Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Workshop Leaders of the International Yoga Festivals at Kawai Purapura

Workshops from dawn to dusk! Mark your diary now for April 12-13, 2014.

Sannyasi Adhyatma

Adyatma Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Sannyasi Adhyatma lives in the Kapiti Coast. After coming to Yoga at 14yrs she rediscovered it in her late twenties after working in the fashion and film industries as a seamstress and went to study at the Bihar School of Yoga in India, 2001. Upon completing the Diploma in Satyananda Yoga at the Academy in Australia in 2006, she completed a Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies.

For the last eleven years she has been teaching in the community, including managing a residential yoga center, teaching private and therapeutic yoga , corporate, antenatal, and in schools and prisons. She also assists the Australasian Academy with Satyananda Yoga Teachers Training (1440hrs). Adhyatma is passionate about combining Ayurveda and Yoga through simple lifestyle, Karma Yoga (yoga in action) and Seva (service).  Her yogic interests are Mantra & Kirtan chanting and taking yoga into areas where these practices are needed most. She is the co-founder of Yoga Education in Prisons Trust est 2009, and has been teaching in medium and maximum security mens prisons throughout Aotearoa for the last 7 years.

Sannyasi Atmabhava

Sannyasi Atmabhava Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersAtmabhava was first introduced to Satyananda Yoga at Anahata Yoga Retreat in Golden Bay many years ago after wandering out of the forest with his search and rescue team. He immersed himself in ashram lifestyle for some time, mostly at Anahata but also in the ashrams in both Australia and India. He received his training as an accredited yoga teacher from the Australasia Satyananda Yoga Academy.

Atmabhava came to yoga because of health reasons and the practical and scientific methods immediately made a strong impression. He is a living example of how health can be transformed through yoga and he willingly shares his personal experiences to inspire others on their path towards health. He is an experienced adventure guide with a background in ecology; he blends the techniques of yoga with the beauty of the outdoors to inspire a connection to our internal nature.

His passion is in sharing the simple and readily accessible practices that bring about transformation with specific interests in Yogic Lifestyle, Diet and Nutrition, Pranayama, Meditation and Mantra and Kirtan. He enjoys working one on one with people to help them find more balance in their lives.

Rosa Altamirano Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Rosa Altamirano

Rosa Altamirano was born in Cosquín, Argentina. In 1999 she met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Tashigar South, Argentina’s Dzogchen Community centre. Since then she has followed the Dzogchen Teachings and practiced the Vajra Dance. During her training she has led Vajra Dance courses and practices in Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, New Zealand and Australia. Rosa received formal authorisation by the Master to teach the First Level of the Vajra Dance in 2010 and the Second Level one year later. After living in the Dzogchen Community centres in South America for several years, Rosa moved to New Zealand where currently resides.

 

Swami Atmamuktananda 1 Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersSwami Atmamuktananda Saraswati

Swami Atmamuktananda travelled widely before arriving at Swami Satyananda’s tiny ashram in Bihar, India in 1979. Atma embraced the yogic ashram life and took initiation in the tradition of sannyasa and continued to live under the guidance of her Guru, Swami Satyananda, for many years. She returned to Australia for some years, before returning in the mid nineties to be one of the few to live with Swami Satyananda at Rikhia during his place of intense Sadhana (practices), serving as instructed by him, in his mission to uplift the local village conditions and education. In 1996 Atmamuktananda became the Director and Acharya of the Rocklyn Ashram in Victoria and continues to reside at the Ashram in the service of her Guru, Swami Satyananda. Atmamuktananda has a simple straightforward practical approach to personal progress in life. Self-observation, and attention to the everyday details of living consciously, is central to her approach.

melodie krounchasana Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Melodie Batchelor

Melodie Batchelor is a Senior Iyengar Teacher since 1992. She established her Yoga School, Herne Bay Yoga in 1997. She trains yearly at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune India and has a teacher-training programme in place. She is a New Zealand Assessor on the Junior Intermediate Panel, was part of the executive committee of the I.Y.A.N.Z. Yoga association of New Zealand and has worked on the Events Committee since 2002.

Melodie enjoys living in the beautiful surrounds of Piha, a New Zealand west coast beach with her husband Gary. She is mother of two and Grandmother of six and enjoys walking in the Waitakere ranges when not practicing or teaching Yoga.

