Meet the co-trainers
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Janine Syme

Mindfull Movement Yoga

Janine Tracey Syme started her esoteric and yoga journey in 1994 when she completed her Reiki Masters course in Cape Town.

After moving to London in 2003 she trained with Yoga Bugs and then went on to co-train as a children’s yoga teacher focusing on the Business and Creative Operations of how to successfully launch and maintain a yoga business in London. To further her studies, Janine completed her Radiant Child Yoga Program (RCYP I and II) in 2005 with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, who heads up the Radiant Child Yoga program in the United States.

After moving to the Caribbean with the birth of her first child, Janine enrolled in the 500-hour Sivananda Teacher Training run from Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Now living in Cyprus, she will focus on providing the MindfulMovement4Kids Workshop and additional Yoga4Kids training opportunities to its residents.

Janine is accredited as a Mindfulness Practitioner through the School of Mindfulness, and shares her skill through her yoga and mindfulness courses for teachers.

Carin Dean

Carin Dean

Arial Yoga for Kids

Carin is an internationally-trained, multi-disciplined yoga teacher. She has been practising yoga for nearly twenty years. She has a Yoga Alliance qualification in yin, aerial and vinyasa yoga as well as having completed modules 2 and 3 of Yoga4Kids.

Carin is passionate about using yoga as a tool for finding inner joy and resilience. Her studies on the subject have allowed her to develop an understanding of merging eastern philosophy with western science, uncovering alternative ways of dealing with trauma, neurodiversity, menopause and anxiety.

She also doesn’t take life too seriously and believes we are supposed to have as much fun as possible along the way. Live in wonder, live in awe, life’s a blessing, not a chore. She reminds herself constantly that Winnie the Pooh wore a crop top, no pants and ate all his favourite food and everyone still loves him.

Lyndal Alexander

Lyndal Alexander

Yoga Therapy for Kids

Lyndal Alexander qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Cape Town. She has a decade of experience in working with children with complex needs, locally and across the African continent.

Passionate about building resilient children and families in the face of trauma and disability, she completed a Masters in Early Childhood Intervention (UP) in 2017.

Her interest in family-centred and holistic wellbeing approaches to children encouraged her to embark on the Yoga4Kids training, with a special interest in therapeutic yoga and the research evidence behind it.

Katya Salvador

Katya Salvador

Yoga4Teens

Initiated name since 2017: Kamala Sundari

After having profound experiences through her own personal practice of yoga, Katja resigned from her work and went to live in an ashram in India for a year, at the age of 29. She studied at the Bihar Yoga Bharati (University of yoga) in Munger and spent an additional 3 months as a participating resident at the ashram, prior to the course. During this time, Katya was initiated by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati and received darshan and upliftment through his association and guidance.

To date, Katya has taught with the South African School of Yoga in Hyde Park, Yoga Shala in Parkmore, the Yoga Lounge in Rivonia, Childline in Soweto and at Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein. After the birth of her own child, Katya studied to become a Montessori teacher as well as a Yoga Kids teacher with Suzie Manson from Yoga4Kids.

Katya is currently developing a yoga curriculum based on Montessori philosophy which she hopes to manufacture and distribute in the near future.

In 2017, Katya received initiation into Bhakti Yoga through ISKCON and taught yoga at the Sandton Temple Sunday school services. She is also an Ayurvedic massage therapist and has had basic training in self-help Ayurveda.