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 when Yoga Mama was born.
Since then J’anaki’s work has organically evolved to include the needs of the modern day women with whom she is working. This includes all concerns of the womb space: menstrual irregularities; PMS; infertility and womb-based trauma. Through this advancement in her field of expertise, the Red Tent JHB was born on October 2016 – a place where women gather each month to share in thier menstrual awareness and healing.
J’anaki has since furthered her training in 2017 by understaking an international Mixed Movement Martial Arts based Yoga Teacher Training, known as Budokon. In the same year she completed a Post-natal and Yin Yoga Teacher Training. In 2018 J’anaki took part in a Well Women Yoga Teacher Training, a prestigious LifeLine Counselling course and a rigorous training to qualify as a select Bowen Technique body therapist.
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.