Convention 2017 – Presenters

We have included a short bio of each of those that will present at our 2017 Convention:
Atmabhava Atmabhava from the Yoga in Prisons Trust lived at Anahata Yoga Retreat for ten years. He teaches Yoga at Rimutaka Prison and teaches in the Forensic Rehabilitation Unit at Porirua Hospital. He also teaches a class for the staff of Porirua Hospital.
Jan Lawson Jan LawsonJan Lawson BA, MSE (Psych), ND, Dip Advanced Yoga Studies, Cert. Psychosynthesis, Dip Teaching, has over fifty years of spiritual training embracing Christian, Yogic and Trans-Himalayan traditions, and is a Life Member of IYTA (NZ).  She completed the IYTA Teacher Training Course in the early 1980s, and over the following decade tutored with and wrote papers for that course.  In the 1990s she would co-ordinate and tutor the first two Diploma in Advanced Yoga Studies courses run by  IYTA (NZ).  She would also teach yoga classes for over two decades.  Currently her primary focus is on helping individuals and groups understand at a deeply spiritual level, and work powerfully with, this crucial global moment we are all part of.
John Massey JohnMassey cropJohn has been practising and teaching Yoga for many years. Now his daily practice is probably more important than it ever has been, though perhaps more simple in its form. Yoga for him is a continued exploration into Mind/Body/Soul awareness. Yoga is a font from which he will always drink deeply. Fortunately the font is so deep and vast that he will never go thirsty. He teaches Yoga in Golden Bay. His service to IYTA has been through five terms as a tutor for the Teacher training and as a tutor on the last Post Graduate Course.
John Guthrie OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA John began his yoga journey in December 1977 at ‘The Institute of Yogic Culture in Trivandrum,’ Kerala, South India. The founder and teacher of the Institute, Padmanabha Pillai, was a Siddha medicine practitioner and a Hatha Yoga master and taught in a traditional one to one situation. John travelled through India, Ladakh and eventually to Sri Lanka where he spent time in two different hermitages, learning Vipassana meditation. In 1979, he returned, for further training, to the Yoga Institute in Kerala. In 1981 he and his wife Dominique arrived in New Zealand and they established a biodynamic property in the Waimate district. In 1992-3 he was a student on  the IYTA (NZ) Diploma Teaching Course and in 1997 he completed the short Post Graduate course ‘The Release of Tension through Yoga’. John tutored for two courses from 1994 to 1997 and again for the 2005/6 and 2008/9 courses. He has been the co-ordinator for the Diploma course for five years. He currently teaches nine Yoga classes, and one Tai Chi class a week.
Judy Gardner Judy Gardner cropScientist and dedicated Yogi, Judy's real homes are the forests, the mountains and the lakes. She talks and walks with trees. Judy is immediate Past President of Yoga Aotearoa-IYTA (NZ) Inc. and was previous co-ordinator of the Teacher course. She is a Life Member of Yoga Aotearoa-IYTA (NZ) Inc.
Melissa Billington Melissa BillingtonPMMelissa was introduced to yoga and meditation at the age of six. She has been teaching for fifteen years, and systematised her teachings in 2008 as MYOGA, which stands for Manifest Your Own Greatness through Awareness, coined with the intention that each person must ‘own’ their practice.
MYOGA's guiding principle is ‘freedom to unfold’. Each practice has been chosen from a wide body of practices for its efficient and effective ability to cultivate both union and liberation. MYOGA Basics recognise the value of caring for our foundation, while MYOGA Seasons honour the powers and energies within us--our chakras, as well as those without us--the seasons of our natural environment. Additionally, Melissa's own journey with hearing loss has led her to place great emphasis on the healing power of vibration and learning to own and speak Truth, found in MYOGA Sounds.
Tania Hannah Tania HannahTania has been drawn to yoga practice and philosophy most of her life. Her Yoga journey deepened in her early thirties when she trained as a Yoga  Teacher with IYTA NZ. For the last 10 years, she has taught yoga in the community. Workplace safety, health, stress management, work/life balance are areas that Tania is particularly interested in as a Yoga Teacher. She connects with the gentle, flowing nature of Dru Yoga, and has found its techniques of aligning positive affirmation and chakra awareness with the practice, both deeply experiential and transformative.
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