Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training


Deepen your practice and inspire others

                This 17-day Yoga Alliance International Certified and Accredited programme covers the ‘Eight Limbs of Yoga’ and includes: 

  • Participation in two Kindred yoga classes most days (with each student gradually progressing to being the teacher of the class)
  • A theory session each morning (when the brain is at its best)
  • A practical session, where you will learn how to teach each of the fundamental asanas or postures, each afternoon (when the body is warm and most flexible)
  •  Daily meditation and Pranayama
  • A series of workshops such as self esteem and public speaking, anatomy and physiology, Yoga Philosophy and History, sequencing and more.


Participation will cultivate your ability to become an inspiring and skilled teacher. It will also deepen your own practice. Taking place from 7.00am to 7.30pm each day, the programme is a life-changing opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a daily yoga practice, to connect with like-minded people walking the same path and to deepen your knowledge of anatomy and physiology, the history and philosophy of yoga and, ultimately, yourself.

Each session has two instructors to ensure there's plenty of support, for around 15 participants.

There are no pre-requisites but it desirable that you already have a regular yoga practice or similar. Participants from all over New Zealand are invited – with cheap flights from Auckland and Wellington (and an easy drive from Christchurch) making sunny Nelson more accessible than ever before.

Breakfast and dinner is included in the price. We can assist you with finding affordable accommodation.

The next course will be run from 16 April - 2 May 2021.




The course will cover:

  • Foundation yoga asanas (postures) 
  • Sequencing a great class
  • What gets in the way of self esteem
  • Meditation and Pranayama
  • Anatomy for yoga, including skeletal variation and fascia 
  • Adjustments
  • Yoga history and philosophy
  • Voice projection


I loved every minute of my 200 hr Yoga teacher training at Kindred studio in Nelson. The programme content is varied and comprehensive, Chai's depth of knowledge, insight and congruent engagement allowed for a deep connection to the learning of the 8 limbs of yoga,  the asanas , anatomy and Myself. It is easy to be inspired by Chai's enthusiasm.

The day to day running of the course was was friendly, informative and well structured.
Breakfast and dinner is just perfect - like beautiful tasting bookends to each day encasing us in an almost womb like state for our time together.
We were given the chance to develop beautiful friendships with the other attendees and watching each other's journey has been inspiring and wonderful.
I have found the post training support to be invaluable to my continued journey, for me the course was not the end or a completion of a dream - it was the beginning of it and I'm grateful for the follow on presence that Chai and the other teachers continue to offer.
Kindred does more than teach yoga, it is a place where knowledge, friendship and support come together to build a beautiful community, with acceptance, encouragement and the sharing of knowledge at its centre.
I would highly recommend the course to anyone wondering about their Yoga Teacher training.
S Marriott

Chaitanya developed the course based on over 26 years of intensive endeavour that led him around the world studying with numerous enlightened teachers as well thousand of hours of teaching, working as a therapeutic body worker and life coach, setting up and running a number of body work clinics as well as Kindred Studio and Evolve Festival which he co-directs and runs with his wife Bex Deva. Watch the video interview with Kara-Leah above to find out more about his unique journey including being the son of enlightened master Maitreya Ishawara, or follow this link to a short bio


"Chai is an inspiring and dedicated yoga teacher. He has amazing knowledge of anatomy and how each person can relate to yoga. He manages to motivate and entertain and his classes are full of laughter. As well as laughter and knowledge he has amazing energy and is able to induce a sense of calm and relaxation that leaves you floating away from a yoga class. One of the best yoga teachers that I have ever met in over 10 years of practice."

Clare Vivian-Neal Life Coaching and more

Clare Vivian-Neal

Clare will be leading a one day Self-Esteem session uniquly designed to help uncover the inner drivers behind negative self talk and get free of it.

I am a Senior Trainer, Professional Coach and Mentor with the Kairos Foundation. This is an educational trust that delivers the More To Life Programme through many courses around the world. I am an Associate with TriVergent International. 

One of my strengths is in being able to bring teams alive, see the individual and keep the organisational goals in mind at the same time.

I enjoy working with people from many walks of life, educational backgrounds and from diverse cultures. I deliver courses rich in profound personal change in New Zealand, Australia, France, UK, Denmark, USA, South Africa and the Pacific Islands.

I am passionate about promoting cultural change – from the inside out by increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, personal presence and leadership. I have worked within local government, business, the non-profit and community sectors.

