Paul and the team would love you to join them at the yoga studio, where a warm and friendly community has flourished and welcomes all newcomers....

Paul Scriven

Paul has an eclectic style, teaching traditional Mysore style classes, but with modern influences from the likes of Ido Portal and Dr. Andreo Spina. Paul is most passionate about making your time spent on the mat relevant and useful to your daily life.

Paul has been practising Vipassana meditation, traditional Thai massage and yoga for 25 years. He has completed dozens of 10 day silent retreats and a 20 day retreat. This continues to be the foundation of all his work and influences everything he shares. He began his massage training in 1994 at ITM in Chiang Mai and has since spent many years studying under different teachers before finally finding the master teacher Pichest Boonthumme in 2005.


Paul has also taught massage classes around NZ since 1999 and continues to teach but now only one on one. Paul studied Iyengar yoga in Auckland before moving to Tauranga where he continued to study at the Tauranga Yoga Centre and was a teacher for six years and a past president.


Since discovering Ashtanga yoga he has dedicated his practice and teaching to this remarkable style of yoga. He has assisted Peter Sanson for four years in a unique apprentice type situation,  and has travelled to Mysore twice to study.


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Anna-Lena Axfeldt

Anna has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 25 years and began complementing her yoga teaching by offering massage therapy over 15 years ago.  Initially, she practised Iyengar yoga, however from the moment she discovered Ashtanga in 2005 she has been committed to the Ashtanga practice.  Anna taught Ashtanga yoga at the Tauranga Yoga Centre for 8 years and since the Ashtanga Mount Maunganui Yoga Studio opened in 2008, she has taught Ashtanga classes and Pregnancy classes.


Anna’s love of yoga carried her through two pregnancies, and she now loves to share this art with expecting mums.  In addition to teaching Pregnancy classes, Anna specialises in yoga for Mums and Babies, one-on-one tuition and small private groups/classes.


Anna’s massage therapy business, Inward, shares rooms with Ashtanga Mount Maunganui.


Whether Anna is teaching or massaging, her warm, calm and nurturing presence creates a safe and supportive space for people to connect to body and spirit.



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Sarah Gunson

Sarah has been practising Mysore style Ashtanga yoga for 7 years. She first came across yoga in her early 20’s at University studying a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. A couple of years later back in her home town of Napier she was introduced to Ashtanga at Peter Sanson’s shala. She instantly fell in love with the Ashtanga method, it’s dynamic form and the dance created with the breath. Sarah now has a dedicated self practice and practises Mysore style with Paul at the shala.

Yoga has taken Sarah on many adventures around the world where she has had the chance to learn and study under a few incredible teachers, completing formal and informal (mentorship) training in Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin Yoga. She loves to teach and share what she’s learnt, knowing that there are many more lessons to come!


With a science background and a questioning mind, Sarah views yoga as an ancient science and sees it as an incredible form of physical and mental therapy.

Off the mat Sarah loves a good adventure, travelling overseas or exploring our own backyard, getting into the ocean, lakes and mountains. She also enjoys being in the kitchen, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Alice Jones

Alice has been practising Mysore style yoga with Paul for over 10 years now, and has recently been following  Paul on his teaching path by way of the traditional yoga teaching training. This involves assisting Paul in classes, one on one teacher training, and a dedicated self practice. 


Alice has a science background in biology, physiology  and the environment - all of which she still has  a great deal of time and passion for. Alice is especially interested in strength and mobility, and the improvement of these aspects to enhance the Ashtanga practice - and life in general! 


Alice has completed a week intensive in Melbourne early 2020 on Integrated Movement.

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