We believe Yoga is a personal pathway to freedom and that every step is necessary in order to embody it fully as a way of living. It is a science to enhance the quality of life and one that is highly adaptable and accessible to all.
We are dedicated to bring to you yogic tools & solutions to catalyse positive growth in the sacred alchemy of your life.
PUre Yoga pathway to the self
Everybody deserves to thrive, to sense their inherent potential, to have the tools to heal & balance out body & mind & awaken to their potential. Everyone can experience the many benefits of Yoga from improved physical health & wellbeing to self development, transformation of limitations and awakening one's spiritual nature.
There are distinct stepping stones on the path which we have had direct experience of and can support others with. We expertly guide the practices, hold the space & educate you while you grow.
It doesn't matter what you arrive to Yoga with it will deliver exactly what you need.
Our Promise To You
Pure Yoga is connected to & inspired by a living Yogic Tradition. Steeped in a lineage empowered path Pure Yoga strives to preserve the essence of this so that you can experience & appreciate the full spectrum of conscious living that is Yoga.
Keeping alive Yoga that is not subject to fashions or fads and withstands the forces that dilute. Purity is a form of power which you can embody as a truthful way of thinking, feeling & action.
Join a community of classical yoga lovers, who are life-long learners & are willing to show up and commit to better health, happiness & harmony.
yoga is a journey
Like many others I found Yoga to help me get my health back on track. I attended local classes and discovered many different practices including singing at the end of class!
It wasn't long before my health recovered but what came as a surprise was the quality of self awareness that had started to grow. This was all new to me. I explored further, discovered more and soon found myself with a steady home practice. That took some effort to wean myself from the direct guidance of the teacher but the practices could then be personalised to my particular needs and interests and motivated me to explore and study more.
Fast forward, twenty five years later I look back at my own journey and realise how expansive the path of Yoga is. Each step taken, new vistas revealed positive changes and the work that lies ahead. They say the teacher comes when the student is ready. Well, that was also true for me.
I decided it was important to understand the roots and origins of Yoga if I am to embrace it more fully. This led me to India to the Bihar School of Yoga where I have spent many years living at, studying, immersing in yogic disciplines, practices & lifestyle. I truely believe the best way to learn is through imbibing. It's old skool, yes, and it works, in an organic and penetrating way.
Over the years of dedicated practice, applying the teachings and living in & out of Yoga ashrams & centres I feel I have gained an excellent grasp on the bigger picture of Yoga in all its facets and how that can be bridged into a busy modern world. I have lifetimes of tools for everyone to benefit from whether they are a complete beginner, Yoga Teacher or spiritual seeker (Sadhak).
I have been training Yoga Teachers’ since 2009 and honing this for the last thirteen years finding ways to mentor graduates to express their inherent strengths. Guiding & mentoring faculty, developing curriculum, delivering immersions, retreats and workshops across the country & in my local community. The last eight years in New Zealand has provided opportunities to connect with the wider Yoga community here in Aotearoa, to understand the needs and challenges that people of our nation experience and how Yoga can best be of service. As our own unique yoga culture develops here in Aotearoa, New Zealand I feel its important to support and share my expertise, voice and presence in this formation. I continue to keep my connection with authentic Yoga in India alive. It is my mission in life to serve you through the purity & richness of the Yoga Tradition, one that is practical, clear in its aims & processes, adaptable, progressive, creative & becomes a positive force in your life. I look forward to connecting with you.
Qualifications and Recognition
3 year residential immersion, Sannyasa Training, Sannyas Peeth, Ganga Darshan
Bihar School of Yoga, India, 2012 - 2015
Certificate - Training and Assessment
TAFE, Australia, 2011
Diploma in Satyananda Yoga Training
Yoga Academy Australia, 2009
Masters in Yoga Psychology
Bihar Yoga Bharati, Ganga Darshan, 2005
B.A./B.ED. Diploma of Secondary Teaching
Waikato University, 1996
MEET THE TEAM
Are the classes suitable for Beginners?Yes, Pure Yoga offers local and online beginner yoga courses for those new to Yoga. Courses focus on building foundational skills in alignment and conscious breathing. Courses are designed for newcomers over a series of weeks which allows for individual attention and practices that build confidence, flexibility, mobility and strength. These courses will set you up to progress further into the Hatha system and to be able to continue at home if that is your goal. For entry level students the Restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra courses are the best fit.
What is included in the Yoga Classes?Each class is holistic in nature including physical postures (Asana), guided breathing (Pranayama) & Meditation components. Pure Yoga is passionate about supporting people to integrate Yoga into daily life so shares tips and resources to help you build sustainable tools.
Does Pure Yoga offer Teachers Training?Yes, Pure Yoga has been training teachers for the last 10 years in the classical based Hatha, Raja, Mantra, Bhakti Yoga systems, mentoring students and is currently the Program Advisor for Kawai Purapura Yoga School (RYS), 200 Hr & 500 Hr Programs.
Do you run Yoga classes outside of Auckland?Yes, Pure Yoga travels to locations around NZ bringing speciality workshops, masterclasses & yogic lifestyle events to communities, Yoga studios & corporate settings.
What type of meditation do you teach?Pure Yoga is grounded in years of meditation practice and training in the classical forms of meditation that are aimed at building the specific skills of meditation and extending these into everyday life so that transformation occurs in a gradual yet lasting way. The techniques include both dynamic and static forms of meditation that prepare the body and mind for inner work. Specific techniques that help to embody relaxation, stillness, witnessing the mind, utilizing breath and energy include; Yoga Nidra, Body stillness, Steady Gazing (Trataka), Inner silence (Antar Mouna). How to use a mala for meditation and gaining a clear understanding of different energy systems and its influence on mental patterns (Vrittis, Samskaras).
What format does the meditation class take?The classes begin & end with centering in the present moment. Yoga Nidra a deep relaxation practice and one that embeds the essential skills of meditation is used to release tension. A seated meditation practice follows which builds and hones awareness from the gross (body) to more subtle layers of your being (mind, prana & subtle bodies).
What aspects of Meditation are included?The essential skills of meditation are highlighted in these courses, working to build up from simple to more complex. These skills are broken down each week and linked with lifestyle integration. The techniques are the building blocks of these skills and vary from Yoga Nidra to body based meditation. Some techniques include breath & energy as the main focus. More advanced practices work more directly with the mind & psychic bodies.
Where is your studio located?Pure Yoga Home studio is located in Torbay, Long Bay on the North Shore of Auckland. It is a fully equipped studio space next to the ocean with high quality Manduka Yoga Mats, custom hand-made bolsters, blankets & meditation cushions. Pure Yoga strives to source eco friendly, natural based products and support local businesses.
Do you offer one to one yoga guidance?Yes, Pure Yoga has experience working with clients with health challenges, psycho-somatic based imbalances, anxiety, depression, common injuries, beginners through to advanced practitioners. I have trained Yoga teachers since 2009. I combine my vast yogic knowledge and experience plus 20 years of dedicated practice and yogic living to create a session that works for you.