Welcome to Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training

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Passionate about yoga? Inspired to share and teach?

Passionate about yoga?

Inspired to share and teach?

Dive into the foundations of anatomy, alignment and movement in a way that is safe, stable, easeful and empowering with a faculty of passionate, experienced and inspiring teachers.

With every breath and movement, you’ll be supported to find your own feet, resource strength from within, and give voice to the passion that calls you to share.

“An investment in the rest of my life.”
Sarah Hart, 2018

Whether it whispers to deepen your practice or exclaims to share with others, we invite you to hear your inner calling and come explore.

Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training dives into the foundations of anatomy, alignment and movement in a way that is safe, stable, easeful and empowering.

With every breath and movement, you’ll be supported to find your own feet, resource your strength from within, and give voice to the passion that calls you.

Next 200-hour courses

January 2019 Intensive
5-12th, 14-19th, 21-24th January
Two rest days on Sundays 13th and 20th

9 Weekends over 5 months
April to August 2019

2x9 Days Mode 2019
24th August – 1st September
2nd-20th October

Why go Contemporary?

It’s like going back to when your body first moved and first breathed.

Step by step, we’ll reintroduce you to the wisdom and resources already within and give you the tools to bring your inner teacher out.

It’s a rediscovery of how to move, breathe, feel and teach, the way you were born to.

Go Beyond Asana

Understand and experience the very foundation of natural, functional movement. 

Each posture, transition and philosophy is a process that you’re lovingly and personally guided through to discover ease, stability, clarity and joy.

You’ll take profound life skills away with you, along with a personal resilience to support every part of your life.

Passionate Teachers

It’s our greatest joy to offer you the decades of experience between us.

We honour and encourage the process of curiosity, enquiry and discovery, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Each of us brings a highly specialist background and a whole lot of soul.

And we can’t wait to meet you!

Be Moved

We’ll take you deep into essential anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and postural analysis, and uncover how our natural developmental movement patterns grow into naturally aligned and easeful asana.

Get ready to go inward.

You’ll rediscover how you were meant to move and breathe in the most balanced and enjoyable way.

Live Well

Feel into the true depth of the Yoga tradition to develop skills that support and enhance your wellness as a human, and as a teacher.

This is a sustainable and nourishing training, designed to put you deeply in touch with inner resources that help you flourish on and off the mat.

Grow Your Yoga

Our vision is for you to leave confident to begin teaching safely and skillfully out in the community with a passionate sense of your own unique offering.

We’re registered with two major yoga communities - Yoga Alliance, and Yoga New Zealand.

Plus our 300 hour program and mentorships are there to help advance you on your path.

Affordable and Flexible

This comprehensive Yoga training is designed to be within reach for students of all levels.

Choose from three formats of our 200 hour yoga teacher training throughout each year, and modules of your choice within our ongoing and specialised 300 hour training.

Early bird pricing and payment plans are on offer for all programs.

The campus is nice too

Join us in beautiful St. Heliers, Auckland. All our 200-hour yoga teacher trainings take place a short stroll from the beach.

Light, spacious, comfortable and an easy location for public transport as well as cafes and shops, the purpose-built workshop space is extensive, modern, with every mod-con.

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What Our Graduates Say 
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The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

I was amazed by the depth and breadth of yoga on the human mind and body that the teachers of this course have.

Sarah Diskin

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

This is a truly unique Yoga Teacher Training. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience of four exceptional teachers provides a foundation for students which inspires, empowers and transforms. Immense gratitude for a profound learning journey.

Kelly Watkin

Those who are serious about where to invest their time and money in a Yoga Teacher Training, can rest assured that the Contemporary team deliver a comprehensive training which enables a solid foundation from which to grow. Highly recommended.

KeiShana Coursey

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

Meditation practices were brilliant, as were the talks. A wealth of knowledge.

Melissa Gardiner

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

I am a physiotherapist and as well as gaining vital skills to teach yoga I have also gained insight and knowledge that I will apply in my physiotherapy career.

Sarah Diskin

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

This training offers so much for enriching your lifestyle as a whole. It has influenced how I approach my social, personal and professional life in ways I would never have envisioned.

Beautiful people sharing the beauty of life.

Patrick Lamrock

Four generous and vastly different teachers combine to offer something more unique and valuable than expected. It is beyond yoga as I knew it — it was an investment in the rest of my life.

Sarah Hart

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

I feel exceptionally honoured to have spent time with Karla and Neal. Their passion and curiosity for movement and the authentic experience of self is inspiring and encouraging.

Jessica Dziwulska

This course changed my understanding of what Yoga is. The holistic and thorough approach has revolutionized my personal practice and teaching aspirations.

Gabrielle Henderson

A life-changing experience with lovely teachers!

Carolyn Austin

Not only has this training changed my whole perspective on the practice of yoga, but also within my life itself.

