~ JO ENG ~

Yoga Name:  Taradevi (which means ‘Goddess of the Stars’; Tara = stars, Devi = Goddess)

Training Certificates and Qualifications:  500hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification; Yoga Therapy, Natal Yoga, Yoga Nidra and PLAY Kids yoga certifications; Bachelor of Arts (History of Art); Post-graduate Diploma in Arts Management.

Yoga Influences:  Satyananda Yoga; Yin yoga; Classical Meditation.

Inspirational Teachers:  Swarmi Shantimurti Saraswati, Swarmi Atmalokananda Saraswati, Dr Libby and my four children.

Background:  I originally found yoga in my early Twenties, when a friend dragged me along to a Sivananda Centre in the UK. Whilst I very much enjoyed my weekly yoga sessions and the way they made my body feel, my experience of yoga never got any deeper than the physical body. It wasn’t until I emigrated to New Zealand many years later and discovered Satyananda Yoga that I truly ‘understood’ the energetic effects of yoga. That experience blew my perceptions wide open and inspired me to enrol into the Teacher Training programme so that I could delve deeper and deeper into the many layers of yoga.

Why I practice:  I am a working mother with 4 young children, so I have a busy life with little time for myself. As a student of Yoga, I have learned to just ‘be’ in the present moment, to experience that place of quiet inner stillness. It is both my sanctuary and my sanity.

Why I teach:  As a teacher of Yoga, I hope to enable other people to have this experience of inner peace and quiet stillness; to provide a refuge from their busy lives. I hope to provide varied and nurturing yoga classes that go beyond mere physical exercise, to develop a deep communion with body, mind and spirit. My classes are always delivered with a ready smile, warm enthusiasm, and a genuine desire to assist in the personal development of others.

Favourite quotes:                                       

"The mind is everything. What you think, you become" - Buddha

"Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being" - Kevin Kruse


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