Our amazing teachers

NILAMANI

Nilamani is dedicated to teaching yoga for those seeking abundant health, personal wellbeing and all who wish to uplift their contribution to the wellbeing of others. Her caring nature, grounded playfulness and positivity allow her to bestow much energy and inspiration to many.

She has been practicing and teaching Yoga disciplines for 30yrs. Her Yoga training comes from Hatha Yoga Teachers Training 1, 2 & 3 with Ashram Yoga NZ from 2002 to 2009, Naam Yoga and Shakti Naam Yoga Teacher Training in California USA from 2009 till present. Nilamani has taught an array of classes and workshops in corporate settings, health conferences, Yoga dance celebrations, festivals and retreats in Auckland, Whangarei, Kerikeri, Hawkes Bay and Rotorua since 2002. 

Nilamani met Dr Joseph Michael Levry, the founder of Naam in England in the 90’s. Through his unwavering love, support and profound teachings, so much joy, love, light and wellness has been brought into her life. After completing the Naam Yoga Teachers training in 2009 Nilamani continued teaching Naam throughout  the North Island and guiding many inspired students to become teachers. With the growing number of students and teachers in New Zealand Nilamani and fellow Naam teacher Cindy Aikman decided to come together to form Naam Aotearoa New Zealand so as to better support the growth of these wonderful teachers and teachings in New Zealand. In Oct 2014 Naam Aotearoa New Zealand had the profound privilege of welcoming Dr Levry and his team to teach a very special Masters Class and Weekend Workshop that let many more experience the power of Naam.

 Nilamani has worked in the Health Industry for the last 28 years in England and New Zealand, in both management and representing leading Health Companies. This work also informed her vast knowledge of health and wellness.

Nilamani now resides in her home town Rotorua where she runs a successful wholistic organic Air bnb, and her amazing array of classes and workshops – private, group, corporate. She is also teaching at Yoga Rotorua.

“I enjoy uplifting students through powerful breathing techniques (pranayama), movement (asana) and mantra (prayer/karakia). I have found when working with sound vibration it cuts through all illusions to bring self- healing, self-discovery and profound joy! ” @@SoulShineYoga with Nilamani 

ELLY GRACE NUMIA

I was thankfully raised with the freedom to explore belief, faith or spirituality; I not only embraced that freedom, but thrived in it! By 4 years old I was asking my parents the ‘but why are we here?’ questions. By 14 years old, after being fascinated with health & wellness & self help books, I changed my parents diet to one of more whole foods. Even at that early age I was aware of what could be better with my own health.

Not yet knowing the name of my calling, after schooling, I worked in various jobs that in hindsight helped ground me for the work I love now. The most important, being my enrolled Nursing career – in both Psychiatric, elderly, rehabilitation & temping nursing; 20 years of nursing taught me how to think on the spot, put myself in another’s shoes & quickly create care plans for individuals.

Learning naturopathy just added more common sense to my health beliefs & allowed me to immerse myself in a holistic way of living & thinking that I had partially suppressed for so long.

Today I lead a more balanced life; in touch with my holistic self and my spiritual helpers every day. I trust, feel and believe that I have all the skills I need to help not only myself but anyone who I come into contact with.

I have been drawn for many years to support and encourage other healers to also be the best they can be; to learn to develop and heal themselves too, so that they may give from a source of overflowing love and light, while guided and skilled in all they do.

My path is heading more and more in that direction, that of the teacher, and I am humbled and blessed by the support, love and respect that I am constantly shown.

EMILY SPENCE

Nursing in Australia and New Zealand for more than ten years in neurosurgical intensive care units has exposed Emily to high stress environments, heavy manual lifting and the grief of mental impairment and death on an almost daily basis. The practice of yoga has enabled Emily to find calmness, mindfulness and strength in incredible stressful situations. With an acute awareness of how yoga has helped her and an  of how neuroscience is starting to validate the powerful effects of traditional yoga practices, she loves sharing the techniques she has developed with medical colleagues, patients, family and friends and yoga students.

