OUR DEDICATED TEAM
Just as our logo has many faces, and yoga comes in many, many, forms,
OUR TEAM reflects a combination of styles, experiences, techniques and trainings, gathered together to offer something for everyone.
FOUNDER - TRIMURTI YOGA
KAROLINA KRAWCZYK SHARMA
FOUNDER, ERYT500, YACEP, RPYT, RYS
A friend, mentor, inspiration, yogini, dog mom, and commander of Trimurti's Mothership, Karo is the visionary behind our laboratory-style training course. She is the driving force for thousands hours of yoga practice in India, and thousands of graduates taking that love and knowledge home to share with the world. With campuses now in 6 countries, Trimurti is proud of its international (and growing) family! Read the whole story at trimurtiyoga.com, and scroll through the amazing online modules being offered in 2021!
DIRECTOR - TRIMURTI YOGA NZ
LEAD TEACHER, ERYT500, YACEP
After four seasons training/teaching with Trimurti Yoga in Goa and Dharamsala, Beryl (re)met the love of her life and relocated to Dunedin. She now proudly brings the magic of Trimurti's renowned courses to the south island, and is the proud co-owner of AYU Dunedin. Specializing in anatomy & physiology, she coordinates the already amazing talents of Dunedin's yogi leaders in this programme, and handles "all things body." She is proud of what TYNZ has accomplished in its first 4 years, and looks forward to collaborating with more quality facilitators in 2022 and beyond.
HATHA, YOGA NIDRA
Phoebe is trained in Classical Hatha Yoga (500RYT), specialising in trauma-informed yoga, and is a registered counsellor. She is passionate about the mind-body connection, and in particular, how yoga effects our physical, emotional, and mental health. With TYNZ, she shares her knowledge of the body's energy systems (yogic anatomy), and also brings the magic of Yoga Nidra to the course. We are thrilled to share her enthusiasm for holistic wellbeing and the use of yoga as a powerful tool for self-transformation.
Jasmin has a rich background in Yoga with her focus in Classical Hatha and Tantra. She lived for several years training and teaching in ashrams, centres and monasteries around the world. Being a free spirited Yogi, she surprised many (mostly herself), when she moved back to her hometown for love, got married and had two beautiful kids. Jasmin draws on a synthesis of Yoga, combining asana, pranayama, chanting and more, to summon magic in the moment. She is a board member of Yoga Education in Prisons Trust, teaches at Milton Prison, as well as privately with courses and workshops with her brand SomaYoga. She is a proud co-owner of A Y U Dunedin - the new wellness + community centre, opened in 2018.
YOGA SUTRAS, CHANTING
JESSICA PAIPETA LATTON
Co-owner of the Dunedin Yoga Studio, Jessica has been practicing for 25 years. With an Astanga base, Jessica studied under the indomitable Master Teacher Nicky Knoff (direct student of both BKS Iyengar and Sri Pattabhi Jois). Jessica has completed a 750 hour training (RYS 500) through the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, diving in deep to the Yoga Sutras and Vedic chant with teacher trainer Ruth Diggins from the Kapati Coast, and her teacher Kausthub Desikachar. Jessica is also a working theatre director and writer with a Masters in Theatre Directing from Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School. Jessica’s experience is that the practice of Yoga supports us to do our dharma - that what we need to do in this life time. She has run the Dunedin Yoga Studio for 9 years with her husband Rhys. They have two beautiful children and live on the Otago Peninsula.
Fiona began her yoga journey as a twenty-something stressed out nurse. The peaceful studio space and mindful breathing alongside long held physical poses moved her from a tense, poor breather with scattered thoughts into a much calmer, happier place. She began at an Iyengar style studio and moved into Astanga yoga with its flowing sequence and mindful breath-movement system. In 2006-7 she completed a 2 year 500 hour teaching course at the Yoga Academy in Auckland. This took her deep into the physical and psychological practice where she learnt a lot about the Astanga tradition. She travelled to Mysore India to practice at the Mysore Yoga Research Institute in 2008. Since then she has continued a regular self practice of Astanga and Matthew Sweeney sequences and in 2016 trained in Kids Yoga. Currently she is teaching children ages 3-11 and adults of all ages. She loves to meet those new to the scene as well as those who have a regular long-standing practice and feels inspired by teacher trainees!
