The School of Modern Meditation
Faculty

Claire Robbie

Founder, SOMM Guided, SOMM BREATHE, SOMM 60, Facilitator of awareness insight meditation

Claire Robbie has been a devoted teacher of meditation and yoga for over a decade.

She has led retreats, workshops and courses in Peru, Mexico, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Fiji, The Philippines, Costa Rica. She has taught hundreds of people how to meditate, and actively supports her students in their practices.

Her teachings are the culmination of her study of Vedic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions integrated with her direct experiences from  her daily, non-negotiable practices.

"I teach people how to develop a daily meditation practice because every fibre of my being loves talking about meditation, practicing, learning about and sharing this ancient tool. I’ve experienced firsthand, what a consistent daily practice has the potential to unravel and open up for us. "

Claire also facilitates a 13-month meditation teacher training of Awareness Insight Meditation. More info here.

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Brian Berneman

SOMM Soundbath, SOMM Guided, tibetan buddhism practices

Originally from Buenos Aires, a committed student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism from a very young age, Brian has spent the last few years here in New Zealand bringing these ancient practices to our community in a fun, accessible and easily digestible way.

Based on Tibetan teachings for living in harmony with physical and universal laws, these practices develop our ability to heal and energize our entire being. In addition, they teaches us what it means to just be.

Brian regularly runs courses at SOMM and leds our Sunday SOUNDBATH.

Brian is also the co-founder of conscious social initiative @consciousactionnz.

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Jock has practiced breathwork with various breathwork facilitators including a Soma breathwork master; Steve Hill – who has guided Jock through many profound experiences from which he has drawn inspiration, from the subtle foundational, to the invigorating and powerful modalities of breath.  He now has a daily breathwork practice which he owes a lot of his mental clarity, focus, and discipline to, which fuels his good health and vitality.

Jock has the intention to educate the community on why it is important to develop and maintain a variety of regular breathwork practices and how we can gradually build on our practice over time to deepen the meditative and nourishing experience, adding huge value to the way we live our lives with energy and vitality.

Jock is also the Co-Director of Revive Festival; an all-encompassing 3-day drug and alcohol free healing and wellness festival with live music, transformational workshops, yoga, meditation and arts, based in Gisborne.

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Sarah Lamb

SOMM Breathe

Sarah has fallen in love with the ancient art and science of Breathwork. She is a qualified Alchemy of Breath Facilitator and mentor to new breathworkers. With a degree in Physiology and a life-long passion for holistic wellbeing, discovering the powerful practice of breathwork and now guiding others has been a natural progression for her.

“The SOMM BREATHE format is a wonderful way to experience different breath patterns and how they affect our body, mind and spirit. Conscious breathing helps to regulate and restore your nervous system making you more resilient to life's challenges. As we take control of the breath we take control of how we feel, and how we respond to the world around us.” - Sarah

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Purnima Trasi

Full Moon Gatherings & IMMERSIVES

Purnima trained in Bangalore, India, under the Kriya Yoga lineage, with some of the most incredible teachers, Manish Pole and Neetu Singh. Her teaching is a beautiful balance between practice and spiritual inquiry. It brings together the body, mind, and prana, preparing it to sit in meditation.

Having had Yoga in her life from a very young age, watching her father practice pranayam and meditation daily, Purnima teaches with an awareness that represents this 5000 year old tradition that has been handed down through generations. She blends functional components without diluting the spiritual and traditional experience.

We feel incredibly blessed to have Purnima regularly guide not only our Full Moon gatherings but also be offering deeper immersive and advanced practices at SOMM . 🙏🏽✨

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Adele Kinghan

SOMM Guided


Adele's passion for movement and meditation comes from her very first love – dance. She studied everything from ballet to hip hop, and was a dance teacher for many years. And then, at the sweet age of 25, the universe threw her a sudden spiritual grenade in the form of advanced stage bowel cancer.

Adele embraced all the support she could, especially yoga – mostly simple breathing techniques and meditation – first as a way to manage the pain and the chemotherapy, then to heal and regain strength, and ultimately to help with all the doubt and existential questioning she'd been carrying around.

Through the wins and the losses, yoga and meditation has been her anchor. Adele is sought after for her breadth of knowledge, her non-dogmatic empowering approach, and her attention to awakening.

Adele's dream is to live in a world where yoga and meditation are medicine, desire is celebrated, everyone exudes aliveness, and dancing in the streets is highly encouraged – if not mandatory.

