Peter Nilsson, the founder and Director of the Auckland Yoga Academy, has been immersed in the practice and study of yoga from the age of 30. Now at the young age of 68 he endeavours to live life by the principles of yoga. The Auckland Yoga Academy is a reflection of the culmination of this yogic journey of love and dedication.
Jude is the Yoga Academy’s Training Director; mentoring future Yoga Teachers in the ways of the ancients. She brings over ten years of teacher training experience to the workshops and courses she facilitates. In particular, her skills in course development, communication and facilitation, as well as knowledge of educational and developmental psychology.
Vicki has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for 25 years, and teaching at the Academy since 1992. Along with Ashtanga, Vicki has studied and teaches Yoga Vinyasa (Hatha Flow), pregnancy yoga (she has practiced Ashtanga during two pregnancies), and takes “mums and babies” classes.
Yoga has been a part of Helen’s life for over 20 years, and she’s been teaching Hatha yoga at the Academy for 11 years Her practice is in the tradition of Iyengar Yoga and she loves restorative yoga for the rest and therapeutic aspects it contributes to a regular practice.
Mei first discovered yoga when she was looking for an exercise regime to help her recover from a long day in the office and to prepare her for the next day. Finding yoga changed her life, and she has since established a deep love of yoga and a daily practice. She has been teaching at the Academy since graduating from YA500 course in 2013.
Madeline started her yoga journey 13 years ago. She was looking for a place where she could slow down in this very fast paced life and find some clarity, focus and calm. The many benefits of yoga both on and off the mat slowly started to unravel to her, heightening her love for the practice. Her dedication to yoga was quickly established. Madeline acquired a YA500 qualification in 2012 at the Auckland Yoga Academy.
Marie began practising yoga to alleviate repetitive strain injury at the age of 19. First Hatha, then Iyengar and Pranayama. It wasn’t long before she noticed the mix of yoga and breath focus starting to impact positively on her consciousness. In 2014 Marie studied YA200 followed in 2015 by the Yoga Academy Apprenticeship.
Mariana discovered yoga around 12 years ago back in her home town in Mexico, and found Ashtanga when she moved to New Zealand in 2011. Ashtanga changed her life in such a way that she decided to become a teacher by doing the teacher training at Auckland Yoga Academy in 2014. She finished 1 year part time teacher training (YA200) and one year part time apprenticeship focusing on Mysore Style classes.