North Shore Iyengar Yoga Certified Teachers Class

Our Approach

North Shore Yoga classes are based on Iyengar yoga, which Is a dynamic form of Hatha yoga. The intention of Iyengar Yoga is to improve and maintain the quality of our lives, using Yoga as a powerful antidote to addressing the stresses of modern day life.

A fit and supple body can be developed through the practice of the postures (asanas). These postures work on all the bodily systems, toning the muscles, stimulating the circulation & improving overall health.

Meet The Team

Joy Sanders - Iyengar Certified Yoga Teacher

Joy Sanders

Founder and Senior Teacher – JI Level 3 Certified

Joy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher holding an Intermediate Level 3 certificate. She opened North Shore Yoga studio back in 1996 & has consistently studied & upgraded ever since. Having the Level 3 certificate entitles her to train her own teachers and to assess teachers training for certification

She has visited the Iyengar Institute on 3 different occasions & has also studied with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta, here in NZ in 2003 & also in Australia in 2009. She also regularly studies with Australian senior teachers that visit New Zealand for workshops & retreats.

Joy takes private tuition by appointment and also trains Iyengar Yoga students who are looking to become Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers themselves.

“Yoga clears my mind, energizes my body and revitalizes my spirit, my aim is to pass on this wonderful experience to my students and others”

Iyengar Certified Teacher - Eira Kramer

Eira Kramer

JI Level 2 Certified

Eira began practising Iyengar yoga in Zimbabwe in the 1990s -and is a fully certified Junior Intermediate Level 2 teacher currently working hard toward her next level of certification.

Eira also makes time to be the editor of the “Yoga Link” magazine that is produced quarterly.

Eira brings a wonderful compassion with her teaching and has some great tips from practising Yoga in Zimbabwe.

Iyengar Certified Yoga Teacher - Jane von Roy

Jane von Roy

JI Level 2 Certified

Jane is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at Intermediate Level 2. She began practicing yoga in 1995 whilst living in Munich, Germany – although she remembers her first yoga class, accompanying her mother in the 1960s in Wellington, New Zealand. The seed was then planted.

Jane is an encouraging and enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to motivating her students to enjoy, progress and benefit from the practice of yoga. She teaches Level 1 and 2 classes and the beginners course which is held four times yearly.

Jane loves and studies yoga at a personal level. She has studied with Geeta Iyengar in Australia and, more recently, in Pune at the 2014 December Yoganusasanam Intensive. She regularly attends workshops with senior teachers from overseas. She has been back living permanently in NZ since 2001, is married, has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.


Iyengar Certified Yoga Teacher - Glenn McBeth

Glenn McBeth

Introductory Level 2 Certified

Glenn attended his first yoga class around 1996, taken to a lunchtime class by his wife Di at North Shore Hospital where she worked. At the time he was still playing contact sport (hello, tight hammies) and had extremely poor posture and a bad back. One class was all it took to realise his body needed more of this!

Apart from the odd gym class, regular practice dropped off for a number of years due to work commitments, but he started attending regular classes again in 2010. At the end of 2011 he decided to start teacher training with Joy and is now a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

Coming from an architectural background he loves the alignment and precision of Iyengar Yoga. He has yet to meet the person that would not benefit from Iyengar Yoga!

Iyengar Yoga Certified Teacher - Philippa Payne

Philippa Payne

Introductory Level 2 Certified

Philippa began practising yoga in 2004 and immediately found relief with on-going back problems that had plagued her for some time. Philippa regularly attends yoga workshops to up skill her practise and teaching.

Philippa teaches with enthusiasm and compassion, she began teacher training in 2012 and is now teaching on a regular basis in 2 classes.

iyengar pose neil mackay

Neil Mackay

JI Level 2 Certified

Neil is an experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher, recently joining the North Shore Iyengar Yoga Centre teaching the Level 3 class on Tuesdays and Level 1 on a Thursday night.

I started yoga 15 years ago as a way to “sort myself out “ ! It has worked. I knew the energy in my body was not balanced so I looked at different types of exercise & luckily found many excellent B.K.S.Iyengar trained teachers in London. I had moved to London when I was 20 & stayed there working in the music field & returned to NZ 27 years later. I am now over 50 & as one gets that little bit older the body starts to tell you of its needs & wants. I can tell you that the problems that come with old age can be addressed & either be avoided completely or managed very well by the correct regular practice of yoga asana.

I hear many different pupils say the same thing : I am not flexible my legs are stiff etc etc …. this is not the main goal of yoga … Quote sage Patanjali : “Yogaha citta vritti nirodaha” ( yoga is the cessation of the movements of the consciousness : B.K.S. Iyengar translation ) So yoga is a quiet mind. The stretches & bodily positions we do are done to maintain health , invigorate the system , quieten the system etc ( yoga asana are a genius system that can tone any part of the body – skin , bone , muscle , organs all are equally expressed in the position of the body & observance of your alignment , distribution of weight etc … the more I practice & teach yoga the more I am impressed by the beautiful mix of artistic, scientific & philosophical work which all blends in to make one a more balanced being )