Yoga Workshop with James Bryan 11, 12 November 2017


JamesFacePractitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to attend these fun and educational master classes with a modern Western teacher who bridges correct anatomical alignment (injury free) with the energetic principles of Bandha, Drishti, UjjayiPranayama and Vinyasa.

These master classes will use the Knoff Yoga Foundation Asana syllabus with an emphasis on the 24 Principles of Practice, which are universal in application and profound in effect.


10 am-12:30 pm › Earth & Sun Salutations, Inverted Poses, Pranayama

1:30-4 pm › Standing Poses, Forward Bends, Sitting Poses, Pranayama


10 am-12:30 pm › Arm Balancings, Abdominals, Pranayama

1:30-4 pm › Twists, Back Bends, Pranayama

All master class participants receive (via email) extensive notes including:

  • Knoff Yoga Overview
  • Student Creed
  • 5 Pillars of Practice
  • 24 Principles of Practice
  • Principles of Sequencing
  • Foundation Asana syllabus

Cost  Early Bird: $250 – before 30 Oct 2017 ($275 – pay AFTER 30 Oct)

>One day attendance (2 master classes): $155


Dates 11 – 12 Nov 2017

Times 10am – 12:30pm; 1:30 – 4pm both days

Venue University of Otago Dance Studio, 665 Cumberland Street

Bookings essential – please email or phone 03 4771180

03James Bryan was born in the City of Angels (USA) and migrated to NZ in 1969. Sitting on his back-side in a life crushing office job led to running marathons in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The stretching in long-distance training piqued an interest in yoga. After studying with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India (1986) and gaining certification, James studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India (1989) and learned the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Out of these experiences and in partnership with Nicky Knoff, the Knoff Yoga System was birthed into existence.

The Healing Power of Sound with Menaka Desikachar

Kausthub Desikachar Photography

We are truly honoured and blessed to be hosting Menaka Desikachar, wife of the late master TKV Desikachar, son of Krishnamacharya in Dunedin. A Vedic chanting teacher in her own right she will be leading an introduction to Vedic Chanting at the Dunedin Yoga Studio.

Cost $ 225

Dates 07 – 08 Oct 2017

Times 9am-12:15; 2pm-5:15pm both days

Venue Dunedin Yoga Studio, 492 Moray Place, Dunedin

To Book Please email

Places are limited. Thanks to Ruth Diggins, Kausthub Desikachar and the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Chennai.

Among the many tools that are available in Yoga and Yoga Therapy, the use of sound when chanting in Sanskrit holds a special place for the yogin-s of the past and the present. Sanskrit is an ancient phonetic language which utilises the power of sound vibrations. Vedic chants in Sanskrit are said to have been received by sages when they were in deep meditation. These chants have been handed down through an oral tradition for thousands of years.

This seminar will provide opportunities to learn some Vedic Healing chants. No prior experience is necessary and is open to all. The rules of chanting and pronunciation will be introduced during the seminar under the guidance of a very experienced teacher, Menaka Desikachar. We will honour the tradition of ancient teachers using the process of adhyayanam – listening to the teacher and then repeating the chant. We will also do a yoga practice each day that combines the use of chant with simple asana and breathing.
For the full brochure kindly click here.

Menaka Desikachar will also be available for private Yoga Therapy consultations during her visit. Through these sessions, consistent with the traditional teaching of Yoga, you can benefit by receiving an individidualized and holistic daliy practice, that will be suitable for your health and wellness needs. Alternatively you could also book her for a private chanting class. Cost of consultation will be $120. In order to know the time slots available and to pre-register for these, kindly contact The Dunedin Yoga Studio. Since only a limited number of places are available, it is advisable to pre-register for these. Each private may last between 30-45 minutes depending on the need.

Menaka Desikachar may be assisted by some of the senior teachers in this tradition during the seminars and also in some of the private sessions. These teachers include Sacha Kronfeld, Ruth Diggins and Evelyn Einhaeuser.

11,12,13 Nov 2016: Yoga Master Classes with Nicky Knoff

Nicky Knoff is a 4th Series Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioner; Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher; Certified College of India teacher with Bikram Choudhury; long-term vipassana meditator; WWII concentration camp survivor; and founder of six yoga schools in Australia, New Zealand and USA… AND a nice, kind, funny, passionate and rigorous master teacher.

37Nicky’s teaching emphasis is on showing students how to look, listen and feel by honouring their ‘inner wisdom’. Her teaching represents a bridge between Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga: intelligent, anatomical alignment combined with linking internal energetic principles.
Practitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to attend this rare opportunity to study with one of the worlds’ foremost teachers of yoga. These master classes will use Nicky’s Discovery and Foundation syllabus, with an emphasis on the Knoff Yoga fundamental Principles of Practice, which are universal in application and profound in their effect.
No prior yoga experience required.

Bookings are essential for this rare Yoga Master Class opportunity.Contact Rhys Latton | (03) 4771180 | 021 879 007 |

Venue: Otago University Dance Studiope-school-map

Masterclass Programme:

FRI, 11 NOVEMBER – koha class
7:15-8:45pm › The 5 Pillars of Practice
By koha / donation – Bookings essential through

11 am-1:30 pm › Earth & Sun Salutations, Inverted Poses, Pranayama
2:30-5 pm › Standing Poses, Forward Bends, Sitting Poses, Pranayama

10 am-12:30 pm › Arm Balancings, Abdominals, Pranayama
1:30-4 pm › Twists, Back Bends, Pranayama

All paying students will receive extensive notes including:
• 5 Pillars of Practice
• 24 Principles of Practice • Knoff Yoga Overview
• Asana & Pranayama Syllabus (Discovery & Foundation)

• Friday night: by koha / donation
• All 4 Master Classes on Sat & Sun:

Early Bird: $250 › pay BEFORE 30 Sept 2016
General: $275 › pay AFTER 30 Sept 2016
• One day attendance (2 master classes): $155
Book now:  (03)4771180 or email

YOGA PHILOSOPHY – The Sutras of Patanjali. 7,8 May 2016

We are priviledged to have two beautiful, experienced teachers coming to teach an introduction to the Sutras of Patanjali. Any true yoga class should have these philosophies behind and through the teachings of asana, breathing etc. Through Ruth and Lynda come and peal back the layers and learn in the lineage of the father of modern yoga T Krishnamacharya.




Saturday, May 7, 12:00 – 3:30pm

Sunday, May 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Investment: $50 per class, or $90 for both.

Bookings essential:

Toni Childs – 5 March workshop

Web_Image_TCToni Childs:
The one and only! Toni had such a beautiful visit last October she promised to return.
Rite of Passage: Into the Arms of Beauty is a 6 hour workshop that initiates the creation of a personal Rite of Passage. This workshop kick-starts an 8 month process that is engineered to release personal and ancestral baggage in order to create a greater bandwidth and access to SELF – Soul Evolved Life Force.

“The inspiration for my workshop comes from a Hawaiian book called Tales of the Night Rainbow by Koko Willis and Pali Jae Lee. The original Mo’o clans of the Hawaiian islands believe we are each born with a bowl of perfect light – and it is our job to tend to our bowl of perfect light.”

When: Sat 5th of March, 9:30am-4pm

Where: Araiteuru Marae, 24 Shetland Street, Wakari, Dunedin

Cost: $150

Book now by email