Tiffany has been practicing yoga for 21 years & teaching for 18. Originally from the UK, she discovered yoga in Nepal & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Australia. She completed a 9 month full time 500 hr teacher training in Byron Bay followed by an apprenticeship with senior yoga teacher Matthew Sweeney, who remains her teacher to this day. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga has been the one constant aspect of her life & she finds in fascinating to observe how the practice changes, its ebbs & flows with life's ups & downs. She currently lives in Nelson with her partner & two exuberant boys, and will be handling our entire Ashtanga chapter on this course! Click her pic to see her website, Yoga Jai.
Nic has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 10 years. Her journey began at the Auckland Yoga Academy where she attended an Ashtanga beginners class and immediately felt a strong connection with the practice, its power to strengthen AND calm .Her yoga practice has been transformational and she is thrilled to pay it forward to others. In 2009, she completed a Yoga Teacher Training at the Auckland Yoga Academy and became registered as RYT500 through Yoga Alliance. She has completed various workshops with Dena Kingsberg, Matthew Sweeney and Peter Sanson and brings her knowledge, and sense of humour, to our TTC here in Dunedin!
Kat began practising yoga to help heal a multitude of sports injuries and rebound from the tightness of cycling. She completed her 200hr training at YogaLife, and combines her power vinyasa flows and sports background with a degree in psychology to incorporate a wholistic approach to asana and mindful practice. She also leads us through some yin yoga, zen flow, sequences classes and more.
**Interesting twist – her twin sister studied at Trimurti Yoga in Dharamsala!
Kovido has over 25 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation, and spent 10 years training as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest tradition under Ajahn Sumedho. Kovido has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programmes since 1996. He is co-facilitator of the Dunedin Men’s group and is a Hakomi Graduate. Although his training is primarily Buddhist, he is very eclectic, drawing on the wisdom of many different traditions and contemporary teachers including Rumi, Osho, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Jeff Foster and Thich Naht Hanh.
RAHANNI HEALER, CHAKRA MEDITATION
Loveday is a lightworker, guide and sacred space facilitator. Founder of Luminous Earth Academy and with a PhD in ecopoetics and relationality, her passion is to connect people back to their inner creative life force so they can birth their sacred work into the world. With 15 years experience as an energy healer and through teaching celestial healing, energy medicine, meditation, movement, embodiment and the ways of the Earth, she nurtures those with a deep knowing of their power into being the forces of nature they truly are.
GUEST LECTURER - RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Ben Schonthal is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Asian Religions at the University of Otago, where he has won awards for both his teaching and his research. Ben received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in the field of History of Religions and his current research examines the interplay of Buddhism, law and politics in contemporary South and Southeast Asia. See his upcoming courses at the University by clicking on his picture!
GUEST LECTURER - RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Will Sweetman studied Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theology at the Universities of Lancaster and Cambridge. He has taught at universities in London and Newcastle, and held research fellowships at the University of Halle (Germany) and the University of Cambridge. Will's research interests centre on interactions between the religions of India and the West since 1500. His teaching includes an introductory paper on Hinduism and a paper on the culture of the body in Asian religions. See what he offers at Uni by clicking his foto!
HATHA, SUTRAS, PRANAYAMA
A Swedish native, Tanja travels all the way south to join us for the Hatha chapter of this next YTTC. A Trimurti grad and teacher, Tanja met Beryl in Goa in 2014, and has studied & taught extensively in Mysore, Kerala, and Dharamshala India. A devoted Ashtangi, she specialises in alignment, adjustments, and excels in postural assesments, pranayama and meditation techniques, and follows a strict yogic diet. We are thrilled to have her here in NZ sharing her worldly magic!
COULD THIS BE YOU?
As part of the Trimurti Yoga family, you will receive support and mentorship as your career begins! We have campuses in many countries and believe in promoting from within. If you can see yourself traveling and offering your yoga knowledge to the next generation of students, or want to join the TYNZ team here in Dunedin, just reach out for a chat! We are happy to help you on your yoga journey.