Cheska Hawksford

Cheska was born in England but at the age of 11 she relocated to Switzerland with her family where she grew up & attended the American International School of Zurich.  She returned to the UK to complete a University degree- BA (hons) Leisure & Sports studies. Shortly after she was struck with the travel but and set off to explore the world on multiple adventures. In 2009, she stumbled upon Queenstown and has been based here ever since, and most recently (2017) has become a New Zealand citizen.  Cheska was meandering on a ‘path’ prior to finding Yoga but something was missing, it didn’t quiet link together. But then, when the time was right, Yoga found her. It was a powerful and profound light bulb moment – within 10 minutes of her first ever yoga class, she was smiling and radiant, all she could think was, ‘this is what has been missing, this is what I am meant to be doing’. Sutra 1.1 – Atha Yogãnusãsanam- now after having done prior preparation through life and other practices the study and practice of yoga begins. When she found Yoga, it was as if she found home.

From that day forward Cheska fully absorbed herself in the practice and study of yoga and in September 2016 travelled to Thailand to complete her teacher training at Centred Yoga under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan.

Cheska has a unique teaching style which draws upon the Ashtanga Primary Series which follows a set sequence of poses, synchronizing movement with breath. Her dynamic classes focus on strength, mobility and alignment and are infused with elements of yoga philosophy, breath work and smiles. Plenty of modification are available making this strong practice more accessible.

It is a great honour to be able to teach yoga and Cheska hopes she is able to guide and inspire you on the exquisite journey of self-discovery to find your truth, your authentic self, your home.

It is my hope that the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all – Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.’

Practice practice practice and all is coming – K. Pattabhi Jois


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