Director of Manipura Yoga Centre. Swami Yogamani Saraswati has been involved with the ancient art and science of Yoga and Meditation for over 30 Years.
Her yogic journey began after a fall from a horse at a young age, leaving her with spinal damage. She has both studied and taught extensively here, in Australia and India. She continues to teach across all areas of life from the absolute beginner to the advanced practitioner.
She teaches appropriately to suit the audience, safe, practical, yet achievable blend of practises that reshape, the complete personality. Promoting calm so one can live in ease. Passionate about sharing transformational tools for life, her sessions draw from a vast range of practises from physical postures to breath work and meditation. Providing a platform for self responsibility, for ones own health. Yoga more as a lifestyle, that just a weekly exercise. Swami Yogamani also leads a variety of retreats annually including to India. Providing an opportunity to join her, and experience the deeper aspects of yoga and humanitarian work, (Karma Yoga) in its homeland.
Swami Yogamani is privileged to caretake the residency for Yoga and Meditation Teacher at the Stunning Seafarers Club in Auckland’s Britomart and has held teaching residencies over the years with The John Bolton Theatre School,Read Leap Theatre Company, Popup Globe, and PIPA The Pacific Institute Performing Arts along with other dance and Theatre companies, along with long term teaching at Auckland District Health Board to name a few.
She is also privileged to be an Auckland Marriage Celebrant.
My interest in Yoga began when I was 19 years old when I started regularly attending Yoga Classes. My journey with Yoga has continued since then and it has always felt like a ‘coming home’ for me and has been a large part of my life. I have had many Great Teachers over the years to whom I am eternally grateful.I have been teaching classes since 1998 upon completing the first level of teacher training and have continued with ongoing training since then to an advanced level. Yoga is such a vast science that there is always more to learn. I love all aspects of Yoga and know it to be a beneficial system, in so many ways, for all. I particularly love working with pregnant women and know from my own experience how beneficial practicing Yoga is for the whole Pregnancy and Birthing Experience. Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) is another area that I am passionate about, as it is invaluable for our well-being in the fast paced life styles of today. The most important thing for me with classes is for people to have the experience of Yoga and leave feeling better in themselves, about themselves, the world around them and their place in it.
I discovered yoga when living in Canada where I was introduced to the broad spectrum of yoga, firstly by attending asana classes. This has led to several periods living full-time at ashrams learning about yogic lifestyle in Canada and Australia. Here in Aotearoa, I found an amazing community of like-minded people, and great kirtan.I added to previous studies and completed accreditation with the Australian Yoga Academy in 2010. I am grateful to be able to offer these inspiring and uplifting teachings in the community while they continue to teach and inspire me.