Yoga West is West Auckland's newest yoga studio, situated in the beautiful leafy village of Titirangi. This calming urban retreat will encourage you to stay connected to your centre and your natural presence, while in the midst of daily life.
At Yoga West, we offer a variety of yoga styles and classes and warmly welcome all students - from those seeking to try yoga for the first time, to seasoned yogis wanting to inspire a regular practice. All our teachers have undertaken the highest quality training and are passionate about sharing the healthful benefits of yoga.
We believe there is a yoga practice for everyone and it is our hope that you can find one that changes your life into a happier, healthier and more heart-centred one!
Steph Meaden - Co Founder of Yoga West - Wellness & Meditation Coaching
When Steph first fell in love with yoga, she found it the perfect way to practice self-care in the midst of a high stress lifestyle. Through some enlightening global adventures and after completing her yoga teacher training in Bali in 2013, it became clear that there was an alternative to the fast paced way of life she was seeing around her. By sharing her vision of how to create a happy, balanced and fulfilling life, Steph supports others to align with their goals and values and create positive relationships. She is a strong advocate for incorporating yoga, mindfulness, nutrition and nature into personalised wellness recipes.
Steph's extensive clinical background in mental health, understanding of holistic wellbeing and love of motivational conversation make her an inspirational and refreshing mentor. Her therapeutic style is positive, compassionate and completely individualised. Steph is available for personalised health and lifestyle assessments, one on one therapeutic coaching and wellness workshops. She couldn’t be more excited about the creation of Yoga West and all the goodness it offers to our community.
Haidee Stairmand - Slow Flow + Yoga Basics Course
My initial exploration of yoga led to a great love of the practice which I felt compelled to share with others as a teacher. Yoga has given me a deeper understanding of myself and my place in the world. I'll always consider myself a lifelong student of yoga, and I am continually learning.
I have practiced regularly for over 8 years. My aim is to enable others to move freely without injury and create a calmness of mind in a busy world.
I love anatomy and the human form and wish to impart my learnings to let others discover what works for them and their bodies in an uncomplicated and clear way. Creating a body that is mobile, stable and functions as it was designed too!
John Allan - Vinyasa
A designer by trade, John has spent much of his life in the process of creation. From Graphic Design, to Urban Design and Garden Design there have been many outlets for his creative passion. After trying hard to avoid yoga for many years, there was no way it wasn't going to be a huge part of his life once he met his partner, who introduced him to the dynamic, vibrant practices of Vinyasa, AcroYoga and Aerial Yoga.
For John, Yoga helped him understand and discover balance, how to move through stuck energy and find the flow, ease and grace of life. The connection discovered through partner based AcroYoga changed the way John moved and operated in the world. Yoga quickly became an essential part of John’s daily routine and the love for dynamic, creative movement fuelled his desire to train in Vinyasa, which he completed in early 2016.
Sabrina Struys - Yin
Sabrina first stumbled upon yoga half a decade ago. She was in a place in her life where she had completely changed her lifestyle and needed something to help ground her and give peace of mind. Yoga was it for Sabrina. As she delved deeper into her practice she found such peace that she wanted to learn how to teach so she could pass on this beautiful practice, and that's exactly what she did. Her main style of teaching is Yin yoga and main focus is to help people create a positive loop by taking time to focus on the breath and calming the mind - once the mind is calm the body relaxes. With the busy lifestyles we are all living Sabrina believes it is so important to counterbalance this with yoga and meditation.
Aleksandra Antevska - Vinyasa + Yin
Aleks is an academic, a star-gazer and wellness-warrior that is dedicated to good food, good moves and good thoughts!
She started her practice over 10 years ago right here in West Auckland. She has since completed many hours of Yin and Vinyasa training in Ubud, Bali and has gone on to teach all over our fair city. Her intention is notice the spontaneous peace that arises when we choose to participate in the present moment though linking breath with movement in vinyasa or though the stillness and sensation found in yin yoga.
Aleks aims to one day merge her research career in health with more holistic approaches to wellness in order to change health practices on a bigger scale.
Zanna Gillespie - Vinyasa
Zanna came to yoga in 2002 as a dancer studying in New York City. She fell in love with the flowing and graceful nature of vinyasa yoga through inspirational teachers Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus NYC. In 2005 Zanna completed her teaching certification at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica before returning Down Under to begin her teaching journey.
Yoga has seen Zanna through the pregnancies and births of both her daughters and now provides her with a much-needed sanctuary from the chaos of motherhood. She is also a qualified pre and post-natal yoga teacher.
As a former dancer, Zanna has a deep reverence for the human body in motion and is passionate about teaching students to work safely and mindfully within their practice while creating a playful, musical and fun environment to explore the limits and potential of their bodies and minds.
Shaz Babapour - Vinyasa
Shaz is a yoga teacher and on her way to becoming a Holistic Nutritionist. She has been practicing yoga for 6 years and completed her yoga teachers training in Costa Rica. With previous studies in Psychology and Physiology as well as a past career in healthcare, the connection between mind, body, soul and spirit became very apparent to her.
