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.
Lou is a Raglan based mama of 3 who started yoga 13 years ago when pregnant with her first child. Drawn to dive deeper into the philosophy, science and ancient teachings of yoga, Lou completed her first teacher training (200Hr RYT) in 2013 with Ashram Yoga and went on to complete aerial teacher training in 2017, through a scholarship with the School of Aerial Yoga. Lou has also trained with Ashram Yoga as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher.
She is passionate about the connection and integration of yoga into daily life and likes to explores this within her classes. Since 2016 Lou has been teaching regular classes at Solscape in a variety of styles, often with a focus on slowing down and connecting deeply with the body through conscious unity of breath and movement, pranayama and meditation. With Aerial Yoga Lou offers a more dynamic and upbeat style of class, and she's excited to bring the fun and flavour of aerial yoga to the Loft!
Penni holds a 200Hr YTT in classical Hatha from Ashram Yoga.
I've experienced the many benefits of yoga in my own life: physically with general well-being - and with recovery from injury; mentally and emotionally with developing and maintaining more balance and resilience. In my teaching I aim to enable people to find their own yoga: to integrate stability and mobility, energy and relaxation, to find that sweet spot between effort and ease.
Prior to yoga teacher training I studied Hatha and Iyengar Yoga for several years. I'm now a (perpetual!) student of both the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga and love to share what I have learnt. I take an active interest in current yoga, movement and anatomy research. My background also includes an awareness of the expressiveness of the body from my theatre training, and from experience in the Authentic Movement modality.
I recently completed Yoga Nidra Level 1 training and it's a pleasure to be able to offer this deeply restorative practice.
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.
Allie’s love for breathing is simply infectious. This yogic messenger is a humble student first and foremost. A true believer in the unified powerful connection yoga offers, Allie cultivates a space where love is abundant. Her joyous heart welcomes you to come unravel your mat, to show up just as you are. She will hold space for you to continue your transformation, your journey of self discovery. The mat being the four corners of a universe where each student is given freedom to explore. With a peaceful mind, classes will gracefully flow through innovative sequencing synchronized with breath to holistically empower your body, spirit, mind, and soul. She'll challenge you to dance along your comfort zone, all the while helping you to be able to prosper. Finding balance between effort and ease with a steady stream of breath. Harmony in abundance. Creative organic movement. She is raw. She is real. She is vulnerable. And, she invites you to step into that blissful world. She will help you come back to your body, your temple, and your serenity. In hopes and every intention to leave you swimming in a sea of bliss.
The little spirit bird has been spreading her wings and expanding her yogic journey across the globe. Her teaching path began in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya with the Africa Yoga Project in April 2013. She is dedicated to learning from the world’s teachers all around the globe. An open vessel seeking enlightenment, she continues to allow herself to be illuminated with new wisdom.
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.