Elena discovered yoga in 2013. After a long search for a style that suited her, she found a studio where playfulness, discipline and yogic philosophy was combined into each class; a perfect combination if you ask her.
From that moment on yoga became an integral part of her life. She has experienced the benefits of yoga, not only in her physical practice feeling how her body became stronger and healthier, but also how yoga benefits her mind and soul, helping her find balance in life.
Elena completed her first yoga teacher training, in Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, in 2015 in Goa, India. In 2016 she went to Bali for a teacher training in ACROVINYASA, a practice that combines two of her passions, yoga and acroyoga.
Her teaching is inspired and shaped by all the teachers she has had the privileged to practice with, at local studios, at teacher trainings, yoga festivals and workshops around the world.
Originally from Sweden, she has lived abroad in Spain, the US and the Netherlands. Since the beginning of 2017 she and her partner are enjoying life here in Nelson.
Kelly Gill Brydon
Kelly describes her practise as her turangawaewae, a place of grounding and connection that she can always return to.
"Yoga brings me home. Home to my breath, my body, to myself," she explains. Practising yoga has supported her to grow stronger and more mindful both on and off the mat.
Kelly's love of adventure, nature and people has led her to teaching yoga, standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga, body balance, as well as working as a personal trainer and an outdoor instructor.
In her classes Kelly loves to embrace mindfulness by focusing on uniting breath with movement, combining asana, pranayama and yoga nidra. Kelly's nurturing and warm nature is evident in her teaching style, creating an inviting and supportive space for students to explore and navigate their yoga journey.
Through sharing her love of yoga Kelly provides an opportunity for others to nourish their body and mind. She aspires for people to step off their mat feeling more balanced, peaceful and content.
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Nia Brown Belt
Penny attended her first Nia class in July 2011 while living in the UK. She had never really danced before and was amazed how much she enjoyed the class. It was the beginning of a fantastic Nia journey for her.
Since then she has completed the White, Blue, Green and Brown Belts and is currently teaching several classes a week at Studio Evolve. Penny says practising and teaching Nia has dramatically changed her fitness, strength and stability.
"I have a below knee artificial left leg and always tended to rely more on my right leg, especially when standing. My thigh muscles on my right leg were noticeably larger. As a result of Nia’s balanced moves, my left leg now has more muscle definition and strength. I can now take all my body weight on my left leg. This is particularly important for the long term health of my right leg as it protects the joints from overwork."
Penny encourages everyone to come along and give Nia a go: "It is a fun full-body exercise that feeds the mind, body and soul."
Jane started to practice yoga in 2002, in Toronto, Canada and really fell in love with her practice while living in Bangalore, India in 2008. She attended classes everyday and decided to stay in India longer and experience a yogic lifestyle, at an Ashram in Madurai, where she met Swami Govindananda.
Jane completed her TTC in Almora, Northern India in 2011 with Swami Govindananda. Jane is a qualified Sivananda Hatha Yoga Instructor but her specialty and passions lie with pregnancy yoga and preschool yoga.
Jane taught Sivananda, Pregnancy and Yin yoga at the Life Centre, for three years, where she first met Chai and Bex. She has also been teaching Preschool yoga for the last four years at Stoke Montessori School.
Jane joined the Evolve Studio Team in 2016, where she teaches Hatha Flow, in a very fun playful yet powerful way.
Rose is a registered nurse and with a passion for health and wellness.
She has practised yoga through out her life, experiencing a variety of different styles. Her teaching practice focuses on supporting people in finding balance, strength and flexibility in their body and mind.
Having taught for over two years, completing the IYTA (NZ) Inc Introduction to Yoga Certificate and the Yoga Alliance International 200-hr certificate courses, Rose is excited to join the Studio Evolve team, deepening and expanding her teaching practice while sharing her knowledge and passion.
Zoe started dipping her toes into Yoga in 2012 while living in New Plymouth and really took up a dedicated practice in 2015 when she started coming to Evolve. She completed her 200YTT at Studio Evolve in 2017.
Awareness of the breath is something that has weaved its way into my life, on and off the mat, I love how transformative it is, using the breath to move energy around the body, to find strength, inspiration and to let go, becoming grounded and droping into a deeper experience.”
“My intention as a teacher, is to create a safe space with that breath awareness and for everyone to be with thier own experience.”