Teacher, therapist and co founder of the Raglan Yoga Loft, Shannon has been teaching Yoga since 2010 after she completed her 200 hour RYT Hatha Training in Rishikesh, India.
She has spent time teaching and studying with many inspiring teachers in Europe, Usa and Bali, and continues to study the practice of Yoga, meditation and self inquiry on her own personal journey.
Shannon holds a diploma in Therapeutic Massage with Remedial Body therapies and uses her knowledge of Anatomy to inform her practice and teaching. She believes through the platform of Hatha yoga and focus on the breath and movement, Yoga can be a tool for profound self-transformation. Her classes offer a chance to look inward, move the body and connect to the breath in a safe and welcoming way.
Mum, registered nurse and yoga teacher, Anna is one of the founding partners of the Raglan Yoga Loft. She has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. Her Yoga journey started here in Raglan and has taken her to London where she spent 4 years practicing at Triyoga with Panilla Marott and Jeff Phenix. In 2007 she went on to do her 200 hour Yoga Alliance RYT with Tias (current teacher on Yoga Glo) and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, Sante Fe, USA. Commencing in the following years her 500 hr Yoga Alliance RYT with Prajna Yoga.
On returning to New Zealand 8 years ago Anna started teaching yoga here in the dairy co-op building. Anna loves to impart the joy of practicing yoga in her classes. She enjoys to playfully challenge her students and incorporate breath-led-movement. She seeks to impart the meaning of yoga - "To bring about union/ unity/ balance" through her classes - balancing stability with flexibility, strength with softness, active doing and passive letting go. Thus encouraging a practice which is both enlivening, centring and calming.
Other influences on her yoga journey include Tara Judelle, Elena Brower and Linda Spackman with whom she did a course in Pre and Postnatal Yoga.
Belinda is a Registered Naturopath working with Nutrition, Herbal Medicines and Neuromuscular/ MassageTherapies.
Yoga philosophy and practice are a valuable part of providing holistic healthcare as well as playing a big role in my private life. I love being compassionate, honest and peaceful. Approaching life with joy in turn gives me a lot of life enjoyment .
My interest in yoga started about twelve years ago with regular practice for the past 10 years. One of my teachers through most of that time was Anna, one of the co-founders of the ‘Raglan Yoga Loft’. From 2010 to 2015 I taught a vinyasa class in the rural community of Te Uku. Later, in 2014 I also started a ‘gentle-flow’ class for beginners in Raglan.
After all these years filled with yoga practice I finally decided to complete my yoga teacher training.
The studies were based on Hatha yoga and I graduated as Registered Yoga Teacher (yoga alliance accredited) in August 2015 in Ubud / Bali.
Since my return from Bali I have been teaching a Gentle Hatha Vinyasa class once weekly. I enjoy working with alignment and balance in body and mind.
- 300 RYT Yoga Mazè (currently in training)
- 200 hr RYT Maui Yoga Shala
- Pursuing a Bachelor in Sport and Excercise Science
Eva began practicing yoga in 2007 while recovering from a sports related injury. She soon realised the healing properties of yoga; mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Eva is inspired by the unlimited capacity of learning and discovery in the practice of yoga. Eva's approach to yoga on the mat is challenging and playful. In Eva's classes we focus on applied biomechanics and anatomical consideration to get us out of our head into our body. Using safe and effective sequencing, precise alignment, and deep conscious breathing to find freedom in the body and reveal our true potential.
Off the mat Eva can be found surfing and getting sandy down the beach with her two dogs.
"Kay started practicing yoga in 2007, and discovered her love for Ashtanga yoga in 2009, under the guidance of Katie Deare and Peter McNaughton at Sun Salute Yoga in Hamilton. In 2013 she completed a year long YA200 certificate in teaching training at the Auckland Yoga Academy, under the guidance of Jude Hynes and Peter Nillson, with Katie Deare as her mentor. As well as yoga Kay has a passion for the arts, the outdoors, and also works as a freelance photographer and leather craftswoman."