Karla Brodie portrait 280px Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie has practiced yoga since 1994 and completed a three-year teacher training apprenticeship at The Auckland Yoga Academy in 2002. She taught Hatha Yoga at The Yoga Academy from 2000-2008. In 2005, she completed a comprehensive advanced teacher training with Donna Farhi. Since then, she has assisted Donna on various intensives and Teacher Trainings in New Zealand and Australia. In more recent years, as well as teaching weekly classes Karla has co-facilitated weekend retreats at Mana and  taught specialised workshops. Including annual Sunday afternoon restorative events as fundraisers for Tibetan children living in India.

In 2009 Karla travelled extensively through India, then Nepal where she taught Yoga and English in Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries. Karla is inspired to share the practice of yoga in a simple and safe way to enhance everyday life.

 

Connie Causa Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Connie Causa

Connie is the founder of Vimana Aerial Yoga, a unique project that fusions her love for the yoga, outdoors, festivals, slacklining and heights. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and hasn’t stop ever since, she currently teaches hatha and aerial yoga at Eastwest Yoga in Auckland and during the summer season she travels doing workshops at different music/art/dance/life festivals around New Zealand.
With her background as a professional canyoning guide in New Zealand and mountaineering in Chile, she has the technical skills to take the hammocks wherever she goes. Setting them up in the most amazing places to enjoy an aerial yoga session hanging from a tree, from a teepee structure, over the river, or at the beach…. her life goal is to promote a conscious life around yoga, people and nature.

Jeffree ClarksonJeffree harmonyrun Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Jeffree Clarkson’s blissful music can touch the heart in a powerful way. Being present in the healing sound of his beautiful music creates a profound experience of inner peace and connection, at deep and personal level. Since 1985 when Jeffree released his first album “Butterfly”, his music has been a favourite for meditators and healers worldwide.  Be in the company of Jeffree’s new energy, new music and new vision.

 Sally cook1 Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersSally Cook

Sally Cook has a background in healing from many modalities including massage, counselling and life coaching.  She is a Nia Blue Belt Teacher and Apprentice Nia 5 Stages Teacher who is passionate about allowing others to follow their own path to self discovery and healing.  Finding and sharing the Joy of Nia has been a highlight of her life so far.

 

Neal Goshalneal ghoshal Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Neal  has been practicing Yoga for thirteen years and teaching since 2003. He sees Yoga as a map showing us the way to return home to a place of peace and a relaxed heart-centred openness in each moment. Neal’s teaching focuses on refining natural movement and alignment principles and learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.

He is a Senior Associate Teacher with world renown teacher Donna Farhi and has assisted Donna on her Advanced Teacher Training Program. Neal is also an experienced Holistic and Thai massage therapist (he regularly teaches bodywork workshops in New Zealand) and accomplished musician, living and teaching on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. He brings to his classes an open heart and enjoys creating a warm and inviting space in which to learn, play and practice Yoga.

Martina GotzMartina Gotz Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Martina Götz has practised yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for more than 15 years, predominantly in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. For 10 years she has been traveling regularly to India to study with the Jois family in Mysore.

Before Pattabhi Jois’s passing in 2009 she received authorisation and blessing to teach through his institute (KPJAYI) and attended a teaching training with Sharath in 2010. Sharath Jois remains her primary teacher, she also practises regularly with Peter Sanson, Dena Kingsberg

and Matthew Sweeney.

Martina has been an E-RYT 500 (Experienced -Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours) through Yoga Alliance for over 7 years. Her teaching is steeped in tradition yet accommodating to each individual students needs. She teaches regular weekly classes in Auckland and workshops throughout New Zealand.

Dr. Nicky HamidNicky Hamid Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Nicky has trained in the mystery schools of both East and West traditions and taught, as a Professor of Psychology, self-awareness, and aligning with Higher Self for over forty years. He has been dubbed “The Professor of Happiness” and he has conducted spiritual retreats and self-awareness workshops in many countries including India. He now shares his Yoga of “Presence”, and his gifts of remembering with anyone who asks. His message is one of total recall, of human lovingness, the reverence, and love of self and thus all life, and the human as one living in ownership of their own Divine Shining Presence. He says “Do not follow me, follow what I point to that is already in your heart. Walk tall with ease and in Grace and let the Divine do the heavy lifting”.  Nicky has maintained a private mentoring practice for almost half a century focused on self-empowerment. He has authored three books and 5 ebooks the latest of which is “Quantum Self Healing: The Power of Mandalas”.

