Meet Your Incredible Yogic Guides 😇

Our teachers come from all over the world - Malaysia, Italy, USA and of course New Zealand - Amazing!

Natasya (Tash) Yusoff - Chief Yogi, Sound Healer and Transformative Coach

I have had an on again off again relationship with yoga since my late teens when I found a VHS tape in a bargain bin at a local supermarket while living in Malaysia. Yup you read that right VHS... 🤣

The tape was my first real introduction to yoga and it kicked my butt, but I loved it, I discover muscles I never knew I had, a new found strength, flexibility, confidence and freedom to just be me.

After a few years of following that one VHS tape (Kathy Smiths New Yoga Challenge). My mum introduced me to a new kind of yoga practice; The Cosmic Fountain of Youth, a series of 3 salutations available via cassette tape.

Over the years I had a few requests to teach yoga and always politely declined, knowing that I didn't have the right knowledge to teach safely and effectively. But the thought stayed in the back of my mind. 

As the years passed friends started to take yoga teacher training courses, people I had never even guessed would be interested in yoga let alone train to become a teacher, and that little voice in the back of my mind ignited, "if they can do it, so can I!"

I hold a NZQA tertiary level Diploma in Yoga Teaching and Lifestyle Management from Wellpark College. This was a year long intensive teacher training course that fully immerses you in the art of living a yogic life, and exposes all your demons.

I am constantly up-skilling and looking for ways of improving my practice, but I know that this is a life long journey with still so much to learn. Yoga is not just a physical practice, it's those deeper energetic and philosophical aspects of the practice that draw me in and hold my curiosity.

If we all just had a little yoga in our lives, the world would be an immensely better place for all life on this planet.

I love teaching, be it dance, acting or yoga, I love seeing that light switch on in my students eyes, and the transformations that take place are truly amazing to watch.

It is an honor and a blessing to be part of such magic in peoples lives. And I am blessed to have a beautiful team of yogic guides to co-create with.

Namaste

Natasya is the founder of The Yoga Pantry as well as a certified Breakthrough Life Coach and Abundance Coach.

She specializes in transformational coaching and intuitive guidance training as well as intuitive sound healing and sound scape journeys.

Click here if you would like to book a personal coaching, private yoga session or sound healing session with Tash.

 

Francesca (Sattva) Tomasetig - Helping you push the reset button 😴

A Light seeker of Italian origins, who’s forever curious about human connections and what makes thriving communities.

Madly in love with the good things of Life and the Journey itself, I came to Yoga in my twenties and evolved with its reliable support ever since.

I started my teacher training at Ashram Yoga in 2012 and never stopped; I have been teaching a variety of classes first in the Bay of Islands and then in Auckland; it was here in the city that I realised the need for Yoga Nidra in our modern society. More than a relaxation practice that ends on the mat, Yoga Nidra is an effective method of deep restorative support that can last well beyond the time in class and can impact all aspects of one’s life. I fell in love with the subtle transformation it affords, while being non-confrontational and incredibly effective.

Furthering my training with the senior teachers of Ashram Yoga, I delved deeper to explore past the physical relaxation aspects of it and discovered tools to transform the conditioning of the mind. I learned to see what does no longer serve and how to release it from one’s life. With 3 levels of Yoga Nidra training and the constant support of my own teachers, I can truly offer one of the best tools for deep, restorative relaxation and help people incorporate these techniques into their daily routines. Yoga Nidra supports people into achieving rich lives, lived with full awareness and balance.

In light Sattva ॐ


Yoga Nidra

 

Danielle (Dani) Koifman -Your guide to bring balance and calm into your world  🧎‍♀️

Danielle found her passion for yoga while she was travelling abroad.

First drawn to the philosophy, then to the physical poses, she found the practice of yoga was able to answer some of her big questions about life.

Her inquisitiveness weaves it's way into her teaching style, as she invites you to get curious about body, breath, and movement.

She advocates for a holistic approach to practicing, incorporating mind, body, and spirit, plus a balance of intuition and tradition, to bring you towards the best version of yourself.

 

Shawn Elise Tierney - Your pathway to deep release and rest 💥

Shawn Elise teaches yin to slow down & listen, to connect breath with body. She sees asana as a pathway of mindfulness and recognises the power of breath to transform emotion. Time has slowed her teaching, from alignment-focused vinyasa flow, to the stillness & focus of yin. 

She completed her 200-hr training with the Yoga Garden (RYS) in the US in 2016 and began her Yin training under Joe Barnett in 2018.  She taught Mindfulness Through Movement in schools in Philadelphia and yoga through Auckland's Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Program.

In addition to teaching yoga, Shawn Elise has also worked in operations for several yoga festivals, including Wanderlust US Summer Tour. This has given her the opportunity to also take classes with several world-class yoga teachers such as Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Seane Corn, and Shiva Rea. 

An avid tramper & joyful gardener, Shawn Elise feels the oneness of yoga off the mat when reaching a panoramic view or catching the sun crossing the horizon. Her greatest mindfulness teachers are her pets. 


 

Dan Fanthorpe - Helping you appreciate yoga in everyday life 🤸‍♀️⛹️‍♂️👦

Dan has been a dedicated teacher and practitioner of yoga for the past 30 years and he loves to keep yoga simple. His method of weaving traditional yoga philosophy and asana together aims to help guide students to a better understanding, appreciation, and application of yoga in everyday life.


Yoga has always been a way of life for Dan, his mum who is an eccentric Hatha yogini with over 50 years of experience, used to drag this grumpy little boy to her yoga classes each week. Initially, Dan hated going to yoga because it was filled with old people wearing lycra, but secretly he grew to love it, especially when it was time for relaxation.