Naam combines movement, postures, sound, breath work, mantras and meditation. Emily loves the fact that anyone can benefit from Naam yoga, you don’t have to be super skinny or flexible- just a willingness to try something new and have fun!

Yoga and Meditation Qualifications Yoga Training: 200h RYT Naam Yoga Therapies, 200h RYT Dip Yoga, Baby Bliss certified prenatal yoga teacher

DOROTHY WAETFORD

Dorothy teaches Shakti Naam classes in Whangarei. With a background is in education and creative practice in Maori Contemporary Dance, Visual Arts and Culture, she intuitively follows a path to open and activate heart awareness and connection to life force – Mauri – empowered through yogic breath, movement, rhythm and sound practices.
Dorothy is committed to supporting the growth and development of Naam in Aotearoa New Zealand.

ANNA HEWLETT

Anna loves Naam. She went to her first Naam class in 2011 in Auckland where Cindy and Nilamani were teaching and was moved to tears the whole way through and knew it was the yoga she needed in her life! She became one of teacher Nilamani Wright’s most loyal students and felt the call to do the Shakti Naam teachers training in Cabo, Mexico in 2016.

She now teaches community classes and has a regular class at Auckland’s beautiful yoga studio True Food and Yoga and feels blessed to be able to teach her students such a healing, joyful, heart opening yoga

ANNEMARIE YANNAGHAS

Hi everyone, my name is Annemarie and I am a true believer that the body, mind and spirit can heal itself given the right environment.

I am a Mum of 3 teenage and adult daughters.  I organize and run weekend health retreats and fund raising events of all sizes.  Being active has always played an important part in my life, I love all sports but my biggest love is dancing.  

Since becoming a single mother 10 years ago I started on a journey of self growth, which has opened my eyes to self healing.   I have developed a passion and love for health and wellbeing.

I use various modalities to maintain my own health and wellbeing, they include Naam, Hatha yoga, meditation, deep diaphragmatic breathing, eating a real diet, getting good quality sleep, walking through nature and most importantly doing something you really love, for me that’s dancing!

Naam has been a part of my life for approximately 9 years, I completed my Naam Teacher Training in Israel in 2017.  I love helping people and wish freedom of self to all beings. I am so excited to share what I believe is a very powerful self healing modality. Naam has the capacity to heal not only our physical body but our emotional and our spiritual body too. Its also great fun!

Looking forward to seeing you in class.

INGRID REED

I was introduced to Naam Yoga about eight years ago when I was managing a Health Shop in Kerikeri and Nilamani, who is a Sales Rep for Solgar, would hold a monthly class while she was doing business in the North.  I loved going to her classes to soak up her gorgeous spirit, her wealth of knowledge, to enjoy the fun and energy-lifting classes but most of all to surround myself in the music . . . I really connected to the music from the beginning!

I soon had several albums which I played non-stop, had a daily practice which I was sometimes able to follow and joined Nilamani monthly for her dawn Meditation. I knew I felt so much better when I was practising or listening to the sweetness of Naam but after attending Dr Levry’s  three-day Auckland “Radiant Road To Health’ workshop in October 2014, where I was captivated, elevated and moved to tears by the group experience that I knew for certain I couldn’t live without it!

I did the three-week intensive Shakti Naam Teachers training in Mexico in 2015 for personal reasons and on my return agreed to teach in Kerikeri the weeks between Nialamani’s visits. She has since moved south and I continue to teach a weekly class sharing the power of Naam.

Naam Yoga has brought huge peace and healing which has absolutely positively impacted on my Natural Health practice and all other areas of my life.  As Dr Levry suggests . . . I do what I love and love what I do!

LEIGH MC INTYRE

Naam is my path up the mountain. It feels like home for me, nourishing my soul, uplifting my spirit and filling my heart with love and light.

From the first time I experienced a class with Nilamani, a decade ago, I have followed the teachings, instilling a daily personal practise, enjoying the wonderful Rootlight music, clarifying my life purpose. 

Fueled with a desire to share the life affirming techniques of Naam, I completed the Evolve 2017 Teacher Training in Israel. I now share the health and wellbeing gifts of Naam in Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand, where I am based and at Antara Retreat (north of Auckland), run by Antara Association, a charitable trust I have been involved with for many years .

