One Yoga Teacher Training Faculty
Tanya Kaps will be the head teacher with a significant contribution by co-teacher Greg Kaps. They are a sister-brother combo, describing themselves as best friends and kindred spirits. Together, with over 30 years of combined experience and study, they cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and openness, inspiration and authenticity. In one moment you may find yourself in the depth of philosophical inquiry, the next you will be barreled over in laughter and lightness. Whatever you are doing, you will feel deeply cared for. Tanya and Greg love bringing music, yoga, and spirit together through kirtan. Bhakti yogis at heart, the training will be infused with the joy of kirtan, that promises to melt hearts wide open and deepen the sense of connection to each other and to spirit.
From her earliest memories, Tanya remembers being deeply fascinated by the question - what makes happiness? Why are some people happy and others suffering? She had a series of powerful spiritual experiences and insights that began nearly twenty years ago. In attempt to orient herself, she dedicated her life to exploring yoga as a path of transformation via deepening self knowledge and deepening self acceptance, and ultimately moksha (freedom through self realization). She began by studying by attaining an Integrated Science degree that looked deeply at how things are interconnected and how they evolve overtime. Shortly after, her study turned inward marking the initiation of a spiritual journey that has continued for nearly two decades. Daily yoga practice and self inquiry continued to be the consistent core of her exploration and primary source of insight. Her inquiry was supported and deepened by further study in western systems such as integral theory and transpersonal psychology and eastern systems such as Zen and Taoism which revealed an undeniable corroborative thread. Although language and techniques varied, all pointed to deep and universal underlying patterns of how human consciousness expands, how suffering stops, and how true and lasting happiness is found.
Tanya's Hatha practice began with Bikram's beginners yoga, and continued on to study Vinyasa, Power, Anusara, Yin and Restorative methods. Her practices deepened to include pranayama and meditation practices. In the past 5 years, the emphasis of her practices turned toward Jnana yoga. She continues to study the sacred texts including Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and listens to teachings of Vedanta from her revered teacher Swami Vagishananda.
Having studied through the lens of both Eastern and Western systems, and having partnered academic study with intense dedicated practice - she offers a rare and refined understanding that is both balanced and integrated. She has been teaching yoga internationally for 15 years. Her wisdom, expertise, and compassion opens hearts and minds as she shines an inspiring light on the universality of the human journey of awakening and the power of yoga to guide us home.
Greg draws from many different lineages and styles, focusing on the essence of yoga held in each, creating an adaptive class setting that honors the traditional in the light of modern needs.
Rich in yogic philosophy and discipline, Greg’s classes are engaging and focused while keeping the energy light. His attention on breath and the flow of energy draws students into a deep state of concentration that allows for blissfulness. As students learn to identify with this blissful inner space, and grow their awareness of the body, mind, and emotions, it brings about a profound shift in physiology and consciousness. The result is equanimity in any situation – becoming less affected by the ups and downs of life.
Through the practice of yoga, Greg personally overcame physical, mental, and emotional challenges. He lives and experiences the blissful benefits of long time practice with a day to day attitude of peace, playfulness, inspiration, and devotion. Greg genuinely encourages others to have dedication and faith the yogic process, and trust that yoga can truly heal and bring peacefulness to any life.
Having practiced and taught yoga full-time for 10 years, his life is dedicated to humbly guiding others through their yogic journeys of self-realization. Greg spent many years traveling the world, studying in India and abroad with a wide range of teachers from globally recognized masters to spiritual gurus of different lineages. He has taught over 7,000 public classes, led international workshops, trainings, and maintains a devoted self practice and commitment to personal inquiry and growth.
Quoting the words of his teacher, Greg says, “Yoga should be sincere, not serious. Serious is from the mind, sincere is from the heart. If your heart is in it, then the universe will unfold to fulfill your dreams”.
Rachel began her career in London in 1992, working as a sports therapist and gym instructor. She completed a four-year BSc Hons degree at the British School of Osteopathy in the year 2000, and began her osteopathic career in New Zealand the following year. Since that time,Rachel has integrated further osteopathic and movement education into her practice, treating newborns, children, pregnant moms, sports-specific patients, and the elderly.
Rachel also qualified as a Pilates rehabilitation instructor in 2005, and combines a range of neuromuscular re-education exercises and patient management exercise with a variety of special dynamic osteopathic techniques, soft tissue work, harmonics, muscle energy approaches, articulation, manipulation, bio dynamics, and cranial-sacral therapies to suit individual patients.
Rachel has had the privilege of teaching anatomy to students of osteopathy in New Zealand since 2002. She is now inspired to be sharing this knowledge of anatomy and physiology in yoga teacher trainings to support aspiring teachers in guiding safe, enjoyable and rewarding practices.