Helene Taito-Jensen – Yoga
BA, Dip Yoga, 500 hr RYT Yoga Alliance certified Yoga & Prenatal yoga teacher. Certified BodyBalance instructor.
Helene loves to share the ancient, but still relevant, teachings of hatha yoga with anyone interested. In her previous life she was a broadcast journalist at one of the largest radio networks in Denmark. Feeling a lot of stress in that industry led her to explore yoga and inspired her to step on to the yogic path. Her mission is to empower her students through sharing these self-transformational practices. Her practice and teachings are inspired by Satyananda yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, and restorative practices. As a forever student, Helene bows deeply in huge gratitude to all the incredible teachers, saints and sages who have passed on the wisdom of these life changing teachings through the ages.
Style: Hatha/Vinyasa. Expect flowing movements with focus on alignment, and an even balance of strength and flexibility work, some breathing exercises and a closing chant, which is always optional, I fully understand that not everyone is comfortable with sounding out.
Shyam – Yoga
African-born Shyam began her yoga journey in the Ashtanga vinyasa tradition , and later completed her teacher training in Power Yoga, Kundalini and Restorative Yoga. Using her Ashtanga roots, Shyam teaches regular Vinyasa Flow of all levels. Classes explore; standing poses, inversions, core work, all offered in an accessible and playful way intertwined with occasional tales from Africa and India. . Shyam has been practising yoga for more than 13 years and teaching since 2005.
Shyam move to Te Atatu Peninsula a year ago and our local yoga community is loving the diversity of her classes. She has a constant sense of calm which flows throughout her class and really creates a lasting impression. There’s a beautiful little signature to Shyam’s class at the end of savasanna….an echo of her African culture which reveals another side to her soulful approach to yoga and to life.
Twyla Watson – Yoga
Twyla’s passion for truly holistic health and well-being led her to her
yoga studies as an important complement to her qualifications in
naturopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and personal fitness training.
She has been teaching in Auckland city for more than four years, various
styles including Hatha based practice, vinyasa flow and prenatal yoga
influenced by the Iyengar tradition.
Her slow flow classes build from a strong foundation of alignment to a
gentle flowing practice designed to build mobility, flexibility,
mindfulness and strength.
Zanna has been teaching vinyasa flow yoga for 12 years. After some initial dabbling, she began taking yoga more seriously in 2002 while studying dance in New York City. She fell in love with the flowing and graceful nature of vinyasa yoga through inspirational teachers Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus NYC. In 2005 Zanna completed her teaching certification at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica before returning Down Under to begin her teaching journey.
Yoga has seen Zanna through the pregnancies and births of all three of her children and it now provides her with a much-needed sanctuary from the chaos of motherhood. She is a qualified pre and post-natal yoga teacher.
As a former dancer, Zanna has a deep reverence for the human body in motion and is passionate about teaching students to work safely and mindfully within their practice while creating a playful, musical and fun environment to explore the limits and potential of their bodies and minds.
Rob Dawson – Pilates and Yoga
‘My whole life has been about movement. Whether it was martial arts, mountain biking, climbing trees (for work and fun), snowboarding, Crossfit, Pilates or Yoga. I love to move and I love the feelings that arise when I move’.
Rob has trained to teach both Pilates and Yoga and feel the two complement each other harmoniously. He views both approaches as supporting a return of functional movement patterns, deepening a connection between the body, mind, breath and spirit, ultimately leading to improved quality of life.
‘Through my classes I hope to facilitate a space where you can learn to move in a way that supports you in your daily life and allows your mind and body to feel great’.
Ingrid Winants – Pilates
Ingrid has a Masters Degree in Health Sciences, and qualifications as a Pilates, Tai Chi and Group Fitness instructor. Ingrid teaches both Mat and Reformer Pilates classes, with us she will teach mat classes and incorporates Chi Balls, Thera Bands, Obi Foam Rollers, Power Circles and Swiss Balls at various times in her classes.
”I love teaching Pilates as I have seen amazing transformations over the last 10 years of teaching.”
Tanya Holak – Yoga
On her own personal yoga journey to find peace, balance and happiness in her busy life Tanya found that her passion for yoga was too exciting not to share with others and decided to train and complete her 200hrs Teaching Training in NZ.
Tanya’s classes are inspired by wanting her students to leave feeling empowered by their practice, energised and fulfilled in their own individual journeys with her guidance through the power of energy flow and mindfulness.
Tanya teaches a mixture of yoga ranging from Vinyasa, Hatha & Yin. Her ongoing passion also is to guide our younger generation with her kid’s yoga classes.