Nikki is a natural teacher who has been working with the human body for over 15 years, her passion for yoga and wellbeing shines through and is infectious to others.
Nikki has devised her own 'Ralston Method' which blends together the best elements of hatha, vinyasa, precision alignment and mindfulness teachings. Her classes are strong yet grounded, guiding her students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, giving skilled yet simple cues from her deep understanding of the human body and subtle energies, creates a transformative experience, empowering the student to become their own guru. Balanced by her delightful sense of humour that encourages students to reclaim the joy within their practice and life.
The owner of Urban Ashram in Auckland, featured presenter at Wanderlust festivals NZ/AUS ambassador for Eco Store and GreenLeaf Organics, Mother and wellness powerhouse. Off the mat you will usually find her flipping handstands at the beach with her delightful daughter or indulging in dark chocolate.
"I believe that we are all born to shine bright as children do, as we let go of our fears and step into our light, we inspire others to do the same"
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.
Josephine first came to yoga over ten years ago after joining a yoga class for actors. Her teacher Melissa Billington then became her teacher for the next seven years, and eventually received her first 200-hour training with Melissa. This training gave Josephine a strong foundation in the practice and the ability to work with anyBody.
For Josephine yoga has been as healing journey after enduring a back injury and various allergies. It was through yoga that she was able to strengthen her body and find a sense of calm in everyday life.
For Josephine yoga is a devotional practice and more recently she has been training with San Fransisco-based vinyasa and bhakti teacher Janet Stone. She has travelled to Bali and the USA to study with Janet. She is currently completing her 500 level training.
Josephine's classes are full of expression, heart, and creativity, with an emphasis on breath and alignment. She loves to bring the benefits of yoga to anyone of any ability or experience.
Jivamukti yoga teacher, massage therapy student
Eridani was introduced to yoga as a child by her godmother Kalyana. She followed in her footsteps and traveled to India where she studied and lived at the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry. She completed the 6-month Raja Ashtanga teacher training studying in the traditional ‘Guru Kula’ (living in the home of the teacher) method. Eridani’s yogic journey then led her to Advanced Certified Jivamuki Yoga Teacher Emma Henry and the methods founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. She studied with them and gained a certificate in Jivamukti Yoga. She is currently the only Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher teaching in New Zealand. Jivamukti is a Vinyasa, “flowing-form”, style practice
Eridani’s continued study with Nikki Ralston has brightly influenced her ability to lead students through a practice that is honest, grounding and transformative.
Her continuing education and study is lovingly shared with her students through carefully selected readings from yogic texts and inspiring sound tracks.
“The best way to uplift our own lives is to do all we can to uplift the lives of others, by remembering this intention throughout the yoga practice you will eventually but inevitably be freed from deep-rooted fears and tendencies towards selfishness. Regular and sincere practice devoid of ego results in liberation becoming possible”
Chief Mover, Coach, Athlete
15 Years and counting of high performance and professional sports has played a valuable teacher in Sefs movement offering. His philosophy of simplicity and quality allow for a fully integrative practice of movement. No matter what your age or movement background the ability to play is always possible in Sefs classes where plays with both qualities of strength and movement on a contagiously happy environment. His offerings have played roles in the success of every day athletes and movers around the world and cannot wait to share a class with you.
“No man has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”-Socrates
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