CANNAYOGA

Cannabis Yoga

Roxy Louw and Sam Barton presents 
South Africa’s Cannabis & Yoga Weekend Retreat.

Join us for a weekend in the Elgin Valley, nestled between the trees, underneath the stars to understand two of humanity’s most ancient medicines.

Yoga and Cannabis.

Learn how to infuse Cannabis into your yoga practice with Roxy Louw.
Understand the basics and benefits of Cannabis with long time practitioner Sam Barton as well how to grow dagga at home for your personal consumption.

This is a private event in a private place.
Ages 21+.
Cannabis not for sale.
All cannabis must be consumed on site. 

Attendees are invited to bring their personal supply of cannabis to enjoy in a safe and private space.

Dates: 15 – 17 of February

Venue: Elgin

Investment:

Early bird before 25 Dec: R3850 p/p/s or R4350 single occupancy.

Regular: R4350 p/p sharing or R4850 single occupancy.

Monthly Payment option: R1450 per month for sharing or R1620 single occupancy.

Due dates for monthly payment option: 23 December, 25 January, 10 February.

Includes:

Accomodation, food & drink, all workshops, daily yoga.

Transport not included, do ask about share ride.

WEEKEND ITINERARY:

Friday:

  • Arrivals
  • Cannabis and Your Body Talk
  • Dinner

Saturday:

  • Introduction to Cannabis Infused Yoga
  • Morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • How to Grow Cannabis Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Time in Nature
  • Cannabis infused yoga
  • Dinner
  • Quiz night

Sunday:

  • Morning Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Departures

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Corporate yoga events

Corporate Yoga is the perfect break away from the everyday work load and stress in the work space while looking after the wellness of your staff.

These sessions boosts the teams spirit, creates focus and balance and is a fun way to build team unity.

We host 30 min basic yoga sessions at your premises that focus on de-stressing the body, calming the mind while building concentration and boosting the happy hormones.

Briston University conducted a study on 200 employees at three organizations. The employees evaluated themselves on a day with exercise and a day without.

The results were incredible.

On workout days participants’ scores were 21% higher for concentration on work, 22% higher for finishing their work on time, 25% higher for working without unscheduled breaks, and an incredible 41% for feeling motivated to work.

Inquire via email greenleafvitality@gmail.com

Michelle Banwell

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After practicing yoga for a number of years, Michelle took the opportunity of free time upon completion of her Honours in Psychology to pursue a yoga teacher training qualification in 2016.
She completed a 300-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with Jim Harrington Yoga Union,  equipping her with a teaching approach saturated with the anatomical and physiological processes involved in asana practice.
Michelle’s aim is for students to be given the space to playfully connect with their bodies and minds in a physically safe way, while moving through creative sequences.
Although Vinyasa is her first love, Michelle is also trained in Bikram, and ramps up the intensity of her Vinyasa classes to leave you sweating after a Power class.
 
When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find Michelle working on her Master’s in Neuroscience through the University of Cape Town, spending time with the animals of her own or helping out at animal shelters, or with her nose in a book. An important fact about her is that she requires chocolate milk to function!

KIDS YOGA

ED3590C2-83A5-497E-A296-2871CEA51491.jpegIt’s hard to be a kid today. Children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure.
Yoga is a helpful tool that can have a positive impact on children and on their development.

Since ancient times, yoga has offered techniques to support growing bodies, restless minds and stressful lives.

Yoga practice supports growing self-awareness, what you really want and love and reconnects you with an inner place of calm while building strength, flexibility and mindfulness.

Yoga for Kids is open to all kids until 12 years old. This is held every Wednesday from 4:00pm-4:45pm starting 29 August.