Swami Kailash Saraswati

SWAMI KAILASH Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersSwami Kailash Saraswati has studied and lived in Satyananda Yoga ashrams in New Zealand and India from an early age. He founded the Srinivasa Yoga House in Hamilton, New Zealand.  From his experience he brings a practical, simple and joyful perspective to all aspects of yoga. He is a warm and engaging teacher and has been teaching yoga for twenty years, most recently in Australasia, India and Korea. Swami Kailash is currently living in Rikhia, India, at the heart of the Satyananda tradition.

 

Kim Knight

Kim Knight Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Kim has been training in Qigong and Taoist Yoga since 2000 and has studied with Master Mantak Chia of the Universal Healing Tao, and Master Yuan Tze, originator of Yuan Gong Qigong.

Kim attributes her recovery from chronic fatigue, clinical depression and other chronic ailments to her learning of Qigong. She is an accredited Yuan Gong, Zhineng Qigong and Universal Healing Tao Qigong and Meditation Instructor, and a committee member of the New Zealand Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong Association.

Kim lives in Auckland and runs weekly classes in West Auckland and regular online worldwide webinars.

Dr. Jyoshna La Trobejyoshna Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Dr. Jyoshna La Trobe has over 25 years experience composing and recording sacred music with over 19 kirtan albums to her credit.  Modhurasa are a core group of three women who are dedicated to yoga, raga therapy and music. Alongside Jyoshna, Kavita Neumannova plays the Indian khol drum and Marie Willis is a wind player and music therapist. Together they perform social and sacred songs, kirtans ’Sanskrit incantations’, and sutras ‘profound philosophical tenets’, and devotional love songs in Bengali and English.

Jyoshna’s research on indigenous people’s music culture resulted in a PhD on Ecstatic Kirtan Performance of Rarh, in India (from SOAS, London University).

Dr. Pooja MaddelaPooja Madella Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Dr Pooja Maddela is the Assistant Head of Faculty for Yoga at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies. She is recipient of “Tutor of the year 2010 NZ” (NZAPEP) for Excellence in teaching and facilitating Yoga Philosophy, Practice and therapy in tertiary education, “Yogini Award” and “National Women Excellence Award 2009” for her contribution in the field of Yoga and Yoga therapy. Her expertise in sculpting the mind and the body through the traditional practice of Yoga has transformed numerous students in their personal journey, academic and professional development.

 Shridar Madella Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersDr. Sridhar Maddela

Dr Sridhar Maddela is the head of faculty for Yoga and Medical Sciences at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies. His ability to integrate orthodox and Yogic cause of disease, applying Yoga philosophy and practice in Yoga Therapy has made him a unique teacher, researcher and an inspiring clinical training facilitator. Initially educated in India graduating with B Nat and Yogic Sciences / Post Graduate Dip Naturopathy and Yoga / Dip of Physiotherapy with ERYT 500, Sridhar also graduated with Masters of Health Sciences at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. He researched the psyche of Parkinson’s disease from yoga philosophy perspective.

 Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Felicity Molloy

Felicity Molloy is an experienced yoga teacher, dancer and well being/fitness educator of 25 years. She brings professional experience combined with innovation. Felicity has developed alternative ways of thinking about the human body moving, which comes out of dedicated body practices of yoga, massage, and a range of deeply funky contemporary dance methods. Her teaching style is provocative, detailed and provides unforgettable cues towards alignment, coordination and self-awareness! Her well-known panache reaches across all needs, fitness ranges and levels – old age to Olympic sprint cyclists!

 

Elandra n Antion festival 250px Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersElandra and Antion Meredith

Antion & Elandra Meredith are internationally known healers, teachers of teachers, directors of European and Californian Kundalini Yoga Centres, with four decades of experience facilitating Healing and Yoga Trainings and Retreats worldwide. See their fun TV Interview at 2012 Yoga Festival www.healthhealing.org   and more info on www.kundaliniyogainternational.wordpress.com

Antion & Elandra were the first teachers of Kundalini Yoga in Europe, and among the first in USA. Elandra  was an acclaimed film actress in London when she began studying yoga with Antion, the director of the first 3HO Kundalini Yoga Centre and Ashram in London. Encouraged by his example she abandoned her career in the entertainment field and committed herself to full time disciplined practice of group consciousness sadhana, study and practice for what was to be 17 years.

