The Iyengar Yoga Certification and Assessment process as set out by B.K.S. Iyengar is world renowned for its thoroughness and rigour. The training process spans years, and once the candidate successfully passes assessment and becomes certified, they continue their training with senior teachers, and work to further develop their practice-based understanding and skill as teachers.
Tessa has been practising Iyengar yoga for 23 years. In 1998 she started teaching classes at the Aro Valley Community Hall and has been teaching ever since. At the start of 2007, Tessa opened the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Wellington.
Tessa is an intuitive, empathetic and observant teacher. She is dedicated to teaching yoga in a way that enables students to understand for themselves, so that their practice will engage and support them mentally, emotionally and physically throughout their lives. In the class situation, Tessa teaches to the individual and encourages students to develop their depth of perception within the practice.
Tessa has studied with Geeta Iyengar at conventions in Auckland (2003) and Australia (2010) and has also studied with the Iyengars at the RIMYI, India.
Tessa has been studying under the guidance of her teacher, Peter Thomson, for 17 years, and is immensely grateful to Peter for the teachings and inspiration.
Tessa teaches all the evening classes from Monday to Thursday (other than Wednesday night Level 1). Tessa also teaches the Thursday and Saturday morning classes, workshops and retreats.
Jo started Iyengar yoga in 1996 and was quickly captivated by the practice of yoga, finding it both challenging and inspiring. She commenced teaching in 2001.
Jo creates a warm, supportive environment for students. She is interested in how asana can be transformative not only on a physical level but also on an emotional and energetic level.
Jo studies regularly with senior Iyengar yoga teachers including her teacher, Peter Thomson, and in July 2010 she visited Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Jo has degrees in Political Science and Sport Science, she has worked in recruitment advertising and in communications. She is married with three sons.
Jo teaches the Tuesday and Sunday 10am classes, and the Thursday lunchtime class.
Catherine has been devoted to the study and practice of yoga since first experiencing its great benefits whilst living in India during 1997-2000.
She started teaching in the Sivananda tradition in 2001 and soon after began Vipassana meditation. With the subsequent sharpening of awareness, her passion intensified which led to an extensive exploration of many yoga styles and teachings throughout India, Europe and Australia.
Catherine now teaches in the Iyengar tradition and has an Junior Intermediate Level 1 (certificate). She has also studied directly with the Iyengar Family in Pune, India.
Catherine brings to her teaching a deep devotion to yoga and a sincere desire that her students also discover the same great benefits that she has received from yoga.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney majoring in Physical Education and Mathematics. She is married with four adult children.
Catherine teaches the Wednesday 10am class.
Rosie began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2005 as a way to maintain general health and learn to touch her toes. After traveling and experimenting with other styles of yoga, she was drawn back to the systematic and disciplined approach of Iyengar yoga. She quickly realised yoga is not about touching her toes but rather the cultivation of self-study and awareness through a regular yoga practice.
Rosie trained with senior Iyengar yoga teachers Peter and Sue Scott while living in Melbourne, Australia and currently holds an Introductory Level 2 certificate. In 2012 she spent two months studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RMIYI) in Pune, India.
Rosie has a Media Arts degree in film and is currently studying graphic design at Massey University. She is also co-founder and author of Martha Goes Green: A Vegetarian Cookbook.
Rosie teaches the Monday morning 10am class and the Friday night 6pm class.
Jo trained at Britain's first circus school in 1987. After damaging her back in a trapeze accident she was introduced to yoga at the Iyengar Institute in London and has been practicing since 1995.
Jo has been coming to Tessa's classes since she immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. She started teacher training with Rosie Holland and in 2011 passed her Introductory Level 1 assessment and is currently studying to sit Intro Level 2. Jo regularly fills in for other teachers when they are temporarily unable to take a class.
Originally from Northern Ireland Jo promises to slow her fast paced native tongue to be understood during her instructions but will keep her Irish vowels intact to keep you listening and alert!
Agata was first introduced to yoga in 2000 at one of Poland’s oldest Iyengar yoga studios. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that she fully committed and started to practice daily. When she moved to Wellington in 2010 she started attending Tessa’s classes, which greatly helped her to take her practice to a new, deeper level.
For Agata yoga is an essential part of life. She feels that practice sustains her on physical, mental, emotional and existential levels. Over the years, apart from being a remedy for any possible ailment, yoga has also become a journey for its own sake.
Agata is currently in training towards introductory level teaching certificate with Peter Thomson. She sees teaching as a natural extension of her practice, and finds it to be a deeply fulfilling experience. She hopes her teaching will assist others on their own yoga path.
When not on the mat Agata is most likely to be found reading, writing or discussing philosophy as she is about to submit her PhD thesis in this subject.
Agata teaches the Tuesday lunchtime and Wednesday night Level 1 classes. She also teaches the Cyclists and Runners class and the Restorative classes on Sunday night.