Join Asia Pacific Yoga on our immersive, transformative 200 and 300 Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings in New Zealand.
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Steve has more than 20 years of yoga experience and has been involved with yoga teacher trainings for 7 years. He has taught over 12,000 hours of classes and has the highest Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 classification, as well as being a 200 hour Yoga Alliance trained Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and an Aerial Yoga Teacher. Steve teaches from a student-centred perspective respecting the abilities and movement potentials of each student and offering multiple variations of each Asana as a progression of movement potentials. Each student expressing the direction of movement to the best of their abilities.
Joleen has been practicing yoga since 2009 and completed her Yoga Alliance Accredited E-RYT-200 YTT and a month’s Parampara (Ashtanga apprenticeship) in Bali. She currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga (Led and Mysore style), Restorative, and Yin Yoga. Joleen is a passionate yoga teacher, dedicated to encouraging and inspiring people to be the best they can be through movement, breath, wellness, diet, and a holistic approach to life. She enjoys seeing her students progress physically, mentally, and emotionally as they journey with her.
from New Zealand, July 2020
"A Life Changing Experience!"
I am SO grateful to have shared these three weeks with Steve and Joleen at Asia Pacific Yoga (and our wonderful yogi family)! They created such a welcoming, warm, and ever-curious environment - laughing with us, sharing their knowledge, welcoming our endless questions! Both Steve and Joleen have such a breadth of experience and knowledge. I absolutely loved that they had us teaching sections of classes from week 1 of the course, and that we had the opportunity to teach public classes in groups of three. This was such a wonderful way to break down the fear of teaching, and to start to get us used to it!
The house we stayed in was so perfect too, with plenty of space and heated floors for the chilly Taupo nights! Not to mention the unbelievable views of the lake.
So many things clicked for me during this YTT. Thanks Steve and Joleen for creating a better course than I could have ever dreamed.
from New Zealand, June 2020
"Amazing YTT - exceeded expectations!"
This teacher training was magnificent. The house in Taupo was luxurious and warm. The other trainees were wonderful people. And Steve and Joleen were fantastic! Their approach is strategic and well-executed - you start teaching from the second day and by the end of the 3rd week, you are more than ready and equipped to teach a 60 min yoga class. They had so much knowledge to share, and I am a better person for taking this teacher training. It was fun learning, growing and cooking with this group! I have been a yogi for about 10+ years now, and no matter how much or how little yoga experience you have, this training is for you. Highly recommend!
from Great Britain, June 2020
"Life changing! "
I cannot express how wonderful an experience this was. It not only helped increase my knowledge around yoga and how to share that information, but it truly encouraged me to take a deep look at myself and what I want from life. I have taken away an invaluable yoga toolkit that has set me on a new and refreshing path. I hope that I can go forward and bring this gift to other people. I arrived at this course a little lost and I left with a better understanding of everything, both inside and outside of myself. I will be forever grateful to, Steve, Joleen and my wee yogi family for such a awe inspiring experience.
from New Zealand, April 2020
"Amazing 300hr Teacher Training "
This teacher training was more than I could have ever imagined. Steve and Joleen are not only incredibly knowledgable, but extraordinarily kind, caring, and compassionate. You can truly feel the passion they both share of yoga and teaching. Seriously, I cannot imagine being in better hands for any level of teacher training, whether it is your 200hr or 300hr! The discussions and lectures held were not only informative, but stimulating and entertaining. The daily practices were absolutely beautiful as well. I cannot rave about this school enough!
from United States, March 2020
"Outstanding teacher training experience with Asia Pacific Yo"
This teacher training experience was fantastic! I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to learn and practice more. The teachers Steve and Joleen are amazing people - so knowledgeable - they are real professionals, also very kind and open hearted! I've learnt so much during this training about theory, philosophy, anatomy and more. Practical part was on the highest level! This course really helped to find the ways to improve our yoga teaching skills and learn how to apply them to practice in the best way.
