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As a kid sports were not my thing but in 2006 I decided to give yoga a go and have not looked back for a moment. Since then I’ve been a regular at Yoga for the People and in February 2018 I bought the business from Anika. I am trained in hatha yoga and yin (levels 1 & 2) and I love being able to share my knowledge (and my ongoing learning) with others. I have spent most of my career researching how NZ’s small and medium enterprises can contribute to the society we all live in. Yoga for the People is one of these enterprises and I love the fact that being the owner makes it possible to connect my professional skills and my personal passion. When I am not at the studio or up the road at Massey University’s Wellington campus, I design and sew clothes and do the odd bit of DIY!
Originally from Germany, I moved to Wellington in 2009. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2007 and got into it after suffering from chronic back pain and anxiety attacks which were triggered by a spinal injury incurred in a car and a skiing accident. After a number of years living with the pain little did I know that an appointment with an acupuncturist would change my life forever. The acupuncturist advised me to build up muscles around my spine and suggested attending a yoga class. I went the same day to my first ever class and couldn’t believe the change it made to my life. I was virtually pain free after 4 weeks and have never had an anxiety attack since.
In 2011, inspired by the immense healing power of yoga and how it had changed my life I decided to become a teacher so I could help others and spread the word of yoga. Since then I have attended trainings in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New Zealand and been a studio owner.
I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2006, just after having my second baby. My very dear friend dragged me along to a 6.30am class, told me to wear tight fitting clothing and I arrived having no idea what to expect or do. OMG – it was horrible. I had to bend and twist AND look at myself in the mirror for a whopping 90 minutes. Everyone else seemed calm, and good at it. I was struggling to breathe, overwhelmed by the heat, and didn’t understand what I was supposed to do. To be honest, I didn’t like it, not one little bit.
I grumbled about this ‘silly’ yoga as I went back for my second class and every class after that. Then one day after about 10 months someone said: “you look great”. I had lost a lot of weight (20kgs), but more importantly, I was calm(er) and less grumpy, enjoying the yoga (sort of), having fun with my family, and sorting my work life out!
After two years of practicing yoga, I came home and declared to the hubbie that I wanted to teach this yoga. So off I went to Mexico for 9 weeks (500 hours) of intense teacher training. The training was fantastic, but challenging with 2 longggg classes a day, study, and 300 other students!
I have now been teaching yoga on and off for over 10 years. It’s provided reflection, balance, fun and bought me closer to my values. I hope you also find inner peace and joy from yourself and your yoga.
My first Bikram class was back in 1999 in Seattle Washington. After having a regular practice for a few years, I decided to do my Teacher Training. I trained in Los Angles at the original headquarters. My training had over 300 people and was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I was fortunate to have so many of the amazing original instructors that started with Bikram. I feel this carries over into the way I structure my classes and am able to connect with students.
After graduating I was able to gain more guidance from studio owners who were Bikram’s first students. During my first year teaching, I was able to teach yoga for incarcerated youth at Tacoma Juvenile Detention Centre in the United States. This is where I really saw how the magic of yoga calmed the mind. In 2005 I came to New Zealand to teach for Yoga For the People. Decided to stay and completed my Nursing degree. Since then I have taught and practiced many styles of yoga, but Bikram Yoga has always been my number one favourite when it comes to feeling like I have completely stretched and strengthened every single part of my body.
My first yoga practice included following pages with pictures and instructions from a health magazine in a park in England. It was, however, some 10 years later when I took my first hot yoga class that I felt my life changed forever. Years of competitive swimming and running took a toll mainly on my knees and shoulders, so I decided that practicing the traditional 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises of the Bikram/Gosh lineage would be my basic health insurance.
I graduated from The Yoga College of India in 2012 and have been teaching ever since. I studied and attended numerous workshops and seminars with senior teachers within the Gosh lineage and across other styles. I am also trained in Yin yoga and have a regular meditation practice.
I am a firm believer of intelligent and all encompassing practice: being kind and truthful to yourself as well as others are just as part of your practice as strengthening your body. Being present in class is more of a measure of your advancement as a practitioner than doing ‘perfect’ or ‘beautiful’ postures. Postures and technique are simply tools to make your more self aware.
