Neal Ghoshal is based on Waiheke Island and has been practicing yoga for eighteen years and teaching since 2003. Neal has been assisting YEPT with fundraising, poster and brochure design and website development. (sacredmoves.com | simplywordpress.co.nz)
Francesca D’Oriano has been volunteering for YEPT since 2016 as a guide for those undertaking the 6 month Freedom Project correspondence course. Francesca has been a practitioner of Sivananda Yoga since 2010. Her journey started at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Putney, London and lead her through Madurai, India where she underwent her TTC – ultimately leading on to New Zealand where she settled with her husband in 2014
Lili Wyant is based in Dunedin and assists in and fundraising events and managing the overflow of the correspondence for the 6 month course from Milton prison. Lili is a heart-focused yoga teacher with a passion for sharing the beauty and joy of yoga.
After years of suffering from chronic fatigue and experiencing the profound healing effects of yoga, Lili has a deep gratitude for the teachings and a desire to share her love of yoga inspired her to travel to India to complete her first teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa/Flow with Tribe Yoga in January 2013.
This training was the catalyst to leave her ‘fear-based safety net’ of working in the corporate world and was the beginning of a lifelong journey. She has since completed training in Yin Yoga with Yin Therapy and has studied and practiced a variety of yoga styles in Australia, Guatemala, Mexico and India.
Lili believes the gift of yoga is an ongoing and evolving practice and every session is an opportunity for both teacher and student to learn and grow together.
Donna Wikio is also based in Dunedin and helps with the Correspondence Course and fundraising events. Donna started practicing yoga with her mother when she was 12. She doesn’t remember much about the first class other than feeling calm and still afterwards. She continued to seek those feelings as she continued through high school and university.
In 2006 she completed an intensive 9 week training with Nikki Knoff in Iyengar and Ashtanga styles, including philosophy, chanting, meditation and anatomy.
Donna started teaching yoga in 2006 and had her second son in 2007. She moved to Queenstown and began teaching at Bikram Yoga Queenstown, a mixed yoga style studio. In 2008 she plucked up the courage to attend Bikram Teacher training in Mexico and I has never looked back. She has since trained in the Bikram advanced series, Yin yoga and with many senior teachers. Donna loves what yoga has done for her mind and body and is honoured to teach what she loves.