Project Description


Chaitanya vividly remembers the first full moon of 1995, he was mid-way through a six-month pilgrimage in Poona, India. Chai was already dedicated to a daily practice, meditating up to 10 hours a day, but it wasn’t until that night, as the moonlight dripped through the banyan trees, that something switched inside and life was never the same again. Pilgrimages to India from the UK continued for the next four years including driving from India to the UK. In 2000, he moved back to New Zealand to help his father and teacher to set up the Maitreya Meditation Centre in the Marlborough Sounds. His initial experience of physical yoga was one of the most painful experiences of his life due to an extremely tight and stiff body, by no means did he have an instant falling in love experience. That was  until he discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga four years later, he loved the combination of strength work which he was naturally good at with his martial arts background and the challenge of stretching. In 2001 he moved back to Auckland where he worked as a Reiki Master while he completed a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage. He then went on to set up three Massage clinics in Christchurch 2003-06, before moving back to the Maitreya meditation centre as the co-manager with his wife Bex. They later moved to Nelson where they also run the annual Evolve Festival.

Chai undertook a 200hr yoga teacher training at Hot Yoga Nelson in 2008. He completed an additional 300 hours of teacher training at Purna Yoga Byron Bay in 2015.

Chaitanya  is a specialist guest teacher on a number of Yoga Teacher Trainings around NZ. He specialises in applied anatomy (the anatomy of movement), where the thousands of hours of yoga teaching and study, alongside the 16+ years as a therapeutic/sports massage therapist, has built a broad and experiential knowledge base, which Chai loves to share. The main styles he teaches are Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Hatha and Meditation.