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MEET OUR YOGA TEACHERS

Tim Seutter

Director, Senior Yoga instructor

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

Tim has been involved with yoga for 12 years and has been actively teaching since 2012. Tim has developed a unique style of yoga, emphasizing breath, strength, and 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’ve 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 bring 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.

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 my 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 things SUP. I also enjoy all types of yoga from Yin, Vinyasa and anything else that gets me on my mat practicing. 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 the 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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Mini

Yoga Instructor

Hey, I’m Mini.  I have been an avid yoga participant for many years before I started teaching and finally achieving my life long dream and passion for becoming a qualified yoga instructor. 

I did my yoga teacher training in 2019 with Asia Pacific Yoga and loved the attention to detail they provided me in my development as a teacher.  I particularly love teaching Power Yoga and but can also teach Vinyasa or Hatha (Align)

As a yoga instructor, I feel so very privileged to not only do something every day that I love but also to be able to bring that passion and joy of yoga to the Loft Studio. 

When I am not teaching yoga, I live in Waipu with my three kids and spend as much time as possible at the beach.  I look forward to seeing you at a class soon.

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Marie Fernau

Yoga Instructor

Marie is originally from Germany but fell in love with the beauty of New Zealand.  

Sports have always played an important part in her life.  She competed for many years in vaulting (gymnastics on a horse) and while doing this, she found yoga for the first time.   It helped improve strength and mobility for vaulting and as a result, she kept practicing it. 

While Marie studied Sports Science, she found yoga had an even larger impact on her life.  It helped her through those stressful times as a student.

As an exercise physiologist, Marie has found how bringing awareness towards your movements improves your well-being. 

Marie decided to become a yoga teacher and in 2020 did a teacher training with Yoga KOH in New Zealand. 

Marie is an avid surfer and horse enthusiast so when she isn’t at the studio, you will find her in one of these places.

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Tara Bolleboom

Yoga Instructor

Yoga Philosophy drew me to start my yoga teaching journey with a year-long Diploma from Wellpark College in 2010.  This was a blissfully life-changing experience and set the stage for further yoga training.  I went on to study Yoga Therapy and later completed Level 2 and 3 (300hrs) with Ashram Yoga in Tamaki Makaurau.

With a particular interest in the energetic body, I like to connect to the subtle realm through embodied movement/dance and incorporate this into my daily yoga practice.  This journey has taught me to be passionate about self-healing and integration. 

I use this experience and training to help guide classes that cultivate self-awareness and inspire attendees to work intuitively with their bodies. 

When I am not teaching yoga, I’m passionate about building the ecstatic dance community in Northland, being a mother, and spending time with my family.  I love exploring Aotearoa through bush walks.  I also enjoy creating music and the power music has to make our lives amazing.

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Eloise Keefer

Yoga Instructor

Following a series of back injuries in 2013, I turned to Yoga to help with my rehab, and I never looked back! I have been practicing the 26&2 series for the past six years and became a qualified teacher through the Original Hot Yoga Association.

I am passionate about teaching the 26&2 series to target stability, back strength and improve focus and concentration.

I believe a huge amount of personal growth happens in the yoga studio when practicing this series, and I look forward to being part of that journey with my students.

Originally from the beautiful Bay of Plenty, I moved to Whangarei in 2020 for a change of lifestyle and to run a small farm with my husband just outside of the city.

When I’m not in the yoga studio or working, I love travelling up to Waitangi for some mountain biking or exploring some of the stunning hiking trails Northland has to offer.

I look forward to seeing you in the studio.

 

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