If you would like to step into something a little more challenging then Sanjay Lavoipierre’s class is for you! Drawing upon his Ashtanga Yoga background Sanjay’s yoga classes will turn you into an athlete, developing strength and stretch within your body and mind.
Sanjay’s Class Timetable
Why I love what I do
It is a difficult task, but as much as I can my aim is to bring good feelings to others – and it is yoga and meditation that offers the most profound happiness for both myself and others who I work with.
Taking the time to tune into the breath and touch base with your inner being is really what it’s all about. You can do this through any kind of activity but I feel the tools that yoga provides are simple and accessible to everyone.
I enjoy informing others that there is much more to a class of yoga than the physical components. We start at this point and gradually work with more subtle techniques to make long lasting changes within our mind. I like to think of it as a healing and growing process where we shed the old and take on a new form – just like a Phoenix! sanjay lavoipierre
Sanjay Lavoipierre has always been a teacher, starting at the young age of 14, teaching music. He began exploring consciousness development and the healing arts at the age of 15, and on completing his Environmental Engineering degree, undertook yoga studies in the traditional Hatha style.
Sanjay began teaching yoga full time in 2003 and has taught in many places around the world including Australia, Canada, UK, Nepal and India. He offers workshops and retreats throughout the year to further his students’ knowledge and provide the opportunity to find inner peace and happiness.
He feels privileged to name among his many teachers such gifted and generous beings as the late Sri K. Patthabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute), Paul Dallaghan (Centered Yoga), and his current teachers His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Namgyal Monastery), Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche (read more) and Ani Karin (Kopan Monastery).
Sanjay’s asana – physical posture – practice is integrated with daily pranayama – yogic breathing exercises, as well as tantric meditation and philosophical study in Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism and yoga’s sister science of Ayurveda. He is currently engaged in the five year, 12 subject FPMT Basic Program (at Kopan Monastery), as well as a four year Lam-Rim study and preliminary practices commitment under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The name Sanjay means ‘Victorious One.’ In 2011, through initiation into the Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist tradition Sanjay was given the name Tenzin Nyingtop (by Geshe Thubten Sherab), from which Tenzin is a direct link to the Dalai Lama. Nyingtop is pronounced with a silent ‘p’. This name translates to ‘Holder of the Teachings of the Courageous Heart.’ Through the inspiration of these names Sanjay continues to develop inner wisdom and compassion, working for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Sanjay’s other work:
• Master of Counselling (2020 – ongoing) (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
• FPMT Basic Program (2018 – ongoing) The Wheel of Sharp Weapons; Sublime Continuum; Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth, Mind & Cognition (Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal)
• Nyung Na Fasting Retreat (March & May 2017, May & November 2018, March 2020) Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist Tradition (Tara Institute, Melbourne, Australia)
• Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland (2019) Tushita Monastery and HH Dalai Lama Temple (Dharamsala, India)
• Buddhist Study (2013 – 2017) Overcoming Anxiety, Art of Forgiveness, Self Esteem, Love Desire and Attachment, Death and Dying, Art of Acceptance (Kadampa Monastery, Melbourne, Australia)
• Vajrasattva 3 Month Purification Retreat (2011) Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ani Karin (Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal)
• Ayurvedic Principles (2009) Dr. Anil Kumar (Mysore, India)
• Prana Vashya Yoga Training (2009) Vinay Kumar (Mysore, India)
• Ashtanga Yoga Training (2009) Shishadri (Mysore, India)
• Lam-Rim Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist Tradition (2008) Ven. Dundrop (Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal)
• Ashtanga Yoga Training (2006-07) Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (Mysore, India)
• Pranayama Training (2005) OP Tiwari (Centred Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand)
• Teacher Training Foundation – Ashtanga Yoga (2005) Paul Dallaghan (Centred Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand)
• Baptiste Power Flow Mentoring (2004-05) Karen Kirke (Melbourne, Australia)
• Diploma of Classical Yoga (2003) Swami Shantananda (Melbourne, Australia)
• Reiki Master (2003) Joan Gardner (Gardenia Reiki, Melbourne, Australia)
• Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (2002) Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)