YogaWithin is situated in the beautiful Noordhoek Valley, surrounded by the tranquility of nature in the heart of the Garden Emporium.
The beautiful studio used to be an atrium and with vision was transformed into this space of light - surrounded by flowing water fountains, high ceilings, bamboo floors and floor-to-ceiling windows - all allowing for the perfect place to practice yoga and to connect to your own inner silence.

The vision is to create a feeling of community - a fellowship of caring humans coming together to share, to listen, to support; reflecting on today’s life matters through the ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy.

This is your space: an oasis where you can relax, take off your shoes, enjoy yourself and the art of living. Feel free, think big, think small. This is a place where people will be seen. Take your time and breathe. Seize the moment, use your key and open your heart. Laugh, cry, or be crazy if you like. This is your space.







Our Teachers

Anree Conarroe

Anree Conarroe

Anree has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1998.

Her journey of self-discovery and growing awareness of the subtle energies in and around the physical body started during a stay in a forest monastery in Thailand. Extensive travels through India, North America, Europe and South-east Asia exposed her to various aspects of the yoga philosophy and practices.

In 2002 Anree started practicing Vijñāna Yoga at Studio Asana in Amsterdam under Teresa Caldas, following the principles of Dona Holleman and Orit Sen-Gupta. Anree holds a Certified Teacher Training Certificate in Vinyāsa Yoga, as well as an Advanced Teacher Training Certificate. She is deeply inspired by her teachers such as Simon Borg-Olivier, Shimon Ben-Avi and Aditi M.Gaur, from the Himalayan Tradition.

Living in Noordhoek with her husband and three sons, Anree continues to take every opportunity to deepen her practice of yoga and meditation.

Leora Leibovitz

Leora Leibovitz

Leora stumbled into her first yoga class 20 years ago trying to recover from an injury while preparing for the 92 olympic games as a marathon runner on the Israeli team.

That class would mark the beginning of a transforming life journey. Through the profound and wise teaching of her teacher Shimon Ben-Avi Leora embarked on the journey which lead her to this little paradise at the end of the world called Noordhoek. Leora followed an athletic career throughout her life, completed her masters degree in physical science, and has travelled the world to study the yoga philosophy and the yogic way of life from some of today’s greatest teachers, among them Pattabi joice, Richard Freeman, Anna Forest, David Life and Sharon Gannon.

Through her studies and understanding, Leora feels that she has been able to shift her life and lifestyle allowing her to lead a more clear, focused, stress-free, love-filled life contributing to good health and passion for life. Her intention as a teacher is to share that positive outlook and sensation with as many as she can reach.

Gavin Robertson

Gavin Robertson

Gavin has a keen interest in the integration of western and eastern approaches to psychology.

He enjoys exploring the relationship between scientific research, particularly quantum theory, and the understanding of the universe from the perspective of yoga. In this way Gavin views the psyche as being the size of the universe, our internal journey reflected in our external reality. Through teaching yoga philosophy, he applies yoga concepts to the practicalities of integrating our internal world with our external experience. Gavin works within a yoga framework to discover and explore the path toward the truer Self in the journey of authenticity.

He is currently completing a Ph.D in Yoga Psychology.

Merna Wells

Merna Wells

Merna Wells began her yoga journey by doing acrobatics as a child and different forms of dance throughout her life. Growing up close to nature in Zimbabwe also contributed to her understanding of yoga. After doing a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies she began practicing Hatha Yoga until she graduated with a PhD in Comparative Literature. She then spent a year practicing intensively at Ananda Kutir Ashrama and reading Yoga philosophy.

She started doing Ashtanga Yoga 10 years ago, first with Leora Leibowitz and then by completing an Advanced Yoga Teaching Training with Shimon Ben Avi. Since then she has done several workshops and a retreat with Shimon and practices regularly with Leora. She continues to learn from these humble and gentle teachers and from other Ashtanga teachers, such as, Michael Hamilton. She has also practiced with teachers of different styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Kundalini and Synergy Yoga. Yoga practice represents for her the spiritual union of the love of physical movement, an experiential wisdom found beyond intellectual inquiry and the profound sense of connectedness with the silence and stillness of consciousness itself, that is often experienced in nature.

She reads, listen to and learns from spiritual teachers daily and has a special love for the teachings of Krishnamurti, Osho and Echarte Tolle.

Rita Pires

Rita Pires

Rita is known for her gentle and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge and open your heart. Rita is a Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-200) through The Shala school in Cape Town.

After embarking on a nomadic working lifestyle that has been taking her all over the world, the call to find a home again landed Rita in the mother city, Cape Town.

Vinyāsa Yoga has given her a remarkable opportunity to cultivate the specific tools and techniques she needs to live a healthy life, giving her the power to transcend regressive patterns and step into her true potential.

“The yoga practice is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the people whose lives we touch.”

