I have been teaching yoga for the last twenty years and am known for my experience, intuitive approach, passion for yoga and te Ao Māori, and inspirational teaching style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.
I encourage students to practice yoga to maintain a healthy Mauri/ Life force, Tinana / Body, Hinengaro/ Mind and Wairua/ Spirit
With the health and balance of these aspects of our selves, we are able to care for whānau (family) and others, enhancing all of our relationships.
I have been teaching since 2000, having trained and certified in; Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced teaching with Ashram Yoga NZ, as well as; Pre Natal, Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) and meditation. And restorative and therapeutic yoga with Judith Hanson- Lasater.
I have trained with IYTA NZ, Ashram Yoga NZ, Judith Hansen Lasater, Sally Kempton, taken courses with Shiva Rea and Gary Kraftov, and many more amazing teachers in New Zealand, Australia and The United States.
I am a Māmā to four beautiful children, and have spent the last 18 years running my retail fashion, and my yoga businesses in Helensville, alongside raising a family.
Recently, I closed my retail business of 18 years to focus solely on teaching yoga, and developing in person and online retreats and courses.
I am also currently on a learning journey of the natural healing practices of my ancestors- Mirimiri ( bodywork ) and Rongoā ( traditional plant medicine )and Te Reo Māori ( the Māori language ) and the art of Karanga.
I weave ancient practices and knowledge from my ancestors with modern and ancient concepts/practices of yoga.
I believe in staying up to date with new knowledge while respecting and honouring the traditional roots of yoga.
My classes are friendly, accessible, fun, strengthening and deeply relaxing. Students feel better after a class, they gain strength, improve balance and feel connected to their essence by practicing on a regular basis.
I enjoy teaching people from all walks of life and love to see students deepen their understanding and practice of yoga and meditation through the classes.
I am passionate about helping people to become stronger, more centred , more relaxed, and to look after their own wellbeing.
I believe that Aroha Nui Yoga is a great addition to your 'kete hauora' - wellness / healthy lifestyle journey.
Each class ends with a deep relaxation to let go of tension and unlock your energy, you will leave feeling relaxed, grounded, and renewed.
Aroha Nui Yoga means -
Aro- to direct
Ha- the breath / one's essence
Nui- abundant, vast, plentiful, important
Yoga - Union, to connect and become one.
Thank you for joining me on this journey,