Swami Shantimurti Saraswati
There are few people around who have lived the life of a traditional yogi – living in Himalayan caves with advanced yogis and traveling with sadhus. Many of us have read stories about Himalayan masters or seen glimpses during visits to India, but most have never experienced it. It is a hard life and only serious yogis are accepted into this inner circle. Shantimurti has lived that life. He has spent extended periods with highly accomplished yogis and seen many wonders.
In yoga, experience is everything and Shantimurti has a lot of it. He has managed a number of ashrams over the last 40 years and seen many of the unusual situations that sometimes come with advanced yoga practice. He has trained many yoga teachers and students.
Shantimurti loves to share his wisdom whether it is about the finer aspects of chakras, asanas, pranayama, or stories about the people he has met; famous teachers like the Dalai Lama, B.K.S. Iyengar, Swami Muktananda or the many unknown but exceptional yogis that he has met along the way. He also has many interesting stories about his time with his guru who initiated him into sannyasa in 1976.
Shantimurti is a leader among yogis and is passionate about sharing yoga with the world. He lives at Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500).
Atma Okan (Swami Atmalokananda Saraswati)
Atma is a director of Ashram Yoga and a natural-born yoga teacher. She began practising yoga at a young age and has been teaching yoga classes since she was a teenager. Her love of yoga and people makes her popular with students who recognise her as a gifted, caring and highly capable teacher. She has a deep respect for yoga and its ability to positively transform lives.
Atma currently runs Ashram Yoga’s Ohui Retreat in the Coromandel where she lives with her young family. She conducts retreats, workshops, kirtans, festivals and is a senior instructor for the yoga teacher training courses.
Atma is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour experienced registered teacher.
Devananda (Dee Gleitman)
Dee is a senior teacher at Ashram Yoga, passionate about Yoga and energy work.
She teaches popular weekly classes, co-facilitates on training courses, runs workshops and leads kirtan as a source of constant inspiration and to share her love of Yoga.
In 2006 she developed PLAY (Physically, Learning, Active, Yoga) classes to instill the FUNdamental skills of yoga at an early age, in an adventurous and creative way. Ashram Yoga now offers this as a teacher training module.
Dee is a qualified Shiatsu & Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, Yoga therapist and Yoga Alliance 500-hour registered teacher who enjoys exploring the many avenues one can work with their energy to create positive life change.
Dana was introduced to Yoga in England in 1992 during a period in her life of great unfolding. She had always been one to question life and push boundaries and during her search for enlightenment and a deeper understanding of life she came across a beautiful and amazing yogi who had trained under his father in the ancient traditions of yoga and Ayurveda.
Journeys to the pyramids, a trip alone to India, learning Spanish in Costa Rica without stepping inside a school, two children and her yoga journey continues as strong as ever today.
Dana gives focus in her classes to physical strength that can be gained from a powerful practice. Strong body, strong mind. Understanding samskaras which arise during our journey so that one can continue with determination and courage when wanting to attempt more advanced postures.
She warmly encourages everyone into her classes no matter where one is in the journey of physical asana. www.DanaLouiseStewart.com
Wendy Vermeulen (Vineeta)
Vineeta has over 25 years experience in health, fitness, wellness and mindfullness training. She loves anatomy, teaches it on our yoga teacher training courses, and is well known for inspiring her students to love anatomy too. She is a qualified personal trainer, Pilates and Ashram Yoga trained 500-hour yoga teacher and brings a whole new level of information and quality to her classes.