Antion, born in London, is a ‘60s rock star, sound healer, multicultural musician, world-class guitarist, singer, recording artist, Hawaiian chanter, master of sacred Sikh Kirtan, and international teacher of Naad Yoga, sacred voice and Vocal Empowerment. At the age of 16 he was a professional musician playing guitar with such totemic figures as Dusty Springfield and Rod Stewart; later he became lead guitarist with Eric Burdon and the Animals.

In 1970 he began the study of Kundalini Yoga and Naad Yoga, the Yoga of Sacred Sound.  After mastering the ragas of Sikh Sacred Music (Gurbani Kirtan) in 1979 he became the first Westerner to be invited to sing in the Golden Temple, Amritsar, and the most sacred shrine of the Sikhs. In 1993 he and Elandra were called to Hawaii to live close to the ‘aina, the sacred land where they studied Hawaiian Chant and Healing. 

www.kundaliniyogainternational.wordpress.com

Dr. Yvonne MurphyYvonne Murphy 1 Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Dr Yvonne Murphy practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic for 25 years and has since worked all over the world in many areas of holistic health and well-being, specialising in cranial, pediatrics, birth trauma release and animal treatment, particularly equine. Dr Murphy offers a unique, caring approach to both spiritual and physical health with her modality, ‘Divine Clearing’.

 

Oni2 Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersOni McKinstry

Oni is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 Instructor with an an extensive training background of Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa (at the Auckland Yoga Academy) and more recently Vinyasa Krama yoga. Oni has practiced yoga since she was 18 and has been teaching yoga since 1993, here in New Zealand, USA and Europe.

At the end of 1999, she met her Teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, a Tibetan Dzogchen Master who transmitted to her the living lineage practice of Yantra Yoga- Tibetan Yoga of Movement. Oni is authorised as a Level II Yantra Yoga Instructor and will be presenting this unique and profound system of yoga at the Festival.

Sol PetersenSol Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Based in New Zealand, Sol Petersen is an internationally recognized teacher and presen-ter of body-mind education, Structural Integration and Tai Ji who combines a body-mindful, individualized approach to working with yoga and other arts of movement awareness. Sol began his embodiment practice with yoga in 1971 and has been teaching tai ji, a moving yoga for over 30 years. Sol is a co-founder of Mana Retreat in NZ, a Structural Integration trainer, Movement Coach, Psychotherapist and an eternal student of the dynamic body. Over the last 35 years Sol has developed his unique perspectives and approach to posture, body conditioning, rehabilitation and powerful movement. He leads yoga and tai ji retreats in Europe and New Zealand with Carrie Tuke from UK.

Premratna Sarah Spence1 Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders Premratna

Premratna (Sarah Spence) discovered yoga when living in Canada, firstly by attending asana classes. She teaches Satyananda Yoga at Manipura Yoga Centre, and Yasodhara Yoga workshops based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha. Premratna is a singer/songwriter and and shares kirtan (joyful chanting) regularly. She offers a variety of workshops such as kirtan and nada yoga as well as Dream Yoga and Hidden Language Yoga.

 

 Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersNatasha Rainger

Natasha Rainger will present what she calls “a whole new element of core strength, intense focus, and single-pointed concentration.” Natasha says that SUP yoga takes the practice to an entirely new level. “Add to that being outside, in nature, on the water, and it is truly like heaven on earth.”

The easiest poses to start with will be sitting or kneeling. From there, you can start to transition to some symmetrical poses such as plank, downward dog, camel pose, and others. You can try a sequence on land first, then take it out onto the board! Natasha adds, “have fun, be creative, and don’t be afraid to get wet!”

To attend this class you must be able to swim, have clothes for getting wet and a towel for getting dry.

