Transformational Yoga

Instructor: Larissa Govender

Yoga instructor, Larissa Govender is Ladysmith born and based.  By formal qualification she is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate and works in the family-run, industrial workwear, manufacturing business.  While studying in Cape Town, she attended group gym training sessions at Transfit Gym Claremont where she took to the yoga/ pilates/ stretching class.  She also found this a great way to stay fit, relax and re-centre herself whenever she needed a break from the books.

In July 2012 she enrolled (simultaneously with her formal study) for a Yoga Teachers Certificate-500 level at the Sanctuary Yoga Academy, with the intention of mastering the art of yoga.  After training at the Cape Town-based spa she successfully completed the course in Transformational Yoga in April 2013.  The course covered everything from yogic postures commonly known as asanas, to breathing techniques, mantra recitation, meditation, Yoga Nidra and Thai yoga massage, under the supervision of Yogi, Karl Muniraj, who trained in India.

She also holds certification from the Yoga Teachers Fellowship of Southern Africa (YTF) as a full member.

She taught yoga voluntarily at her university from May 2013 to July 2014.  She taught privately for the owners of Melati Spa in Cape Town and taught as guest instructor at The Source Constantia, Cape Town.  She currently teaches yoga in Ladysmith.

Larissa is no stranger to mastering an art form.  She danced classical ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for 10 years under her ballet teacher Bess Reitz.  She started in the year 2000 with Primary and finished Grade 8 in 2009, her Matric year.  She achieved distinctions in 8 out of her 10 exams.  She also learnt to play the piano in her Matric year, to better her ear for music when it came to dancing.

At all stages in her life Larissa has made attempts to stay fit, whether it was ballet during her school years or joining Transfit Gym and Fit Club in Cape Town, during her university years.  She is presently also engaged in fitness-training.  She firmly believes in the saying, "A healthy body equals a healthy mind."

She is Hindu and member of the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa.  She is passionate about yoga and wishes to impart the knowledge she has gathered to help people attain a more peaceful existence, in the stressful environment of 21st century living.

Wherever she travels she is likely to snap a picture of herself in her favourite yogic posture (Dancer's Pose).