My deep gratitude for Dr, Joseph Michael Levry, for his sharing of this wonderful divine wisdom.


LEIGH TOWNSEND

Leigh completed her Evolve experience to become a Naam Yoga Teacher in 2017 in Israel as a contingent of 5 New Zealanders attending that year. Leigh came to teaching Naam yoga over a period of 4 years after an introduction to Nilamani in Auckland in 2013 and a while later to Cindy who she reconnected again with in LA in 2016. When circumstances allowed her to plug into the headquarters in Santa Monica experiencing masterclasses and various teachings which helped her adjust to the fast paced city life. It was the daily mental transformation over 3 months that confirmed to Leigh she wanted to know more and immediately lead her to sign up for the Teacher Training which she now incorporates into her work on Super Yachts and residences around the world with private clients as well as in her osteopathic treatments and group classes.

SHIRALEE HALE

Naam Yoga came to me in 2006  through our beloved Nilamani, how blessed was I . In my darkest days came the light through Naam yoga. God given Gift.
Practiced at home daily and attending classes when possible .
A move to Australia in 2010, keeping up my daily Naam practice, I was blessed with the courage and ability to manifest finances to travel to Mexico to do Evolve Teachers Training. There I  put up on a manifestaion board that I would like to be able to share Shakti Naam Yoga with people that too struggle with addiction.
I had such a divine  experience in Evolve teaching training in Mexico.
Returning to Australia I have been given such a gift through other beings and Gods will to be able to start teaching in a detox centres.
It took a lot of prayer and connection with other sisters of light to gather the courage to start to teach and learn about all the things I needed to do to make this work. For me teaching is about helping  people gain some form of peace.
Addicts that I work with struggle with feeling very sick and  sore from come downs and medication and fear etc…Im so grateful to have lived the life I have so as to be able to relate with this beautiful population with love and compassion.
I have students that come and just lay on the floor and I congratulate
them for being with us. I am the blessed one to be able to be where I am today.
I have so much gratitude for all the support to push through my own fears and to be the very best human I can be with Gods courage and constant light showing me the way.
Naamazing I say.
a testimonial fronton one of the clinic supervisors…Shiralee is an enthusiastic instructor who creates a relaxing and safe environment for her clients. The benefits of her class allows participants to exercise their emotional energies, relieving them of any stresses or trauma. Shiralee has delivered exceptional service to the clients. Through her compassion of teaching Naam Yoga ,she was able to create a peace of mind for the clients as well as excercises benefical for their physical strength . She has demonstrated fantastic services in which incorporates mindfulness  as well as relaxation.
CINDY AIKMAN

Cindy’s training in the performing arts, specifically contemporary dance, led her to New York City, the mecca of modern dance, in 1998 to study the Klein Technique. The Klein Technique focuses on the very structure of the body, the bones, and how they influence every move, on every level, our body makes – physically, emotionally and ultimately spiritually.

Cindy also found her spiritual home in NYC. Her journey began in 2001 when she developed a passion for the healing power of Reflexology, leading her to become a certified Reflexologist. In 2003 she completed and added Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training to her healing repertoire . . . and then came Naam.

Now entering her 17th year of study, her immersion into Naam has included training in Levels I, II, III and beyond, of the wisdom behind Naam, and the Harmonyum Healing System. In 2017 Harmonyum Touch was incorporated into the trainings at Naam. Cindy completed this certification program and is now a dedicated member of the Harmonyum touch teaching team.

Cindy adores teaching, guiding, working in the healing arts and feels so blessed to be able to share her passion for health and wellness on all levels in these magical Naam infused ways. She has always felt that Naam leads you to your heart and gives you the courage to do what your heart says – that is what she believes is the biggest difference loving and living with Naam offers.  Being able to live in her body safely, feel feelings and have access to a technology and community that consistently and continuously helps one be a better human is amazing. To be able to share the many facets of Naam is pure JOY and she loves all the different opportunities to do so. Cindy is a New Zealander whom has chosen to make the City of Angels her home, she travels to New Zealand every year to teach and be with family and friends.