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






Heather


Kia ora and Namaste

As the new owner of The Yoga Tree Taupo I am very excited to continue the great work that Brigid and Anandi have done. The Yoga Tree is "my happy place" and I am passionate about sharing it with all of you.

I wish to take The Yoga Tree forward and help it to grow and flourish with lots of new offerings for everyone in our community.

Yoga has changed my life and I believe made me a better person, it has healed so many things, both physical and emotional, I wish to share that experience with other people. I practice kindness and empathy in all aspects of my life now, and especially in my teaching of yoga.

Balance your life.....

Mauri Ora



Harriet

Kia ora, my name is Harriet. I’m from Wellington originally and I am now so happy to call Taupo home.

 

I began practising yoga about 10 years ago. I am fortunate enough to be the daughter to a yoga teacher, so I was lucky to be able to experience yoga from a young age.

 

I am so grateful for yoga to be part of my life and I am thrilled to now be able to teach it to others as well. I completed a level 1, 200 hour yoga teacher training in May 2019 at Ashram Yoga in New Zealand and a number of years ago I also did study through Inspya Yoga. I enjoy teaching Hatha yoga with creative sequences and a focus on the breath. I look forward to meeting you on the mat. Namaste.  




Amanda

Hi my names Amanda, or you can call me Mandy, I’m originally from the South Island but have been in beautiful Taupo now for 12yrs.I am the new apprentice here at the Yoga Tree, over the next few years I will be working on my practise and becoming qualified through yoga teacher training under the wings of our amazing senior teachers.

I am beyond excited for this new path and opportunity with the Yoga Tree.I began my yoga journey about 7yrs ago when I was pregnant with my first child.  I went to pregnancy and “baby&me” postnatal yoga classes through both my children and pregnancy yoga was my saviour and I am certain it was yoga that helped prepare my body, and mind for what was to come.It has been the most transformative journey for me, I have grown so much during this time, I have overcome fears, I have become stronger, calmer and more balanced.Mentally & physically yoga has become a way of life that I just can’t do without!

Over the years I have dabbled in different yoga styles, studios and teachers.. And most recently have been teaching Les Mills Bodybalance fitness classes at the local gym for just over a year.And is why I have been chosen to lead the new flow classes at the Yoga Tree..I have the energy, creativity and flow and can lead you clearly whilst moving along with you to get you moving and warm.Looking forward to seeing all the new faces and of course getting to know the regulars too!I am excited to share my experience and learn with you.

Om shanti

Mandy




Mela

Kia Ora - I am Mela the most recent addition to the team of Yoga tree teachers.I started practising yoga 2003 here in Taupō, after having moved to NZ from Germany 1999. I remember clearly how blown away I was realising how this practise taught me so much about myself and mind through the eye of the aligned and extended body.

While following my passions from being active in the beautiful outdoors of NZ and involvement in community projects to my creative jobs and family - I have always been drawn back to the mat. Yoga has been the glue, balance and healing force for me and I am excited to be part of the Yoga Tree team.



Valentina

Hola! My name is Valentina and I was introduced to yoga by my mom when I was in her belly. 

Years later, yoga helped me overcome depression when mom past away. That is the reason why I decided to travel to India and learn more about this ancient tradition. 

I moved to a buddhist nunnery to study philosophy and meditation, and joined a Vipassana course. 

It’s been three years of practicing teaching over different countries (Byron Yoga Center, Swamis Yoga Retreat, Inhala Yoga Studio, Luxe Yoga Studio, Silky Oaks Spa…).

I am a certified Power Living teacher (Sydney) and Trimurti Yoga (India), and specialise in Vinyasa Yoga, where breath on movement dance together. I am also passionate about music, I am a Kirtan lover!

I wish you leave the studio with a sense of body positivity, self empowerment and acceptance. 

Can’t wait to learn about you and practice together.

With love, Val