Rakshakaridevi TilakasutaRakshakari Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Rakshakari is a personal student of the Venerable Master Swami Shankaratilakananda, Rector of the Vaidika Pratashtanam, International Vedic School and the Traditional School of Vyayam. She is the only accredited teacher of Vyayam Yoga in NZ and Australia. The A.C. Vaidika Pratishtanam for the diffusion of VEdic Dharma is a non-profit insstitution based in India and Spain whise objective is the diffusion and the expansion of the wisdom that comes from the knowledge and culture of the Vedas and its millenary tradition which includes Dharma Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Vedanta, Vyayam, Meditation, Prananyama etc.

Khenpo Ngawang Sangay Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

 

Khenpo Ngawang Sangay

Khenpo Ngawang Sangaybegan his monastic training in Buddhist liturgies and completed his preliminary practicesat  the famous Guru Padmasambhava’s Maratika Cave Monastery in Khotang Diktel Halesi. He studied  under the tutelage of His Holiness Trulshi Rinpoche and other Rinpoches.

In 1998, he joined Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principle monastic college of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa. During his stay at the Institute, apart from the eleven years of courses in Buddhist philosophy, logic, grammar and basic Sanskrit, Hindi, and English languages, he also served the Institute in various capacities. He graduated in 2008. At the request of the New Zealand Karma Kagyu Trust he was sent by HH Karmapa to their  resident teacher.

Swami ratnamurti saraswati Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersSwami Ratnamurti Saraswati

Swami Ratnamurti attended her first yoga class in the early 1970s having been unwell for three years. Within six weeks of yoga once a week, and practising whatever she could remember at home, a debilitating medical condition was completely cleared. She remembers standing at the door on arrival for the first yoga class, being aware that “this was for the rest of her life”. Similarly when she first heard of Swami Satyananda a few years later she knew that he, and the surrender to spiritual life, was her destiny. On New Year’s Eve 1982 she was initiated into Poorna Sannyasa (Swami), as a disciple of Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati. She then spent seven years of Ashram living and training, and has since continued to teach and promote her Guru’s system and messages. Over the years, she has trained hundreds of yoga students, from beginning movement through to advanced practices, yoga teachers, natal teachers. Her  main area of expertise and knowledge lies within understanding and applying the deeply spiritual systems and techniques of this great yoga system. Swami Ratnamurti teaches at Manipura Yoga Centre.

 

 Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Susie Spiller

Susie Spiller (Anantadevi) is  an affiliate yoga teacher of the Satyananda yoga tradition, and a master facilitator of the virtues project. She is also a certified trainer of Non Violent Communication  teaching Ahymsa (Non Violence), one of the 8 limbs of yoga.
She has studied with many trainers including Marshal Roseburg the founder of NVC and draws particularly from the work of Robert Gonzales. Looking deeply into the consciousness of NVC offering far more than a compassionate way of communicating, but a spiritual path that fosters a new way of being in the world. Anantadevi encourgaes evolving the essential nature with wisdom grace and courage .
“The power of Ahimsa is greater than the power of the intellect. It is easy to develop the intellect, but it is difficult to purify and develop the heart. The practice of Ahimsa develops the heart in a wonderful manner.”
 The practice of Ahimsa will eventually culminate in the realization of unity and oneness of life, or Advaitic (non-dual) Consciousness. The Yogi then enjoys the highest peace, bliss and immortality”.
Swami Sivananda

Swami Shantimurti Saraswati

Swami Shantimurti Presenters Page Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersThere are few people around who have lived the life of a traditional yogi – living in Himalayan caves with advanced yogis and traveling with sadhus. Many of us have read stories about Himalayan masters or seen glimpses during visits to India, but most have never experienced it. It is a hard life and only serious yogis are accepted into this inner circle. Swami Shantimurti Saraswati has lived that life. He has spent extended periods with highly accomplished yogis and seen many wonders.

In yoga, experience is everything and Swami Shantimurti has lots of it. He has managed a number of ashrams over the last 35 years and seen many of the unusual situations that sometimes come with advanced yoga practice. He has trained many sannyasins, yoga teachers and students.
Swami Shantimurti loves to share his wisdom whether it is about the finer aspects ofchakras, asanas, pranayama, or stories about the people he has met; famous teachers like the Dalai Lama or Swami Muktananda or the many unknown but exceptional yogis that he has met along the way. He also has many interesting stories about his time with his guru – Paramahansa Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga, India – who initiated him into sannyasa in 1976.
Swami Shantimurti is a leader among yogis and is passionate about sharing yoga with the world. He lives at the Ohui Retreat Centre in the Coromandel and travels teaching yoga in Auckland and internationally. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500).

