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Holistic and individual guidance through Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Ayurveda and Astrology in Wanaka

Doris Blum

Doris moved from Switzerland to New Zealand in 1995 and soon after began her Yoga journey. In 2007 she started studying Ayurveda medicine, the sister science of Yoga, which resulted in her graduation from Wellpark College in Auckland with a Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management in 2009. Since then Doris consults and advises clients on a regular basis.

In 2002 Doris enjoyed a three-month-long teacher training with Nicky Knoff in Cairns, where she was introduced to Nicky’s style of yoga, a mixture of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Yoga. Doris completed the training with a certification in Level I and Level II.

A few years later she was introduced to John & Lucy Scott’s Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and was instantly mesmerized by their teachings. Doris had practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga before, but under Lucy and John’s wings she started to understand the complexity and beauty of this practice and the importance of working from the heart. Since then Doris has worked with John & Lucy on a regular basis and due to their guidance her practice and her understanding of Yoga has deepened and changed. Doris has completed their teacher trainings Level I and Level II. Since 2009 she is a certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher with the International Yoga Alliance.

Doris has been also very fortunate to deepen her knowledge and experience by working and studying with many accredited International teachers (Yoga and Ayurveda).

To Doris, Yoga is a way of living. It is about letting the heart guide. It is about connecting with all that is around us. Yoga to her is the path of connecting to oneself, the magic of discovering who we truly are.

The focus of her teachings is on synchronizing movement with breath, the uninterrupted and easy flow of the breath in each posture. Doris offers classes that include elements of postures, breath work, chanting, mantras, mudras, philosophy and meditation. She provides an oasis of security, love and sharing.

You have no need to travel anywhere – journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light. Rumi

Urs Blum

Urs was a late starter, at 45, and only came to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga because of the dedication and transformation he witnessed in Doris, who had been practicing it.

He enjoys the synchronicity of slow breath and movement in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice; the combination of physicality, spirituality, and meditation; challenging and rewarding at the same time.

He started his yoga journey under the guidance of Doris. His main teacher is John Scott. Urs has been fortunate to deepen his knowledge and experience by working with Manju Jois, David Kiel, Jude Hynes, Swami Ji, Lucy Scott, Katie Lane, Ganesh Mohan, Swami Samnyasananda, Lino Miele, Swami Karuna Karma, Simon Borg-Olivier, Indra and A.G. Mohan, as well as Prem & Radha.

Urs has experienced first-hand the many benefits a regular practice has had on his stiff and injury riddled body; his busy mind; his well-being in general; as well as the positive changes it brought forth in his everyday life.

It is his desire to introduce students of any level to the finer details of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice and to enable them to start experiencing the many benefits of this beautiful practice. He also helps long time practitioners with fine-tuning and adapting their practice and their breath to their unique body and mind.

After five years, in August 2018, Urs completed his 300 hours of studying Krishnamacharya Yoga Therapy with Ganesh Mohan, the son of Indra and A.G. Mohan. Since a few years Urs offers personalised One-on-One sessions involving postures (from soft to challenging), breath work, meditation, mindfulness, and lifestyle advice.

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