About the Studio

The Mukti Movement studio was established in 2018 to provide a safe and comfortable venue for people to explore their movement potential through Yoga and Martial Arts. Located in the heart of Westville, this family run studio offers expert instruction in various forms of Yoga and Internal Martial Arts.

Yoga with Nicky

Dr. Nicky van der Hulst is a Chiropractor, Homeopath and Yoga teacher. She has a keen interest in the therapeutic benefits of movement and gentle preventative care on health and wellbeing. Nicky brings together her love of teaching, therapeutic movement and holistic therapies in the practice and facilitation of her work. Also a mother to a beautiful young boy, Nicky has a special interest in the care of mothers and babies in the most gentle, safest and responsible way.

Nicky teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Astanga and Yin Yoga. Her teaching has a strong anatomical and physiological approach grounded in a deep understanding of the philosophy of yoga. For all yoga related queries email her at movement@mukti.co.za

Martial arts with Paul

Paul is a Martial Arts teacher who lives in Glenwood, Durban. He has over 25 years experience in both sport and traditional martial arts and specializes in Thai, Indonesian and Chinese fighting systems. He now mostly devotes his time to teaching a small and dedicated group of students who seek to learn the ancient ways of combat. A timeline of this experience can be summarized as follows:

  • 1995 - 1998: Studied the Balitok Eskrima system of Grandmaster Abner Pasa.
  • 1998 - 2005: Studied Kalaripayattu, Muay Thai Boran, Shaolin 5 animals, Sun style Xing Yi Quan and Bagua Quan under the guidance of Sifu Paul Whitrod. Paul completed his instructors certificate in Sun style Bagua Quan.
  • 2005 - 2010: Moved to Thailand to study Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran at the Buddhai Sawan Sword Institure in Bangkok. This school is head by Ajarn Pramote Messamana. Additionally, Paul studied Sport Muay Thai under Kru Jitti Damiram fought in the ring many times.
  • 2010 - present: Paul focusses on learning Yin style Bagua Zhang, Silat, Muay Chaiya and Krabi Krabong under the guidance of Masters He Jinbao, Steven Benitez & Pedro Solana.
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