Out of one became many ...
YOGA for YOU is moving into a new phase of becoming a collective of yoga teachers and body therapists happy to support and inspire each other in their continuous learning and passion to teach.
See individual bios below
Honouring the great wisdom traditions, Atmavidya welcomes the opportunity to share ancient practices of Yoga and Meditation that continue to help unfold the natural inherent goodness, wisdom, beauty, harmony, kindness and delight in our lives.
For the freedom, happiness, and consciousness of all beings, Atmavidya gently supports discovery of the different ways that practices can be experienced, in order to liberate energy for the well-being of body, mind and spirit. She delights in the yoga that can be practiced by every body irrespective of the level of mobility or apparent capacity to practice.
She has depth of experience in the teaching of yoga and meditation in yoga centres, ashrams, retreats, primary, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, businesses, Not For Profit and rehabilitation organisations, mainly in New Zealand. During 2008 to 2012 Atmavidya guided the work of uplifting well-being of body mind and spirit for all, at Parito Yoga Retreat near Raglan, alongside her partner Pete. From April 2014 to September 2016 she directed the work of The Vishuddhi Yoga Centre in Christchurch and then guided the work of the Anahata Health and Education Trust near Takaka in Golden Bay.
Currently at Parito Yoga Retreat, to assist the transition of this Centre to its evolving form, Atmavidya is taking the opportunity to go deeper with her own practice. She is also giving assistance to unfold the work of Yoga for You in its new form, with the other teachers in this collective.
Atmavidya has received Accreditation as a teacher of Yoga in the style of Classical Hatha Yoga. She is affiliated in her practice with Bihar Yoga in India. She has given service, and received the opportunity to learn in ashrams in New Zealand, Australia, Munger and Rikhia in India (in India in 2006, 2009 and for nine months in 2013). Atmavidya has been a student of yoga and meditation for the last 27 years.
Nicky Woodward is a registered Feldenkrais© practitioner and teacher. She has a background in health and has been involved with movement through education, rehabilitation, Yoga and personal practice for over 25 years. Her approach is grounded in the underlying principles of functional movement and human development with intention to support an enjoyable and sustainable self-practice.
Nicky teaches classes which encourage a deeper understanding of natural movement. The Feldenkrais approach emphasizes the importance of bringing quality of attention to the flow and experience of movement. This focus enables Yoga students - of all levels of experience and from all traditions - to discover a more organic and graceful practice. Working in this way helps students gain a deeper awareness of both body and being, to refine their movements and asana, and to enliven a sense of wellbeing.
She is a certified Awareness Through Movement© (ATM) teacher and NZ Guild certified Feldenkrais© practitioner (2010), and a NZ Registered Nurse. She completed an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training programme with Donna Farhi (2000), Ruthy Alon’s Bones for Life programme(2009), and attends yearly Advanced Feldenkrais teacher training programmes.
Nicky also works on an individual basis with both children and adults. More about Nicky and her work can be found from her Movement Rewired website.
Sannyasin Jane Allen (Gyananidhi)
Jane (Gyananidhi) was introduced to Yoga in the late 90’s through her own health issues with Fibromyalgia. It was through the benefits and insights she gained that she went onto study and become an Accredited Yoga Teacher. She is passionate about teaching and passing on the practices so others can benefit and empower themselves.
Jane has taught over the years in a variety of areas – ashrams, retreats, primary and secondary schools, communities, special needs and prison. She is currently Chair of YEPT (Yoga Education in Prison Trust).
Jane remains herself a perennial student of Yoga blissful in the knowledge that there is still so much more to learn and is indebted to all her teachers.
Jane is also an Accredited Bowen Practitioner and Tutor.
Pavitrananda (Uschi Heyd)
Pavitra's life has been inspired by the teachings of yoga for more than 30 years. Yoga was her first introduction to conscious living and the idea that how we do things matters more than what we do. She loves yoga for its wholesomeness, its simplicity and inclusiveness. Pavitra is skilled at integrating the deeper principles and philosophies of yoga into daily life in a simple and practical way. She believes these to be the tools for lasting positive change ... and it is this she likes to share with others.
Pavitra founded Yoga for You in 2001 and developed her teaching, by learning with and from students over many years while running Vishuddhi Yoga Centre, teaching weekly classes and conducting workshops on many aspects of yoga.
Her keen interest in yoga as a holistic approach to life has taken her to India on several occasions, living and doing seva in ashrams, where, in 2012, she received initiation into the spiritual life as sanyas of the Saraswati order.
Pavitra currently teaches at the Academy of Yoga Science (AYS) in NSW and co-coordinates the Diploma in Yogic Studies and Teacher Training. She spends her summers living and teaching at Mangrove Yoga Ashram (the home of AYS) and the rest of the year lives with her partner in Dunedin. Inspired by the psychology of teaching and learning Pavitra’s latest project is a BA in Educational Psychology as online student at Massey University.
Pavitra is also a certified Childbirth Educator with Birthworks International ® and coordinates the peri-natal module of the yoga teacher training.
Karmavidya began her journey in the Satyananda Yoga Tradition 20 years ago training as a Satyananda Yoga teacher in Colombia, Latin America between 2010 and 2013. She has spent some time with her teachers in Ashrams in India, both on her own, and also with her children and husband.
Her professional background is in education – as a researcher and consultant – and her passion is to learn and practice about yoga in education. She is currently completing a PhD on ‘Care and restoration of relationship conflict at secondary education’ at the University of Canterbury.
My experience in yoga has improved my capacity to live life more fully and to nurture head, heart and hands. I enjoy gardening, walking in the mountains, reading poetry, baking bread and swimming."
Mahadevi (Non Peel)
Mahadevi is a mother of 3 beautiful adult daughters and grandmother of 5 equally beautiful growing grandchildren.
Her work experience was in teaching and training at a variety of levels in a wide range of settings and in facilitating groups of all kinds for a number of NGOs.
She was a late-comer to yoga, happening upon it at a time when she most needed a holistic practice.
That was about 20 years ago when she was around 50 years old. She found the practices so beneficial that she trained as a yoga teacher in 2000/2001 and subsequently taught for nearly 15 years mainly in a small rural community near Auckland.
She now lives in Christchurch with her husband, close to some of her family.
Choosing inspiration over competition for a stronger community and a healthier and more sustainable way of life.
Unified by a love for the Earth, the people who live in it and the ancient wisdom teachings.
There is no one path, no one tradition, no one yoga or therapy that suits all. We aspire to grow in open-heartedness, tolerance, patience, generosity of spirit, integrity and inclusiveness. We aim to teach with authenticity free from attachments to outcome. We know this to be the yogic way.
Om Tat Sat
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
May all beings be happy and free