Yoga Kurunta

Yoga Kurunta

Becoming soft like a puppet with the Yoga wall ropes.

Article written by Diego Baldi of Inner Wellness Studio

The word Kurunta means puppet or doll made of wood. When we practice kurunta we become like puppets suspended by ropes. All different categories of yoga asana, standing poses, inversions, forward bends and especially back bending poses, are developed and refined through the use of wall ropes.

We use the ropes to find the stability and awareness of alignment in our Yoga asana.

Create more space and softness in areas of the body where tension tends to settle. The work experienced on the wall ropes are unique. Stability, agility and balance is gained in the shoulder girdle, spine, pelvis and hamstrings.

The pinnacle of all the experiences that the wall ropes offer, comes in the practice of rope Sirsasana, the suspended headstand. This traction in the spine helps relieve back pain and tension. The full release of the abdomen allows for rejuvenation and stimulation of all the vital organs. The gentle downward pull, also creates a deep sense of presence and relaxation.

Yoga Kurunta is excellent for students of all levels seeking to strengthen, align, and restore the body. Those that suffer stiffness, the elderly and those that have a difficult time moving into complex poses will find Yoga Kurunta particularly therapeutic. As a totally supportive practice that yields relaxing and lengthening effects on the body and nervous system that last for days, Yoga Kurunta is a good choice for all!

Both Diego Baldi and Nalini from thelotusroom, integrate the use of this specialised prop into their classes at the Durban Yoga Shala. For the month of July they will both work extensively with the wall ropes as a warm up to the upcoming Yoga Kurunta event at the Durban Yoga Shala. You are invited to join the classes and the workshop to learn more about Yoga Kurunta .

E-mail to find out more about weekly classes and to book your place on the Yoga Kurunta workshop, more information below.

Iyengar Yoga Kuranta Workshop Weekend with Senior Intermediate Iyengar Yoga Teacher David Jacobs assisted by Jürgen Meusel



Your introduction to Yoga at Durban Yoga Shala

Your introduction to Yoga at Durban Yoga Shala

Yoga is an ancient practice that brings the body, mind and spirit into union. It is this aspect of yoga that sets it apart from other forms of ‘exercise’.

“Yoga brings gifts from your very first day. These benefits can be experienced even by raw beginners, who feel something beginning to happen at a deep level in their bodies, in their minds, and even in their souls “BKS Iyengar

Yoga brings health and vitality to the body through the practice of sequences of asanas or postures. These asanas lengthen and strengthen the muscles, improve joint flexibility, tones the body and improves your posture and balance.

The emphasis on the breath during postures helps improve your stamina. Yogic breathing is in itself meditative and helps bring your mind into union with your physical practice. The mental and emotional benefits of yoga include improved clarity, concentration and mental stamina.  We learn how to release tension, and our impatience and egotism gently unravel as we surrender into a posture.

Yoga can be practiced by people young and old, persons fit and flexible and especially those who consider themselves unfit and not flexible. Come as you are and you will discover the benefits of yoga. You will learn to work with your limitations and move beyond them.

In the words of the great yoga master Mr. BKS Iyengar`by persistent and sustained practice anyone and everyone can make the yoga journey …’

Our yoga classes are suitable for students new to yoga and experienced practitioners.

Please approach your yoga practice in the spirit of ahimsa (nonviolence, non-harmfulness). Yoga is non-competitive.  Be mindful of your body’s limitations. Each day is different and you may not be able to achieve a posture today that you performed last week. Being mindful will help you prevent unnecessary injuries.

“… yoga inspired me to partake in the joy and nobility of life, which I carried to many thousands of people without consideration of religion, caste, gender or nationality. I am so grateful for what yoga has made of my life that I have always sought to share it.” BKS Iyengar

It is in this spirit that we at the Durban Yoga Shala bring our yoga teaching to you.


Feel free to join one of our holistic Yoga classes

6:00 am
6:30 am
7:30 am
8:15 am
6:00 pm


Restorative Yoga by Nalini

Restorative Yoga by Nalini

Restorative Yoga

Every person in this world desires a stress free life of peace and happiness, but our culture is based on how much we can achieve and how far we can go.
It is easy to become overwhelmed and fatigued, with the lives we lead today.
Our bodily systems become compromised, resulting in us becoming ill more often. Restorative Yoga offers us a nurturing space, where we can heal and balance our physical, mental and emotional symptoms more effectively.

Restorative Yoga has it’s background in the work of Guruji B.K.S Iyengar, who pioneered the use of props to help support the body in yoga postures. The use of props in restorative yoga, allows you to hold postures longer, giving you all the benefits of deep relaxation and passive stretching. These long held postures allow for release of deeply held stresses in our fascia and connective tissue. Postures and props are modified to suit each individual for maximum comfort, so that the body is supported optimally; encouraging greater energy flow and relaxation.

In Restorative Yoga, we consciously and mindfully, with the use of breath work, release our tension. As the breath is allowed to flow freely through our entire body, a lighter, energized and balanced self emerges. This experience takes you to a more subtle and refined practice, where presence of mind and body are needed.

The benefits of Restorative Yoga are profound!
– It offers overall support to the nervous, lymphatic, hormonal, endocrine, cardio thoracic and immune systems in the body.
– Increases circulation to organic and cellular body
– Lowers blood pressure
– Improves digestive function
– Increases production of endorphins
– Reduces effects of fatigue, insomnia,   stress and depression
– Enhances flexibility
– Improves capacity for healing in the body

Restorative Yoga brings you back into harmony with your body’s natural rhythms, giving you an opportunity to rejuvenate, rest and heal on every level.
It offers you the experience, of simply being…

Nalini teaches restorative yoga at the Durban Yoga Shala Friday mornings 8.15- 9.30am. Come learn how to relax deeply in order to heal on every level.

Visit Nalini’s Teacher Profile 

Join a class with Nalini

8:15 am
6:00 pm