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Our Story

Everyone wants to be happy, it’s that simple. Yoga is about realising your inherent happiness. It exists in each and every one of us and the path of Yoga provides us with a very practical means to awaken this joy, that is our natural state of being.

The Living Yoga studio is more than just a space; it is a sacred space where students immerse themselves completely in yoga. We encourage our students to take their practice off the mat and into the world we all share. Established by Cherryl Duncan in 2006, the studio and the community that has sprung up around it has continued to grow under Sarah Bentz, a certified Jivamukti teacher and the current owner and director of Living Yoga. Sarah is supported by an incredible group of like-minded teachers all meeting the highest teaching standards and inspiring a path to yoga through compassion for all beings.

Jivamukti is a world-renowned method of yoga created by Sharon Gannon and David Life. Read more ( Yoga is blessed to have hosted many international teachers including: Sharon Gannon, David Life, Jules Febre, Andrea Boyd, Petros Haffenrichter, Anja Kühnel, Dechen Thurman and Olivier David, amongst others.Locally, Living Yoga continually hosts a variety of workshops, Satsungs, charity events, meditation and sutra lectures.

Join us to discover the benefits yoga provides for body, mind and soul. 

“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhanvantu. May all beings everywhere be happy & free”.


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Living Yoga is based at 13 Chester Avenue Parkwood Johannesburg, download our APP to stay up to date.


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Meet Our Teachers

All the teachers at Living Yoga meet the highest teaching standards. Most qualified under Cherryl Duncan & Sarah Bentz and many are Jivamukti certified and bring a mix of styles including Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Restoratives.



Yoga has had and continues to have such a profoundly positive impact on her own life that she wants to share what she has experienced with as many others as she can. She draws on ancient yogic texts like the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras and her own experiences of Yoga, Buddhism, Vipassana meditation, love of music, dance and life in general to teach mentally and physically uplifting and challenging classes. She continues to study and practice so she can continue to give genuine and authentic teachings. She is eternally grateful to her beloved teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life and Jeffrey Cohen for inspiring her along this path to liberation though compassion for all beings. She is also deeply indebted to Cherryl Duncan for her invaluable teachings, her love, support and guidance and for introducing her to Jivamukti Yoga. If there is anything of any value in Sarah’s classes, it is because of the gifts she has received from these beautiful teachers.



My classes are strong flow & tend to have a theme & creative flair. The focus in my sequences is preparing body for a peak pose in the practice. I love music & there’s always a playlist to help inspire or deepen the theme. I find props are a fun way to learn new things. I believe their are many paths to Yoga & my classes often explore more than just the physical practice.

I started my yoga journey in Cape Town many years ago. I started as an Ashtangi but it was an introduction to the philosophy of the 8 limbs of yoga that really got me hooked. I realized how much there was to learn, practice & share. 

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Before Yoga, I led a professional corporate life. In 2006 I studied Reiki at the Reiki Master Level and then in 2007 Mindfulness Meditation, and so began my journey into conscious living, eventually leading to Yoga. First studying Vinyasa Yoga (ERYT200) at Living Yoga and then studying Jivamukti Yoga (Certified 300 Hours), under guidance of my yoga teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, of Jivamukti Yoga NYC.

I teach Jivamukti Yoga, which is a challenging Ashtanga Vinyasa style of yoga

I teach all levels of Yogis: absolute beginners to advanced Yoga practices, classes are challenging, but always accessible and relevant to a modern world. All classes draw on the ancient traditional Yoga teachings and authentic Yogic practices: Poses, Breathing, Mantra, Meditation.

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A veteran fitness fanatic found yoga at 41 years of age, Gavin shifted his passion for movement to appreciating asana and yoga having completed his teacher training within the first year of doing his first yoga class in 2018. His classes carry educational engagement of mind and body leaving you invigorated and ready for more



My yoga journey has been and will always be one of the most transformative aspects of my life. It has brought me so much joy and has given me the tools to pursue a path of self-awareness and so my goal is to be able to share as much of the happiness and freedom that yoga has brought me with all of my students.


The world around us can be very demanding of us emotionally, physically and energetically and I have learnt through my own practice that very few things are as powerful at moving and rebuild this life force as yoga and so I place a lot of focus on sequencing my classes with this intention. To achieve this I draw inspiration from both the Hatha and Vinyasa schools in order to design classes that create ease and movement both in our physical and energetic bodies.


I began my yoga journey at Living Yoga back in 2014 and have been absolutely hooked ever since. I was completely taken in by how beautiful and loving the community is and how powerful the practice can be in cultivating peace and joy in our lives. It has been my deep connection with the Living Yoga community and teachers that inspired me to study yoga and I have subsequently studied under both the Hatha and Vinyasa schools.

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I believe in the power of movement as medicine. I believe in the wisdom of nature and the healing truth present in the natural world. I believe that through our connection to our bodies and natural environment, deep healing and passion can emerge, and it is with this approach that I seek to share my love with the world. 

My teaching and practice is inspired at the intersection where movement, music, nature and discernment meet. Sometimes it is more movement than discernment, sometimes it is more music than movement, sometimes nature wisdom prevails however the common thread is a deep love and interest in how our bodies can be used as a vessel in our environment to access and experience our inner truth. I have a deep passion and path of service to honoring healing through various modalities I have been immersed in for the past two decades. 



I am deeply passionate about Kundalini Yoga and the science of humanlogy. 

Within this yoga style, I have discovered a wealth of knowledge and technology. 

I have an inquisitive mind and love exploring,learning and sharing my discoveries. 


Yoga is the unifying dance of all aspects of yourself, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. 

Through various Kriyas, pranayama and meditations, we really have an amazing opportunity to explore all these parts of ourselves. When I leave my mat, after my practice, I want to feel a difference within myself and that’s what I hope my student’s experience as well. 


I have a deep love for music, and love the various ways it can make us feel. 

I love sharing my music, and how it completes the essence of a class



It’s been the most pivotal healing modality in my own process of transformation. 

Everybody should have access to these tools, they really form the most vital step on the road to the elevation of our consciousness individually and as a species.


Asana practice is only one aspect of Yoga, many people think that’s all Yoga is. I think it’s import to teach in a way that gives people an understanding of this so that the full gifts of the practice are received.

I like to teach in a way that builds awareness around and continually draws attention to what is happening in the body in terms of feeling, sensation, thought, emotion as one moves through the yoga process.


I’m a self enquirer by nature, so I’m continuously reading books, doing courses, listening to talks on the process of Self Realisation. The teachings and wisdom of people who have walked this path inspire me to continue to face my own frontiers on the mat.



It is a rare and wonderful thing to come into contact with yoga, it has change my life in the most profound ways and has brought me closer to truly knowing who I am and why I am here, so I would like to share this amazing practice in the hopes that it might spark the same journey of self discovery which it sparked in me all those years ago.


Swadhyaya in English means "self study" or "self observation". I strongly believe that any journey starts with knowing where you are physically, mentally and spiritually and from then onwards the first step can be taken, in my classes and in my own practice I try to incorporate this idea or practice while moving from one shape to another.


Life in this material world is filled with so many challenges and obstacles, many of these challenges can leave us feeling a bit anxious, despondent or unhappy, this is what inspires me to come onto my mat and to hold on to my practice because when you're on your mat it feels like everything is going to be alright, when I get onto my mat I am giving myself space to recharge my batteries and clear my mind so that I can deal with whatever life throws at me. 


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