Meet Your Faculty Teachers

Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie

Core Faculty / Programme Director

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.
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Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal

Core Faculty / Programme Director

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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Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi

Senior Guest Faculty

Contemporary Yoga is delighted and honoured to announce that world-renown Yoga teacher of teachers, Donna Farhi, will be joining us as part of the faculty on the 2×9 Days Teacher Training for 2020.

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982.
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Haidee Stairmand

Haidee Stairmand

Core 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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Sam Loe

Sam Loe

Core Faculty

Sam’s Yoga practice and teaching come from a somatic place of listening deeply within. She is passionate about sharing Yoga in a way that empowers and gives agency to her students through creating safe learning environments, invitational and choice based practices and ultimately supporting people to develop their own self-practice.

Sam is a certified iRest Teacher and in addition shares functional, therapeutic and restorative practices in her community, via classes, workshops and retreats.
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Sandra Palmer

Sandra Palmer

Core 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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Vanessa Bailey

Vanessa Bailey

Guest faculty | Marketing & visual communication

Vanessa Bailey has worked in marketing and communications for 18 years and held senior roles in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Vanessa has accrued wide experience and in-depth knowledge of customer-driven marketing communications and branding with specialist knowledge of how to bring brands and communications to life in the physical space.

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Suzanne Day

Suzanne Day

Guest faculty | Marketing & visual communication

I often wonder about stars. About trees. About the mysteries of the universe; about creativity, beauty, the gossamer web of a spider, a single drop of dew.

This sense of wonderment has enticed me along many paths: from an aspiring art student, to studying graphic design, working in advertising as an illustrator then art director, a sojourn as a jeweller, an immersion in painting, a return to design, a foray into creative writing, studying astrology, tarot, plant medicine, alchemy, and magic.

Over the past 25 years I have worked in epic advertising agencies, boutique design studios, an underground workshop and from my lounge-turned-studio at home.

I have infinite gratitude for this plethora of experiences and places: each of which has enriched my creative process and woven a unique pattern and approach to the way I work and what I have to offer. Whatever I am working on, my ineffable aspiration is to create order, harmony and beauty. 

Every project is a magical new adventure: an invitation into infinite possibility, an opportunity to collaborate with people, nature and the cosmos, to weave a new reality and make a meaningful contribution to the world.

KeiShana Coursey

KeiShana Coursey

Programme Director and Lead Tutor for Pregnancy Yoga

KeiShana is a women’s health professional who has lived in the world of childbirth since her own pregnancy, near seventeen years ago.

Until recently she practiced as a midwife in the community, focusing on homebirth and primary unit birth, until crossing the bridge into Christchurch Women’s Hospital, catching babies on the Birthing Suite and in theatre. Having specialised in PTSD, trauma release (alongside generalised motivational sessions), as a coach her private work drew her out of the public health sector - where she continues to pour her passion into mind and body-based therapies.

“KeiShana never seems to utter a word that doesn’t have a powerful impact on the listener.”
Sonya Simpson
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Amy Morice

Amy Morice

Faculty for Pregnancy Yoga

“Yoga and awareness based bodywork through Massage is at the foundation of what I do when working with others. The practice of these modalities has taught me how to live a holistic, connected and happy life which became a natural progression into teaching others how to do the same.

Our bodies all have their own innate wisdom that supports healing. With patience, we can learn practical skills that allow us to tap into these abilities and as a result, we flourish in our body and life.”
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Amy Massey

Amy Massey

Faculty for Pregnancy Yoga

Ayurveda has been guiding my day-to-day life for more than a decade now, bringing greater balance, nurture and delight – especially with kitchen healing! As a way of healing, Ayurveda has inspired Somama Yoga & Ayurveda’s offerings of care. My work with women becoming mothers began shortly after the birth of my son, based on the traditions of Ayurvedic postpartum care and therapeutics of Yoga.

Imbued with qualities of joyfulness and compassion, my classes focus on supporting women’s wellness, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum rejuvenation for Mums, bubs and tots.

In both Yoga and Ayurveda, I’ve found there exists an embodied invitation to deepen our connection with the world within us and the world around us - and I look forward to sharing more with you on the mat.
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Your senior teachers have many decades of Yoga experience and teaching between them. We’ve practiced it all, and offer you an investigative and a transformational approach to movement, teaching and self-development that you’ll carry far beyond the course.

Each of us teach with love and care, and our passion is to strengthen and shine light on your inner resources as a confident, skilled and soulful human, practitioner and teacher.

Our core faculty members are out there in the community teaching classes, please feel welcome to attend a class or a course to get a feel for our approach.

Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal are senior teachers with Donna Farhi on her internationally acclaimed yoga training programs. They are recognised within the New Zealand Yoga community as leaders in Restorative Yoga and in innovative, safe movement practices.

This year we are also super excited to welcome world-renown Yoga teacher of teachers Donna Farhi as Senior Guest Faculty onto our training. She will be offering two days of tuition on the 2×9 day 200-hour teacher training, which takes place August to October.

Donna has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982, so she brings a wealth of experience and expertise. We are blessed to have her on this training.

Karla Brodie teaches at the Contemporary Yoga Centre in Remuera: contemporaryyoga.nz

Neal Ghoshal teaches weekly classes and Restorative Yoga events on Waiheke, as well as workshops and retreats around New Zealand. His website is sacredmoves.com

Haidee Stairmand brings her passion, knowledge and experience of teaching Yoga and movement to all her classes and training sessions. Find her at revelyoga.co.nz

Sam Loe travels up from her home base in Nelson to share her expertise and experience gained over many years of teaching. Like Karla and Neal, her primary teacher is Donna Farhi. Like Neal and Dandra, Sam is also a certified iRest teacher. Sam’s website is samloe.yoga

Sandra Palmer brings her wisdom and experience as a psychologist to share how to teach sensitively and be trauma aware. Find Sandra at integrativetherapy.co.nz

Vanessa Bailey, with her nearly 20 years experience in cutting edge marketing, will share how to grow your Yoga business. Vanessa co-runs Hum (humbalance.co.nz) with Karla, which brings breath and movement programmes to businesses in New Zealand.

Each are experts in their field and have the common goal of delivering excellence in every class, course and workshop.

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