Tonya Russell is a qualified NLP master Coach and Yoga instructor.
As a trained Coach Tonya began her career at Waikato University. Her academic background is in Psychology, Social Anthropology and Sociology. For the past 10 years, Tonya has been part of a dedicated team committed to training social workers who make a difference in the communities they serve either on a local, national or global level.
In addition to her experience at Northtec, she has also taught internationally, at the American University of Dubai and London School of Economics. Providing you with the opportunity to draw on a strong theoretical background and years of experience to support the next level of personal and professional development.
It was in Dubai that Tonya developed an interest in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP): The psychology of excellence. This begins by knowing one’s self. Addressing the question “who am I?” Ko wai au? It was also in Dubai that she began studying yoga, which she finds it to be a useful path towards an answer to the question…
Who am I? Ko wai au? by Tonya Russell
I believe change is possible and that consciousness raising and education are key parts of the change process when working with people. For me, consciousness raising and education starts with me, it extends to my family and flows into my personal and professional life.
This belief is inspired by the Dali Lama who says “if you want to change to world first try to improve and bring about change within yourself. That will help you change your family, from there it just gets bigger and bigger”.
On an everyday level I practice “being the change I want to see in the world”. The key word here is practice. Practice is not perfection. It is about doing your best with the resources you have at the time. As Maya Angelou says “when you know better, do better”.
“Know better, do better”
“To know better” requires a level of honesty with self, reflection, an openness and readiness to change. This is where a coaching and yoga come in. Providing you with the time and space to reflect on yourself, your family, your practice, your clients, your goals, the tricky bits and the very, many ways forward to create balance and enhance life. In industry words; this translates to, self care, locating oneself, models and theoretical frameworks, solution focuses, strength based and reflective practice.
So, if you are looking for a coach who work alongside you to help you achieve your goals and create long lasting change, then, please feel most welcome to give me a call to discuss or simply email to book your first session. Session rates are $80.00 per hour. Or maybe, you are interested connecting through yoga then check out our timetable to find a time that fits you best.