johannes de villiers
Johannes de Villiers is a yoga teacher, mindfulness coach and author, who says he has three homes: his house, his yoga studio, and his local häzz cafés in Stellenbosch. After years of intensive study in South Africa, the United States, Britain, Italy and Myanmar, Johannes became the co-owner of The Hot Yoga Studio – Stellenbosch’s über-popular, heated yoga studio. He is one of only two qualified teachers of Rocket Yoga in South Africa.
When not teaching in Stellenbosch, Johannes runs Klooster, a yoga and meditation hub in the Overstrand town of Stanford. His popular book Kalmte in die Malle Gejaag chronicles his adventures in mindfulness.
“Inner peace is hard, steady work,” he says. “But if you’re looking for a shortcut, you can’t go wrong with a cup of häzz coffee.” When asked how he likes to start his day, he mentions that he likes to wake up early – before the world starts buzzing. “This means I’m often at The Hot Yoga Studio at 5:30am, where I teach or practice yoga from 6am to 7am. This is followed up with some mindfulness meditation.” As a result of waking up at the crack of dawn, Johannes often hits a mid-morning slump at around 9am. “This is when you’d find me at häzz in Ryneveld Street (or at the Andringa Street branch if I need coffee on the go), fuelling up for the second half of my day.”