Neal has been practicing yoga for eighteen years and teaching since 2003. He sees yoga as a map guiding us home to a place of peace and relaxed openness in each moment. Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.
Neal has taught on training programs in Australia and New Zealand, and has been part of the teaching faculty on renown teacher Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training.
Neal is also an experienced Holistic and Thai massage therapist, an accomplished musician and kirtan chant leader, and loves the 5Rhythms movement practice which his partner Sacha Paddy teaches.
Ultimately, the practice of yoga leads us to a place where we may respond to life’s challenges with ease in our breath and body, with wise choices, and with kindness and an open heart.
Neal’s Yoga Path
Practicing yoga since 1998
2003 : Ashram Yoga Teacher Training (Satyananda)
2005 : Yoga Academy, Auckland, a full year of various module certificates
2007 : Advanced Teacher Training with Donna Farhi
2010 : Advanced Teacher Training with Donna Farhi as teaching assistant
2012 : Advanced Teacher Training with Donna Farhi as senior faculty
2012 : Primary Teacher on Teacher Training, Yoga Spirit Studios, Adelaide
2013-15: Integrated Yoga Teacher Training, Kawai Purapura and Auckland
2013-15: iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 and 2 Training with Richard Miller
2015 : Advanced Teacher Training with Donna Farhi as senior faculty
2015: Yoga Teacher Training with The Centre For Contemporary Yoga Studies
Neal brings such a focused intensity to his classes that it is almost impossible not to be carried along in the teaching experience he provides.
Neal is able to make palpable the endless connections between the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga practice. His use of music and dance creates a learning experience that is holistic joyful and at times deeply sensuous.
At the same time he has an eye for detail in asana work but always emphasises self-care, acceptance of individual differences and respect for students as core principles.Simon Molloy
Current and Future Trainings/Study:
- iRest Yoga Nidra Certification Training with Richard Miller (this work is having an important impact on Neal’s teaching and approach).
- Core Awareness : The role of the Psoas Muscle with Liz Koch
- Body Mind Centering Practices
- Loving Kindness Practices