About Aroha Nui Yoga

Nau mai haere mai ! Welcome to Aroha Nui Yoga! ​

Ko Te Arawa te waka,

Ko Ngati Whakaue te iwi,

Kei Te Awaroa ahau e noho ana,

Ko Linsey Ann Smith ahau.


Hi, My name is Linsey Ann Smith and I am the founder and senior teacher of Aroha Nui Yoga.


I am a yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, director of Aroha Nui Yoga and Goddess Within Retreats, former boutique owner, māmā of four beautiful children, and Nanny.


Though my studio and home is in Te Awaroa Helensville, Auckland, I also teach online classes to wherever you are.


I've been teaching yoga since 2000 and maintain a practice that is both intuitive and compassionate, there is no one size fits all in yoga.


I encourage you to practice yoga to maintain a healthy Mauri Life force, Tinana Body, Hinengaro Mind and Wairua Spirit.

Using yoga and te ao māori principles and models of holistic health I find that this flows into relationships and overall enjoyment of life.

We need to take time out for our wellness in order to care for others, to keep our puna ora - well spring full, and to have the energy to fulfill our goals. 


Yoga increases your resilience and gives you tools to manage stress, and ride the waves of life.

It is also fun, multi faceted and endlessly fascinating.

Though the teachings are ancient, they embody universal wisdom that can be applied to today's world. 


My training includes: 


  • IYTA NZ Introduction to Yoga Teaching Certificate 2000
  • Beginners Yoga Teaching Certification 2001
  • Certificate in Intermediate and Advanced Teaching Ashram Yoga NZ 2005
  • Pre-Natal Yoga Teaching Certification 2014
  • Yoga Nidra  - guided deep relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga with Judith Hanson- Lasater Phd. Pt. 2010 and 2014


I have travelled throughout New Zealand and the world to train with some of the best teachers I know. However, the learning never ends and I find that my students are my greatest teachers. 


Whilst classes offer a chance to stay balanced and restored for everyday life - workshops/ wānanga and Goddess Within Retreats go deeper and connect with the true meaning of yoga - union, kotahitanga, and connecting to our true essence.


I believe in staying up to date with new knowledge, while respecting and honouring the tradition and roots of yoga.

Creating a safe and welcoming environment, and encouraging you to explore your 'edge' in yoga.


I am passionate about helping people to become more centred, relaxed, and connected to their true essence.

And to look after their own wellbeing through yoga, deep relaxation and meditation.

I believe that Yoga is a great tool in my kete hauora - wellness / healthy lifestyle tool kit, and so love to share this with others, and see them blossom and transform through their yoga practice too. 


From getting out of pain to releasing stress or taking a spiritual journey, there is something for most people in yoga.


In my classes I lead you through practices that promote nervous system resilience, keep the body moving mindfully, look after your joints, and end with a guided deep relaxation, to let go of tension, relieve stress, and unlock your energy.

Leaving you feeling relaxed, grounded, and renewed.


More about me :

When I'm not busy teaching, leading retreats or developing online courses, you can find me on a learning journey of the natural healing practices of my ancestors.

Mirimiri (massage/ bodywork) or Rongoā (traditional plant medicine). And I am currently learning Te Reo Māori, which I gently weave into my classes.

I have recently completed training in the art of Karanga with Raina Ferris at Kurawaka through EIT.

I also enjoy walking in nature, going to the moana, fashion and design, writing and hanging out with my whānau and moko as much as possible!


What our name means -

Aroha means Love and compassion, broken down this means -

​Aro- to direct, turn to face

​Ha-  the breath, the essence


​Nui- abundant, vast, plentiful, important

Yoga - union, unity, oneness, to join


Our name resonates with me deeply.

It guides me in my practice of teaching, and personal practice of yoga.


And it connects me to my whakapapa. My Nanny, Isobella Riparata Macfarlane, who signed of every letter and card she sent me with - arohanui, Nanny.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!


Aroha  Nui,

Linsey  x


P.S I also offer Private classes and retreats by design - workplace or hui yoga -  contact us by email to discuss at - [email protected] 





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