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Dr. Graham Mead

SOMM GUIDED

Dr Graham Mead is a South African-born medical doctor who has been exploring the field of consciousness and mind and the crucial link that intimate awareness of physiological feelings and other sensations on the body provides in liberating our ability to experience freedom and well-being, which he calls Aliveness, in every moment.

Meditate with Dr. Graham Mead every Wednesday 6:30 a.m.

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Cristina Holopainen’s teaching focuses on the healing benefits of the practice with sequences and classes built on precise instructions while creating a nurturing and safe place for students to move mindfully and progressively.  

Cristina is a co-founder and senior teacher at Urban Ashram Yoga digital studio and is the resident teacher at Maruia River Retreat in the South Island of NZ. She is currently focusing on teaching older adults, sleep and posture clinics and the business of yoga courses through the School of Yoga.  In 2011, she completed her RYT-200 with YogaWorks under Joan Hyman and has completed her RYT-500 with SmartFLOW under Annie Carpenter. She has trained in Birthlight prenatal and postnatal yoga with Dr. Francoise Freedman and in biomechanics and anatomy with Dr. Ray Long of Bandha Yoga.  

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Niamh Ryan

SOMM SLEEP

Give yourself permission to slow down and journey inward with Niamh, as her Irish accent guides you through mind and body. Although a fan of all styles, Niamh’s most coveted classes are her yin and yoga nidra classes. Once guided into the pose, she gives plenty of space for you to have your own experience while she holds you in stillness. Providing lots of options for you to find what feels best in your body, her classes are suitable for beginners and those with more experience alike.

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Fiona is a dedicated yoga and mindfulness practitioner and teacher with over 12 years of teaching experience. Having previously owned two successful yoga studios and led numerous teacher trainings, Fiona is committed to empowering her students and clients by sharing the tools of yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion.

Fiona’s strengths are teaching Yin Yoga, Yin Yang, Hatha, Meditation, Pranayama, as well as integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, Daoist yoga and Mindfulness into her teaching. Through growing up in China, but also studying with world-class yoga teachers like Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Jo Phee, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tara Judelle, Scott Lyons, and Donna Farhi, Fiona holds both the Eastern and Western philosophies simultaneously, having interwoven their unique and individual wisdom into both her daily life and her teaching.

Fiona’s commitment to both her young family and teaching led her to sell her two studios to create space for herself to offer more retreats, yoga teacher trainings and her passion to work with individual clients.

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Jo Pearson

Awareness Insight Meditation

Jo Pearson has developed a deep love and respect for the ancient practices of Meditation and Breathwork the last few years. She has just finished her Meditation Teacher Training with Claire Robbie through The Modern School of Meditation, and has started her Breathwork Facilitator Training with The Alchemy of Breath. She is interested in combining the two practices when working with people helping them develop more Curiosity, Love and Awareness towards themselves and life.

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Carson is a yoga and mindfulness teacher who has always had a passion for movement. Her personal journey with the practice of yoga began in her teens and has become an integral part of her life. After leaving her career as a professional dancer, Carson dove headfirst into teaching, completing training in her native home of Canada and in her new home, New Zealand.

She is highly inspired by affirmations and believes they are an avenue for cultivating personal growth, healing, and an overwhelming sense of joy within yourself.

A class with Carson is designed to allow you space to feel nurtured and supported. Each class works with a central theme, and each pose that is explored is paired with an affirmation, allowing you to have a central focus point during each posture.

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Susan McFadzean

Pregnancy Yoga

Su is a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher originally from South Africa. She has 12 years teaching experience split between SA, South Korea and now her home, New Zealand and has been lucky to study with many wonderful teachers along the way. Her passion lies in helping people navigate the fluctuations of life with kindness and compassion both towards themselves and others. This is at the heart of everything that she teaches and has poured this philosophy into her new offerings as a new mum. Weaving together movement, breath and non sleep deep rest protocols (yoga Nidra) - she provides a safe space for women to navigate their own pregnancy and preparation for motherhood with kindness, compassion and a little bit of joy! Su also teaches dynamic movement classes that bring together functional movement and mindfulness in a fun and interesting way. And yin classes that support deep rest and relaxation.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you are doing with SOMM. Its so straight-up, practical and relatable but the effect is deeply moving and inspiring. It feels so generous and open hearted as an offering and I feel very fortunate to have found it.

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