about utopia house
Your yoga teacher: Jane Gillespie
Utopian Yoga® at Utopia House is owned and run by yoga teacher Jane Gillespie.
Jane has spent a lifetime immersed in yoga training overseas and running her own yoga school for the past two decades. She completed her first yoga teacher training course in the Bahamas in 1980 and has completed numerous trainings subsequent to that.
In addition to yoga and Pilates Jane holds a B.Ed. a dip.tching and a tertiary level counselling qualification. She is Feldenkrais certified and holds reiki master, massage and body work qualifications. She has experience and training with Iyengar yoga and qigong. In short her life has been intensively involved in mind body disciplines.
Janes approach is relaxed and empathetic, while being attentive to each person’s needs.
The Venue – Utopia House
Utopia House is an iconic homestead in central Dunedin that was built by the manager of the Bell Tea Company.
The yoga studios sprung floors were built into the house for the managers daughter who was a dancer. Stunning views and easy parking make Utopia House ideal for attending Utopian Yoga sessions.
“The Yoga of Somatic embodied mindfulness learning involves simultaneous travel on the inner and outer planes. The potential transformational magic that delights us cannot be achieved by tensing and stretching the muscles. The doorway is through consciousness, breath and elongation. The body is literally a portal to new universes – universes that have always been available to us but that we have forgotten or not yet learned to access. Consciousness becomes our ruby slippers. Awareness allows movement, which opens space for more travel of spirit and form.
I am filled with gratitude for having learned and practiced this journey”.
– Risa Kaparo