Erika josa   I grew up in France where I spent most of my childhood in a lovely little village called Lagrasse. It was a wonderful place to grow up - in between nature and medieval architecture. I moved to beautiful New Zealand in 2005 and it was this move that sparked my passion for health and wellbeing.  My yoga journey started slowly by attending the occasional class to supplement my other physical exercise. In 2011 I got injured and stopped my regular high intensity activities to practice yoga daily hoping it would help me heal. That regular daily practice during those three months provided me complete injury recovery and it also meant I would not need surgery. However, little did I know that this was also the starting point for my life-long yoga practice that would eventually affect every aspect of my life and transform me as a person.  My passion for yoga continued to steadily grow over the following years and I became a qualified Hatha yoga teacher in 2012. I also studied complementary fields of health that have added to my knowledge. These areas include: sports and exercise science, ayurvedic medicine, anatomy, nutrition, sports massage, coaching, and neuro linguistic programming. I have brought all of these disciplines together to form part of my personal and teaching practice for my own yoga journey as well as my students benefit.  Then in 2014 I realised my long-term dream. I opened The Yoga Lounge Studio in central Wellington. My vision has always been to own and run my own Shala that has a sense of welcoming and community - as well as provide an open, caring environment for my students. It has required determination and hard work to realise this vision - but I’m so happy with how the community has grown, how good teachers have gravitated to the studio - and how our students have deepened their yoga practice.  With the supportive community at the Shala and my own practice, I have developed a distinctive teaching style with my students that's very holistic in its approach. I draw on all my life experience, study and professional background and bring these elements together into my classes and my practice. Working this way requires me to constantly evolve, learn and grow as a student, a yoga practitioner and a teacher. I love the challenge this brings and how it also contributes to my own journey. I am always seeking, looking to grow, and looking for opportunities to learn.  It is this same keenness that led me to find Ashtanga Yoga and my dear teacher - Mike Berghan who I'm so thankful for his guidance over the years. I also regularly attend workshops with the amazing Peter Sanson and feel very lucky to have such a knowledgable guru to be studying under in New Zealand.  So where to from here?! I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next for me, my practice, my students, and the Shala. The road I have traveled so far has been very eventful - sometimes difficult and challenging, but also SO very rewarding - and I know there is much more to come. Siri K Pattabhi Jois said ‘practice practice and all is coming’ - and it is absolutely true. I come back to this quote again and again because for me it is what yoga has been and is for me. Do the work - there is no magic pill (thank goodness) - and the rewards will come along the way. What a journey it has been!

Erika josa

I grew up in France where I spent most of my childhood in a lovely little village called Lagrasse. It was a wonderful place to grow up - in between nature and medieval architecture. I moved to beautiful New Zealand in 2005 and it was this move that sparked my passion for health and wellbeing.

My yoga journey started slowly by attending the occasional class to supplement my other physical exercise. In 2011 I got injured and stopped my regular high intensity activities to practice yoga daily hoping it would help me heal. That regular daily practice during those three months provided me complete injury recovery and it also meant I would not need surgery. However, little did I know that this was also the starting point for my life-long yoga practice that would eventually affect every aspect of my life and transform me as a person.

My passion for yoga continued to steadily grow over the following years and I became a qualified Hatha yoga teacher in 2012. I also studied complementary fields of health that have added to my knowledge. These areas include: sports and exercise science, ayurvedic medicine, anatomy, nutrition, sports massage, coaching, and neuro linguistic programming. I have brought all of these disciplines together to form part of my personal and teaching practice for my own yoga journey as well as my students benefit.

Then in 2014 I realised my long-term dream. I opened The Yoga Lounge Studio in central Wellington. My vision has always been to own and run my own Shala that has a sense of welcoming and community - as well as provide an open, caring environment for my students. It has required determination and hard work to realise this vision - but I’m so happy with how the community has grown, how good teachers have gravitated to the studio - and how our students have deepened their yoga practice.

