Meryl teaches yoga and meditation as a healing and transformational practice providing soul solutions for living an authentic, sustainable, spiritual life on and off the mat. With 20 years experience as a Yoga practitioner, and over a decade's experience teaching ASANA, (Traditional Ha-tha VInyasa, Yin, Sivananda), PRANAYAMA, MEDITATION & PHILOSOPHY, Meryl will guide your practice to new depths.
Meryl began practising yoga twenty years ago having become interested in Eastern Philosophy and meditation during her travels through India, Nepal and the Far East in the late '90s. She taught her first class when accidentally confessing to practising yoga during her induction week at Raleigh International in 2005. She was called upon to give her first class the next day and continued teaching the volunteers throughout her 3 month stint as a Project Manager in Namibia.
Qualifying as a Yoga Acharya under the guidance of her teachers Prem Sadasivananda and Swami Kashi at the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas in February 2008 after leaving the corporate world of Investment Banking to write her first novel – Unoriginal Sin; Meryl has since taught in the UK, South Africa, Indonesia, Portugal, and at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.
She gained her Yoga Sports Coach qualification through the UK-based Yoga Sports Science in November 2011, submitting her research paper on the benefits of yoga in sport after completing a case study with top SA squash player Adrian Hansen.
She then returned to India to complete her Advanced Teacher Training Course with Prahlada at the Sivananda Neyyar Dam Ashram in 2012.
Other teachers who have profoundly directed her teaching include Simon Borg-Oliver, Matthew Sanford & Dr John Doulliard.
In 2018, Meryl undertook further trainings in Shaking Medicine (E-motion Yoga) in Australia and Tantric Hatha Yoga with Octavio Salvado of The Practice, Bali and is looking forward to training with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest and Tara Judelle in 2020.
Other major influences:
Carl Jung, Hermann Hesse, Haruki Murakami
The 4 Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The 12 Steps and the teachings of Dr Gabor Mate (trauma and addiction)
I met Meryl almost decade ago during a yoga teacher training I was undertaking at the time. She has consistently struck me as a sincere, heartfelt person who views yoga as it should be - a way of life, not merely a collection of poses. Meryl is very passionate about what she does and has an intuitive understanding of how to hold space for people who entrust their yogic journey to her guidance. She is an incredibly strong, compassionate person who has much wisdom and joy to share. Her teaching style is integrative, balanced and feels so abundant in both knowledge nurturance. One of my favourite first memories of meeting her is when she spontaneously guided me to be able to do a free-standing headstand, an inversion I struggled with for many years, on the beach facing the sunset over the ocean. I will always be grateful for crossing paths with her. She is a genuine gem who walks her talk - a real asset to this industry and world at large.