As Dan grew up, he started to understand the value of the practice of yoga and how it could be used to enhance all aspects of life.


In 1998 when he was 18, he completed his first Yoga teacher training and soon after took his first trip to India, where he fell in love with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. In 2003 he completed an intensive nine-month teacher training with Lousia Seers in Byron Bay before moving to Sydney in 2004 to study and teach with Eileen Hall at Ashtanga Yoga Moves. It took Dan a further 12 years of travelling to India to receive his level 2 authorisation from the Ashtanga yoga institute in Mysore, India, from his teachers Sri K Pattabhi & Sharath Jois.


In 2009 Dan opened Ashtanga Yoga Newcastle where he spent the next 10 years building a beautiful yoga community, being a dad, husband and trying to surf as much as possible.


Dan is currently back in New Zealand and has just completed his Bachelor of Health Science, now doing his Masters in Osteopathy.

 

Margaret (Meg) Sydneham - Guiding you to your own inner guru 🙏

Ko au te whenua, ko te whenua ko au.

Growing up, I was a quiet child who loved to dance. Moving my body made my imagination come alive. Not much has changed!

Through the years I’ve moved through many iterations of movement practice: classical ballet, contemporary dance, physical theatre, and always quietly humming away in the background supporting all of this was my yoga practice. In 2020, I completed my 200 hour training with Asia Pacific Yoga, turning the page on a new chapter.

In my eyes, yoga is the ultimate expression of creativity. I truly believe that we are all our own best teacher. My aim is to invite this same sense of ownership and empowerment in each and every person I have the privilege of guiding through a class.

Ngā mihi nui.

Meg

 

Lucy Tofield -Your guide to creating space and experiencing the moment 🧘‍♀️

Lucy is a yoga and movement facilitator trained in Contemporary Yoga. Her classes provide a safe environment for you to explore movement and inquire within. She draws her inspiration from the ancient yoga tradition and contemporary approaches to movement, including somatics.

Since completing her yoga training, Lucy has continued to upskill and is currently training in somatic movement (Thomas Hanna Style) as well as studying anatomy and movement patterns in her own time.

Lucy is passionate about facilitating classes which allow people to be more in-tune with their body to give them as much ease as possible in their daily lives. 

Lucy's classes are often at a slower pace, allowing space for inner awareness, known as interoception, and vary between strong, strengthening practices and more gentle, restorative sessions. Classes are frequently based around one area of the body, allowing a deep connection to develop throughout the class. 

Lucy's classes are trauma-informed and options are given for postures and movements throughout, creating space to allow you to move in the way your body is calling for in the present moment.

Regardless of your capabilities or experience with yoga, there is a space waiting for you in Lucy's class.

 

 

Cheryl Dustin - Helping you manage and bust through Anxiety and Stress😁

Yoga has been on and off in my life for many years, but I felt a real sense of change when practising in India on a family holiday, how much better I began to feel and not really knowing why.  Continuing to practise in New Zealand I wanted to know more and to have a deeper understanding of why yoga works and found myself signing up for Level 1 part-time Teacher Training, initially more for personal development than to teach!  I was working full-time in the fashion industry as a Designer/Buyer which I have since left, being a mum, going through very painful ‘life stuff’ and travelling internationally for work regularly. 

It was an intense period of my life but yoga gave me hope and new personal connections and community which I needed to move forward. I loved knowing the science of the breathwork and meditation combined with sadhana.  Like others I was hooked and found it was the only thing that worked for me, to help calm the mind, focusing on the breath with the movement. 

I had space in my life to complete Level 2 as an intensive in November 2017 with Ashram Yoga, this intensive helped me on so many levels, opening my heart again and learning more about the creation of energy and chakras which I have only touched the tip of the iceberg on that one, it’s a beautiful journey and I feel lucky to be on it. 

Since then my intention has shifted and now want to share and teach the gift, the gift that is yoga.

Classes are generally flowing, sinking and surrendering, connecting with the mind, body and breath.  Creating flexibility and strength, calmness and willpower.  Helping to increase concentration and more awareness so you react less. 

Yoga can change your day and your life.

See you on the mat.

Hari Om x

Cheryl
Cheryl 2

 

Beth Ivy Buxton - Holding space for you on your journey through motherhood👪

Beth is our Raglan based moon mamma, she leads beautiful workshops and retreats for pre and post natal mammas.

Beth completed her 200hr teacher training with Ashram Yoga last year, and a specialist certificate in Fertility, Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga (including Ayurveda and yogic philosophy) earlier this year. Having started her yoga journey over 15 years ago, it wasn’t until motherhood that her practice really became interwoven within her life – both on and off the mat.  

Witnessing first-hand the grounding and transformative effects of yoga, and its ability to help her navigate the transitions and challenges of motherhood,Beth felt deeply called to share yoga with other mothers and mothers-to-be. She is passionate about holding space for other women, and using yogic tools and philosophies to create more ease in daily life. She has a deep interest in wellness and Ayurveda, and weaves these into the class structure alongside asana (postures), breathing and relaxation.

Prenatal classes are flowing, nourishing and encourage women to tune in with and trust their intuition. Attention is given to your changing body, releasing areas of tension, and reconnecting with both yourself and baby. We build in time to pause and surrender, yet feel strong and empowered throughout the classes (and pregnancy). Classes are suitable for any stage of pregnancy, you will be led how to adapt the postures as necessary to suit your body and trimester.

 As well as teaching yoga, Beth is a mother of two small children, a trained Arts Therapist and is currently completing further study as a Postnatal Doula.

Check out what these amazing instructors have to offer you on your journey to transforming your life from okay to freaking fantastic!