Durban Yoga Shala - Teachers


I discovered the wonderful teachings of yoga in 2002.


At the time, I had been exploring different avenues of physical fitness and I thought that yoga would be the perfect complement to my gym training. After my first yoga class, I realized that this was a practice I would continue forever. I was instantly attracted to the tranquil, non-competitive, personal attribute of yoga…even when I was in a class full of people; my practice remained a time for self reflection and introspection.


I have practiced Hatha Yoga since the beginning of my yoga journey and I have recently been introduced to the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga. The focused stillness of the Primary series known in Sanskrit as Yoga Chikitsa has deepened my love and passion for yoga and its sacred teachings.


In 2011, I completed the teacher training from the Yoga Alliance under the guidance of Christine Withiel at the Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing. I consider it grace and good fortune to have done my training with Christine and I am forever grateful to her and the many teachers who have guided me along the way.


My Tuesday and Saturday classes at the Durban Yoga Shala are based on my experience in Hatha Yoga and meditation. I enjoy creating sequences of poses to keep the fun, lightness and agility of both body and mind. There is always a dedicated vinyasa (movement synchronized with breath) component to my classes


Over the years, through a sincere daily yoga and meditation practice, I have noticed transformations in my physical and emotional wellbeing. I feel a greater sense of happiness, balance, peace and freedom.


The teachings of yoga have helped me flourish in my life and it is my sincere desire to pass this magic on to the people I teach.


With love




My journey into yoga began in 2008.


Reading Eat, Pray, Love inspired me to place a picture of a yogi on my vision board. My vision came to fruition in 2009 when I started Hatha yoga classes with Christine Withiel at the Jivananda Centre for Wellbeing.


As my physical practice blossomed, I discovered the true essence of yoga, the oneness of body, mind and spirit. Becoming a yoga teacher was the next step in my evolving journey, and I completed my teacher training at the Jivananda Centre in 2011.


My early teaching experience at the Jivananda Centre helped hone my teaching skills, and attending yoga workshops continues to shape my practice.


One of my greatest teachers though is my personal practice. I have discovered that there is no substitute for your own dedicated yoga and meditation practice.


My yoga classes are grounded in the traditional principles of Hatha yoga with an emphasis on breath, alignment and bandhas. I enjoy teaching vinyasa flow sequences and continue to challenge my students with asanas(postures) both familiar and unfamiliar, basic and advanced.


I draw inspiration from my Ashtanga yoga practice when planning and teaching my classes.


I approach each class I teach as both a teacher and a student, imparting my knowledge and experience in yoga while allowing my students to be my teachers.


I am blessed to have discovered the ancient science of yoga, and am eternally grateful to Christine and all my teachers who continue to inspire me.


“Yogaschitta vritti nirodhah – Yoga…stilling the fluctuations of the mind” … Patanjali


I strive for this every day.






Diego Baldi is the founder of Inner Wellness Studio in Durban, a holistic health care practice specialising in holistic health, integrative nutrition, yoga and meditation.


  • 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
  • Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training Level
  • 3rd Year Introductory Level Iyengar Teacher Training
  • 300hr Yoga Teacher Training

    After dedicating the last 8 years to studying, practicing, living and teaching yoga, Diego has received the credentials as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance International. Diego’s Yoga School runs 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teachers Training Certificate Courses CLICK HERE for more information.


    “ My experience as a yoga teacher over the last 8 years has empowered me to integrate with the healing potential of yoga on all levels. Yoga has cultivated a more conscious and compassionate way of life within me. It is my intention to promote the holistic practice of yoga as a lifestyle, to maintain health and balance and promote optimum wellness.”





    Nalini is a 200hr certified yoga teacher with an alternative therapy background, working in the field of healing through conscious cooking and Ayurveda.

    “My profound love for all forms of yoga started at an early age, and has inspired and influenced me through the years, as I continue to learn. It is as much a spiritual journey as it is a physical one, for me.

    My Monday evening Hatha Yoga classes, are inspired by Guruji Iyengar’s teachings. I believe that by connecting deeply with breath and a body aligned for optimum energy flow, you are supported to connect even deeper, with the inner essence of who you truly are.

    Alignment based Hatha Yoga classes include Pranayama/ Meditation- Mondays 6 to 7.30pm

    I am passionate about women’s health at all ages and about maintaining balance and well being as we get older. My Wednesday morning classes have a holistic approach, integrating ayurvedic principles along with yoga asana.

    Hatha Yoga for Women’s Health- Wednesday 8 to 9.30am

    By drawing on my background as an alternative therapist, I aspire to create a balancing and nurturing space in my Friday morning Restorative Yoga classes. This allows you compassionate conversation with your body and mind, teaching you how to relax deeply, in order to heal on every level.”

    Restorative Yoga and Pranayama/ Meditation- Friday 8 to 9.30am

    Healing and health maintenance from an Ayurvedic background.


    • Private Yoga Classes on request
    • Yoga for Pregnancy on request 

    Nalini | 083 799 2339



    Marc is a Hatha yoga teacher and percussionist living in Durban. He got attracted to the yoga path while traveling through India in 2003. “I had discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfills my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind”. Marc has been practicing and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga including Hatha, Vinyassa, Astanga, Iyengar, and Sivananda. He integrates all of his learning and experience into teaching Hatha yoga classes which include the practices of Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation.