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MEET THE TEAM

Roxy Louw

Owner

Owner of Greenleafvitality and co-founder of CannaYOGA.<br /> Roxy found herself doing yoga in Costa Rico back in 2007 with the<br /> Oakley international surf team.<br /> But it wasn’t until 2014 that the spirit of yoga really grabbed her.<br /> “I don’t know why I didn’t take to teaching earlier as there is nothing more<br /> rewarding than leading a yoga class and watching the transformation happen.<br /> I get the exact same mind, body, soul connection on my mat that I get when I’m in the water.”<br /> She now surfs her breath and energy in the natural ease that she rides the waves.”<br /> After deciding to take it a step further in Thailand where she qualify for her YTCC 200 hours in all styles of yoga. She transitioned into the Yoga world.<br /> After travelling abroad and finally settling back in Durbanville, Roxy missed the yoga she practiced and by this decidde to open the first Hot yoga studio in Durbanville with her fiancé Sam Barton.<br /> If you catch one of her classes, she teaches an energetic, candle lit, beat bumping Power flow.<br /> Along with her ever so popular Canna infused classes.<br /> She integrated her reiki knowledge and studies into her flow for a deeper understanding of the chakras and our energetic system for maximum transformation.<br /> Her retreats are not to be missed!<br />

Sam Barton

Co-owner

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.<br /> After years of experience as an elite athlete and rugby coach, along with his background in the fitness industry running fitness bootcamps in<br /> Hong Kong, Sam decided to move to South Africa and open Greenleafvitality with his partner, Roxy Louw.<br /> His leadership and life coaching skills along with his spiritual approach to life offer the perfect combination to our retreats.<br /> Catch his Power yang or yin yoga at the studio. His Canna Yoga classes are also not to be missed!

Sharon Kriel

Studio Manager

Sharon’s roots started in Hatha yoga in 2012, soon she developed a deep love for her practice. 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.

Michelle Banwell

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!

Zoe Agostinelli

Zoë first stepped into yoga class in 2013.<br /> After a tragedy she chose to start practicing Yoga<br /> to gain self control of her life again and the effects were immediate.</p> <p>Acknowledging the power and healing that Yoga personally offered her,<br /> she decided that she wants to provide others with this knowledge too.<br /> Zoë completed her 300HTT with Jim Harrington in 2017.<br /> She's also completed a kids yoga course and is forever learning<br /> by reading, researching and doing additional online courses.<br /> Knowing that there is always something to learn and by doing<br /> so there is always something to give.</p> <p>In Zoës Restorative meditation class she encourages self-exploration<br /> and growth, promoting self-healing and awareness.</p> <p>Zoë believes that making a connection with others is a blessing<br /> and creating an open safe space for others to make a connection<br /> with themselves; their bodies, minds and breath is something truly special.<br />

Melanie Rabie

Melanie's joy and passion for yoga is palpable and infectious. ⁣<br /> Her style of teaching brings together elements of strength, flexibility and balance.<br /> This encouraging students to break through their perceived limitations both on and off the mat.<br /> What began as a purely physical practice led Melanie to discover the spiritual and mental benefits of yoga as she journeyed to become a certified Yoga Instructor.<br /> It is through pranayama, asana and meditation that she leads her students into a sense of inner calm and self-acceptance.