With the supportive community at the Shala and my own practice, I have developed a distinctive teaching style with my students that's very holistic in its approach. I draw on all my life experience, study and professional background and bring these elements together into my classes and my practice. Working this way requires me to constantly evolve, learn and grow as a student, a yoga practitioner and a teacher. I love the challenge this brings and how it also contributes to my own journey. I am always seeking, looking to grow, and looking for opportunities to learn.

It is this same keenness that led me to find Ashtanga Yoga and my dear teacher - Mike Berghan who I'm so thankful for his guidance over the years. I also regularly attend workshops with the amazing Peter Sanson and feel very lucky to have such a knowledgable guru to be studying under in New Zealand.

So where to from here?! I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next for me, my practice, my students, and the Shala. The road I have traveled so far has been very eventful - sometimes difficult and challenging, but also SO very rewarding - and I know there is much more to come. Siri K Pattabhi Jois said ‘practice practice and all is coming’ - and it is absolutely true. I come back to this quote again and again because for me it is what yoga has been and is for me. Do the work - there is no magic pill (thank goodness) - and the rewards will come along the way. What a journey it has been!

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Jana Grossmannova

Jana is a Yin Yoga teacher, Herbal practitioner, Holistic Nutrition/Health coach and Raw food chef. 

My love for yoga began 7 years ago after completing my Hata Yoga Teacher Training in India. Since then, through regular practice, I’ve develop a deep connection and understanding of my body. My studies of nutrition, medicinal herbs and healthy lifestyle have accumulated into my passion of helping others with their journeys of healing. For the last eight years, I have chosen to eat a high-raw, plant-based diet, this has been life changing in many ways but most of all I've had so much fun developing new creative Raw Recipes.  

I have completed a diploma in Medicinal Herbs and Nutrition and have spent countless hours studying and honing my own recipes and medicines that compliment the lifestyle I choose to live and help in the healing journeys of others. For me personally, healing through food has been transformational in more than just a physical sense. It has also just as importantly been a spiritual journey of forgiveness, re connection and presence.

For me, regular Yin Yoga practice is an important aspect of maintaining balance and connection in life. I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher training in November 2017 with Joe Barnett, I continue to be inspired by this practice and would love to share the benefits of it with others.  

I am a grateful for each and every moment in this wondrous journey of life. 

 
Claudio Escutia   “I found through the practice of conscious movement and breath, sound and vibrations the path to inner silence and peace.”  Claudio is a yoga teacher and active musician since more than 10 years.  He comes from a family of musicians from Mexico City, surrounded from childhood with instruments and music.  He began his spiritual journey in Mexico with the practice of Tai Chi. After finishing his classical guitar studies at the School of Fine Arts he decided to move to Montreal Canada to study Jazz music, where he experienced for the first time the power of the sacred Yogic practices, becoming aware of the hamony between breathing, body, mind and soul.  When he settled in Canada, he expanded his knowledge by practicing Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, with recognized teachers, he learned to play Kirtan (sacred chants circles) with local musicians and started playing live music for yoga classes.  After 2 years of practice, he heads to the mountains of Quebec and begins his training as a resident yoga and meditation teacher at the Yoga Sivananda Vedanta Ashram, with the renowned professor Praladh, a direct student of Swami Vishnudevananda, one of the first teachers of India in introduce yoga in the West. Claudio receives his certification of 300 hours of Yoga by Yoga Alliance recognized throughout the world. After finishing his training and after living 6 months of intense Sadhana (spiritual practice) he began to teach Hatha Yoga in several studies in Montreal.  In 2012 he moved to Europe, where he studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Jivamukti Berlin and Yin Yoga taking several workshops and retreats.  In 2013 he traveled to Nepal to study Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls ,Gongs, Bells and Mantras taking certification and courses at the Kundalini Sound and Herbal Healing School in Kathmandu with the renowned teacher and healer Chaitanyashree. After Nepal, he travels to India to study classical music of India on Sitar, Esraj and Bansuri and voice technique in Calcutta and Varanasi.  He comes back home to live in Riviera Maya Mexico to teach for 3 years and practice with several international teachers getting experience on teaching to big groups of students and teaching workshops on Yin Yoga, Nada Yoga, Mantra Yoga and Sound Healing.  During his classes, he uses ancient and traditional techniques to harmonize physical, mental and emotional levels with the sound of Tibetan bowls, Mantras, Mudras and other Yoga techniques that take you on a journey to the heart, inner peace and silence.  He creates a welcoming space that allows yoga practitioners to embrace their practice no matter their level, and to work towards exploring how yoga resonates within them.

