|Ashram Yoga was established in 1980 as Satyananda Ashram NZ Ltd with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati as senior teacher. Since these early days, we have worked ceaselessly for the development of yoga both within New Zealand and overseas.
Ashram Yoga’s unique teaching style is based on Paramahamsa Satyananda’s innovative and progressive system but also includes the senior instructors’ many years of experience of teaching yoga.
We have developed a comprehensive, thorough and effective set of teachings. The range of practices we present are vast and taught from absolute beginners through to becoming an advance yoga instructor.
We are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and qualified to teach 500-hour yoga teacher training courses. We have been conducting teacher training since the mid-1980′s in New Zealand and abroad.
We also run yoga courses, meditation retreats, advanced teacher trainings and a wide variety of workshops. Yoga is our passion and we love sharing it. Ashram Yoga is a registered charity..
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Swami Shantimurti Saraswati
There are few people around who have lived the life of a traditional yogi – living in Himalayan caves with advanced yogis and traveling with sadhus. Many of us have read stories about Himalayan masters or seen glimpses during visits to India, but most have never experienced it. It is a hard life and only serious yogis are accepted into this inner circle. Shantimurti has lived that life. He has spent extend periods with highly accomplished yogis and seen many wonders.
In yoga, experience is everything and Shantimurti has a lot of it. He has managed a number of ashrams over the last 35 years and seen many of the unusual situations that sometimes come with advanced yoga practice. He has trained many sannyasins, yoga teachers and students.
Shantimurti loves to share his wisdom whether it is about the finer aspects of chakras, asanas, pranayama, or stories about the people he has met; famous teachers like the Dalai Lama, B.K.S. Iyengar, Swami Muktananda or the many unknown but exceptional yogis that he has met along the way. He also has many interesting stories about his time with his guru – Paramahansa Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga, India – who initiated him into sannyasa in 1976.
Shantimurti is a leader among yogis and is passionate about sharing yoga with the world. He lives at Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel and travels teaching yoga in Auckland and internationally. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500).
Atma Okan (Swami Atmalokananda Saraswati)
Atma is a director of Ashram Yoga and a natural-born yoga teacher. She lived in the Satyananda Yoga ashram as a teenager and has been teaching classes since then. Her love of yoga and people makes her popular with students who recognize her as a gifted, caring and highly capable teacher. She has a deep respect for yoga and its ability to positively transform lives.
Atma currently runs Ashram Yoga’s Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel where she lives with her young family. She conducts retreats, workshops, kirtans, festivals and is a senior instructor for the yoga teacher training courses.
Atma is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour experienced registered teacher.
Dee is a senior teacher at Ashram Yoga, passionate about Yoga and energy work.
She teaches popular weekly classes, co-facilitates on training courses, runs workshops and leads kirtan as a source of constant inspiration and to share her love of Yoga.
In 2006 she developed PLAY (Physically, Learning, Active, Yoga) classes to instill the FUNdamental skills of yoga at an early age, in an adventurous and creative way. Ashram Yoga now offers this as a teacher training module.
Dee is a qualified Shiatsu & Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, Yoga therapist and Yoga Alliance 500-hour registered teacher who enjoys exploring the many avenues one can work with their energy to create positive life change.
Jo is a friendly and enthusiastic teacher who’s main passion is giving meaning to life through yoga. Originally hailing from the UK, Jo emigrated to New Zealand 6 years ago with her husband and family. Jo is a busy mum to 4 young children but has found her vocation in teaching yoga!
Jo has completed her level 1 Yoga Teacher Training with Ashram Yoga, spending a month away from her husband and children at the Ohui Retreat Centre. She describes this as one of the most profoundly life-changing experiences she’s ever had – second only to childbirth! Jo wants nothing more now than to continue her yoga journey and education with Ashram Yoga and to share her love of teaching. As well as teaching adults, Jo has a special interest in teaching yoga to small children and in working with mothers post-partum.
Jo also absolutely loves Kirtan and can be found enthusiastically singing her heart out on Thursday evenings with Premajyoti and Devananda at the Parnell Studio!
Premajyoti began practicing Yoga regularly in 2007, and not long after attending advanced meditation courses at Ashram Yoga – she knew she had discovered a passion.
Since that time, Premajyoti has completed Ashram Yoga’s full Teacher Training (Beginners to Advanced and Yoga Therapy), Yoga Nidra, and Natal Yoga programmes.
Recent visits to India have enriched her appreciation for the birth place of yoga and added to her experience of the subtle energy systems.
Now immersed in work as a Yoga Instructor, Meditation Teacher, and Yoga Therapist – Premajyoti embraces yoga as an integral part of her lifestyle and loves sharing yoga knowledge and techniques with students in classes, workshops, and with individual clients. A Yoga Alliance 500-hour registered teacher.
Roselle is a nurturing and knowledgeable teacher with a diverse depth of knowledge and experience teaching yoga. She is well known around Auckland for her work and facilitation in Natal Yoga. She has completed Ashram Yoga’s full teacher training programme – from beginners through to advanced plus Yoga Therapy and is registered RYT 500-hour. Initially completing Natal Teacher Training with Ashram Yoga, Roselle continued on to complete a 30-hour Prenatal Yoga Teachers certificate training with Janice Clarfield. Along with teacher training with Judith Lasater. She also has completed Anatomy and Physiology at the N.Z College of Massage.
Roselle has been teaching general yoga classes, pre-natal yoga, meditation and yoga in schools for the last ten years. Roselle continues to be taught and inspired by her gifted teacher Shantimurti and by her family and friends.
Born in the UK, Gemma began her journey with yoga in 1997. Since then she has attended many yoga classes of varying styles. In 2007 Gemma travelled to South America as a volunteer. Here she got her first taste of spontaneously teaching yoga. Gemma arrived in NZ a few months later and continued her yogic path, completing Ashram Yoga’s Teacher Training Level 1 in 2008.
Gemma has since taught yoga for Les Mills Gym in New Lynn, where she currently works as a Health Consultant, and has also offered private yoga sessions. Despite working in the ‘physical’ environment of a gym, Gemma is very holistic in focus, and is a qualified Body Talk practitioner, Accunect practitioner and also holds a degree in Arts Therapies.
Gemma is a warm and enthusiastic teacher. She truly believes yoga is for everyone and aims to create balanced classes that give both the opportunity for challenge and the permission for restoration. Her main passion is exploring the subtle energetic aspects of yoga and hopes to integrate this more into her classes upon the completion of Ashram Yoga’s Teacher Training Level 2.
Dana was introduced to Yoga in England in 1992 during a period in her life of great unfolding. She had always been one to question life and push boundaries and during her search for enlightenment and a deeper understanding of life she came across a beautiful and amazing yogi who had trained under his father in the ancient traditions of yoga and ayurveda.
Journeys to the pyramids, a trip alone to India, learning Spanish in Costa Rica without stepping inside a school, two children and her yoga journey continues as strong as ever today.
Dana gives focus in her classes to physical strength that can be gained from a powerful practice. Strong body, strong mind. Understanding samskara’s which arise during our journey so that one can continue with determination and courage when wanting to attempt more advanced postures.
She warmly encourages everyone into her classes no matter where one is in the journey of physical asana. www.danalouisestewart.com