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.
My name is Linsey 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 ( the grandmother kind ) to one lovely mokopuna.
I first discovered yoga when I was pregnant with my third child, I was so amazed at how easy it was to immerse myself in my own experience of my body, the ease with which I was able to relax fully during the class, and the positive effect this would, and did, have on the upcoming birth.
I started to practice on a regular basis when my fourth child was about two years old, and once more was amazed at how the practices enabled me to let go of stress, the busyness of being a mum of four and a businesswoman, and just be in the moment.
Yoga helped me to grow, to love and accept myself, and therefore empowered and benefited me in my relationships.
The focus and awareness gained with regular practice helped me to stay steady in seeking my goals, enabled me to stay balanced, even though life was incredibly busy, and directed me to uncover and live out my life's path.
I hope that through my offerings of yoga others will be able to evolve and develop the gifts yoga offers, and to remain grounded and empowered in times of stress, to find the joy and bliss of stillness and peace that yoga offers too.
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 1999, 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 of others, yoga is key to keep our ora - well-being - maintained.
Yoga increases your resilience and gives you tools to manage stress, and ride the waves of life.
Though the teachings are ancient, they embody universal wisdom that can be applied to today's world. Science and research has proved yoga to be effective as a way of reducing and managing stress, and can contribute to greater mental and physical wellbeing.
I have travelled throughout New Zealand and the world to train with some of the best teachers I know in Hatha, Integral and Restorative yoga and Meditation. I am committed to continually upskilling and expanding my knowledge and have found the students needs to be one of the greatest teachers.
While classes offer a chance to stay balanced and restored for everyday life - workshops/ wānanga and 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.
I create a safe and welcoming environment, and encouraging you to explore your yoga.
I am devoted to helping people to become more centred, relaxed, and connected to their true essence.
To look after their own wellbeing with the help of yoga, deep relaxation and meditation.
I believe that Yoga is a great tool in my kete hauora - wellbeing - tool kit, and love to share this with others, to see them blossom and transform through their yoga practice too.
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.
It is my goal to share yoga in Te Reo Māori when I can, in 2020 I was fortunate to be able to do this with the Harakore TV crew - watch the episode here
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 tūpuna ancestors -mirimiri (massage/ bodywork), Karanga ( ritual call ) or Rongoā (traditional plant medicine).
You can always find me learning Te Reo Māori too, this is an ongoing process that will never end.
I also enjoy walking in nature, going to the moana, writing, and hanging out with my whānau and moko as much as possible.
I love the arts, fashion and design, and will often spend time at art exhibitions and craft markets.
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!
P.S I also offer Private classes and retreats by design - workplace or hui yoga - contact us by email to discuss at - [email protected]