she consequently decided to do the teachers training at the sacred place of Vrindavan, in India, in 2008. Since then she worked with many great teachers of different traditions and approaches. Her interest in Pregnancy Massage, Reflexology and Doula work was sparked off in 2005, by her active involvement in prepping her 2 sisters for labour in their later stages of pregnancy.
Already a Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Maternity Reflexologist, Fertility Acupuncturist, Cranio Sacral Therapist a Doula, over time she developed her passion for teaching Pregnancy Yoga and trained in the UK through triyoga with Nadia Narain in 2011 and has been teaching classes and workshops since. She has worked with and still does when time permits does workshops with Tara Lee, Gurmukh Kaur, Uma Dinsmoor Tulli (Fertility Yoga), Francios Freedman of Birthlight and Active Birth Centre, and Gentle Birth Method.
Dina has been teaching at a few studios in the UK and a string of private clients whom she has assisted from conception through maternity, combining massage and yoga, to see them through an empowered, better informed and active labour, natural or ceasarian. Her role as a Doula and Cranio Sacral therapist helps see mummy and baby through a stable transition into confident early stages of motherhood.
Her approach is to empower & integrate different disciplines and blends to find a sensible and compassionate balance of strengthening relevant muscles, essential & effective breathwork practice, hypno birthing, and calming and empowering meditation techniques.