Taane was born and raised in Napier New Zealand and began dancing while at High School. As an accomplished professional dancer, Taane has sustained his performing career for more than 36 years and is also the Co-Artistic Director of Okareka Dance Company. In 2011 Taane stumbled upon Bikram yoga as a way of enhancing and supporting his dance career and maintaining body and mind connection on and off the mat.
In 2015 Taane completed his first yoga training with Jase Te Patu and Justine Hamill from Power Living Wellington. He currently teaches Vinyasa flow at a variety of studios throughout Auckland including eastwest yoga Studio in Ponsonby, Studio Red Auckland City, Sweat Yoga in New Market, Rise in Parnell, Urban Ashram in Ponsonby. Taane also visits Mount Yoga Studio in Mount Maunganui to share his knowledge and love of yoga. He has had the opportunity to teach Asana at Wanderlust in Taupo in 2015 and 2016. Taane has had the opportunity to teach for The Tropical Island Yoga retreat in Aitutaki in 2017 and in May 2018 and will return as a teacher to lead his own retreat in November 2018.
He values the calming effects and the associated healing benefits while improving overall confidence and strength – physically and mentally.
Taane draws inspiration from his Maori culture to infuse spirit and connection into his classes. Yoga has brought Taane closer to himself and those around him and is grateful for the opportunity to teach his passion.