Oranjezicht Iyengar Yoga Centre

7 Cairnmount Avenue, Cape Town

The Oranjezicht Yoga Centre is a small, intimate studio that stands apart from the new, large centres. It opened its doors in 1999 and has survived the passing yoga ‘trends’ by maintaining the classical, integral practice of Yoga in its purest sense.

All teaching from this centre, either individual or group sessions, is run on a private basis by appointment only. Our three teachers profiled below focus on providing sessions in their own capacity.

Yoga is one of the most ancient and rewarding forms of exercise and offers tremendous benefits. The word ‘yoga’ means to join together, to ‘harness’, as in ‘yoke’, to join together the mental, physical and spiritual. It helps us return to our innate sense of wisdom and intuition; a means of centring ourselves in our often frenetic lives. In our practice we don’t compete nor push our bodies beyond their own limitations and capabilities. Whilst practicing yoga we become aware of the necessity of working with our bodies rather than against them. It becomes a lifestyle and the more you put into your practice, the more you will get out of it.

Equipment and yoga mats are provided free of charge.

Contact Claudia for information on +27834427261 or email info@claudiaswall.com.

The Oranjezicht Yoga Centre offers a scenic venue situated in the upper residential area of Oranjezicht away from the hub and frenzy of the CBD below. Students can enjoy this quiet location without navigating traffic and parking.

Yoga Fees

R500 per month for once a week.
R700 per month for twice a week.
R900 for unlimited.
Drop in rate will be R130 per class.

Private/Personalised Yoga Sessions

Riva and Henry have existing weekly classes. Alternatively, all three teachers will customise a session according to your time, needs and convenience.

These dedicated and experienced teachers will passionately share their valuable knowledge and love of yoga.

Please contact them directly to enquire about what they can offer you.

Weekly Class Times

Mondays 5.45 – 7.15 pm with Riva

Tuesdays 5.45 – 7.15 pm with Henry

Wednesdays 6:45 – 8:00 am with Riva *Intermediate
Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15 pm with Riva *Beginners

Thursdays 8.15 – 9:30 am with Claudia
Thursdays 5.45 – 7.15 pm with Henry

Fridays 6:45 – 8:00 am with Riva *Restorative


Go past the Mount Nelson hotel (on your right). Turn right into Hof Street (just after the Mount Nelson but before the big set of robots).

Turn left at the robots into Camp Street. Turn immediately right into Molteno Road.  Go almost to the top of Molteno Road. Turn right into Cairnmount Avenue (Opposite Roseberry Avenue – easier to spot the Roseberry sign on your left so look for it). The studio is no  7 Cairnmount Avenue (last house on the left).

Address: 7 Cairnmount Avenue, Oranjezicht, Cape Town

Henry Crafford

Henry was introduced to yoga at the age of 28 while looking for a way to improve his life. He started his yoga training under David Jacobs and became interested in the Iyengar method of Yoga, which focuses on the precision and alignment of Yoga poses.

Henry was captured by the dynamic workout yoga gives us and with many years of practice and teaching experience behind him, he still considers himself to be a student of Yoga.

Contact Henry: 076 744 7413 or hcrafford0083@gmail.com

Riva Hirshowitz

Riva began practicing yoga as way to de-stress like many that come to yoga.  After trying a few other yoga methods, she came to Iyengar Yoga.  Her first Iyengar Yoga teacher was Jenny Morris in Johannesburg.  Riva loved everything about Iyengar yoga, the discipline of the body as well as the calm state of mind after the class.  She remembers being amazed that she was doing everything wrong.  Being very flexible, awareness and control take longer to develop.  Riva is a perpetual student and is today privileged to attend classeswith Brigitta Tummon, a Senior Iyengar teacher with many years of experience, who is her mentor and friend.  Riva regularly attends the teachers classes, workshops with international Senior Iyengar teachers as well as having attended classes at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India.  She passes her understanding onto her students with gratitude to the Iyengars for their teachings.

Contact Riva: 082 782 8275 or riva.hirschowitz@gmail.com

Jane Human

Jane started practicing in 1997, initially in Cape Town with great local Iyengar teachers and then continued my studies in Amsterdam, where she undertook a 4 year yoga teacher training course,  practicing and teaching under the watchful eye of Teresa Caldas in Amsterdam and Dona Holleman in Italy, acquiring the Classical Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2004.  This Study allowed her to focus deeply on anatomy and the correct methods of assisting and correction, the advanced practice of all Asanas and Pranayama techniques and the study of the Sutras of Patanjali. Jane continues to seek out knowledge of the body  both anatomically and energetically and apply that to her teaching. Her intention: to help those who come into her classes to find their power so they can truly be set free.

Contact Jane: 082 309 4970 or jane@human.co.za