Yoga Teachers2018-10-05T14:13:11+00:00
Taking on Yoga Teacher Training, whether foundational or specialised, is embarking on an inner journey that is only limited by time and setting.
The quality of any student is greatly dependent on the quality of his or her teacher. Our Yoga Teachers have years of embodied experience, developed and taught on teacher trainings and are presenters on specialized topics. The synergy of this collaboration will be like no other. They bring a depth of wisdom to the training in order to inspire and support your transformational yoga journey.
The 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kawai Purapura consciously provides for one main, highly qualified Lead Teacher who guides you through the training, holds the space for the group and oversees your education. There are a range of excellent Guest Teachers who support your learning and lift you to the highest level possible. The 500 hour Training modules have a few specialised Senior Lead Teachers.

Utkarsh Sanjanwala

Utkarsh Sanjanwala is an experienced Yoga Master from India and a direct disciple of Swami Vidyanand. Utkarsh brought the teachings of Transformational Yoga - a practice founded on the philosophy of The Mother


Leza Schwab

Leza is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist based in Auckland, New Zealand. As an experienced practitioner of yoga Leza encourages her students to explore and interact with the potential of yoga, using [...]


Liana Yew

Liana Yew is a yoga teacher, dancer and mum. She was introduced to Yoga while completing her degree in contemporary dance in Unitec's performing arts programme. Liana's dance career spans over 18 years and has led her to regularly practice


Brendon Sakey

  Brendon Sakey is an accredited yoga teacher and completed his Diploma in Yoga Studies through Mangrove Yoga Ashram in Australia.  He practices and teaches a traditional and integrated form of yoga while [...]


Martina Götz

Martina Götz has practised yoga for 25 years and has been teaching for 20 years, predominantly in the Ashtanga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. She has travelled several times [...]


Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie Nelson is originally from rural New England, northeastern USA. She first started practicing yoga in NYC in the mid nineties while taking a break from her graduate studies, exploring several different yoga [...]


Amy Bassett

Amy Bassett Amy has been studying and practicing Yoga for five years. Trained in Vinyasa, Yin and Tantric Hatha, it is her goal to provide a life of service to those who seek clear seeing [...]


Mark Whitwell

Mark is a world renowned yoga teacher and author working to make yoga accessible to everyone. He has taught yoga for many years in the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and for the past [...]


Sharon Lightfoot

Sharon is a Yoga, Pilates and meditation teacher, practicing yoga since 1985.  Dedicated to contemporary body and mind education for well-being, she has a good eye and deep understanding of alignment of the [...]


Ashoka Tilakasuta

Ashoka Tilakasuta is personal student of the Venerable Master Swami Shankaratilaka, Rector of the Vaidika Pratisthanam – Orthodox Yoga School of the Saraswati Order – lineage of Adi Shankaracharya. Ashoka showed natural inquisitive [...]


Rakshakaridevi Tilakasuta

Rakshakaridevi Tilakasuta is a yogini that lives between New Zealand, India and Europe to share Vedic Dharma and the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, Yoga, Meditation and Tantra received at the feet of the Venerable [...]



Savitri 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 [...]


Swami Sankalpananda Saraswati

Swami Sankalpananda Saraswati  (Wendy Vermeulen) is an internationally qualified Yoga and Pilates instructor, personal trainer and life coach with almost 30 years experience in wellness, fitness and mindfulness training. Sankalpananda also teaches anatomy [...]