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I was born on a farm and I have a deep streak of Kiwi etched through everything I do, think and believe. As a kid sports were not my thing but I decided to give yoga a go and have not looked back for a moment.
Since 2006 I’ve been a regular at Yoga for the People and in February 2018 I bought the business from Anika. Most of my professional life has been spent at Massey University, trying to understand how we build and sustain small and medium enterprises so they 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 on the 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.
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.
I have been physically active my whole life. Competitive swimming and 15+ years running took a toll mainly on my shoulders and knees, so when yoga found me in 2009 I felt my life changed forever. 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. Besides teaching in New Zealand I taught classes in the USA and Australia. I completed my Yin training with Joe Barnett in 2016. Yoga for me is all encompassing: being kind to others including yourself is just as important as having a healthy body. What thoughts you feed your mind with will become your reality. Yoga gives you a tool to become a champion of your life – use this tool wisely!
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.
Renee Maria Reid
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.
I came across Bikram Yoga in Japan and I immediately got into it. It was grounding physically and mentally. I found Yoga for the People in Wellington after moving to New Zealand.
I believe the 26+2 sequence is a 90 minute active movement meditation, which allows you to be grounded, focused and mindful at the same time – freeing you from any other things happening in your life.
I have experienced the importance of this yoga in my life, inside out this past year. It was this experience that lead me to go to Teacher Training! I’m so looking forward to sharing the energy created through this yoga with everyone in the hot room.
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 took my first Yin Yoga class – it was total bliss. I appreciate the balance of yin and yang. I always feel my best – physically, mentally and emotionally – when I have a regular Bikram practice interspersed with Yin yoga.
I completed my Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Joe Barnett in November 2017. I have also completed a course in Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy at The Wellington School of Massage Therapy, July 2017 – February 2018.
For me, being a teacher of yoga is about always being a student of yoga. I love continually learning – from other teachers; from observing and engaging with students when I teach; and from experimenting with my own practice. My reading list is ever growing and I am looking forward to undertaking further training in yin yoga and also yoga therapy.
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.