Yoga teacher training level 1

Deepen your practice and inspire others

This 17-day Yoga Alliance International Certified and Accredited programme was developed by Chai Deva and is based on over 29 years of yoga experience. The holistic course covers the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It includes a series of specialist workshops on cultivating self-esteem, public speaking, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy, intelligent sequencing and more. 

Are you ready to join a genuine community of like-minded fellow students on a transformational journey?


Kindred does more than teach yoga. It's a place where knowledge, friendship, and support come together to build a beautiful community, with acceptance, encouragement, and knowledge sharing at its centre. ENROLL BELOW

What's involved

You will have the opportunity to teach your peers every day, embodying your learning early on in a safe environment. You will slowly grow your kete of knowledge and leave the course feeling confident to teach. At Kindred, we thrive on continuously supporting you on your yoga journey. For students who live in Nelson, we offer the opportunity to lead a koha class and provide mentorship in the process. 

Cultivate your ability to become an inspiring and skilled teacher. It will also deepen your own practice.  Connect with like-minded people walking the same path and 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 is 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.


The course will cover:

  • Foundation yoga asanas
  • 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
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A typical day in the life of a teacher trainee

From 7:00 am to 7:30 pm each day, the course is a life-changing opportunity to completely immerse yourself in daily yoga practice.

  • To begin - Meditation & Pranayama - creating a foundation that will support your yoga practice and explore yourself in daily life.
  • Asana practice - to open and warm the body.
  • A theory session each morning when the brain is at its best.
  • A practical session each afternoon learning each of the asanas when the body is warm and flexible.
  • Concluding the day with a Nididhyaasa (the introspective practice of digesting information & experience), integrating the learnings from the sessions, leaving you relaxed yet curious.

There is an extended lunch break each day, giving you space to eat, reflect and explore. Delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner are provided.


Close to the very heart of Nelson and nestled in seven acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens, the training will take place at Fairfield House which is one of Nelson's most prestigious historic homes. Its spacious verandas and unique observation tower have gracefully overlooked the city since 1872.
Fairfield was blessed as a place of peace by His Holiness The Dalai Lama when he visited here in 1996. Its beauty, warmth and grandeur are yours to enjoy. The stunning outside space is perfect for rejuvenating walks and having lunch in the sun. Students are welcome to explore the trails leading up into Fairfield's seven acres of heritage woodland, which overlook the meadow.

Dates and price

7TH to 23RD APRIL 2023

Super early-bird
$2995 - available until midnight 14th Feb 2023

$3295 - available until midnight 21st March 2023

Full price

A non-refundable deposit of $495 upon booking with full payment due 12th March 2023 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 are available on request. Contact us about partial or full scholarships.


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 learning the eight 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 friendly, informative and well structured. Breakfast and dinner are 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 completion of a dream - it was the beginning of it, and I'm grateful for the support 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 knowledge sharing at its centre.
I would highly recommend the course to anyone wondering about their Yoga Teacher training.
S Marriott

Chai is an inspiring and dedicated yoga teacher. He has an 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 can 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.

The best journeys in life are full of new and exciting things, not all are what we expect, and some outright take us by surprise and teach us so much.

2021 was the year I finally completed my level 1 yoga teacher training. It had been a while in the planning. Many emails and calls traded with Chai helped me decide on Chai and the Kindred studio as the right place to embark on my journey further into Yoga.

The journey is the right word. The course was so well put together that it challenged me on so many levels to work on my personal yoga practise, teaching skills, yogic knowledge and understanding, breath, body and skeletal components, to name a few.

Chai and Rose created a supportive, caring environment from which deep learning evolved. Looking inward and outward, getting uncomfortable to develop as a person, was all part of this carefully planned and executed emersion over 17 days spent together in our group. 

The Kindred teachers guide from the heart, with a sense of fun. I recommend this training to all still considering where and who to trust as you embark on this powerful learning and personal growth. 

Chai is an amazing mentor, deeply passionate and knowledgeable about yoga, the body and mind, and everything related. His credibility and depth kept me in the room and focused. Rose is so caring and considerate and makes everything flow and meld while also having so much teaching and mentoring experience to share, not to mention the best selection of yoga books ever seen.

