ABOUT

Hi!

We are Ram and Bhavani and we have created a little Sanctuary in the Taranaki region to share our love for what we do, yoga and well-being. 

It has been a long journey since we first tapped into yoga. We have both studied under the Sivananda Yoga Organization, which led us to run the Sivananda Yoga Centre in NZ for about 10 years. During that time, we led various retreats and workshops which ignited our intention to keep developing our centre. We also both worked at the amazing Aro Ha retreat centre in Queenstown.

We believe that teaching is about giving back what yoga has already given to us. We have two beautiful littlies which are our best teachers in service. 

Our classes are based on  traditional foundations suitable for everyone and emphasize the need to connect the mind, breath and body for a holistic practice. 

While we both have traditional backgrounds in yoga we have also both studied and practiced extensively and teach from an intuitive space, allowing our students to grow and develop in the best way for them.

 

We have a passion not just for teaching yoga and wellness but also living it. We feel that by connecting to all elements of nature around us, it helps us tune into the nature of peace within ourselves. 

 

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Fi moved to NZ from Scotland almost 20 years ago with her husband and two beautiful kids. She has collaborated in this community through many ways, one of them developing Rampage Fitness gyms in three areas of the city.

"My husband and I currently own/co-own 3 gyms in New Plymouth and this is where you will find me most days, working one on one, teaching classes (yoga and meditation) and offering Biodynamic Cranio Sacral Therapy. Wellness is so much more than merely physical health and so having a few tools in my toolbox allows me to assist my clients towards better overall health.
Previously a midwife, I have been involved in the fitness Industry for over 25 years. I have taught many classes but feel excited to be teaching and exploring Yoga. I feel my ‘style’ of yoga is expressed as aspects of all the knowledge I have gathered throughout my 53 years of life so far. I am very passionate about my work and so look forward to teaching from this beautiful space that Ram and Bhavani have created.

‘Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others’. Look forward to seeing you on the mat".

 Slow Flow Yoga - 200Hr Contemporary Yoga Auckland 2017

Fiona Ross

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I learned from four amazing teachers at the Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training, based in Auckland, in 2017.  Two big things have changed for me since then.  Yoga has become a feeling - rather than a shape - and my practice is lighter.     I think about yoga when I wake up in the morning, often as I move during the day and whenever I need to get my head together.  I have a yoga philosophy which I use to make sense of my life and to give me direction.  I love to move so my classes flow, and there is time for feeling, as well as doing. 

Slow Flow Yoga - 200 hour  - Contemporary Yoga , Auckland, 2017

Kristin Koller

Miia is a certified Ashram Yoga Teacher and has practiced for more than 6 years. Her practice has evolved from her younger years into motherhood and now is a proud mum of 2 leading her to explore her practice to adapt to life's changes. 

She is very passionate about intuitive practices: "The practice of Yoga has brought me more self awareness and respect than ever before. Listening to our intuition can bring the best out of our everyday". 

Hatha Flow Yoga - Ashram Yoga 

Miia Mikkila

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“ I am passionate about teaching Yin Yoga, having studied under the guidance of international renowned  Yoga instructor Nico Luce.  As a practicing medical professional studying Yin I have grown to appreciate the intricacies of how our bodies move through the practice of Yin Yoga  and the complexity of the fascia and the role it has to play in our wellbeing. Yin is ideal for all levels of fitness from those who are in active rehabilitation from injury or illness through to athletes who may need to focus on particular ligaments and tendons to improve strength and flexibility. Each pose can be tailored to individual needs during the class. Yin Yoga focuses on stretching and strengthening the fascia in the body rather than the muscle itself. This is a process that takes time and patience but is worth the journey to get there”

 Yin Yoga - Nico Lucce Training 2018

Emma Patrick

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