A truly transformational journey supported by wonderful teachers, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge and practice. Thank you to you all.

Charlotte Inglis

Contemporary yoga training has been the ‘icing on the cake’ and if you are ‘stuck’ or need a nudge in the right direction don’t hesitate and sign up now! You will never regret it!

Fiona Ross

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

This training surpassed all expectations - challenging, inspiring, and deeply informative. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of yoga!

Bridget McNamara

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.

Meghann Stewart

The 300 hour yoga teacher training has surpassed all my expectations. The amazing blend of teachers results in a myriad of deep learning. Each teacher is an expert in their own area and shares their unique wealth of knowledge in a way which is easy to take on board.

Sandra Palmer

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

I feel exceptionally honoured to have spent time with Karla and Neal. Their passion and curiosity for movement and the authentic experience of self is inspiring and encouraging.

Jessica Dziwulska

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

The 300 hour yoga teacher training has surpassed all my expectations. The amazing blend of teachers results in a myriad of deep learning. Each teacher is an expert in their own area and shares their unique wealth of knowledge in a way which is easy to take on board.

Sandra Palmer

The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

A life-changing experience with lovely teachers!

Carolyn Austin

Not only has this training changed my whole perspective on the practice of yoga, but also within my life itself.

A truly transformational journey supported by wonderful teachers, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge and practice. Thank you to you all.

Charlotte Inglis

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

Four generous and vastly different teachers combine to offer something more unique and valuable than expected. It is beyond yoga as I knew it — it was an investment in the rest of my life.

Sarah Hart

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

I could not be happier to have chosen this course. It has completely exceeded any expectations.

Rob Dawson

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

Contemporary yoga training has been the ‘icing on the cake’ and if you are ‘stuck’ or need a nudge in the right direction don’t hesitate and sign up now! You will never regret it!

Fiona Ross

This is a truly unique Yoga Teacher Training. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience of four exceptional teachers provides a foundation for students which inspires, empowers and transforms. Immense gratitude for a profound learning journey.

Kelly Watkin

I am a physiotherapist and as well as gaining vital skills to teach yoga I have also gained insight and knowledge that I will apply in my physiotherapy career.

Sarah Diskin

This training surpassed all expectations - challenging, inspiring, and deeply informative. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of yoga!

Bridget McNamara

Meditation practices were brilliant, as were the talks. A wealth of knowledge.

Melissa Gardiner

This training offers so much for enriching your lifestyle as a whole. It has influenced how I approach my social, personal and professional life in ways I would never have envisioned.

Beautiful people sharing the beauty of life.

Patrick Lamrock

This course changed my understanding of what Yoga is. The holistic and thorough approach has revolutionized my personal practice and teaching aspirations.

Gabrielle Henderson

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.

Meghann Stewart

Contemporary Yoga has given me more than what I’d expect from a teacher training course. All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious.

Alana Chao

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts
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Meet Your Teachers

Dyana Wells

Dyana Wells

Core Faculty

For those excited to delve into the spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical, it’s wonderful to do so with a scientist.

Dyana takes you as deep into the mysteries of the mind as she does into the intricacy and function of anatomy and biology to explore the rich interplay between yoga and science.
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Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal

Core Faculty

When someone loves what they do with all of their heart, it emanates to everyone they work with. Neal is one of these people.

His teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles, and to embody these in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.
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Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie

Core Faculty

Intuitive, honest, attentive, creative, joyful and full of expression — there’s something about Karla that speaks directly to your insides, and suddenly you realise you have a newfound conversation with your inner world as well as you gain a deeper understanding of balanced posture and integrated movement.
Read more >>

Dyana Wells

Dyana Wells

Core Faculty

For those excited to delve into the spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical, it’s wonderful to do so with a scientist.

Dyana takes you as deep into the mysteries of the mind as she does into the intricacy and function of anatomy and biology to explore the rich interplay between yoga and science.
Read more >>

Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal

Core Faculty

When someone loves what they do with all of their heart, it emanates to everyone they work with. Neal is one of these people.

His teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles, and to embody these in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives. 
Read more >>

Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie

Core Faculty

Intuitive, honest, attentive, creative, joyful and full of expression — there’s something about Karla that speaks directly to your insides, and suddenly you realise you have a newfound conversation with your inner world as well as you gain a deeper understanding of balanced posture and integrated movement.
Read more >>

Vincent Bolletta

Vincent Bolletta

Senior Guest Faculty

Vincent will get under your skin, and you’ll like it.

He poses intelligent questions and nudges you toward finding your answers — sometimes with gentle subtlety, sometimes so pointedly your longstanding bubble will burst and make room for the fresh, new knowledge you needed.
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Haidee Stairmand

Haidee Stairmand

Guest Faculty

Haidee brings a pragmatic approach to her teaching and offers students a clear, approachable and understandable way to develop their Yoga through self-sensing, and awareness.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible for all, enabling an individualistic approach.

