Board Of Trustees
Chairman and Teaching Interface (Auckland)
John worked as a public servant and policy consultant for two decades before training as a yoga teacher.
He takes classes in two prisons, as well as regular teaching in corporates and a local yoga studio.
When not teaching yoga, John coordinates volunteers to provide literacy tuition and other programmes to prisoners, is chair of the board of a tertiary education provider and attempts to parent his teenage son.
Adhyatma is one of the co-founders of YEPT and has taught in various prisons since 2007. She has spent many years seeing through the everyday administration of the trust, correspondence, trustee and management teams meetings, supervision for teachers and volunteers, newsletter editing, fundraising, grant applications and maintaining relationships with supporters.
She works passionately for the vision to establish free yoga and meditation classes in all prisons in NZ and to support released prisoners once they are back out in our community, and to make the work sustainable for the teachers.
Adele joins us from a 12 year career in public relations spanning corporate, public sector and not-for-profit. Moreso, she’s a dedicated yogi, teacher, and teacher of teachers. She discovered yoga in her mid-twenties when she was suddenly diagnosed with advanced stage bowel cancer.
Suddenly her world as she knew it was no more, and it was when she was bed-ridden trying to navigate her way through chemotherapy that she first explored yoga in the form of meditation and breath-work. Yoga has been a daily part of her life since. It had such a powerful impact on her that it compelled her to teach, and she completed her first teacher training eight years ago.
Adele’s big dream is to run teacher training programs in prisons.
Jasmin has a rich and diverse background in yoga with her primary focus in Classical Hatha & Tantra. She lived, trained and taught for several years of full immersion in Ashrams, Centres and Monasteries in India, Nepal, Canada and New Zealand.
Being a free-spirited yogi for so many years, Jasmin surprised many, but mostly herself, when she moved back to her hometown for love, got married and had two beautiful children.
Jasmin loves to share yoga with people from all walks of life. She weaves a synthesis of Yoga into her classes, combining asana, pranayama, mindfulness + meditation, philosophy, chanting, mudra and mantra to summon magic into the moment.
As well as being a board member with YEPT, Jasmin teaches at Milton Prison and Studio Tula, and offers workplace yoga, workshops, courses and one – to – ones privately. She also works as a consultant in the areas of strategy, sustainability and ethics.