Those older than 12 are encouraged to join our 4 week beginner workshop, which is suited for all ages.
More info here:

The Yoga for KIDS classes will offer an exciting and enthusiastic practice that will align body and mind working together.
These classes are perfect for KIDS who are trying to balance the pressure of daily lives.
Here are some of the many benefits of yoga for kids:

~Develop body awareness and coordination.
~Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way.
~Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement.
~Build concentration.
~Increase their confidence and positive self-image.
~Learn about the benefits of eating healthy in a fun manner.
~learn and understand compassion, honesty, and contentment.
~Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group.
~Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices.

Here’s what your kids can expect to learn in the yoga workshop:

1. Awareness of the breath:
Breathing exercises can energize kids or encourage relaxation and increases focus and concentration while positively impacting their lung capacity.
Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released.

2. Strengthening and energizing:
Talking about the different muscles used in poses and doing sequences will educate kids on the body, build strength as well as body awareness and coordination.
Bodies that are strong digest food better, maintain a healthy weight and can support the stress of carrying heavy loads, like school books and bags.
Bodies will also breathe better, work more efficiently and protect the more fragile joints.

3. Balancing
Balancing poses increase focus and attention naturally .
They evoke a meditative feeling, and promote stillness and quieting of the mind. This can help kids deal with the stress of living in a chaotic world where constant stimulation is a regular part of life. Also great as a natural ADD remedy.

4. Stretching and lengthening
It’s great for kids to be strong, but a body that’s only based on strength has no way to yield under pressure. Strong muscles without accompanying flexibility can’t move quickly, pulling on bones and joints.

5. Awareness and focus
Yoga gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

6. Flowing, connecting and integrating
When we string poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps them build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves.

7. Meditation and relaxation
Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality.

We will meet from 4pm-4:45pm on a Wednesday afternoon.
Cost: R380 per month for the first child, thereafter R320 extra per sibling.

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YOGA and WINE RETREAT

5AC00C7A-CF3B-466B-8B8B-7606E20A78A4Warm up this winter to a hearty winter warmer retreat lead by Roxy Louw. 

Imagine enjoying fire heated yoga in a log cabin, set in the magical Elgin valley. 

Only an hour from Cape Town international airport and the city Centre. 

We will go full glamping, VIP style in fully catered tents for your comfort. 

Offering that extra touch of luxury while still being able to connect with nature.

All tents are permanently set up in an intimate forest, with luxurious and comfortable beds made up for your arrival.

We will enjoy delicious, healthy gut food inspired by Marlien Wright, author of “the Yoga kitchen” who will present a nutrition workshop. 

Her delicious food will be paired with Deetleefs wine cellars best vineyard selection. 

Think Yoga, cozy tents, log cabin, fire, good food, great company and delicious wine. 

For those that want to break away from the retreats activities and enjoy the hikes or mountain bike trails in the area, the option is there.

This is a retreat not to be missed as it will be Roxy’s first retreat in the Western Cape region. 

For more details please contact greenleafvitality@gmail.com

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Sam Barton

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Starting his career as a provincial rugby player in NZ, Sam decided to swap his rugby boots for a yoga mat in his pursuit of self awareness.

After years of experience as an elite athlete and rugby coach, along with his background in the fitness industry running fitness bootcamps in Hong Kong, Sam decided to move to South Africa and open Greenleafvitality with his partner, Roxy Louw.

His leadership skills along with his spiritual approach to life offer the perfect combination to our retreats.

Sharon Kriel

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In 2015 she submerged herself in an Integral Yoga Course at the Ananda Kutir Ashram with Swami Vidyananda.
In 2016 she completed a 200hour Vinyasa teacher training at The Shala in Cape Town.
She is enthusiastic in her sharing of breath work and flow to all levels of yoga.
You will find her friendly and bubbly personality shine through in her teaching, a class not to missed.

Beating the winter blues with HOT YOGA.

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Glowing skin, toned muscles, weight loss, detoxification, better immunity, better moods, better focus, better sleep patterns, better flexibility, less chronic pain, less stress, less depression are only some of the benefits of this practice.

