19 December 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Downtown yoga

Cocoon yoga recently opened in the Maboneng Precinct. It is a place where mindfulness meets medicine to help stressed-out city dwellers (and other busy people).

Cocoon yoga, in the heart of downtown Johannesburg

In the trendy Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, a team of professionals has opened Cocoon, a yoga and healing centre offering the urban dweller a holistic approach to mind-body healthcare that integrates a variety of healing systems and science.

At Cocoon, medical doctors work alongside yoga and mindfulness experts, massage therapists and energy healers to provide a healthcare service that is 'innovative and creative'.


										Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

The centre is the brainchild of Marisa Farinha Lloyd and Dr Ela Manga, who are known for their work at the Woodlands Centre for Conscious Living in Muldersdrift.

Cocoon concentrates on 2 aspects of yoga: the 1st is detoxing and energising – detox yoga classes are held in the mornings and give a vigorous workout to rejuvenate the body; the 2nd focus is form and foundation, which uses restorative postures to heal the body – in these classes yoga postures are held for longer, resulting in deeper awareness of breathing, allowing the mind to settle and bringing about a sense of balance.

At Cocoon, medical doctors work alongside yoga and mindfulness experts, massage therapists and energy healers to provide a healthcare service that is ‘innovative and creative’.

In terms of massage, the centre’s menu of treatments each have 1 of 3 aims – to relax, energise or detoxify.

Its signature massage is the Bespoke Yoga Massage, based on Indian yoga.

Pressure is used on meridian lines to activate the body’s natural energy, along with stretching and gentle pressure massage. The treatment is then infused with either wooden sticks (to work away muscle knots) or rose-quartz stones.


										An instructor shows how it is done

On Mondays and Thursdays at 13h00, Cocoon conducts a Buddha Hour that utilises a series of techniques, including yoga, visualisation and breathing, to centre and balance the mind.

The centre’s website details the schedule of classes and the packages available. Taking out a 6-month yoga membership at R750 entitles the holder to unlimited classes during that time. A sign-up special at R490, valid for a month, includes four classes, a health assessment, and a Bespoke Yoga Massage.

Category: Health & Wellness

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