Owner of Urban Ashram
RYT500 & E-RYT200
Amber J is a lover; a curator of kindness, guided by her heart & server to her souls divinity.
Yoga has changed my life, as I have learnt that Yoga is life; a beautiful life. I was born in NZ, and since the age of 4 I have been lucky enough to have dancing in my life, and through the love of movement I found the asana practice to be pure magic to the mind, body and soul. From mindfully rotating the wrists to pressing my palms firmly into the earth, I felt (and still feel) elated and a true sense of peace when struck with the present moment.
After pursuing a professional dancing career in Sydney, Australia, I soon discovered that this path wasn't for me. I had put so much pressure on myself to succeed that I had lost the joy of Self. Anxiety and an eating disorder took hold of me over those few years that followed, and it wasn't until I started attending a number of Pilates and Yoga classes that I began to see the sun again. It eventually became clear to me how much the practice of Yoga was benefiting my health and well being.
In 2014 I went to Auckland, New Zealand, where I studied a Diploma in Yoga at Wellpark College. The person that came out of that course was totally different to the one that walked in. I went in for personal development reasons, and came out with a loving determination to help others on their own journeys. I can't express through words how grateful I am for all the beautiful wisdom that I received in that year. The tutors and students there are now my life long friends, and I will hold that experience in my heart forever.
Following my 200/500HR training in Yoga I returned to Napier, Hawke's Bay, where I taught at a number of studios and my own home studio. Nothing has made me more content than seeing the true growth in my students, on and off the mat. My soul is happiest when helping others, kindness is my religion, and I endeavor to embody this always.
Lasting words; I am just a vessel; Yoga is the wisdom. Namaste
Francesca was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Her parents are both dancers and yoga practitioners.
With the practice of body movement ingrained in her from day one, Francesca is deeply passionate about the human body, how it functions and how that affects the world we live in.
She has taught yoga for the past 4 years, has a Yoga Diploma from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and holds a Certificate in Personal Training.
Francesca presents her classes using multiple modalities with the intention of being inclusive to all levels of learning as well as encouraging people to become educated about their own bodies through their experience of movement.
Francesca is committed to her ongoing education of yoga, movement and the human body and believes that this commitment means she able to offer full presence of mind, individual guidance and sincere compassion to her students.
RYT500 Registered Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Certificate in Hatha Yoga + Pregnancy Yoga +Restorative Yoga
MIC: Masters of International Communication
Bonnie's interest in yoga philosophy began over 25 years ago, a subsequent trip to India in 1992, and throughout her life since, she has practiced Yoga postures (Asanas) on and off during this time and have seen first hand the transformative eect of a regular practice. 6 years ago she decided to become a dedicated practitioner and teacher. Bonnie incorporates knowledge gained through her training in Yoga, philosophy, applied anatomy and physiology to create classes based on individual needs; focusing on keeping you safe while creating a sustainable Yoga practice specically for your body/abilities and mindset.
Poppy moved to NZ in 2013 after completing her teacher training with Power Living Australia. She set up beachside yoga classes in Mt Maunganui which quickly grew in numbers over the summer and gave her the confidence to teach her classes in Auckland studios by 2014.
Poppy found a love for yoga when she came to a crossroads and felt her life lacked meaning, direction and service. Her classes are balanced, lighthearted and challenging.
She passionately believes that people don't need radical change in order to be the best version of themselves but through a deeper sense of awareness everybody can tap into the greater powers that remind us we are the creators of our own destiny.
Her words to live by are:
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind ~ Ralph Waldorf Emerson