Yoga has provided a way to calm her mind and connect with her truth. Shaz is passionate about using yoga to create space and balance in our busy lives and is excited to share the healing power of this ancient practice with you!
Vanessa Edelsten - Pregnancy Yoga
Vanessa discovered yoga 14 years ago, during her University exam time, when she found she needed a physical and emotional outlet. The result of that first class was a calmer, more focused and relaxed Vanessa - and thus the beginning of her yoga journey. An absolute passion for yoga was born, including not only the physical practice, but also the spiritual and mental aspects of yoga. Eight years later and her initial 200 level yoga teacher training was complete under the guidance of Ashram Yoga in Auckland, followed by her
300 level training in 2015, making her a fully qualified yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga to all levels and abilities across the Auckland region for the past 5 years.
Following the birth of her son in September 2016, Vanessa has become our pregnancy yoga teacher (filling in for Zanna). Yoga sustained her through her pregnancy, birth and now through motherhood and she is thrilled to be able to share the gift of yoga with all mums-to-be. Vanessa brings a gentle, loving nature and care to all her students whilst allowing them to explore the strength of their body, mind and breath throughout each class. Her classes are intuitive and allow for a grounded experience that brings energy, joy and self-connection.
Leighia Lelievre - Vinyasa
Leighia has practiced the art of yoga for many years now travelling abroad and being able to experience different styles and continued learning with international teachers. She completed her training in South Florida with Inner Force Yoga, where she learnt to pay homage to the principles of Patanjalis eight limbs, and the practices of Bapuji at Kirpalu. Her love of the practice comes from within the healing aspects of nature and union within mind body spirit connection.
Her practice emphasises focus on breath with awareness of becoming present in the moment of being on your mat and becoming the seeker within your temple through asana practice. She believes in taking your yoga off the mat and into the world aligning with the true seva of Yoga.
Caitlin Finlayson - Yin
A Social Science Researcher by day, Caitlin is driven by her curiosity to know and understand the world.
Inspired by the buddhist teaching to ‘start where you are’, Caitlin began her yoga journey, a study of the self. She sees yoga as a powerful tool which helps us align our body with breath, mind, heart and self. Her long time practice has inspired her to be fearless and lean into whatever life throws at her. She is passionate about practicing yoga on and off the mat.
Caitlin draws from and incorporates elements from buddhist teachings, principles of mindfulness and Chinese medicine in her practice and teaching. She has completed training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India and Yin Yoga in Denmark. Originally from Australia, she has now skipped across the Tasman and landed in Auckland.
Rani Michelle - Vinyasa
Rani is a dedicated yogi, dancer and movement lover. Her curiosity for yoga and meditation began over 15 years ago when she found that regular practice creates an overall state of wellbeing and she continues to be committed to her studies and practice. She has recently returned to New Zealand after teaching in Melbourne for 6 years.
Rani is interested in how yoga practice relates to our every day life experiences. Through movement and self-inquiry we can develop the awareness to access our somatic wisdom, which is the wisdom of our bodies on a cellular level.
Rani’s goal as a facilitator is to inspire and guide others into self-empowerment through movement and connecting to their inner truth. She encourages her students to cultivate a deeper connection to self, which in turn creates a deeper connection to others and the environment around us. She offers a playful practice that has an emphasis on breath and alignment. Rani is experienced at teaching to who is in the room, accommodating all levels of practice.
Misato Radovanovich - Pregnancy Yoga + Mums & Bubs Yoga Course
Originally from Japan, Misato is a mother of two school-aged children who has been an active yoga practitioner for over 16 years.
Prior to acquiring her 200H yoga teaching qualification in 2016, she has worked as a translator/interpreter for multinational firms, experiencing first-hand the benefit yoga brings to what could otherwise be a very busy/hectic lifestyle. Yoga has empowered her with inner peace and confidence throughout her pregnancies and childbirth. Her passion lies in sharing her joy of yoga with those who are beginners or have never experienced the true enlightenment that yoga brings to the inner self.
She believes that no practitioner is to too stiff or “inflexible” for yoga, it is all about finding the right modifications to make the postures work for the individual’s needs, so everyone can feel great and completely comfortable about being in their own body.
Mibella Villafaña - Yin & Vinyasa
Hailing from sunny Southern California, I have always had a deep curiosity of the world and ended up living in NZ to raise my two young boys with my kiwi hubby.
Little did I know that being a competitive gymnast for 12 years would lead me to an intense yoga practice in 2011 as a way to channel all my physical energy in an aligned and healthy way, which became extremely important after dealing with a serious cervical spine injury.
I completed my 200hr TT in Los Angeles, CA in 2013 while practicing Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, meditation and Power Yoga in L.A and various other parts of the world.
My interests in Yoga are supporting people through their practice with qualities of yin and yang for balance and discovering self awareness through physical aptitude. I have a deep love for traditional yogic practices and meditation, and love bringing my experiences and knowledge into my teaching.