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!

 
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.

Eva Durich  Eva’s Astanga yoga journey started in 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with  Anja Nikolov and Luigi Moreno . Since then she has studied with many teachers; most notably she travelled to Kovalam, India, to study with  Lino Miele  on month-long trips (in 2011, 2013, and 2015). She moved to New Zealand in February 2014 and currently practices with and assists Mike Berghan at  Te Aro Astanga Yoga . Since moving to New Zealand she has also had the privilege to regularly practice with  Peter Sanson  in Hawkes Bay, and has organised weekend workshops in Wellington hosting  Gregor Maehle .    Students get to explore their possibilities guided by her clear, light and precise adjustments with focus on anatomical alignment and correct  vinyasa  count. Her background in Thai massage, therapeutic massage and anatomy, her fascination for tristana (Ujjayi, drishti, bandha) and healing through touch make her experience well-founded.     “What gets me on the mat every morning? Curiosity about what I might find there that day. Getting on the mat is like meeting up with me. It’s private time for me, with me. Through movement and breath I get to see a clearer picture of what is.”

Eva Durich

Eva’s Astanga yoga journey started in 2008 in Ljubljana, Slovenia with Anja Nikolov and Luigi Moreno. Since then she has studied with many teachers; most notably she travelled to Kovalam, India, to study with Lino Miele on month-long trips (in 2011, 2013, and 2015). She moved to New Zealand in February 2014 and currently practices with and assists Mike Berghan at Te Aro Astanga Yoga. Since moving to New Zealand she has also had the privilege to regularly practice with Peter Sanson in Hawkes Bay, and has organised weekend workshops in Wellington hosting Gregor Maehle.

Students get to explore their possibilities guided by her clear, light and precise adjustments with focus on anatomical alignment and correct vinyasa count. Her background in Thai massage, therapeutic massage and anatomy, her fascination for tristana (Ujjayi, drishti, bandha) and healing through touch make her experience well-founded.

“What gets me on the mat every morning? Curiosity about what I might find there that day. Getting on the mat is like meeting up with me. It’s private time for me, with me. Through movement and breath I get to see a clearer picture of what is.”

Jana Grossmannova   My love for yoga began 7 years ago after I’ve “coincidentally” completed a Hata Yoga Teacher Training in India. Since than through regular practice I’ve started to develop deep connection, understanding and love for my physical body, which lead me on a path of becoming a nutritionist, medicinal herbalist and holistic health practicioner.  A few years back I’ve developped a carpal tunnel syndrome which didn’t allow me to continue my power vinyasa practice so I’ve stared To practice yin yoga instead. I’ve realised that regular yin yoga practice is an inevitable part of maintaining a balance and connection in life. This led me to complete a Yin yoga Teacher training in November 2017 with Joe Barnett which deepened my passion, understanding and importance of yin yoga practice in our lives and realised the desire to share my passion.  I’m very grateful for each and every moment in this wondrous journey of life and grateful to Erika for providing me the opportunity to teach in her wonderful studio.    Blessings  Jana

Jana Grossmannova

My love for yoga began 7 years ago after I’ve “coincidentally” completed a Hata Yoga Teacher Training in India. Since than through regular practice I’ve started to develop deep connection, understanding and love for my physical body, which lead me on a path of becoming a nutritionist, medicinal herbalist and holistic health practicioner.

A few years back I’ve developped a carpal tunnel syndrome which didn’t allow me to continue my power vinyasa practice so I’ve stared To practice yin yoga instead. I’ve realised that regular yin yoga practice is an inevitable part of maintaining a balance and connection in life. This led me to complete a Yin yoga Teacher training in November 2017 with Joe Barnett which deepened my passion, understanding and importance of yin yoga practice in our lives and realised the desire to share my passion.

I’m very grateful for each and every moment in this wondrous journey of life and grateful to Erika for providing me the opportunity to teach in her wonderful studio.

Blessings

Jana