Bex and the other teachers we met along the way added diversity of information and content, which added even more to our experience.

Thanks, Chai, Rose, Bex and everyone we met along the way.

General FAQs

Have more questions?

Do you want to make sure this is the right course for you? We know that committing to a training like this may bring up a variety of questions or doubts. We'd like to answer any of your concerns so you can make the best decision for your development.

Contact Chai

027 570 9985
[email protected]



Meet Chaitanya Deva - He will be your principal guide.

Chai developed the course based on over 29 years of intensive endeavour that led him worldwide to study with numerous enlightened teachers and thousands of teaching hours.

Get to know Chai. How do you describe yourself? 

My purpose in life is to be a guide for internal connection. The word teacher doesn’t resonate with me. I work as a conduit to help others discover more about who they are. My Sankalpa or intention is to speak from the heart. I trust the knowledge that has come before me to present itself through me in the right moment. I allow myself to be receptive and surprised with what is revealed for me to share with my students.

What is your yoga philosophy? 

The Indian Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi once said, “every question becomes an answer, and every answer becomes a question.” The question I’ve been asking myself for the past 28 years is who I am? My philosophy is a journey of discovery and practice unlearning the misconceived ideas of who I conceive myself to be.

A teacher of mine, Leslie, puts it well, “I’m against everything that you believe that you are.”

What is unique about the way you teach? 

I teach from my embodied deep understanding and experience. I teach from what I know to be accurate, not from what I’ve learnt. My teaching style is particular and sensitive to the group I’m speaking to at any specific time. I clear my mind, and I tune in to see what comes through.

Who are your teachers?

I have been fortunate to sit with over a dozen enlightened teachers. My first teacher was my father, Maitreya Ishwara, a spiritual teacher and visionary author. I have been inspired by the founders of Seido Karate and Osho, and many others. These days, I listen to people such as David Deida or Paul Grilley, Leslie Kaminoff and many others for Yogic inspiration.

I see life as a creative expression of the divine feminine. I practise being unmoved by that which moves around. Being fully present, witnessing the world’s extraordinary complexity and chaotic presentation.

Follow this link to a short bio.

Watch the interview with Chai...


Anton Bentley 

Anton is a prime example of a motivated Kindred YTT1 graduate. After completing his level 1 training in 2019, Anton quickly became a favourite teacher at the studio. Under Chai's mentorship, Anton has a holistic understanding of what is required of an aspiring and new yoga teacher. He now facilitates an essential voice workshop covering how to free your voice as you articulate clearly, enhance your vocal resonance and projection.


Clare Vivian- Neal

Clare will be leading a one-day self-esteem class uniquely designed to help uncover the inner drivers behind negative self-talk and get free of it. Clare is 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. She is an Associate with TriVergent International. One of her strengths is bringing teams alive, seeing the individual, and keeping the organisational goals in mind at the same time.

Bex- Profile

Bex Deva, Kindred co-director, Nia and yoga teacher

Bex will be assisting throughout the training. She was born to dance. 'It fills me with loads of energy and helps me feel connected to the source,' she explains.

Since 19, Bex has managed to integrate her passions – for exploration and discovery, nutrition, permaculture and natural parenting – with business savvy. For the past two decades, she 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 led her to complete Kindred's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and she has been teaching at the Studio ever since and going on to study and lead prenatal yoga classes.


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$59 Intro Offer


We have 16+ classes each week and 8+ teachers, so there is plenty of options for you to choose from - we always recommend trying as many different class styles and teachers as possible - find a routine that works for you! Best of all... during the first 21 days of the Intro Offer, you'll be entitled to a $10 discount off our rolling monthly membership indefinitely. 


We have 16+ classes each week and 8+ teachers so there is plenty of options for you to choose from - we always recommend trying as many different class styles and teachers as possible - find a routine that works for you! Best of all... during those first 21 days of the Intro Offer you'll be entitled to a $10 discount on a rolling monthly membersh