Zanzi Yoga is the best established and longest practicing yoga studio in Zanzibar. Founder and owner Marisa van Vuuren has been on the island for more than 14 years, practicing Yoga at the Flame Tree Cottages in Nungwi for 7 years. Marisa sees yoga as a form of “practical psychology”, providing the tools to cope with daily life and its challenges.
She encourages everyone to feel the positive effects on one’s body and mind leading to self-acceptance and self-love in order to live a fulfilled life. Marisa is a registered yoga teacher with the worldwide Yoga Alliance. She did her Teachers Training in India, Vrindavan with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in 2008 and has practiced with several Ashtanga Yoga teachers worldwide. She also certifies yoga teachers herself via her 200hr Teacher Training program held twice a year.
Zanzi Yoga runs their daily classes with an experienced guest teacher who stays for a longer period in Zanzibar. Additionally, Zanzi Yoga has trained a local Zanzibari teacher for free to reach out to the local community and spread the yoga philosophy in Zanzibar.
Apart from the drop-in classes, you can also book retreat packages with a choice of budget, standard or luxury housing combined with yoga classes as well as optional tours and excursions. Zanzi Yoga also offers Stand Up Paddling Yoga (SUP) and free online classes which you can find via their website.