Presentation – Three perspectives: Daneil Peter Cunningham and Mark James Hamilton 

How to be a successful yoga outlier: Working against populist yoga expectations

11.50am-12.20pm with Daneil Peter Cunningham and Mark James Hamilton 

Daneil and Mark have been developing their Para Shakti Flow for the past 3 years. It gathers their learning, which totals to over 48 years of research. Mark created the sequence of actions that form the practice as a synthesis of his discoveries from working within South Indian movement and classical art forms. Together, he and Daneil have developed this synthesis as a practice for diverse people. Their point of reference for this process is the vision of Jerzy Grotowski. He sought the creation of an active culture for contemporary life – a way of making an embodied journey into life’s deepest questions. Para Shakti Flow was first shaped to assist Daneil’s creation of radical performance works. He asked Mark to develop a ‘container’ that could help him prepare to enter dynamic processes of change through his creation of art. The metaphor might be that a cosmonaut would definitely need a spacesuit to safely exit the spaceship. The practice is like a space suit for embodied exploration of one’s self. It also offers a way of connecting to deep ecology. It is transformational in its repetition. Mark and Daneil feel it is important to share aspects of how they arrived at such a practice; it didn’t appear magically. They are devotees of the holy woman Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. She resides in South India at the Amritapuri Ashram, and is widely known as Amma. Para Shakti Flow is rooted in ancient Hindu practice and Daneil and Mark look to Amma for guidance and inspiration.

Click here to learn more about Daneil Peter Cunningham

Click here to learn more about Mark James Hamilton

Presentation – Three perspectives: Derek LeDayn

How to be a successful yoga outlier: Working against populist yoga expectations

11.10am-11.40am with Derek LeDayn

We see popular expectations of yoga in media photographs of practitioners — young, lithe, hyper-flexible women, in demanding asanas. Against these expectations I am an outlier — not young or thin, not a particularly flexible man, quiet asanas. As practitioners and teachers how are we affected by these popular representations? As teachers, how do we work with and against these popular expectations: deciding what we offer and do not offer as teachers, promoting ourselves to attract students, working with students, and determining our scope of practice? Using as a case study some of my story, this presentation will discuss my teaching practice of Yin yoga with mindfulness, as an example of slowly getting clearer about what I teach, and the collaborative exploration between teacher and students, of what they want and what I can offer. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own circumstances as a practitioner and as a teacher, and to consider what they want to do as a teacher.

Click here to learn more about Derek LeDayn

Presentation – Three perspectives: Veronica King

How to be a successful yoga outlier: Working against populist yoga expectations

10.30am-11.00am with Veronica King 

With a set plan to become a yoga teacher, I found myself over the years reinventing myself. In a series of circumstances Yoga Nidra found its way back into my life and is now the focus of my teaching. In the wake of losing some key part of identity, perhaps a job, a relationship, a home, belongings, it can feel like there is nothing left. As practitioners of yoga when challenge is presented, an emergence is possible. A reclamation of the ‘authentic’ self. My hope is that sharing how to adapt and reinvent teaching style and platforms, will inspire anyone at a crossroads to keep going. Letting go of the popular definition of a “successful yoga teacher”, becoming a yoga outlier has made me a much better teacher and ultimately has brought me joy and profound peace. When you are in alignment with your true path nothing can stop you.

Click here to learn more about Veronica King

Presentation – Live online with Carlos Pomeda

The Bhagavad Gita: Turning the activities of body, intellect and heart into spiritual evolution

What is the relationship between the emotions and yoga? What is the relationship between yoga and our daily activities? And knowledge? The yoga tradition developed since its beginnings various approaches that are capable of providing meaning, depth and joy, not only to our practice, but to the rest of our lives as well. This seminar explores the answers of the yoga tradition since its beginning, through an exploration of the Bhagavad Gita, one of its fundamental scriptures.

Click here to learn more about Carlos Pomeda

Experiential workshop with Donna Farhi

Sequential Flow: Origins of Alignment 

Through learning to initiate impulse from the ground and allowing this force to move unimpeded, we rediscover the organic origins of asana and its intimate relationship to the oceanic flow of the breath. As we learn how to use the ground as a springboard for movement, we begin the process of directing force clearly through the structure of the body, while keeping the joint spaces open and fluid. The ability to intelligently sequence force through the body is the foundation of what we call “alignment”; alignment of the structure of the body; alignment of the energetic pathways that support the movement of prana and breath and an ultimate alignment of the human being in relationship to ground, gravity and space. 

Click here to learn more about Donna Farhi 

Hauora Yoga Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr Jane Hardcastle 


Professionalism and Yoga

What does it mean to be professional as a yoga teacher? Is this different from being a professional yoga teacher? If so, how, why, and what does that look like? We each have different perspectives, beliefs, and values when it comes to our profession. You may not yet be convinced that teaching yoga is a profession. Perhaps to you, yoga is a vocation, a calling, or a hobby. Perhaps yoga will always remain a practice – whether personal or professional. 

Our keynote address this year will explore perspectives, questions and considerations around our extensive field of practice, our influence as teachers and how we, as a New Zealand yoga community may choose to portray, uphold and practice integrity.

Jane will draw on experience in professional practice in the disciplines of nursing, clinical management, mentorship, professional development, postgraduate education, developmental strategy, yoga teaching, teacher training and yoga therapy to present ideas, thoughts, and questions around professionalism in yoga.

Click here to learn more about Dr Jane Hardcastle