YOGA • MINDFULNESS • MEDITATION
Derryn Searle, founder of Karoo Yoga, is a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, with many years of teaching experience.
With a background in ballet and music, and having studied and trained as a musician and music teacher in her earlier years, Derryn is passionate about teaching and sharing her love of yoga, music and mindfulness.
After practicing yoga for a few years, she trained as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher in Cape Town in 2012. With many subsequent trainings in Kundalini, Sivananda and Yin Yoga, Derryn has embraced all these styles and moulded them into her own unique style of teaching.
Recently she completed a 2 year post-grad certification in Mindfulness-based Stress Release Training (Jon Kabat-Zinn) with Stellenbosch University and Imisa, which she incorporates into her teaching, also offering Mindfulness Meditation classes.
Derryn has embraced living and teaching yoga and mindfulness in the Karoo, a place where you can feel the tranquility, open your heart, and breathe in the stillness!
‘Discovering yoga and mindfulness has been a life-changing experience for me, bringing me to my breath and connecting with my body, finding balance, calmness and equanimity, on and off the mat. Yoga and mindfulness is a way of life, embracing wellness, equilibrium and deep self-acceptance, enjoying the ‘nowness’ of each unfolding moment.’
Owners Malcolm and Derryn Searle settled in Prince Albert a few years ago, drawn by the stillness, space and beautiful light that is so typical of the Great Karoo.
The property called ‘k r a a l’ was the perfect environment in which to build a unique yoga studio looking onto an ancient historic stone kraal with a spectacular view of the Swartberg mountains in the background.
They have built an outdoor deck in the kraal where early morning sun salutation classes and full moon classes are offered. They plan to build a labyrinth inside the kraal in the near future.
Together they have created a natural tranquil Karoo garden with indigenous plants, succulents, aloes, olive and fruit trees, and a
A special feature is the ‘Om’ garden where the Sanskrit sign for the ‘Om’ chant has been inscribed onto the earth, surrounded by lavender, rosemary and buchu plants.
This tranquil garden is the ideal backdrop for the practice of yoga and mindfulness, nurturing and restoring body, mind and soul.
A steady flowing sequence of connected postures or asanas linked with the breath.
Using the breath, this
is an exhilarating yet calming yoga which helps focus the mind, improves posture and alignment, builds strength, stamina and flexibility, and releases stress.
Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga incorporating principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and mindfulness meditation, with asanas that are held for longer periods of time, typically between 3 to 5 minutes.
Yin Yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout
‘Mindfulness means being awake, it means knowing what you are doing. Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.’
So in mindfulness meditation, we take our seat and sit with intention, becoming aware of our breath and paying attention to our thoughts without judgement, using our breath as the anchor for our mind, refining our capacity for moment to moment awareness.
KAROO KIDS YOGA
Making yoga and mindfulness fun for kids
These playful and creative classes teach children to befriend their breath, to concentrate, to be calm, to be expressive and build self-esteem and confidence whilst fostering compassion towards themselves and others through the practice of meditation and mindful movement and yoga.
Start close in,
don’t take the second step or the third,
start with the first thing close in,
the step you don’t want to take.
Karoo Yoga also offers various yoga and mindfulness retreats throughout the year with different seasonal themes, combining yoga with cookery classes in collaboration with local chefs.
A retreat can be specially crafted for a specific group and their requirements.
Find out more about our upcoming retreats and view the gallery of previous ones here
Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.