Swami Sukaji Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Swami Sukhiji Sukhvinder Bindra

Swami Sukhiji  is a highly respected international teacher and ambassador for the Art of Living, and served as Director of the International Art of Living Centre in Canada for over 10 years.

As a senior faculty member for the Art of Living Foundation Sukhvinder has guided projects related to the environment, the empowerment of underserved youth, social sector development and the rehabilitation of prisoners and juvenile delinquents in more than 30 countries. He has presented at numerous international forums and symposia urging individuals irrespective of race, religion, or socio-economic background to come together to creatively solve today’s pressing issues of violence and stress.

Leza Schwab Vishwatma

Inspired by ancient traditions that can be transformed into practical tools to enrich and grow. Leza (Sn Vishwatma) is an artist, mother and yoga teacher. After practising and experiencing the positive changes that yoga can bring she completed the Diploma of Satyananda yoga teaching. Teaching for 13 years has brought many diverse experiences including specialising in teaching children’s yoga and family yoga, Satyananda yoga Nidra and mediation. As a mother of three children she brings conscious living and yogic lifestyle to the family. She works to help community grow through art, creative thinking and yoga. She has been honoured to teach and guide students in sadhana courses in the Satyananda Ashrams in India, and facilitates and teaches at retreats in New Zealand. Her particular focus is living yoga and to bring the vision of health, harmony and wellbeing to everyday life.

Mark whitwell Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersMark Whitwell

Mark teaches students how to practice easily, actually and naturally. He is interested in revealing authentic Yoga as each person’s direct embrace of Nurturing Source. Having studied since 1973 with Krishnamacharya, “the teacher of our teachers” and with TKV Desikachar, Mark puts back what has curiously been left out of western yoga education, in a remarrying of Yoga to its non-dual Tantric origins.

Mark created the Heart of Yoga Foundation Peace Project which brings the practical, healing wisdom of yoga to people living in active conflict zones and other troubled areas of the world, providing direct support to teachers.

Yogeshwaran (Brendon Sakey)

Brendon Sakey1 Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersBrendon is a resident and yoga teacher at Kawai Purapura. He completed his Diploma in Satyananda Yoga at the Academy in Australia.  His teaching includes an integrated approach with mindfulness as the foundation and believes by developing awareness and focusing on one’s own inner experience makes yoga suitable and versatile for a wide variety of changing needs. Brendon also teaches yoga in prison and is passionate about bringing yoga into various community and health services. This has included teaching yoga in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and currently Brendon integrates yoga into his work in palliative care where he sees yoga bringing people peace and wellbeing.

Natalie StettlerNatalie Stettler Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Natalie Stettler comes from a background of professional ski-racing, and as an athlete has always had a passion for understanding the physical body. Several injuries as well as mental struggles in the sports arena, encouraged her to seek understanding of the connection between the body, mind and spirit, which is what she is discovering through yoga. A dedicated practitioner of fifteen years, Natalie is trained in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, and has an RYT 500hr certification through Yoga Alliance, which she received in 2010 at the Auckland Yoga Academy. She also holds Rainbow Kids Yoga and PreNatal Yoga qualifications. She practices regularly under the guidance of Peter Sanson and Dena Kingsberg. Yoga has become a way of life – she balances running her Ashtanga studio TheMat YOGA in Milford (www.themat.co.nz), with raising her two wonderful daughters and enjoying her blessed life.

Georgia Duder-Wood

Georgia Duder Wood Profile Photo Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersGeorgia Duder-Wood is a singer and vocal specialist. Her experience of song and vocal pedagogy encompasses a wide range of genre and includes study and experience in sound healing and Naad (sound) Yoga.  A graduate of the University of Auckland and Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School, she is also a long term yoga practitioner and qualified yoga teacher. She thus approaches all voice work from a yogic perspective, believing that the body is an instrument needing the integration of mind, body and spirit for best vocal expression. Her passion is the exploration of how singing and sound can heal and transform and helps build community.  See www.georgiawood.co.nz

 

Bernie Prior

Bernie Prior Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersBernie Prior is a contemporary Spiritual Teacher and Evolutionary Visionary, whose life is utterly devoted to the awakening of All.  He speaks from a pure and fully opened heart, whilst powerfully engaging students in the discovery of One’s True Self.