She has a unique ability to connect to others in a simple but profound way and sees Yoga as a holistic therapeutic modality that encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches to the Practice.
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Sandra Palmer

Sandra Palmer

Guest Faculty

As a certified psychologist I have always been interested in the relationship between the body and the mind and my masters thesis was in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.

I have a particular interest in the way Yoga can be used to provide balance and stillness (and consequently energy) in this fast-paced world we live in. 
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From Our Blog 
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Shoulder Alignment in Downward Dog: Is External Rotation the Best Cue?

By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International

When considering shoulder alignment in downward facing dog, what are the first cues that pop into your mind? If you’re like most yogis, one of these cues is likely to be “external rotation.” With occasional exceptions, the instruction for the upper arm bone (humerus) to rotate externally in the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa) in down dog is a foundational alignment rule taught in most yoga teacher training programs.

read more

Protecting Your Knee in Pigeon Pose

By Ray Long MD, of The Daily Bandha

Working with the muscular stabilizers surrounding the individual joints is a central tenet of both injury prevention and rehabilitation. In this blog post we illustrate how to work with myofascial connections to protect your knee in Pigeon and Reclining Pigeon pose.

read more

Shoulder Alignment in Downward Dog: Is External Rotation the Best Cue?

By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International

When considering shoulder alignment in downward facing dog, what are the first cues that pop into your mind? If you’re like most yogis, one of these cues is likely to be “external rotation.” With occasional exceptions, the instruction for the upper arm bone (humerus) to rotate externally in the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa) in down dog is a foundational alignment rule taught in most yoga teacher training programs.

read more

Protecting Your Knee in Pigeon Pose

By Ray Long MD, of The Daily Bandha

Working with the muscular stabilizers surrounding the individual joints is a central tenet of both injury prevention and rehabilitation. In this blog post we illustrate how to work with myofascial connections to protect your knee in Pigeon and Reclining Pigeon pose.

read more

Shoulder Alignment in Downward Dog: Is External Rotation the Best Cue?

By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International

When considering shoulder alignment in downward facing dog, what are the first cues that pop into your mind? If you’re like most yogis, one of these cues is likely to be “external rotation.” With occasional exceptions, the instruction for the upper arm bone (humerus) to rotate externally in the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa) in down dog is a foundational alignment rule taught in most yoga teacher training programs.

read more

The Body-Mind Approach

We’re dedicated to excellence in body-mind approaches to Yoga.

The main focus of the Yoga tradition is a very personal journey. It’s always been about self exploration, discovery and healing.

There’s a common trunk to this tradition, rooted deep in the universal desire for freedom, and over millennia it branched in many directions, flowering into a multitude of insights and revelations about life, the body and our true nature that we still study and explore today.

Yoga teacher training with Contemporary Yoga embodies yoga philosophy and supports deep personal investigation with leading edge learnings and technologies as tools.

All throughout history, the yoga tradition has honoured the past and transcended its limits at the same time.

Our specialist teachers follow the latest investigations in fields of movement, body-mind centering and yoga therapeutics.

You’ll study the natural sciences with us from the smallest building blocks of life to the biggest theories in biomechanics, along with Patanjali’s Sutras, Buddhist teachings and the Bhagavad Gita.

Yoga offers personal experience and personal accountability. We support students in their own explorations and teaching styles with humour, wisdom and passion.

To us, the mark of a masterful teacher is to fully support the student’s independence, inner resources and wisdom so they step forward on this path with a clear idea of their own voice and offering as a teacher themselves.

Next 200-hour courses

January 2019 Intensive
5-12th, 14-19th, 21-24th January
Two rest days on Sundays 13th and 20th

9 Weekends over 5 months
April to August 2019

2x9 Days Mode 2019
24th August – 1st September
2nd-20th October

What You'll Learn

The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training provides excellent foundations in human anatomy and movement, increases your awareness and understanding of the postures, and explores the philosophy of underlying yoga traditions.

Our 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training is an indepth and comprehensive foundation for teaching yoga.

The 350-hour Yoga New Zealand Registered Training further extends and deepens the foundation set by the 200-hour training.

The 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training refines and expands your expertise and proficiency in teaching and deepens your personal practice.

Fully explore how developmental movement patterns grow into naturally aligned asana.

Discuss groundbreaking research into human anatomy & physiology and its relevance to yoga.

Hands on with bones and muscles and how they work together in an asana practice.

Investigate the biomechanics of Yoga with a focus on containment and stability.

Understand postural analysis, using yoga to restore natural balance and your full range of motion.

Work with the subtle energies of the body to purify the nadis and touch the natural mind.

Yoga philosophy has the power to reshape your daily life

Gain confidence in your teaching skills and teaching practice.

Yoga Teacher Registration Pathway

We are delighted and proud to be registered with two major Yoga organisations - Yoga New Zealand and Yoga Alliance.

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