Claudio Escutia

“I found through the practice of conscious movement and breath, sound and vibrations the path to inner silence and peace.”

Claudio is a yoga teacher and active musician since more than 10 years.

He comes from a family of musicians from Mexico City, surrounded from childhood with instruments and music.

He began his spiritual journey in Mexico with the practice of Tai Chi. After finishing his classical guitar studies at the School of Fine Arts he decided to move to Montreal Canada to study Jazz music, where he experienced for the first time the power of the sacred Yogic practices, becoming aware of the hamony between breathing, body, mind and soul.

When he settled in Canada, he expanded his knowledge by practicing Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, with recognized teachers, he learned to play Kirtan (sacred chants circles) with local musicians and started playing live music for yoga classes.

After 2 years of practice, he heads to the mountains of Quebec and begins his training as a resident yoga and meditation teacher at the Yoga Sivananda Vedanta Ashram, with the renowned professor Praladh, a direct student of Swami Vishnudevananda, one of the first teachers of India in introduce yoga in the West. Claudio receives his certification of 300 hours of Yoga by Yoga Alliance recognized throughout the world. After finishing his training and after living 6 months of intense Sadhana (spiritual practice) he began to teach Hatha Yoga in several studies in Montreal.

In 2012 he moved to Europe, where he studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Jivamukti Berlin and Yin Yoga taking several workshops and retreats.

In 2013 he traveled to Nepal to study Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls ,Gongs, Bells and Mantras taking certification and courses at the Kundalini Sound and Herbal Healing School in Kathmandu with the renowned teacher and healer Chaitanyashree. After Nepal, he travels to India to study classical music of India on Sitar, Esraj and Bansuri and voice technique in Calcutta and Varanasi.

He comes back home to live in Riviera Maya Mexico to teach for 3 years and practice with several international teachers getting experience on teaching to big groups of students and teaching workshops on Yin Yoga, Nada Yoga, Mantra Yoga and Sound Healing.

During his classes, he uses ancient and traditional techniques to harmonize physical, mental and emotional levels with the sound of Tibetan bowls, Mantras, Mudras and other Yoga techniques that take you on a journey to the heart, inner peace and silence.

He creates a welcoming space that allows yoga practitioners to embrace their practice no matter their level, and to work towards exploring how yoga resonates within them.

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Freda has been practicing yoga for 20 years, completed a 200-hour teacher training with Nico Luce. She loves yoga for so many reasons. To her yoga is a powerful vehicle always at our fingertips (literally!) to bring balance, strength, mobility, and clarity to body and mind. She is very excited to share her love of yoga with her students and to leave them feeling great. She also teaches at Healium.

Freda work in communications, and try to get outdoors daily—bush, mountains, beach, or ocean. She also have little boy called Elio.

Freda collaborated in creating New Zealand's first Kiwi Dairy - an annual snapshot of kiwi creativity.

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Dayna Edge

Dayna is a South African arts graduate who realised her love of yoga in her stressful final year of university.

She found herself turning to yoga to calm her mind and release endorphins after tiring and draining days, and soon decided to leave behind the stressful life of a producer and to travel to India to complete her RYT200 in 2016.

A year later, after teaching privately in South Africa, Dayna returned to India to complete her RYT300, and began teaching at studios in Dubai in 2017. She completed a personal training certification in 2018 and has since expanded her knowledge into holistic plant-based nutrition.

Her favourite styles to teach are power, for its focus and intensity, yin, for its restorative nature, and vinyasa, for its freedom in choreographing and theming flows. However, she also has experience in ashtanga, hatha, and hot yoga.

Aside from health and wellness, Dayna loves to travel, read, and spend learn.