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MEET OUR YOGA TEACHERS

Tim Seutter

Director, Senior Yoga instructor

Tim was born in Canada and moved with my family to New Zealand in 2011. He was living a great life in Canada but an adventure was calling. While searching for this adventure, Yoga became extremely important to my life and ultimately the adventure he was seeking.

Tim has been involved with yoga for 10 years and has been actively teaching for 5 years. Tim has developed a unique style of yoga emphasizing breath, strength, power yet intertwining this with mindfulness and clarity. He is an E-RYT 200 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Tim teaches a variety of classes, at the Loft, from our Power class through our more relaxing classes like Yin, Stretch or Unwind. Tim also has a passion for SUP Yoga and you’ll find him on the water whenever he can be.

Tim has taught classes, workshops, and various festivals all over New Zealand. He comes to the Loft as Creative Director, Yoga Teacher and the Studio Manager.

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Sonya Seutter

Yoga Instructor / doTERRA Sales Rep

I have been involved with yoga for many years, stretching all the way back to the 1990s when I did yoga while at University. I decided to become a yoga teacher, so I completed my 200hr RYT with Yandara Yoga in 2015 in Hawaii. I absolutely loved my time there and learnt so much from the amazing teachers at Yandara.

I like to lead yoga classes that combine my passion for Essential Oils and yoga. I like to teach Hatha and Vinyasa style classes that are fun, and being together a whole range of concepts and postures.

When I am not at the studio, I work for WDC and have three wonderful children. Originally from Canada, I now live on the Tutukaka Coast and I love everything about living in New Zealand.

Dani Courtney

Yoga Instructor

I tried my first yoga class in 2013 and I was hooked right from the start. The way it helped my body and mind feel led me on a journey to wanting to learn with as many different teachers as possible. I drew inspiration from all these different teachers and continued my yoga journey.

In 2017, I decided to travel through Nepal and India. This was an amazing experience and culminated in me completing my 200 RYT training in Rishikesh, India.

I am excited to be back home in Northland and share my yoga with everyone at the Loft. In classes with me, expect fun and inspiring classes that incorporate challenges for mind, body, and spirit. My inspiration for my practice is Dylan Werner and the amazing practice and teaching he shares around the world. When I’m not at the yoga studio teaching, you’ll find me at the beach, wakeboarding, hiking, or snowboarding; pretty much anything that gets me outside enjoying life and this amazing world.

Jo Roberts

Yoga Instructor

I am an environmentalist, water baby and a yogi. Originally from NZ’s East Coast, I have lived all over the world and began her yoga journey in Costa Rica in 2011. I have a fitness background and teach Les Mills classes primarily on the Tutukaka Coast. I am also a certified dive instructor and love being able to explore the ocean on top of and beneath the water.

I have a background in dance and circus arts and enjoy all thing SUP. I also enjoy all types of yoga from Yin, Vinyasa and anything else that gets me on my mat practising. My style of yoga builds on vinyasa flow with elements of both strength and flexibility; I also enjoy finding awesome music to flow with too!

Above all, I have a passion for sharing my love of movement with others.

When I am not in the studio, you will find me on the Tutukaka Coast surfing, diving, and enjoying the beautiful Matapouri Beach.

Ingrid Kaptein

Yoga Instructor

I am a passionate yogi who grew up in Northland. For many years I lived in Christchurch and taught at Apollo Power Yoga. I have been involved with yoga for many years and come with a depth of knowledge about anatomy as I am a practising Chiropractor for many years. Through this perspective, I am able to bring together east and west to help create total body wellness.

I am back living in Northland and I absolutely love being back home and sharing my passion for yoga at the Loft Studio.

When I’m not at the Studio, you won’t find me far from any type of sport or athletic challenge. I am passionate about Waka Ama, adventure racing, or anything else that brings me some challenge and a zest for life.