The location of the training was amazing - beautiful nature, just stunning. Accommodation was great. Everything all together made this experience unforgettable for me. I enjoyed every moment of it!!
I would definitely recommend Asia Pacific Yoga to anyone!!!
from Ireland, January 2020
"Life Changing Experience! "
I had the most wonderful time during this yoga teacher training in Piha. Joleen and Steve are one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. They are so inspiring and have great knowledge about yoga practise as well as the philosophy/anatomy etc. The theory classes were easy to follow as Steve made them very unique as he showed all his passion towards the topic. The yoga classes itself were easy to follow and you could feel the support at any time from Joleen and Steve. I learned so much about myself and my own body and I really have to thank both of them but also the amazing group I was in. The whole atmosphere was very relaxed and I had the feeling of belonging.
Outside yoga practises we also got the chance to experience the nature around the area. Piha is a magical place and has so many hidden gems.
The house itself is huge and has a lovely outside area were you can relax during classes.
I can say I am fully prepared to give my own yoga classes as I gathered so much knowledge and self confidence during this three weeks.
All in all a wonderful experience and I can highly recommend their teacher training!
from Great Britain, December 2019
"Fantastic and Fun Teaching in Beautiful Piha, New Zealand"
Both Joleen and Steve were wonderful teachers who made everything fun and interesting. I loved their philosophy towards the yoga group sharing experience. It was everything I was looking for and more, after 3 weeks living and learning in such a wonderful environment I really felt supported and encouraged to take my first steps teaching. It was a thoroughly amazing and unforgettable time.
from New Zealand, December 2019
"What a beautiful experience "
I really loved our time all together and how the space was created for us to really play, explore and expand. I love how the course was taught and how mindful they were with how they shared their knowledge. Everything was explored rather than dictated to you what is right or wrong so to speak.
They both are so passionate, loving and kind teachers you will feel so held and supported with them. Plus the location is pretty amazing, we (my partner and I)would wake up and go for a dip in the sea and run along the beach in bewtween the teaching time as the beach is so close!
from French Polynesia, December 2019
I really appreciated Joleen and Steve as much as on their instructor plan than on their human relationships. They are really open and understanding. Thank you for giving us that much space and being that available to every one of us during the whole training. Your flexibility and your adaptation to your students change everything compared to other YTT.
from Australia, December 2019
"Perfect YTT "
Steve and Joleen are wonderful people, we learned so much from them in these three weeks! They make it simple and memorable, always ready to answer any questions and doubts you might have and making us feel like at home in the house in Piha. Like a family :)
Everything was perfect, chilled and easy going.
Definitely a yoga teacher training to go to!
Thank you guys :*
Juo Pei Lee
from Malaysia, December 2019
"Wonderful yogi journey"
Small group has enabled us to bond deeply as a yogi family, learning from each other's life stories and supporting each other.
We were lucky to be exposed to yoga teaching on 2nd day itself and developed our own styles as Steve and Joleen gave us vast support and overview about yoga teaching. Off the mat, the theory pt had been made exceptionally interesting by them. It's a holistic learning experience with bonus on personal growth. It's an unforgettable 3 weeks experience for each of us and it will stay forever as a beautiful memory!
from New Zealand, November 2019
"Immersive learning experience "
Steve and Joleen welcomed everyone like family from day 1. The level of care, generosity and commitment to each of us was second to none. Their teaching style encouraged open dialogue and discussion which made it super interesting and involving. We started our teaching practise on day 1, and built from there, so by the end of the 3 weeks I felt comfortable going out on my own. Highly highly recommend!! My only suggestion would be to do some food prep or get easy to make /ready make meals - the kitchen is shared between 9 people so it's best to get food that you can prepare quickly :)
Macarena Salas Pampaloni
from New Zealand, October 2019
"So much more that I could ever dream !!! Amazing experience."
