Opening a Yoga Studio in Taupo has been one of my life dreams.  A place of light and space where we can help people move with ease and find a little quietness and strength in their busy lives.


Anandi

Hi I'm Anandi,  I began practicing Yoga in India in 1993 and have been sharing and teaching since 1995.  I moved to Taupo, New Zealand in 2005 and have been teaching yoga here since then.  With the support and the help from friends and students I opened the Yoga Tree studio, in the heart of Taupo town centre in March 2011.

My yoga journey began in Pune, India.  I completed a 3 year study and Teacher Training with Senior Iyengar teacher Maggie Hughes.  I then taught in Candolim, Goa in India for 3 years from 1997.  At this time I learned Reiki and Thai Massage.  I learnt to teach with the wall ropes at this time, a great tool created by Mr Iyengar to help people with their alignment and support.  Over the next few years as I travelled, I studied and taught yoga in India, Thailand, Spain and the UK.  

In 2008 I completed a 220 hour Teacher Training with John and Lucy Scott in Nelson, NZ and became affiliated with the Yoga Alliance. I then continued to study with Jude Hynes at the Auckland Yoga Academy.  I completed  my training for Pregnant women here and have continued to train in pregnancy yoga since 2009.

More recently, during the last 5 years I continue to study and train frequently with Suzi Carson from Four Winds Yoga in Ponsonby, Auckland and also Rosie Holland from Nelson, NZ.  I am so very grateful for these extraordinary ladies.  For their teachings, patience and comittment to sharing and guiding me and all of us in Taupo I feel deeply fortunate and blessed.

Taupo Yoga is a way of life, I feel very proud to be a part of our Taupo Yoga community.   It is a priviege to share the benefits and gifts from this life giving practice with others.  It really is never too late to begin your yoga journey....  We look forward to seeing you soon.  Om Shanti, Anandi


Brigid

Hi, my name is Brigid Drysdale and I come from Rotorua.

 I began yoga when my daughter was born while we were living in England 19 years ago.  As a young mum in a foreign country I found it hard to get out and join classes, so I bought my first yoga book and have carried on since then becoming more and more committed to my practice as the years have gone by. 

Four years ago I began an alignment based yoga teacher training course and I look forward to sharing yoga with you. We all come to yoga for different reasons and from different paths.  Some come for the body, some come for the mind.  It doesn't matter where we start from, it only matters that we have made that first step on our way... Hope to see you soon in class. Brigid.


Beth

Hi, I’m Beth

My yoga journey started at the age of 15, going to a weekly hatha yoga class in the village hall back in the UK. Over the years I dipped in and out of yoga as and when – anything from a weekly hatha class on a Sunday afternoon at the gym to buying my own mat and attempting to establish a home practice.

They say that when you are ready, your teacher finds you and that is what happened when I came to the Taupo yoga scene ten years ago and started coming weekly to Anandi’s one hour Hatha Yoga class.  I quickly progressed to twice a week and a regular home practice.  Astanga followed – I practised intensively for 2 ½ years, but postural imbalances from birth have meant revisiting the hatha path and I am currently on my Iyengar Teacher Training journey. 

I discovered early on how the synchronicity of breath and movement provides both a physical and mental release.  Sharing the healing powers of yoga and helping people to develop a practice that is right for them is now my goal.

I hope to be a teacher that inspires people to practice Yoga here in Taupo.


Ilse

Hello I'm Ilse.  My journey with yoga supports and re-inforces the adate 'it's never too late to start'

I began practising yoga fairly late in life to bring relief to a debilitating hip problem.  Diligent practice and determination brought freedom from pain, increased strength and flexibility, but most importantly expanded my appreciation of all of the other benefits that yoga brings.

Now as I study, train and teach, I become more and more passionate about sharing the practice of yoga.  The benefits for improving physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are limitless.

Being a part of the Yoga Tree Teacher Team is a priviege and allows me to bring the understanding of a mature body to the mat, assisting with the feelings and sensations that are particular to an older body.

Yoga is accessible to all and sharing this healing practice with everyone regardless of age or ability is my goal, working towards supporting and guiding students in a safe environment.  This allows each individual to develop a holistic state of wellbeing at their own pace.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful yoga journey by helping to develop the practice that is right for YOU.


Heather


Kia ora

I'm Heather Sharplin the 'newbie' and I am very excited about becoming part of the amazing team of inspiring teachers at the Yoga Tree.

I moved to Taupo nearly 4 years ago from Christchurch and I love it here in my new home. I especially love swimming in the lake in the summer with my family and snowboarding in the winter.

I started Yoga after 20 plus years of working as a chef , it had given me many aches and pains that were holding me back from doing things I wanted to do in life. They caused me to be constantly managing injuries from one thing or another. My lower back was the cause of most of my pain and I could not seem to find a solution that lasted for more than a week.

People say 'Yoga changed my life' and for me this is true. I understand my body so much better and strive for the Yoga alignment method in my every day life now, not just on the mat. yoga has taught me about myself also, how to deal with stress, frustration, anxiety and depression ina far more healthy way than I did before.

We all have our own Yoga journey and our own motivation and reason for the journey. I can say with absolute truth thtat Yoga has made me a better perosn, along side being healthier and happier. The first step for any of us is coming to a class.

Yoga is for everyone and we all start somewhere, so I hope to see you in class and share your journey wity you.

Arohanui

Namaste