~ Daphne Luke ~


Training Certificates or Qualifications: Internationally registered 500hr qualified yoga teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance USA. 200 Hr Certificate with Trinity Yoga (Vancouver), Senior Teacher with Paul Grilley, the founder of Yin Yoga.  Other yoga teacher trainings: Ashtanga (David Swenson), Pregnancy Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Yin Yoga (Bernie Clark), Yin Yoga and Anatomy (Paul Grilley), Yin workshop (Sarah Powers), Vinyasa workshop (Shiva Rea).  Yin Yoga Registered Teacher with the Yin Institute (Paulie Zink), YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) - Teacher Trainer.

Yoga Influences: Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga

Inspirational teachers: David Swenson, Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Shiva Rea.

Background: For 15 years, I spent time traveling around the world experiencing different cultures and gathering wisdom.  I have now settled in New Zealand, and come from a strong competitive sporting background and fitness leadership.  In 2000 I found yoga to relieve stress and open up tight muscles and support my back.  Quickly I discovered yoga was SO much more, and was drawn to teach yoga to share what I love.  My personal mantra is ahimsa - loving kindness and gratitude.

Why I practice: Yoga has helped me in so many ways and profoundly touched me. I have gratitude for the incredible yogis that have shared teachings with me on my yoga journey.  Every time I roll out my mat - whether it is to teach or practice yoga - I learn and grow.

Why I teach: I thought that if I could help just one other person the way it helped me, then the entire journey sharing yoga teachings would be worthwhile.  As a part of this great lineage of yoga I serve, give, share, and honour the divine light in each yogi. I like to encourage each student to practice "their own yoga" honouring the body and mind in the moment. The breath is the yoga.

Favourite quotes:

"Your perception is your reality"

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain”

“Our yesterdays are but dreams. Our tomorrows are merely visions. But today lived well makes everyday a dream of joy, and each tomorrow a vision of promise.”

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