The most amazing and wonderful experience that I have , an experience that transforms my body, mind and soul. Really professional, I learned so much and Steve and joleen really make a terrific work helping you, supporting you and teaching you. Is more that I coul ever imagine, the place, the classes, the beautiful beach . If you are looking for something amazing, with a peaceful place and high qualified teachers PLEASE, PLEASE don't doubt any minute and take this opportunity. they don't treat you like clients or students, they treat you like you're part of their family. In every thin or step that I learned in this training I felt the love , support and care for Steve and Joleen .AMAZING!!!
from New Zealand, June 2019
Steve and Joleen really compliment each other - flowing seamlessly between theory and application of learning.
I felt so supported to explore my own curiosity in asana, pranayama, everything! They made teaching feel natural and fun, right from the get go. The small class size makes it very intimate and they didn’t seem to mind endless questions...! I will be looking forward to a 300hr training with Steve and Joleen in the future.
from United States, May 2019
"Amazing YTT in Piha!!!!"
EVERYTHING! I can not say enough amazing things about Steve and Joleen. The program they run is truly excellent. I feel 100% prepared to train others in yoga. Steve and Joleen not only taught me so much but they made me feel like family. They are truly genuine people who want to help you improve. I am ready to do a 300-YTT with them!
from United States, May 2019
"Peaceful and Educational Retreat in Paradise!!"
Steve and Joleen are the best!! They welcomed us into a relaxing retreat setting through the location and accommodations, as well as through their attention to cultivating our growth as teachers step by step. The training sessions were packed with learning and growth, but they made sure we got our nature time with a simple walk to the beach or to the nearby waterfall. It is apparent that Steve and Joleen are generous in sharing their expertise, their time, and their hearts as they did just that with each of us. I'm so grateful I picked this training with Asia Pacific Yoga!!
from New Zealand, May 2019
"Piha yoga instructor training"
I had such a wonderful experience at this course. Steve and joleen are super nurturing supportive instructors. They have put so much thought and care into the course.
At the opening circle on the first night we were welcomed and introduced. We were presented with a beautiful greenstone necklace each which was so unexpected but really was a peek into the course to come. All aspects of training was covered thoughtfully and throughly.
We got the work covered but there was always time for laughter and personal stories relevant to the subject being covered. I think we would all agree we came away with a sense of personal growth. This course developed me as a yoga teacher and as a person.
Steve is super intelligent and you can see he just loves to help develop people and share his knowledge.
Joleen is so sweet and calm such a beautiful instructor to watch and learn from.
The house is located in a great spot in Piha we could hear and see the sea during our yoga practise. At lunch time I always ran along the beach , or to the waterfall. To be in such a beautiful environment was so special!
The local store is less than a 5 min walk and does a great coffee. Watching Sunsets on the beach as a group was a highlight for me.
Thank you Steve and Joleen I feel incredibly blessed to have had this opportunity.
from United States, May 2019
"An incredible experience!!!"
Steve and Joleen were incredible teachers who showed an abundance of support and knowledge throughout. I loved every minute of learning. The timetable was well structured which allowed some free time to absorb everything including time to explore PIha. I can’t wait to put into practice everything I have learnt and would highly recommend Steve and Joleen! Namaste x
from United States, May 2019
Steve and Joleen from the very start created this nourishing and safe learning environment one doesn't get to experience often as a student. There were no cheesy icebreakers as a way to get to know everyone- it all felt very organic which is just the way I like it with new people! No force. Steve's extensive knowledge and passion for the human body paired with Joleen's playful teaching style were the perfect compliments to our jam-packed extensive days. One thing that really stood out was they had us teaching on the very first day, which I loved! There was no intimidating build-up towards the one thing we came here for- to teach. Watching everyone grow with this hands-on approach to learning was pretty magical- personalities came out and everyone quickly developed their own style.
