I am an integrated health practitioner based in Te Anau, Murihiku Southland. I offer accessible small-group classes and private instruction in Yoga and Yoga Therapy. My services are available in person, in Te Anau, and online.
My therapeutic work and Yoga teaching offers clients tools that support greater self-awareness, contentment and quality of life, regardless of circumstance. My teaching philosophy is based on the principles of compassion (towards ourselves and others), agency, accessibility, and knowledge. Most of my private teaching and Yoga Therapy is done in people’s homes. Doing this work among the routine and messiness of our daily lives is what helps each of us establish a consistent and beneficial personal practice.
I am a certified Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapists & Yoga NZ), Senior (Level 4) Yoga Teacher with Yoga NZ, and Yoga educator with Svastha Yoga Aotearoa. I have a background in science, including a PhD in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, and work as a knowledge broker, writer and facilitator. This mahi often takes the form of supporting the restoration and sustainable use of wild and natural places as well as fostering a greater connection between people and the world that we inhabit. Through experiencing the overwhelming joys and demands of parenthood, running our own business and volunteering in our community, I have gained an immense appreciation of the value of daily yoga practice on and off the mat: often short and sweet, and ‘interrupted’. I am learning how to take my practice with me and to let go of expectations (most of the time!).
I am grateful to the Accessible Yoga community for supporting me as an advocate for Yoga in underserved communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and proud to be an Accessible Yoga Ambassador.
I wish to acknowledge my teachers Barbara Coley, Ganesh Mohan, and AG and Indra Mohan and Tammy Magness, Linda Ryder, and Katie Lane, as teachers, colleagues and friends who have supported me on this journey.