Dee is a long term practitioner and teacher in the Astanga Yoga tradition. Since completing her training at Auckland Yoga Academy many moons ago, she has dedicated her path to evolving her style and method as a teacher.
She runs Abundance studio in Hamilton, teaching Vinyasa classes, recruiting teachers and supporting students for the last 7 years. You’ll also find her at Sunsalute Yoga Centre, teaching traditional Astanga in Mysore and Led classes.
And of course in her home town Raglan, teaching Astanga and Yin at the Loft !
Jodi’s love of dance lead her to yoga in her early 20s. Her interest in movement and self discovery has taken her to India to study yoga and meditation and to Australia to study Hawaiian bodywork. Since becoming a mother she has enjoyed teaching yoga to kids and more recently completed her 200hr Rise Embodied Flow teacher training. “I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team of local teachers and look forward to sharing my passion for yoga and healthy minds with you at the loft”.
Hi, my name is Jocelyn-Rochelle Stewart. I am a passionate student of yoga & a 200hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I studied with Power Living Australia Yoga (I love how the first letters of their name spells PLAY), Gaining my accreditation in 2013.
I'm an energetic, smiling, lover of life and this comes through in my teaching. I'm big on philosophy, inspiring quotes and uplifting music. My mission statement is to: Show people how to move to their own individual beat. May I inspire you to live a Fulfilling Nourishing life.
I teach two styles of yoga, which when both practiced bring the human body /mind & spirit into balance.
P O W E R Y O G A: a powerful vinyassa flow style of yoga that will increase your strength, flexibility, core-strength and create space for you to be more authentically you. With variations and options for the beginner to the advanced yogi/ni, it offers something for everyone.
Y I N Y O G A: a restorative practice that takes you into deep inquiry as you hold each pose for a duration of 2 - 5 minutes. Nourishing your joints, connective tissue (faschia); ligaments & tendons.
Let yoga be not something you 'do', but the way you live your life.
Jenny is a practicing Physiotherapist with 16 years experience who completed her STOTT Pilates training in 2013.
She is the mother of 2 young boys and moved to Raglan 6 years ago with her husband to follow her passion for surfing.
“I get asked all the time, “What is Pilates? Would it be good for me?” Pilates is a series of exercises that focuses on strengthening the abdominals, glutes, shoulder and back muscles. “I believe Pilates is good for everyone; men, women, young or older, whatever your recreation or sporting interests are. I have never met someone who wouldn’t benefit from strengthening their core and improving their posture. Personally, I have found that Pilates has allowed me to gain better abdominals than before having children and to become a faster, more efficient paddler on my surfboard”.
Note / Jenny is a little ripper in the surf, often seen charging outsides.
I first discovered yoga at 16 with my mum. From this point, yoga has been a constant in my life, something I have always come back to. In 2016 I was blessed to be able to do my 200 hr teacher training in Rishikesh, India which completely changed the way I incorporated yoga into my life. Now in 2019 I am half way through my Diploma of Yoga at Wellpark. I like to teach in a slow meditative pace that connects with each breath and movement , allowing room for each individual to find their own flow.
I discovered yoga (or yoga discovered me) approximately 15 years ago when I had a lot of stress in my life and was not taking care of myself very well. I fell off a horse and sustained a lower back injury; the discomfort that resulted from that event led me to seek out something I could do to help myself feel better. Yoga was the gift that unfolded out of the pain, over time changing my life and my outlook in a myriad of ways.
My work as a massage therapist and aromatherapist inspired me to train to be a yoga teacher, and I completed my 200 hours in May of this year, studying classical Hatha yoga with the Akasha Yoga Academy in Ubud, Bali. Yoga has helped me personally in a number of ways - physically, emotionally, mentally, and it is something I love to share with others. I believe yoga is for everyone - regardless of shape, size, age and physical ability.