Peter Nilsson, the founder and Director of the Auckland Yoga Academy, has been immersed in the practice and study of yoga from the age of 30. Now at the young age of 77 he endeavors to live life by the principles of yoga. The Auckland Yoga Academy is a reflection of the culmination of this yogic journey of love and dedication.
Jude is the Yoga Academy’s Training Director; mentoring future Yoga Teachers in the ways of the ancients. She brings over ten years of teacher training experience to the workshops and courses she facilitates. In particular, her skills in course development, communication and facilitation, as well as knowledge of educational and developmental psychology.
Mei first discovered yoga when she was looking for an exercise regime to help her recover from a long day in the office and to prepare her for the next day. Finding yoga changed her life, and she has since established a deep love of yoga and a daily practice. She has been teaching at the Academy since graduating from YA500 course in 2013.
Hui first practised yoga ten years ago while at University in her homeland of China. Over the years she continued practising to help with her marathon running and CrossFit training. However, on discovering the Auckland Yoga Academy and meeting Jude and Peter, Hui realised that Ashtanga Yoga was to be her sole practice and a practice she would like to share with others. She completed our YA800 Ashtanga teacher training over 2016 and our Ashtanga apprenticeship in 2017.
Ben was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa and the lineage of the Auckland Yoga Academy in 2014. This soon led to practicing, and then teacher training, and now teaching at the Academy. His personal practices include morning Mysore Style Ashtanga Vinyasa, daily seated meditation practice and once weekly led Hatha practice.
Angelica’s first experience with yoga was in her twenties, taking a few classes a week. It brought her attention and interest in learning to calm the mind through pranayama breathing and asanas. She traveled to New Zealand in 2015 with a working holiday visa, staying in Queenstown for one year as an early childhood teacher there. After that, she decided to explore a bigger city like Auckland.
In 2017, Angelica discovered the Auckland Yoga Academy just walking by. She started doing Hatha classes with Ben and Ashtanga beginners with Hui. She remembers hearing about the teacher training and having it in her mind for a long time before jumping into it.
Iris started her Ashtanga journey in 2018 in her homeland of China, since then she has established a deep love of it and disciplined daily practice. After discovering the Auckland Yoga Academy, she decided to come to Auckland and study with Jude and Peter, to obtain deeper and systematic learning. She completed our YA800 Ashtanga teacher training over 2019 and our Ashtanga apprenticeship in 2020.