Roxy found herself doing yoga in costa Rico back in 2007 with the Oakley international surf team as a surfer but it wasn’t until 2014 that the spirit of yoga really grabbed her.
“I don’t know why I didn’t take to teaching earlier as there is nothing more rewarding than leading a yoga class and watching the transformation happen.
I get the exact same mind, body, soul connection on my mat that I get when I’m in the water.”
She now surfs her breath and energy in the natural ease that she rides the waves.


After deciding to take it a step further in Thailand where she qualify for her YTCC 200 hours in in all styles of yoga. She transitioned into the Yoga world.

Coming from the health background alongside Kauai health food as an Ambassador and the original face,
Roxy has now started her own company embracing this lifestyle “Greenleaf Vitality” where she host retreats, corporate yoga events, workshops and surf & yoga retreats. She has come to bring all her passions under one roof and has recently opened a leg of her business in the Cape wine lands.
Here you can find juice cleanses, customized diet plans, a tranquil Yoga Studio and a whole lot of fun.

If you catch one of her classes, she teaches an energetic fitness flow along with a gentle restorative vinyasa.
She uses the interval training techniques in her yoga class to maximize weight-loss, fitness and heart rate to help sculpt, tone and relax those under her guidance.

Also having qualified as reiki healer and nutritional therapist after dealing with her father, ex rugby player Rob Louw’s battle with cancer.
Roxy found her calling and love for healing.

She believes healing happens when the correct elements are in place.
This is the base of all her retreats and her studio environment.

At her retreats you will find healthy freshly squeezed cold pressed juices, yoga, hikes,massage  and of course wholesome food set in a relaxed environment. The retreats are hosted at discrete venues over pop up weekends.

You can Find roxy on Instagram : @roxylouw or @greenleafvitality for her latest where abouts or keep an eye on www.greenleafvitality.com for a retreat near you.


Coverage in the latest Wellness Magazine


Sunday 1 January 2017 by Wellness Warehouse

True yoga prioritises the training of the mind as highly as that of the body. While it is by no means a religion, it can be seen as a form of spiritual practice, serving to help us self-actualise and live our lives in a state of balance and union.

There’s no denying the fact that #yoga has become a pop culture trend, and it’s great that the practice is being made available to the masses. But although many of the proponents of today’s myriad new ‘brands’ of yoga (think Easy Yoga, Desk Yoga, Yoga for Lovers and Yoga for Pets) are indeed sincere in their teachings and trying to promote yoga in their own ways, many of their methods have eliminated some of the most essential (and beneficial) elements of the practice.

The physical poses, or asanas, that most of us have come to know as ‘yoga’ actually represent only one of the eight limbs of the traditional yogic path.

It’s true that these postures are ancient, tried-and-tested exercises developed over thousands of years to purposefully exercise every muscle, nerve and gland in the human body, and that a committed asana practice will make your body strong, elastic, light and grounded. But yoga is so much more that an exercise routine. It does train the body, but it does so in an attempt to make it a fit vehicle for the soul. The fitness benefits are really just the side effects.

B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the world’s foremost yoga teachers and the founder of Iyengar yoga, is famous for asking: “Where does the body end and the mind begin? Where does the mind end and the spirit begin?” The answer he found through his yoga practice was that, “They cannot be divided as they are interrelated and but different aspects of the same all-pervading divine consciousness.”

Through its often rigorous exercising of the body, yoga aims to train the mind to concentrate and turn inwards. The asanas teach us to pay attention to what is happening in the moment. If we don’t, we could put our bodies at risk. We are invited to direct our minds (and our breath) to the core of each posture, where they are joined in harmony with the body. This kind of symbiotic union can turn our minds – which for many of us are our worst enemies – into our best friends.
While the mind is stilled by the asanas and the breath, the moving meditation of yoga also encourages us to accept things as they are, exactly as they come and go.

If considering the practice of yoga as a bridge to your inner world and energy feels a bit too ‘woo woo’ for you, you might resonate better with the fact that yoga works on several levels to improve brain function and balance. It removes impediments from the musculoskeletal and circulatory systems, increasing blood flow to the brain. It has also been proven to change negative brain chemistry, balancing and reducing caustic acids and decreasing the sympathetic nervous system (also known as the fight or flight response).

Whether you respond better to the idea of universal life force or pure brain chemistry, if you can use the state of mind created in your yoga practice to sustain you until the next session, you will surely come to understand how true yoga is actually simply the science of living correctly.

The Eightfold Path of Yoga

  • Yama – the practice of universal moral principles
  • Niyama – the practice of personal discipline
  • Asana – the practice of physical postures
  • Pranayama – control of the breath
  • Pratyahara – the practice of withdrawal of the senses
  • Dharana – the practice of focused attention
  • Dhyana – the practice of meditation
  • Samadhi – self-realisation/enlightenment

Did You Know?

  • The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or join together.
  • According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is considered to be the first teacher of yoga.
  • Ancient yogis believed that we only have a limited number of breaths in each life. So it made sense to stretch our life out a bit longer by taking slow and deep breaths.
  • Swami Vivekananda is credited for being the greatest proponent of Yoga in the West.
  • A 2013 study claims that yoga therapy could benefit people living with depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.
  • Yoga poses stimulate the regular secretion of hormones from the endocrine glands, promoting overall physical and emotional health.

My Journey into the Essence of Yoga
by Roxy Louw

Famous local surfer and model Roxy Louw has recently found a new love in yoga. She tells us about her move towards yoga.

I began my yoga journey about three and a half years ago. As a spiritual person, I have always been attracted to it but somehow just never managed to get myself onto a mat until then.

When I stepped out of my first class, I experienced an unprecedented clarity of mind. I felt as close to my idea of spirit as I do when I’m surfing an incredible wave.

Hungry for more of this feeling, I finally enrolled in a yoga teacher training in Thailand last year. While I’d enjoyed the ‘power’ classes at the studio I attended in Cape Town, I loved the more traditional yoga I experienced on my training.

I feel that a lot of people tend to do physical exercise from a very ego-driven state. We need to learn to be more gentle with ourselves, seeing yoga as a holistic system of healing rather than a means of achieving an exercise goal.

As I’ve also studied nutrition, I’ve come to focus a lot on the idea of how we can nourish ourselves on all levels. I’m proud to say that my journey has led me to create Green Leaf Vitality – my contribution to holistic health and the vehicle through which I will be offering my highly customised yoga and wellbeing retreats throughout South Africa this year.

If you’d like to walk alongside Roxy on a journey towards true (rather than surface-level) health, follow her Facebook page (@greenleafvitality) for updates on retreat dates and venues for the year.

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