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Paul Scriven

Paul has been practicing Traditional Thai Massage and Yoga for 19 years. 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 with Sri. K Pattabhi Jois.

Anna Axfeldt

Anna practiced Iyengar Yoga for ten years before discovering Ashtanga. From that moment on she has been dedicated to the art of Ashtanga and is committed to carrying on the direct lineage as taught in Mysore, India. She has also studied a variety of massage techniques under various teachers, culminating in a holistic massage that is deep yet relaxing.


Rika attended her first yoga class more than 20 years ago. She practiced Iyengar yoga for many years before experiencing Ashtanga yoga for the first time in 2006. Since that time, Rika has dedicated her practice to Ashtanga under the expert guidance of teacher Paul Scriven. Rika has twice travelled to Mysore with her family, where she practiced with both Sharath Jois and his mother Saraswathi Jois. Rika regularly attends workshops with Peter Sanson.

Rika has a daily home practice, and when possible attends class to practice with her teacher. She began assisting Paul Scriven in an apprentice type situation in 2014. Rika lives at the Mount with her husband Olaf and two children, Finn and Femma.