Savitri (Jenny Cottingham) is passionate about assisting students to find their highest potential through exposing them to the real depths of yoga. She commenced her own yoga journey with an Iyengar Yoga Teacher training over 40 years ago. During the last 18 years she has been travelling to the Himalayas and living amongst great saints and yogis, which has inspired her about the deep transformational nature of the yogic path, and its possibility for evolution of consciousness. Savitri completed advanced training with Sattva Yoga in the Himalayas and is skilled at taking students into the depths of practice and understanding, so they can step into their true nature and become Masters of their lives.
Savitri co-founded Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, setting up the first NZ Govt recognised programmes in both Yoga and Ayurveda. She established Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre as well as Sacred Earth Retreat in Karekare, to provide educational and supportive contexts which allows for healing and self-discovery. Every year she runs NZ’s International Yoga Festival which brings together outstanding yoga teachers from around the world and supports yoga community. She leads sacred journeys to the Himalayas, providing the opportunity to deepen yoga and meditation practices in places of power, explore ancient ashrams and caves and meet saints and yogis who have dedicated their lives to the transformational path of yoga.