In the UK I worked for Scientific Generics. While there I set up a programme for empowerment of women. In 1993 I emigrated to NZ where I worked for Macpac. Soon, I was initiating and working with groups of women on empowerment and equality issues in the workplace. This interest in making a difference for the better has led me to work as a change manager leading by example of respect, integrity and honesty in all the organisations I work with.

Swami Karma Karuna


Karuna will be leding a number of the philoshopy sessions on the training as well as Havan (Vedic Fire Ceremony) and kirtan

Karuna is a founding member and Director of Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand, and a dedicated, intuitive yoga teacher with years of experience working with a wide range of people. From an early age, she traveled exploring diverse spiritual traditions; finally dedicating herself to the yogic path, guided by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, world-wide head of the Satyananda Yoga Movement.

Swami Karma Karuna has received yoga training in Nepal, India and Australia. She spends 3 months each year living and teaching in India at the home and sadhana place of Swami Satyananda. She also travels internationally part of the year, committed to sharing Yoga Solutions for Life™ - simple & powerful techniques for transformation. During past tours, Swami Karma Karuna has been involved in workshops, retreats, trained teacher trainees at the Australasian Satyananda Yoga Academy, and worked with groups of Yoga Therapists throughout the USA.

By combining yogic lifestyle and Sannyasa tradition with family life, Swami Karma Karuna has a unique and practical approach, inspiring the integration of yogic principles into everyday activities.

In 2007 Swami Karma Karuna released her first yoga and meditation CD called Yoga Solutions for Life™ – Essential Daily and Deepening Practices designed to develop a simple daily practice enhancing health and relaxation. In October 2007, a second CD focused on the chakras and seed sounds was released.

Rose Middleton MN,  RYT


Rose will be one of the assistance throughout the course

Rose is a registered nurse and with a passion for health and wellness.

She has practised yoga through out her life, experiencing a variety of different styles. Her teaching practice focuses on supporting people in finding balance, strength and flexibility in their body and mind.

Having taught for a number years, completing the IYTA (NZ) Inc Introduction to Yoga Certificate and the Yoga Alliance International 200-hr certificate courses, Rose is excited to join the Kindred Teacher Training team, deepening and expanding her teaching practice while sharing her knowledge and passion.



Bex Deva Co- Director, Nia & Yoga Teacher

Bex will be an assistant throughout the training

Rebecca ('Bex') Deva was born to dance. 'It fills me with loads of energy and helps me feel connected to source,' she explains.

Born in the cathedral city of Exeter in southwest England in 1980, Bex’s life has revolved around personal growth since she was a teenager, when she also discovered African drumming and dance at the age of 15 – and she has been passionate about music, movement and growth ever since.

Since the age of 19, Bex has managed to integrate her passions – for exploration and discovery, nutrition, permaculture and natural parenting – with business savvy and for the past two decades has made her livelihood doing things she loves.

Bex went along to her first Nia class in Christchurch in 2006, and fell in love with the sensory-based movement practice that draws from the martial, dance and healing arts. She completed the inaugural New Zealand White Belt Nia teacher-training program in 2008 and has since gone on to train as a Green and Blue Belt and recently completed the 52 Moves training.  Bex love for movement lead her to complete Kindred's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and she has been teaching at the Studio ever since as well as going on to study and lead pre-natal yoga classes.

Lisa Allen

Hi, I'm Lisa. I am an Usui Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Theatre Practitioner. I live in Nelson, New Zealand with my lovely husband Dan. He very kindly lets me transform our living room into a studio a few times a week!

I offer opportunities in both healing and creative arts to help you shine your unique light nice and brightly.

​I love to connect people more deeply to themselves, to other people and to the world around us. I love to see connection happening and people growing and coming into their own sense of self. We are all beautiful beings who are doing the best we can to navigate life and sometimes it's really nice to be supported and nurtured on this journey.

​I think a spiritual journey is not so much a journey of discovery. It's a journey of recovery. It's a journey of uncovering your own inner nature. It's already there. -Billy Corgan

Course costs

Super Early-bird $2995 available until midnight 14th Feb 2021

Early-bird: $3295 available until midnight 21st March 2021

Full price: $3495

Non-refundable deposit of $495 upon booking with full payment due 12th March 2021 to confirm place and the super/early-bird rates. To get the Super/Earlybird rate/s the deposit is required on or before the last day of each deadline.

Payment options available on request.

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