Bernie’s teaching crosses the range of human and universal experience and he speaks uniquely of the divine nature of the Masculine and Feminine Principles and the higher potential of their union in life and intimacy. The Form Reality Practice, a profound movement of union and awakening arose through Bernie in the 1980s.

The movements and symbols contained within ‘The Form’ open

ever- finer frequencies of consciousness. They reflect and evolve and the eternal dance of the pure Masculine and Feminine Principles – the source of all creation. ‘The Form’ is taught and practiced around the world on residential retreats by Bernie and through accredited teachers worldwide.

“In consciously sourcing one’s every movement from the deepest place within; from Truth,

Love or God, Reality is re-made moment by moment.”

 

Olive Bieringa

Olive Bieringa Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersOlive has been teaching dance and Body-Mind Centering® internationally in university contexts, and public contexts since 1995. She is certified teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, a shiatsu practitioner and a DanceAbility® teacher.  Olive grew up in New Zealand and currently lives in the USA. She trained in dance at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and holds an MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn. She has collaborated with numerous artists and codirects the BodyCartography Project with her partner Otto Ramstad creating performance work, installations and films.

 

Michelle Waring

Michelle Waring Profile Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersMichelle Waring holds an NZQA Diploma in Yoga and teaches a range of classes around Auckland. She is also a qualified music teacher with over a decade of experience in performance and teaching. She is passionate about kids having fun with music and discovering what lights them up. She teaches on the the ‘El sistema’ music program with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Otara and also teaches a percussion based class ‘STOMPintoIT’ at TAPAC in Auckland. She incorporates yoga into her music classes in a fun and simple manner. Michelle loves the way that music and Yoga together can create a space of passion and peace allowing the mind to be still and help children to maintain that one pointed concentration on their music as well as having fun.

Bhadrasena

Duncan Bhadrasena Profile Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersBhadrasena – Joint Hons Anth/Soc, 12 years Study of Vedic knowledge of India, 10 years as a monk.

My speciality is a synthesis of the current Psychological & Sociological research on the pro’s & con’s of our modern strategies to find & experience happiness, combined with the wisdom of ancient India, which will illuminate the solutions & strategies to obtain our real potential for lasting happiness. A simple but profound presentation that will give you practical tools & techniques for greater fulfilment and happiness. If you want to happy or become happier, this is a must to attend!

Kala Das

Kala Das Hare Krishna Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersI have been A follower of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the last 40 years, Sri Caitanya teaching are  by chanting the names of the supreme Lord with love it will enable us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.

 Initiated 1976 by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Founder-acarya of the hare krishna movement in the art of bhakti yoga.
Krsna consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind, this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity.When we hear the transcendental vibration,this consciousness is revived. this process is recommended for this age by authorities, by practical experience also, one can perceive that by chanting this maha-mantra. one can at once feel a transcendental ecstasy coming through from the spiritual stratum. And when one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding-surpassing the stages of senses, mind, and intelligence-one is situated on the transcendental plane.

 

Ambe’ Ray

 Ambe Ray Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersAmbe’ is the founding Director of The Living Chalice, School of New Earth Temple Arts and Conscious Evolution. who is passionately engaged in pioneering and facilitating the inner alchemy of Conscious Evolution and the Birth of a New Earth Humanity.

Her journey of personal and planetary embodied awakening has lead her to over twenty six years of facilitating Flow Yoga and experiential trainings in the activation, embodiment and creative expression of one’s Divine Self throughout the world. Ambe’ Ray also is a gifted Bio-Energetic Clairvoyant and offers private consultations.

 

Carolyn Russell

Carolyn Russell Acroyoga Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersBSc Psychology, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Craniosacral Therapist

Philosophy: Live in the moment, Play every day, Laugh Often, Follow your passion courageously, Marvel at the magic of life.

Yoga and meditation transformed my life and healed me physically, emotionally and mentally. I first discovered the practice when I was in the RNZAF and involved in very intense physical training. From there the practice has expanded beyond the physical to become a way of being in the world. I draw on the tools I have learned in my own journey to enhance connection, courage and love using my military medical background and craniosacral modality to promote health and facilitate healing.

Teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation is a way for me to tangibly infuse joy into life. It is my creative art expression. I gravitate towards the partner/group based yoga because it creates a safe container to break down the invisible barriers that so often inhibit connection and enables us to find new boundaries and do things we may have thought impossible. It cultivates such deep trust which acts to permeate our entire experience.

Yoga is a journey and as my practice has evolved so has the particular modality I have been drawn to. I began my journey in a vinyasa style practice before moving into Bikram (a practice which was particularly effective in my injury rehabilitation) then Iyengar and now AcroYoga. I love to travel and be at festivals and am so excited to have found a vocation where I can integrate my favourite things in life and share my passion with others.

“BE THE CHANGE”

 

Nicole Moyes

Nicole Moyes Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersI love everything yoga has to offer! Yoga is a huge part of my delicious life and has helped me to really access my creative flow and full potential. After experiencing major transformations in my life I felt compelled to want to share this beautiful practice with others.

I thrive on the clarity of mind, strength, flexibility, agility and nourishment that yoga cultivates in my life. I enjoy teaching the strong practices of power Vinyasa flow and AcroYoga for the challenge of maintaining control and balance when the heart rate too is through the roof!

AcroYoga represents an infusion of the practices which integrate to form a strong, playful practice. I have found my passion for life in teaching this dynamic and profound practice and I’m so grateful to have discovered it.

I completed my initial training at the New Zealand Yoga School through the Iyengar lineage and I am a 500 hour RYT.

 

Jimi Dale

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Jimi has been studying and practicing yoga and movement for nearly 40 years This class combines many different styles of yoga, pilates and flowing movement. There is a strong influence on core strength and spinal fluidity.

Gus Simonovic

Gus promo pose Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersGus Simonovic is a touring performance artist. Poet and educator. Photographer and Yoga teacher. Postmodernist and post-materialist. Father and a sustainable living fanatic. Creative entrepreneur and , producer of contemporary cross-disciplinary performances with a strong spoken word component. Initiator, supporter, creator, connector, administrator, innovator, organiser, collaborator, promoter … of everything POETRY.

Gus is an impresario of Printable Reality. Printable Reality is a platform, an agency, a meeting place with the ultimate goal to positively contribute to advancement of spoken word/poetry scene in NZ and beyond. It is social enterprise with a focus on encouraging broader community engagement, education and poetic expression. Working towards lifting the standard of artist representation, interconnecting artists, venues and organisers, creating space for cross-disciplinary collaboration, building the operations team to be able to professionally deliver diverse programmes and projects and enabling more poets to be respected and paid for their work. www.printablereality.com

Swami Yogamani Saraswati

Swami Yogamani Saraswati Yoga Festival Workshop LeadersDIRECTOR MYC; Accredited SATYANANDA YOGA® Academy 22905; Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (500 hours)

Yoga continues to be her life’s path, after humble beginnings more than 30 years ago. Following extensive training here in New Zealand, her studies continued at the Satyananda Academy Australia where she received a Diploma in Satyananda Yoga Training. Along the way she has led regular pilgrimages to India, to the home and heart of Satyananda Yoga.Teaching. Working alongside other teachers from around the world continues to be an absolute honour and blessing for her, deepening her own understandings and her ability  to share  the teachings offered.

In Auckland she and others have established a strong Yoga community through the  ManipuraYoga Centre. As with all the  Satyananda Centres, they  offer Yoga as a lifestyle, not just a set of asanas. She looks  forward to seeing you for early morning classes.

 

 Yoga Festival Workshop Leaders

Michaela Sangl and Nikki Fitzgerald

Michaela Sangl and Nikki Fitzgerald  are certified Rainbow Kids Yoga instructors. Michaela comes from a dance, singing and acting background and worked as a performing artist in Berlin for many years. Since returning to NZ in 2004 and becoming a proud mum, Michaela’s passion has been illustrating and writing children’s books (www.twinkle.co.nz) and of course, yoga! She is also certified with Samadhi and is the director of Yogi Kids.

Nikki trained in the Hatha Yoga tradition, is a qualified, very experienced 500hr Yoga Teacher and is passionate about the health benefits of yoga for all ages! As a mother of three very active boys, Nikki has experienced the immense benefits of teaching yoga to children first-hand. She is also a certified children’s yoga teacher with P.L.A.Y.