Meet Our Teachers

All our teachers have been trained in the Satyananda Yoga tradition through Bihar School of Yoga, India or one the the European or Australian Academies. Of two years’ duration, the Diploma is considerably longer than many other yoga teacher training courses.

The Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training has been developed from the courses offered at Bihar Yoga Bharati, India. It is unique in yoga teacher training in Australia in offering a nationally recognised qualification combined with the opportunity for intensive personal yoga practice within a traditional ashram environment. Our teachers are expected to to maintain quality assurance.

Adhyatma ~ Wellington
After first coming to Yoga at 14yrs Adhyatma rediscovered it in her late twenties and went to study at the Bihar School of Yoga in 2001. For the last ten years she has been teaching in the community, including private, corporate, antenatal, and in schools and prisons.

Adhyatma is the co-founder of Yoga Education in Prisons Trust and is currently teaching  in two units in the Rimutaka mens prison of  the Wellington area. She finds these classes the most rewarding due to the positive response she gets from the prisoners and sees the obvious changes that occur within a short period of time after some regular practice of simple postures. “Prisoners claim they sleep better, have less physical pain, and are more able to manage their reactions to external events that are beyond their control”

Gyanidhi (Jane) ~ Christchurch
Gyanidhi has a variety of experience of teaching in the community; from children to those with special needs.

She is passionate about teaching and sharing yoga practices of practical application so others too can enjoy and benefit from them. She is currently teaching in several units at Christchurch Mens prison – Paparua.

 Brendon Sakey ~ Auckland
Brendon tried his first yoga class under some pine trees in the Himalayan foothills in his early twenties and loved everything about it. As well being a yoga teacher Brendon is also a social worker who is passionate about sharing yoga with people who most need it. Brendon has taught yoga in the community, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers  palliative care and Auckland prison. In these various settings Brendon has seen yoga provide many benefits and positive change for people with a wide range of different issues all looking for more peace and well being in their lives.

Tracy Collins ~ Wanganui
Tracy had been doing various types of yoga for the past 12 years and only thought of yoga as an exercise and  then she stayed at a Satyanada Yoga Retreat, and the feeling of intense love, while doing asana, pranayama and meditation was life changing for her.  She is now able to use these great tools to help her and feels blessed to pass this on to other people. Tracy currently shares yoga in a high security wing at Wanganui mens.

 

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