FREE SUNRISE YOGA on Waiheke island
Our beloved outdoor summer yoga event comes to Waiheke for February 2019! Be one with the ocean, earth and community as we express the breath with the guidance of four local and diverse teachers. Matiatia Bay provides a stunning natural venue one rich in cultural history. To honour gratitude to this sacred piece of land members of local iwi Ngati Paoa will open and bless the series with waiata and karakia. Classes are accessible for all levels of ability.
The LineUp :
Tuesday 5 February - Louise Mills
Tuesday 12 February - Neal Ghoshal
Tuesday 19 February - Buster Caitcheon
Tuesday 26 February - Stephanie Nelson
All sessions are Tuesdays 7-8.15am on the grass next to the kayak shed, Matiatia Bay. A few mats are provided but BYO is best. And yes each class is absolutely FREE! Bring a friend and we look forward to seeing you there.
Meet our teachers below and hear about their stories and inspo on our instagram @wearyoga
Louise has been practising yoga since 1999 and sharing classes since 2012 . She weaves her passion for people, poetry and daily practice into her classes and is mindful of the many reasons that invite students to the mat. Louise draws inspiration from her four beautiful daughters and the Astanga yoga tradition, her teaching style is designed to suit varying needs and abilities. Louise’s classes are based at HOME Studio on beautiful Waiheke Island and set a backdrop theme of family and welcome. Her aim is to utilize yoga as a tool to assist in one’s self-exploration through highlighting courage, energy awareness, surrender and kindness into our being. Louise recently launched Plantpotions - a range of organic essential oil gemstone infused body and yoga products that were created from her experiences as a daily practioner and natural holistic choices as a mother.
Neal has been practicing Yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 2003. He sees Yoga as a guide to restoring our place and understanding of who we are and how we can live peacefully, happily and completely fulfilled. Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.
‘My aim in teaching is to create a safe and inviting space in which to learn and discover Yoga as a balance between effort and effortlessness, structural alignment and organic fluidity, mindfulness and spontaneity. Ultimately, the practice of yoga leads us to a place where we may respond to life’s challenges with ease in our breath and body, with wise choices, and with kindness and an open heart.’
He has taught on teacher training programs in Australia and New Zealand, has been senior faculty on Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training Program, and is a founder member of the Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training program, based in Auckland.
Buster Caitcheon is a young folk and soul musician, yoga instructor and environmentalist.
Hailing from Waiheke Island, Buster has an infectious infatuation with life itself – which he pours into his sound in the form of live looped percussion and colourfully layered vocal harmonies. He also holds a deep rooted passion for protecting mother earth and her collective inhabitants, and this sets the theme for a great deal of his emotive lyrics.
Through the avenue of teaching yoga, Buster’s primary drive is to create space, and to extend the invitation to turn inwards.
Trained at The Practice in Canggu, Bali, Buster teaches both yin yoga and traditional tantric hatha. Having recently discovered how to fuse his two passions, he has spent the last three years co-creating live music serenaded yin yoga classes with an array of accredited teachers across NZ, Australia and Bali.
Stephanie is originally from rural New England, USA.
She first started practicing yoga in NYC in the mid nineties while taking a break from her graduate studies, exploring several different yoga traditions, eventually discovering Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She then returned to her scientific pursuits and completed her PhD in Immunology in 2001 in Boston, USA. In 2002,
Stephanie and her family moved to New Zealand and soon after began a 2½year teaching apprenticeship at the Auckland Yoga Academy (YA500). Since her graduation in 2006, Stephanie has been teaching yoga full time. She is the founder and director of Waiheke Island Ashtanga Yoga and The Breathing Space Yoga Collective, an Experienced-RYT 500 instructor with the Yoga Alliance, and leads YA200 and YA300 registered mentor-based teacher training programs in NZ and abroad.
Stephanie is one of the 3 teachers in the Trinity Yoga collaboration, alongside her dear friends Martina Gotz and Kiri Sutherland. She also has a keen interest in and commitment to the practice of Yin yoga as a complement to daily Ashtanga Yoga. Stephanie regularly studies with senior Ashtanga teachers, Peter Sanson and Dena Kingsberg. She has traveled to Mysore India to practice with the late Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his daughter and grandson, Saraswati and Sharath Jois. She is deeply grateful, humbled, and inspired by her teachers and her students. She also has three beautiful children that inspire her life everyday.