Kia Ora. My name is Aeven and I live and teach yoga in paradise in Golden Bay and Nelson. I am the yoga facilitator for Golden Flow Yoga retreats, workshops, events and yoga teacher training and I look forward to sharing some time and space with you. Yoga is my absolute passion and source of inspiration and nourishment.
I have 2000 hours of contact teaching, within six years, allowing me a lot of experience to impart. In 1999, following my career as a certified personal trainer, I discovered yoga and appreciated the holistic nature of incorporating mind, breath and spirit into the physical aspect of exercise. I traveled the world for ten years, practicing and learning as many varied yoga practices and lineages as possible, and strove to embody the universal yogic principles. I have immersed myself in many workshops and intensives in Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin, Bikram, Satyananda, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow and other modalities. In 2010, I completed my level 1 Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga Institute, and have been actively teaching since. In May 2015 I completed my 300hr certification with the Byron Yoga Center.
I am currently Yoga Alliance registered as ERYT-500.
In my teaching I tend to use my practical knowledge and intuition to best serve the class, offering a unique and well rounded experience. I am an advocate of the saying 'teach people not asanas' in which my personalized teaching offerings benefit each individual. Breath, body and spirit come together In a holistic approach to asana. With my roots in Iyengar practice I have a focus on alignment and fundamental integrity within the bio-mechanics of the physical form, and then involve the prana flow and more energetic and spiritual yogic principles to create a holistic and well rounded transmission. I invite and encourage students to listen to their own needs and practice accordingly. I love interesting and playful shapes and sequences to keep the sessions fun and interactive.
Swami Karma Karuna, founding member and director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, NZ, is an engaging, intuitive yoga teacher with more than 25 years of training and experience in a range or areas such as therapeutic applications of yoga, Yoga Nidra relaxation, prana, chakras, women's health and applications of yoga into daily life.
Her wide range of teaching spans varying settings and cultures, including therapeutic and social areas, yoga teacher trainings, guiding spiritual sadhana retreats and working one to one addressing individual needs. She spends several months each year in India and travelling internationally, dedicated to imparting simple and powerful techniques for transformation.
Swami Karma Karuna has released several guided practice CDs and tracks including Hatha Yoga classes, Yoga Nidra and deeper meditation techniques She is also a regular contributor of articles to magazines such as the Australian Yoga Life Magazine. She aims to share simple, inspiring and practical guidance to bring yoga off the mat and into daily life
Chaitanya Deva has had love and passion for transformational practices such as yoga and meditation since the early ‘90’s. His journey has led him around the world practicing and studying with a wide range of amazing teachers. He brings a very calm and present energy to his classes as well as a cheeky sense of humour. In his yoga classes he has a big focus on synchronizing the movement with the breath. He likes to create a challenging & rewarding class that holds your attention while at same time using the breath to integrate the changes that are happening in your body & mind throughout the class. He has a deep insight into the body & mind from his years of transformational practice as well as 20 years of working as a massage therapist which gives him a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. He is available for private sessions of yoga and meditation to address specific challenges and help deepen your personal practice. Chai is one of our trainers on our yoga Teacher Trainings.
Inna is a qualified yoga teacher who loves sharing her passion for exploring the Self as well as our interconnectedness through yoga.
Practicing traditional hatha-yoga for over 15 years, she has also gained an appreciation for bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. Inna has been collecting bhajans & heart songs from around the world for many years, which she is passionate about sharing and chanting with others in singing circles.
As part of her sadhana, Inna has been facilitating Deep Ecology Workshops according to Joanna Macy’s “The Work that Reconnects” for the past 7 years: „For me, Joanna’s work is the bridge between our spiritual journeys & how we act in the world. I’m continuously amazed how powerful this work is in enabling us to experience ourselves as part of the Living Whole and to encourage us to recommit to wholeheartedly engage in its healing.“
Brendon Sakey completed his yoga teacher training through Mangrove yoga academy in Australia, under Bihar School of Yoga. This is a traditional style that integrates all the main branches of yoga. Brendon has experience teaching yoga in the community, on workshops and retreats, yoga teacher training courses and also in therapeutic settings, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation, hospice and prison. Brendon is also a social worker and through his experience supporting a diverse range of people he understands yoga can be adapted for everyone and therefore he is passionate about sharing yoga where it is most needed. Brendon believes that through mindful and diligent yoga practice and guidance our awareness and inner knowledge expands leading to a more balanced and harmonious life.
Atmavidya has been teaching Yoga and Meditation in a range of contexts over the last 18 years (including yoga centres, ashrams, retreats, primary, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, businesses, Not For Profit and rehabilitation organisations). During 2008 to 2012 Atmavidya ran Parito Yoga Retreat with her partner Pete, offering retreats and classes in yoga, meditation and sustainable living. She is an accredited teacher of Yoga in the style of Classical Hatha Yoga. She has given service, and received the opportunity to learn in ashrams in New Zealand, Munger and Rikhia in India (in India in 2006, 2009 and for nine months in 2013) and has been a student of yoga and meditation for the last 27 years. Since 2014 she has been running The Vishuddhi Yoga Centre in Christchurch.
Atmavidya gently supports discovery of the different ways that practices can be experienced, to liberate and expand well-being of body, mind and spirit. Her aspiration is to assist the birthing of deeper aspects of self to conscious awareness, to appreciate each moment and live deeply from inner truth, for the well-being, freedom, happiness, and consciousness of all beings.