about the studio

We’re Europe’s largest yoga business. Since 2013, over 100,000 people have immersed themselves in a Hotpod class at one of our 50+ locations around the world. We first landed in Johannesburg in 2015, and launched our new studio in Melrose in 2018 You’ll stretch further, breathe deeper, sweat harder and melt fully into the Hotpod experience – a balanced flow of active and passive postures, working the body and calming the mind in equal measure. You’ll immediately find yourself a million miles away from the every day. Bring water and a towel to enjoy the unique immersion that is a Hotpod Yoga class. To understand it, you’ve got to experience it

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studio facilities

  • Showers
  • Mats
  • Changing
  • Parking

the hotpod experience

step into our immersive pod

hot yoga in 37 degree heat

move to relaxing beats

filled with calming scents

suitable for all levels

find us

102, Corlett Dr, Birnam, Johannesburg, 2196, ZA

Find Us

102 Corlett Dive Entrance 17 Sunnyside Rd opp Melrose Arch entrance next door to Toyota. Physical studio space re-opening during September

Rae Pontin

Kris Edmunds

An avid yogi since high-school, Kris has experienced first hand the benefits of yoga in guiding her through drastic personal changes in life and went on to complete her teacher training in 2023. She is passionate about the dynamic dance of breath and body, key to any yoga practice, and believes in yoga’s undeniable ability to aid students to heal and transform.

In Kris’s classes you can expect powerful flows urging you to step into your body, grounded in the principle “root to rise”, discovering strength and resilience while embracing the present moment on your mat. With a keen focus on the breath-body connection and its impact on the nervous system, Kris guides you beyond the physical, fostering emotional well-being and personal growth. Posture and alignment hold a special place in Kris’s classes, serving as a foundation to alleviate stiffness and enhance overall strength to carry the benefits beyond the mat, using posture and alignment as tools for a resilient and vibrant daily life.

Siobhan Power

As a yoga and movement facilitator, Siobhan’s teachings incorporate breath and conscious movement to strengthen and stretch the body and to allow for a deeper connection with mind, body and soul.
Her classes are challenging and draw influence from her variety of studies in Asia, South Africa and Europe. She spent a decade in London attending various workshops and retreats where she was fortunate enough to be exposed to inspiring and passionate teachers, workshops and trainings through the various studios she worked at including Hotpod Yoga UK where she taught and trained for many years!
It is from the support of the numerous studios she’s worked at and the exposure of all the different styles and techniques, that she has a deep understanding, vast amount of knowledge and everlasting passion for everything Yoga, and she is a welcome addition to the Hotpod SA crew.

Abedah Musengi-Van Staden

Abedah’s yoga journey began in 2014 and continues to flourish to date. She enjoys yoga as a way of maintaining a healthy body and sound mind.

Abedah studied Hatha (300 HR YTT) and Yin Yoga (50 HR YTT). Expect a class with emphasis on quality of movement, ease, clear instruction and modifications of postures – making it an experience for all levels.

Interesting Fact: Abedah is also a Bereavement Counsellor and Death Doula.

Maz Skinner

Maz found their feet on the ground when they found yoga! “My mind used to occupy my attention 24/7, then I found yoga and discovered a deep sense of calm, stillness and awareness. I found my anxiety levels decreased significantly.” They quickly became committed to a strong and regular yoga practise and completed their first teacher’s training course with internationally acclaimed Ashtanga teacher Caroline Klebl in 2007 and completed a course in Vinyasa Flow Yoga in 2010 at Living Yoga.

Maz’s classes are strong and push you to find your own personal edge, leaving you feeling grounded, refreshed and energized.

They are also a Kids Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist.

Dina Kanjee

Genna Pearson

Genna has been practicing yoga since 2005 and brings a diverse background of training to her classes. Having qualified in 2008 with a hatha vinyasa 200hr training course, she has taken a roundabout way to teaching, by climbing up mountains and running in extreme races, not to mention racking up some hours driving a desk. She has gone on to do numerous additional training courses in yin yoga, and pre- and post-natal yoga, and in turn training teachers herself.

Genna also loves organising and guiding retreats to revive the soul – to the bush, the ocean or the hills. She is well placed to know the benefits of yoga in enhancing sporting performance, while it restores the weary worker and revitalises the mind and body. She believes in it so much she bought the franchise! No matter whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, her carefully guided classes will challenge you, get you out of your comfort zone and test your boundaries, yet they will leave you feeling energised, accomplished and with a smile on your face.

Dirk le Roux

the founders

Genna & John

Genna & John are now the driving force behind growing Hotpod Yoga in Johannesburg & South Africa, and are responsible for looking after the franchise business and brand locally. Genna (Genevieve) has been an avid yogi since 2005 and always knew one day her passion would become her mainstay. She comes from a Business and Commercial background, running her own consultancy since 2008, and took over her first yoga studio (Yoga Warrior) in 2016. It was when she was looking to broaden the service offering that she came across Hotpod Yoga in Linden,and acquired the business in January 2018, with her husband and business partner John. John, through his wife and business partner Genna, came into yoga fairly recently but is already noticing physical and mental changes that are improving his well-being. In joining forces with Genna in the Hotpod Yoga business, he is using his engineering background to manage the technical and strategic aspects of the Hotpod business.

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