Pramilla Vassen

Pramilla Vassen
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A Yoga and Meditation practitioner since early childhood. I attended my first yoga class with Mrs Bhikibhen Keshew, in 1965 at Jyoti Yoga, Mitra Hall, Mowbray, CT. I had the privilege of master to pupil hands-on training and she subsequently appointed me to teach her classes. I wrote essays on yoga from age 12 and was constantly called upon to do public talks and demonstrations.

Qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1985 at Ananda Kutir Ashrama
Diploma in Remedial Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Medicine in 1996
Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse Techniques

Specialised training with Śrī S Sridharan, international teacher, Krishnamacharya Mandiram – Chennai. Trained authentically in the Krishnamacharya Tradition of Yoga Therapeutics and Vedic chanting held at Ananda Kutir Yoga Centre.
Studied Vedic Scriptures at the Ananda Kutir Yoga Centre.

SA Remedial Yoga Therapy Assoc (SARYTA) Chairperson 1995 - 2012
SARYTA was established in 1994 and was appointed Chairperson of SARYTA in 1995 – by Swami Parvatiananda and Mother Yogeshwari at Ananda Kutir Yoga Centre. As one of the pioneers in the promotion and recognition of complementary modalities in South Africa, I was selected to do a presentation in parliament and championed the recognition of Ayurveda in South Africa.

Teaching Experience
During the past 40 years, I have actively promoted yoga through talks, seminars, and media. I have taught and shared the great benefits of yoga, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda lifestyle. Worked extensively in the socio-religious, interfaith, and political sectors and held many leadership roles. Being deeply rooted in human connection, I offered voluntary yoga services to several marginalised communities. This has brought profound transformation through peace, solace, forgiveness, caring, and compassion.

Teaching Yoga as Seva to Society
homeless shelters, primary and secondary schools, youth, churches, rural communities, prisons, NGOs, the University of Cape Town, Muslim Women, Live Radio, Gender Advocacy programs, 16 Days of Activism, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Our 1st Minister of Justice, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu, Heart and Stoke Foundation SA, Parliament of World's Religions CT 1999, Consulate General India CT Office - conducting the International Yoga Day protocols since 2015.

I am committed to social upliftment and integrating all the yogic paths of hatha, jnana, kriya, bhakti, karma, mantra, and raja yoga.
Responding to an innate call for seva, I have hosted and organised programs for many saints, swamis, acharyas, and priests from India.