About Aroha Nui Yoga

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Aroha Nui Yoga! ‚Äč

Aroha Nui Yoga is an holistic yoga studio offering classes and workshops, both online and in person, for over 2 decades.  


Ko wai ahau? Who am I?

Ko Linsey toku ingoa, he uri ahau no Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Rangiwewehi, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Makino, Ngati Whatua - Te Uri o Hau, Pakeha.

My name is Linsey and I am a descendant of the Te Arawa confederation of tribes, from the Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa/ New Zealand. My ancestors are MńĀori and Scottish, English and Irish.


My yoga journey -

My journey with yoga began over 25 years ago through attending a pregnancy yoga class. I found yoga to be an excellent way to care for my body, and the holistic and spiritual depth of yoga resonated with my mind and wairua ( spirit )


I found that practice enabled me to let go of stress, renew my body and mind, and just be in the moment. I left classes renewed and restored and ready to face the world.   


I went on to train as a yoga teacher, and open my own studio in Helensville, Auckland. 


I believe yoga increases your resilience and gives you tools to manage stress, encourages wellbeing and spiritual growth, and helps us to ride the waves of life.


I am passionate about sharing this with others who are seeking greater wellbeing in their lives. 


Training : 

I believe in continually learning as a teacher and under go professional development on a regular basis. 


  • IYTA NZ Introduction to Yoga Teaching Certificate 2000
  • Ashram Yoga¬† - Teaching Certification 2001 - 300 hours
  • Certificate in Intermediate and Advanced¬†Teaching¬†Ashram Yoga NZ 2005 - 500 hours
  • Pre-Natal Yoga - Teaching Certification 2014
  • Yoga Nidra¬† - training in guided deep relaxation 2001/2005/2014
  • Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, Living your Yoga with Judith Hanson- Lasater Phd. Pt. 2010 and 2014
  • Nervous System Yoga - Subtle Yoga 2022 -2023
  • Rongoa Level 1 -¬† with Donna Kerridge 2019


Mahi - Work and offerings 

While my yoga classes offer a chance to stay balanced and restored for everyday life -¬†workshops/ wńĀnanga and retreats go deeper, and encourage healing and promote holistic wellbeing / Hauora.


It is one of my goals to share yoga in Te Reo MńĀori when I can, and in 2020 I was fortunate to be able to do this with the Harakore TV crew - watch the episode here


I can custom design retreats, waananga and workshops, and have offered custom designed classes for the following :


Kurawaka Retreat Centre/ Eastern Institute of Technology - sunrise beach yoga classes for waahine, karanga wńĀnanaga 2018 - 2019


iWahine Leadership Hui - Presenter at the 2019 Wahine Maori Leadership Hui


MńĀori Tourism NZ -¬†classes for the members during lockdown via zui online 2021


Massey University Alumni -  Te Whare Tapa Wha based yoga for wellbeing programme - 8 week course incorporating te reo maori for alumni online 2022


Waipareira Trust - yoga for rangatahi 2019


Mahitahi/ collaboration with Jerome Kavanagh Poutama -  Oro Atua and Aroha Nui Yoga - A collaboration of taonga puoro and yoga. Yoga and sound healing workshops  2018 - 2021


Hei Ahuru Mowai Maori Cancer Research Hui a Tau - AGM

A custom class for members to experience Aroha Nui Yoga 2023


Aroha Mai Cancer Support Services -

Gentle chair yoga for Wellbeing 2023 /24, for cancer patients and survivors  


A little more about me


I am a mum of four and nanny to 9 mokopuna. I owned a boutique fashion and art space for 18 years and gave it up to focus solely on teaching yoga, and develop online courses to enhance the wellbeing of students.

When not busy working and being a nanny I enjoy; mahi toi/ art, being in nature, studying, travelling, and will often spend time at art exhibitions or markets.

I am currently studying Toi MńĀori - mńĀori and indigenous¬†art at Te WńĀnanga o Aotearoa, weaving, and learning Te Reo Maori.


What our name means -

Aroha means Love and compassion, 

‚ÄčAro-¬†to direct, turn to face

‚ÄčHa-¬† the breath,¬†the essence


‚ÄčNui-¬†abundant, vast, plentiful, important

Yoga - union, unity, oneness, to join

This name resonates with me deeply.

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

It also connects me to my whakapapa...

My grandmother, Isabella Riparata Macfarlane, signed of every letter and card she sent me with - arohanui x Nanny.


‚ÄčAroha¬† Nui x



P.S to work with me please contact [email protected]¬†or see my offerings below-


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