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.
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
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.
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.