Alex Viljoen

Yoga Instructor

Moving to New Zealand fueled my passion for travel and adventure.
It was through my love of travelling and my adrenaline junkie attitude that I injured myself and found yoga in my early 20s.

Yoga and meditation was a crucial part of my rehabilitation process, which led me to complete my Teacher’s Training in Costa Rica in 2015.

I found yoga a great way to help relieve stress in other areas of my life, especially working in a highly deadline-driven business in the finance sector.

Yoga has helped ground and balance me, which is why I love teaching yoga, hoping I can help others to find the same.

When I am not doing yoga, you can find me spending time with my family and friends, trying to tire my young kids at the beach, or being active outdoors.

Erika Blank

Yoga Instructor

Ever since my first yoga class – I was hooked. The powerful combination of breath and mindful movement created a practice where I was able to be truly present. It was more than simply physical movement and it didn’t matter that I was just a beginner, it made me feel amazing.

From the moment I started practicing yoga I always wanted to become a yoga teacher and 7 years later I graduated with my 200hr teacher training.

My classes are designed to have you walking out of class feeling great, weaving together yoga philosophy, vinyasa sequences and breath work along with uplifting tunes to soothe your body and soul.

I believe yoga is for everyone and my classes are designed to be safe and inclusive, perfect for beginners to more advanced yogis desiring a gentle and flowing practice.

When I’m not on my yoga mat, I love hanging out with friends and family and exploring our beautiful coastline in our little yellow caravan, Honey.

Katie Greengrass

Yoga Instructor

Born and raised in Auckland, I have always had a burning passion to travel from a young age.

I spent many years working in various roles across Banking and Finance in Auckland, London and Melbourne.

In my late 20’s it became very apparent, however, that this was not fulfilling, and upon discovering Yoga and Buddhism in 2016, I spent almost 2 years in India where I completed over 1000 hours of Yoga Teacher Training in Goa and Mumbai.  I also attended numerous silent retreats and courses on Buddhism, and facilitated Yoga and Meditation classes in various styles and locations across Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Australia.

Due to recent world events, I have now come back home to NZ and set up a base in Whangarei.  I am excited to share my learnings and knowledge on Hatha, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Meditation and everything in between!

Outside of time I spent travelling and on retreat, I have a passion for cooking, being outdoors, dancing and studying in order to broaden my knowledge and understanding of spirituality & the natural world.

Dana Nie

Yoga Instructor

My yoga journey began in 2012 when I was recovering from a knee injury. Back then I was into running and high impact physical exercise and so my initial perception of Yoga was that it would be a bit slow and boring for me. And although the first yoga class I attended was much slower pace than my normal workout – I was really surprised how good it made me feel!

Since then yoga has become an important part of my life. It did not take long for me to realise that it is far more than just a physical exercise. For me, yoga is life and I am trying to incorporate the ethical aspects of yogic philosophy into every aspect of my life.

I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with Yogashiromani Acharya Lalit Kumar and the Himalaya Yoga Valley Center in Cork in the summer of 2019.

My passion since my yoga teacher training is to show people that yoga is for everyone and that it is a great tool to help you tune into how amazing life can truly be.

Lani Baddeley

Yoga Instructor

My journey to becoming a yoga teacher began when I was working with other Yoga teachers and could see the benefit it was having on them and their students. The more I investigated it, the more I could see how this practice could help people.

Coming from a sports background, this prospect really excited me. I especially wanted to show how yoga could help with injury prevention and prolong your career. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that our bodies are capable of so much and want to help myself and others feel more energised through yoga.

I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Melbourne in 2019 and since then my passion for yoga has only increased.

I love to teach strength building and balance poses – they are so much fun. Some of my favourite postures include half-moon, reverse half-moon, warrior 3 and shoulder stand/plough.

My passions also include other forms of exercises such as: boot-camps, walks up Parahaki, boxing and playing sports (football). If not working at the Loft as a teacher/Studio Assistant I am most likely doing one of these activities or travelling to other cities around NZ.

 

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