I'm not usually one for schedules, so I must say the experience was the perfect balance of planned lecture/activities and spontaneously inspired tangents and workshops. They were extremely accommodating towards our needs, interests, and energy levels. Not to mention- the house is a ten minute walk from the beach and one of the most magical waterfall hikes. The entire experience was mind and heart-opening.. the perfect combination of a well-rounded education, human connection, and re-connecting with nature. It was more than just a yoga teacher training- it was an experience that I'll never forget.
from New Zealand, May 2019
"AsiaPacific 200 hour Yoga teaching training"
The course was delivered in a very practical thorough way. Steve and Joleen are both extremely good facilitators, they have a calm relaxing manner coupled with a lovely sense of humour. I came away strongly feeling that yoga is a practice for 'all' and that there are many options for teaching people of all levels. The venue at Piha was perfect, being able to walk down to the beautiful beach or up to the stunning waterfall was a real highlight. 10 out of 10 from me
from New Zealand, February 2019
"A slice of heaven in paradise"
Steve provides a safe space where he allows you to grow at your own pace.
It was the most amazing experience I could have dreamed of. Walking away from the training made me a little sad because I didn’t want it to end. Steve is a truly awesome human, he introduced us to some amazing teachers on the training who shared with us their styles and forms of teaching, I walk away with a cup overflowing yet I know this is just the beginning. Thank you to everyone who attended, teaches and students, I am forever grateful and looking forward to bumping into some of you in the future. I would highly recommend this program to everyone. With abundance of love and light Namaste 🙏
from New Zealand, December 2018
"Short but sweet"
Learning to live with 9 total strangers and bond over shared thinking and a passion for Yoga. Getting the oportunity to be fully immersed in a Yogic practise for 3 weeks.
Having the time to take an inward journey and reflect on life and where to from here.
Being away from the distractions of everyday life, work, traffic, social engagements etc... that allowed you to find the space to expand.
from Australia, November 2018
"Transformational YTT in quiet, gorgeous Piha"
In short, I had a wonderful training experience filled with learning and laughter. Steve is a fantastic, hilarious, insanely knowledgeable teacher, who is full of surprises and support. He is committed to helping his trainees flourish and to bring our their individual abilities, with warmth and professionalism. Piha is a gorgeous pocket of natural beauty, and a luxury was being able to take a quiet stroll to the beach which was only 5 minutes walk from the house. The accommodation was more than comfortable, and we enjoyed the flexibility of cooking for ourselves - having fun with creating healthy wholesome food. I found the dynamic and energy of the whole experience incredibly nourishing. We were taught what we needed to know, and to teach safely - no more and no less - which is the best that you can expect from a 200 hour training.
from Indonesia, July 2018
"Fantastic experience I’ll never forget "
The course was very well put together, with excellent trainers who had fantastic knowledge, all with different areas of expertise and they all created a really good balance and offered something totally unique to the experience and learning. The food at Kura Kura was fantastic, very healthy and I felt so looked after and cared for! Over all I had a fantastic time and have left the course with enthusiasm to teach and share my knowledge and learning with others!
from New Zealand, June 2018
The whole experience was amazing,from the venue, the experiences, the teachings, the support I received from the tutor, I learned so much, I found my passion for yoga, an amazing journey. To be continued.
from Sweden, June 2018
Great teachers and great atmosphere.
from United States, April 2018
"Enlightenment on all levels"
The area was breathtaking, two minute walk to the beach and a short drive into town. The structure of lessons was perfect with space in between for self-study or to hang around. The yoga experience overall was enchanting and one that will be with me for a lifetime. Steve is someone who will shake a soul up, light up lives, and teach with compassion, solitude, and absolute care - forever grateful.
from United States, May 2019
"Nele YTT May 2019"
The 200 hour teacher training in Piha with Joleen and Steve was a great experience. The location in Piha is perfect due to its striking distance to the beach. I really enjoyed the daily schedule which included a nice mixture of asana, theory and workshops. We taught each other in small groups from the first day on, which made teaching becoming our daily routine and made us all feel confident. The environment was very supportive and I learned much more than I expected. I highly recommend this YTT in Piha with Joleen and Steve!