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Sarah approaches yoga from a background in soccer, dance and gymnastics. She started practicing yoga in 2007 after getting tired of suffering from repeat injuries playing soccer. Sarah stuck with yoga due to the mental clarity she found from movement meditation.

Sarah’s classes traverse traditional and inspired poses fluidly using a “whole mat” approach where students marinate on internal anchors to navigate their experiences. Grounded in prana flow vinyasa yoga, Sarah tries to bring a gentle playfulness to her classes through intention, philosophy and breath. Sarah acknowledges with gratitude, love and light Shiva Rea, Jessica Lazar, and Shimon Ben Avi as her core teachers.

When not on her mat, you can find Sarah hiking, reading, and working in the public health field integrating movement and play into daily lives.

Hayley van Rooyen

Hayley van Rooyen

Hayley is passionate about yoga and the deep inner peace and serenity she finds through daily practice.

Coming from a background in ballet and having studied anatomy at university she has a fundamental understanding and awareness of the physical body.  Living in a spectacularly beautiful part of the world surrounded by nature inspires her and fills her soul. All of this manifests in Hayley’s classes which are quiet and gentle, with focus on attention to alignment, building strength, and grace of movement.  Philosophically, she continues to explore how using the wisdom of yoga provides support and the tools we require to help us navigate through daily life.

“So many people come to yoga for a good stretch, to recover from an injury or any number of other ‘body-centric’ reasons, but leave with so much more.”







Class Schedule

 October 2016


Please note that we offer private lessons on request; contact







Coming Up


Synergy-inspired Vinyasa

Every Wednesday with Claudia

  • Join Claudia every Wednesday from 9:00-10:30
  • Mobilize your spine, move with grace & fluidity
  • You will love how this makes you feel - come give it a try!


Yin Restorative

Tuesdays 18:00-19:15

  • The practice of yin yoga trains us in the habit of slowing down, paying attention and listening.
  • Stretching deeply into the hips beyond their usual range, your mind will feel nourished and clear at the same time.
  • Join us for the really special experience, every Tuesday evening from 6-7:15pm.


Workshop more Complex Postures

Every Wednesday evening 18:30-20:30

  • Join us as we workshop more complex poses ranging from standing balances to arm balances to hip openers and inversions.
  • We will break each one of these postures down to make them accessible.
  • Focussing on breath, concentration, inner & outer strength and proper alignment and flexibility.


Uncover what is actually driving your life

with Gavin Robertson

  • Unlock and discover parts of yourself waiting to be explored and nurtured
  • Discern what your unique journey holds and the practicalities of getting there
  • Learn techniques to design and craft the life you’ve always wanted
  • Life-discussion and Meditation every Thursday evening, from 6-7:30pm
  • Book your spot on:


Fundamentals of Yoga - with Sarah

Every Tuesday 9:30-10:30

  • This class is open to beginners and practitioners wanting to understand and deepen the underlying principles and of postures.
  • Offering the opportunity to workshop postures from the ground up.
  • Allowing time to stop and examine correct alignment, and ask & answer questions.
  • Open to class-card holders and drop-ins
  • Book your spot on


Yoga & Nature

Sunday, 30 October

  • Join us for a beautiful Vinyasa class to stretch & mobilize the joints
  • Followed by an invigorating walk in the mountains
  • Meet at YogaWithin studio on Sunday, 18 September, at 9am
  • Bring comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, water, something warm, light lunch
  • Book your spot:


Yoga to Restore & Renew

Saturday mornings with Rita

  • Learn specific yoga sequences to help strengthen your immune system, calm & ground the nervous system and help boost your digestion.
  • Join Rita every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30
  • Open to class-card holders and drop-ins


Advanced TTC module 22-29 April 2017

with Shimon Ben Avi

  • This 7 day module will form part of the Advanced Teachers Training course with Shimon (overall adding up to 300 hours)
  • Open to teachers and experienced practitioners
  • Limited to 27 people only
  • Book now, to avoid disappointment



Every 1st Friday of the month

  • Join us as we share real-life issues with like-minded people
  • Coming together to share, to listen, to just be
  • This is a free evening
  • 18:00-19:00 - 1st Friday of every month
  • See you there!

Fee Structure sized


The YogaWithin Studio is in the Noordhoek Garden Emporium on the corner of Noordhoek Main Road and Katzenellenbogen Street.
Entrance to the YogaWithin Studio is through the Nursery or Pole Yard.
After hours, use the lower gate on Katzenellenbogen Road.

Noordhoek Garden Emporium, Noordhoek Main Road,
Corner Katzenellenbogen Street
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7979, South Africa

T: 082 929 4833

Noordhoek Garden Emporium

  • +27 (0) 82 929 4833
  • Noordhoek Main Road
    Corner Katzenellenbogen Street
    Cape Town, Western Cape, 7979, South Africa


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