Meet the team
DIRECTOR, E-RYT 500
I love to travel so I can learn about different ways of life to incorporate into my own. California gave me a love of fun. Arkansas taught me respect for the environment. Kenya gave me resilience. Scandinavia, simplicity. And New Zealand revealed my moxie. Throughout my travels, yoga has been a constant companion, a strategy to help me keep my bearings when everything around me is new and different.
As a teacher of yoga for more than 20 years, I've discovered how much I love to help students find new ways of being in their bodies and their lives.
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You know the type: fond of fonts, Foucault and the Oxford comma, when it fits the brief. As a writer (of software manuals and screenplays), I rely on yoga, meditation and qigong to silence the inner critic and guide my efforts to transform feelings, images and impressions into words on the page. Beyond these practices, which also counterbalance my weight training and running, I count among my passions the mighty kumara, all things Scandinavian and instructing Hawk in the ways of the Force.
I’ve been intrigued by subtle energy all my life. As a child I was captivated by the magic of flight. I’ve taught physics, built my own amphibious microlight and completed a 1000-kilometer solo glider flight above the Southern Alps. Over time, however, I realised my own body, with training, could do so much more. Just after turning 50, I began honouring my deep interest in health and healing, earning Diplomas in Brennan Healing Science, a four-year degree-level course, and Therapeutic Massage.
I love exploring diverse cultures and their healing arts. Yet it is the completeness of Traditional Chinese Medicine—how it strives for harmony and balance of not only the body but also the mind and spirit—that inspired me to spend four years studying TCM to degree standard at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Now a teacher there, I want to share my skills and knowledge to help others get healthy and stay healthy in every way.
Breaking my leg while ice-skating might be the best thing that ever happened to me. My rehab program sparked an enduring interest in the mystery of the human body, cured me of my fear of the gym and led me to bellydance (one of the loves of my life) and a fascination with posture and alignment. I might have been an astronomer, a paleoanthropologist or a translation theorist, but as a movement teacher I feel blessed to help my students find their strength, confidence and happiness.
The legends are not, on the whole, true. I was not, as some whisper, created by an alien intelligence in an Eastern European laboratory (underground, of course), nor was I one of the seven founding Knights of Armoria. Everyone knows there were only four of us in that order.
What is unequivocally true is my passion for learning and sharing technical knowledge, especially when it comes to the nitty-gritty of postural alignment. With patient observation and diligent practice, you can make remarkable changes in your body.
I’m a certified yoga teacher and life/relaxation coach with a passion for experiencing the world and new things in life. I’m from Berlin, Germany, where I developed an extensive foundation in sports and health. But I wanted to go deeper, to keep learning, and over the last decade that led me to discover the world of yoga and meditation.
I love sharing my knowledge and what inspired me with others. Being able to contribute to people's well-being and relaxation is my daily gift.
I discovered yoga through the performing arts when I was 17 years old. In those days astanga yoga wasn't very popular in Argentina. I was looking for a practice that could help me connect with my body and emotions, enhance my concentration and discernment, and keep me present on the stage.
Five years ago, I undertook tertiary studies in hatha yoga while teaching at Lino Miele’s astanga school in Buenos Aires. My mentor is Andrea Martinez, who taught me with patience and love for a long time.
I love farmers’ markets, surfing and riding my bicycle around. I try not to miss a sunset; gardening and cooking are my meditation. When I travel, I enjoy visiting local yoga studios; there is always something new to learn.
Yoga has been part of my life for over 10 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless. I like sharing my knowledge with my students, hoping that they step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced. I love seeing them smile.
Hi, I'm Esther, from North England’s Lake District. I love engaging with new people, sharing interests in yoga, travel, philosophy and meditation. Passionate about health, I embrace dance, chant kirtan and read widely. I have lived in Sydney, Australia and travelled widely in Southeast Asia.
I have been a hatha yogini for eight years, teaching for the last two years in the UK and more recently in Auckland, before moving to Wellington. I enjoy fluid and dynamic yoga, incorporating asana with a focused breath. See you soon!
Teaching any form of art, let alone improvisation, is similar to conducting an intervention: you’re asking your participants to look at what they’re thinking (and why), rather than worrying if they’re failing. There’s no such thing as failing—only the cut and thrust of learning. No wonder, then, that I like to build swords, swing swords, yell things while I do it. I'm also a working actor, with an extensive academic background culminating in a Master of Arts, 1st Class (Theatre Studies), from the University of Waikato.
I’ve always been good at doing. Being . . . not so much. It’s only through yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices that I’m learning how to truly BE (and it’s a constant learning process!). I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt with others to help them find more ease and space in both body and mind and to promote true wellness.
My classes are focused around breath-led mindful movement and safe alignment and incorporate mindfulness, meditation and pranayama (breathing) practices. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!