No wonder Yoga has taken the world by storm with it’s “mind, body and relaxation” benefits. With the likes of celebrities like David Beckham, Jennifer Anniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron all swearing by this ancient practice and its “all round” effect. 

00B11D6F-8814-4FE4-9A31-E52754CBC86BBut what happens when the heat gets turned up?

Here are 10 benefits of heated YOGA and why to opt for a heated Studio near you this winter:

  1. Cleansing and detoxifying the body:The more you sweat, the more toxins you release. If toxins don’t get released they can be detrimental to our health by interfering with our normal physiology and bodily functions. Causing gout, allergies, headaches, low energy, depression, skin issues etc.
  1. Increasing flexibility: Warm muscle readily stretch more deeply, which aids in better flexibility.
  1. Relieving chronic pain:                                                        A combination of the heat and certain yoga postures can ease pain such as arthritis, joint aches, knee injuries and back pain.
  1. Assisting with weight loss: Hot Yoga increases heart rate, boosts the metabolism, improves digestion and stabilizes ones appetite.

Practicing yoga in a heated room increases your pulse rate and metabolism, allowing your blood vessels to become more flexible and it makes your body burn some major calories! During a heated class, one can burn as many as 2500kj in a session. 

Increasing your core body temperature through heated classes also helps you burn fat more easily. 

  1. Menteal clarity:                                                                  Hot Yoga promotes mental concentration and strength due to the intensity of the heat.

You will feel lighter, happier, sleep better and enjoy a more energetic and toned physic. 

After regular practice, you will also have overall improved mental, emotional and physical health.

  1. Internal Warmth: Not only do heated yoga classes provide the external warmth from the heaters, but it also helps create that internal heat from the Yoga poses and increased circulation that you intern carry with you throughout your day.
  1. Yoga Helps You Stay Healthy:   Studies have shown that the postures used in hot yoga, alongside the heat, assist in stimulating the thymus gland – the part of the body which improves the proper functioning of your immune system. It is also proven that exercise leads to a healthier body.

8. Connectivity:                                     Staying connected to like minded people in a healthy environment, out of the comfort of the winter hibernation have proven to have a positive effect on the mood.

9. Glowing skin: Board-certified dermatologist, Leslie Caudill, M.D., says, “With increased heat and sweating, hot yoga opens up the pores and allows impurities to be removed from the skin. The humidity adds moisture which maintains the skin’s hydration status giving it that natural glow. The exercise itself increases circulation in the body. By increasing circulation, you increase oxygen delivery which leads to better skin health and better appearance of the skin.”. Achieve a more efficient and effective workout in less time- just being in the heat is a physical benefit. It’s heating your body from the outside in. As you’re moving through the practice, you’re heating your body from the inside out. It gets your muscles ready faster to stretch and work.

10. Deepen mindfulness: Exercise helps to develop not only physical strength but also mental and emotional strength. 

Exercising in a heated room requires a deep level of concentration, one in which the world outside has to dissolve so that your undivided attention is brought to your breath and your body. In that space, the mind can begin to tune out to find the present moment. The heat also benefits the lungs with a lung expansion of 50% in a heated class , where a regular yoga class used only 35-40% of total lung capacity. 

Our tips for a healthy heated practice: 

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Stay hydrated: Drink at least 3l of water when practicing heated yoga as you will sweat out toxins. 

Stay warm: Take warm clothes for after the class and during savasana. 

Go on an empty stomach: Don’t eat a big meal at least 2h before yoga. If you have low blood pressure , a fruit should do the trick. 

Don’t over stretch: The heat allows your body to push yourself more, be mindful and connected to what feels right.

Listen to your body: Back off if anything gets to much and you feel dizzy or light headed. There is no competition in Yoga. Everyone has a different body  compositions, flexibility and fitness levels. 

Breath: take deep breaths, this will calm the central nervous system, regulate your heart rate and keeps you grounded. 

Consult your doctor: If you are suffering from high blood pressure, have heart conditions or are pregnant. 