I started practicing Bikram Yoga in my early 40’s, pulling on my trousers was hard, muscle tone was non existent, weight was slowly coming on my midriff. Drinking a tiny glass of wine daily, working very long hours and being self-employed, my personal relationships were coming second in my life and my head was driving me crazy, sleep was virtually limited to short bursts.
When I first started yoga I couldn’t do any of it, I had a million reasons why it was too hard, and used all of them, BUT from day one I knew it felt good, and it felt right for me and my body. I had good and bad days, I progressed from the back row as I slowly became more comfortable with me myself and I.
Practicing Bikram Yoga has changed me in so many ways, mainly how I react and respond to situations. It has freed me from limiting beliefs and brought some incredibly special people into my life. Through practicing I have slowly eliminated many people and things that no longer serve me today which has enabled me to move in more of a positive peaceful direction. I am incredibly grateful to have found this yoga and I’m able to share it with others.
I started practicing back in 2014 while I was getting ready for a marathon, and very quickly it became a huge part of my life 🙂 I loved the way it made me feel, sleep, think, and of course the physical benefits. I had such fear of missing out that I went every day! I also loved the fact that every teacher who taught, although delivering the same series, bought something new and different to the table, so I’d plan my classes around that. Within my first week I knew I wanted to teach.
I went to Bikram Teacher Training in Thailand in 2015. Best experience ever! The classes at Teacher Training were super hot and humid! – hectic! But – amazing :). Going to Bikram Yoga teacher training programme was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I feel very happy and privileged to teach. It’s so much fun!
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in 2009 and loved the calmness and clarity I used to feel after doing a hot 90 minute class! When I had my son Kian and was juggling a full time job and a toddler, Bikram Yoga was my saviour as it gave me a precious 90 minutes a week to block out all the “noise” and just focus on the stillness the yoga gave me.
The seed for becoming a teacher was planted in my early 40’s. By that point I had had enough of the corporate life and I wanted to do something that not only was nurturing for me, but that would make a positive impact on the people around me. And so, in December 2016 I completed my 250 hour yoga certification.
For me there is nothing like a open-eyed moving mediation. Yes it’s hot, yes its sweaty and lets face it, sometimes its a bit smelly, but to be able to have the discipline to not let the heat, sweat, smell and your own thoughts interfere with your stillness, is were the power in Bikram Yoga is for me.
My yoga journey began in my homeland, Alberta, Canada. What began as a quest to heal health ailments in 2011 (a battle with an auto-immune disease and attempt to discontinue medication), lead me to my first Bikram Yoga class. Using the 26 & 2 sequence as a personal prescription for self healing, in less than 3-months of starting a regular practice, I felt like my old self again and noticed many other benefits to my life. In 2013, I completed the 9 week Bikram Training in Los Angeles, and began sharing the sequence that quite possibly changed the course of my life.
Now nearly 10 years on, my shift and focus in teaching and practicing has really evolved. I am more interested in the psychological, emotional, and energetic aspects at this time. I recognize the rise of anxiety, depression and mental health issues in our society today and I feel a strong connection to what this yoga can offer people in those positions.
In addition to Bikram, I am certified in Yin and Shaking Medicine facilitation. My goal in class is to make sure you laugh, smile, feel challenged, let go and leave lighter.
A yoga fairy told me to come to Bikram Yoga to help repair my broken body. Yoga fairy’s have a warped sense of humour (I was to find out). I still remember that class as if it was yesterday! I was bemused that I managed to do most poses and I lived to tell the story! What really impressed me was the relief it gave my back and how it worked into my other niggley joints. With regular practice I started to reclaim my body – strengthen my ankles and knees, quicken recovery after (re)injury and regain lost range of movement.
This is what keeps me coming back to class now – it is my aroha to my body and mind. Yoga keeps me moving and helps relax my mind. I started practicing in 2008 and still find it challenging and rewarding. I just love how it makes me feel afterwards. I am constantly inspired by my fellow yogini’s journey and how yoga has helped them. Yin has been the icing on the cake – opening up those deep spots I could never quite get to and focusing on stillness of the body, breath and mind. Curious to improve my yin practice, I did my teacher training. I have been teaching since 2018.
My yoga journey has taken me to many different styles of yoga. It is, however, the healing powers and ease of access to my body and mind that the heated room provides that keeps me returning to the hot yoga methods. Healthy body, healthy life – come and join me on the mat!
I started practicing Bikram yoga in 2009 – my back and knee pain disappeared and it calmed my mind. In 2015 I discovered Yin yoga – it was the perfect balance to strength based yoga and other active exercise. Yin yoga is now a daily practice I can use to ease both body and mind. This subtle form of yoga was also a pathway to a regular meditation practice.
I completed my first Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Joe Barnett in November 2017. I extended my knowledge with a second training in June 2019.
I’ve also completed training in Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy and Yoga Therapy.
For me, being a teacher of yoga is about always being a student of yoga. I love continually learning via podcasts, reading, workshops and online courses. I am fascinated by the science of movement and how it improves both our physical and mental wellbeing. My next formal training will be a 200 hour Hatha yoga training in September/October 2020.
First comes awareness, then choice.
With yoga I am continuously learning new things about myself. I become aware of my physical body, my mind, and my surroundings. I am then able to make conscious choices in my life. Yoga is a chance for me to meet myself; to get to know my strength, my limitations, and other bits and pieces. These journeys could be challenging and confronting at times. Ultimately, it’s a path to freedom as freedom is to know my limitations and accepting them.
My other passions are holistic health and creating a balanced life. I am a certified Life Coach. My declaration as a life coach is to empower people to reach their potential and to find their authentic-self. My Life Coach area of interests are creating a balanced life, building confidence, and enhancing performance and goal settings. It’s reasonably broad. I am always open for you and I truly care for your wholeness.
My practice began in 2009, the right people at the right time suggested I join them after work and told me it was going to be hot, that I’d need to hydrate and to do what I can as best I can. It was hotter than I imagined and no amount of hydrating seemed enough, but I thought one class wasn’t enough to get a feel for the yoga and its benefits so I did a second class, then a third, and so on until it became a regular part of my life. Once that happened the benefits kicked in, my mood, sleep patterns and outlook on life improved, not to mention some very significant weight loss.
After a while I decided that practicing yoga wasn’t enough. I wanted to share it with others and the best way to do that was to become a yoga teacher, so I went to the Spain 2019 training and started to deliver the yoga with the same energy and passion that that got me to where I am today.
I have always been into various forms of fitness from snowboarding, group classes, yoga, kickboxing, and interval training. My favourite class is Inferno Hot Pilates and hope it becomes yours too! I am a qualified IHP instructor and fitness instructor and love to guide you through fun, efficient workouts. I truly believe it’s so important to keep your body moving and healthy, maintaining a good balance in life. Even if you haven’t been practicing long, or if you’re a complete beginner – begin! You can start at any age and the best time to start is now. I love to see people progress and feel great, I enjoy motivating and giving guidance or modifications where needed. I’m here to help you help yourself.
Being well-traveled and having visited studios around the world and seen some beautiful places along the way, I’m so happy to be settled back in Wellington.
Yoga for many years brought strength and much-needed balance to so many areas of my life. This inspired me to do my first yoga teacher training in Singapore back in 2014. During this training, I was introduced to Yin yoga which took my own practice to an even deeper level and a great desire to explore it further through teacher trainings with Joe Barnett.
Yin practice is a wonderful complement to our busy lives. Inside the cocoon of long-held Yin poses we can really turn our attention inwards, taking time to come home to ourselves, observing more and reacting less.
Recently my family and I spent a year in the US. Along with the wonderful opportunity to live in a different county and meet some beautiful people, I was also very blessed to have the opportunity to teach and experience some amazing yoga classes. Additionally, I undertook healing workshops, silent retreats, and mindfulness trainings. A combination of these, and my burning desire to learn more, has really helped me deepen my capacity to listen to my own essential nature. This has enhanced not just my physical health but also my state of mind. As a teacher, I look forward to sharing with you some of these new ways of being.