What style of Yoga to choose?

Easy vinyasa :

Roxy offers a deep, slow restorative vinyasa flow in a heated room to stretch and relax after a  day of work. All fitness levels welcome.

Energetic power flow: 

If you’re less of a yogi and more of a fitness freak, Roxy teaches a power yoga class that combines both.

It integrates yoga with strength training and cardio which forms a full body workout in a relaxed manner with restorative yoga inbetween poses. She also adds her renown core session. 

“I try to hit all of the major parts of the body in a high intensity interval style “flow” for a real cardio blast, which really gets your heart rate up.” says Roxy.

Contact greenleafvitality today for more info.

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Article written by yoga teacher and owner of greenleafvitality: Roxy Louw

BEGINNER YOGA Workshop

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Would you like yoga to be a regular part of your life but just don’t know where to start?Nervous to try it out in the fear of ‘standing out’?Want to get the proper alignment from day 1?

Feel like you would like to start and grow with other beginners, just like you?

Our Beginner Workshop has been designed to teach you the fundamentals of yoga at a moderate pace over 4 classes.

Perfect for setting the foundation and confidence to comfortably join our regular classes afterwards.

Over the workshop you will learn body and mind awareness, relaxing techniques while building strength, become flexible and working up a sweat.

The workshop will focus on alignment and breathing, basic postures and stretches, balancing and strengthening poses, and relaxation techniques.

You should consider the Beginner Workshop if you are:

• New to Yoga.

• Not done yoga for years and need a refresher.

• Attended a class at the gym or somewhere but would like to slow down and learn from the ground up.

• Attended a class before but didn’t continue.

• New to yoga and enjoying it but feel lost in the classes.

• A runner or sports person who would like to “loosen up”.

• Keen to find a new form of exercise that gives you a full body workout with the bonus of relaxation.

The 4 classes will take place on:

Evening workshop as follows:

MON 14 January  @ 6:30pm

MON 21 January  @ 6:30pm

MON 28 January  @ 6:30pm

MON 4 February @ 6:30pm

WHERE:

The studio on Oxford street, parking and entrance at Serendipity in the evening, image below.

Morning entrance through “soet” or “arabesque”.

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COST:

R590 per person (full workshop) or R1050 for two (full workshop).
email: greenleafvitality@gmail.com for more info.

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Some benefits of YOGA:

“The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Some Physical benefits of yoga include:

• Increased flexibility

• Increased muscle strength and tone

• Improved respiration, energy and vitality

• Maintaining a balanced metabolism

• Weight reduction

• Cardio and circulatory Health

• Improved athletic performance

• Protection from injury

What some regular yogis say:

Susan Blake:

“Roxy is an amazing teacher, her class was fun, high-paced and relaxing all in one. Def built up a sweat and had a great workout. Will be back, thank you for the great energy”

Robyn Laurie:

“It’s simply addictive – Roxy’s one on one attention & friendly nature coupled with the heated class and great music make it a class worth returning to.”

Mia Greeff:

“This studio and atmosphere gave me a new born love for Yoga! Roxy is an amazing instructor and her love of Yoga really shows in her classes! 10/10 for my personal favourite Yoga spot in CT!”

Domonique May:

“What a treat… what a pleasure. I’ve been loving my new journey with YOGA and what a wonderful teacher Roxy is..Thank you. Namaste“

Juandre Daniel
“So here I am at the very first Yoga class of my life. Super nervous and thinking to myself what have I gotten myself into….”I am not flexible and everybody is going to see this.” I love getting a proper gym session – grid and boot camp classes. How will a relaxing Yoga class help to get rid of stress? Was I in for a surprise. It is perfect for beginners and those who do Yoga on a regular basis. The techniques are carefully shown and explained. You stretch until you feel you can’t anymore. This is a place to go to where no one will judge you!!!!!! I was so relaxed after the very first class. Going back for more…….”

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