Justine

Simply put – family, marriage and the lifestyle that follows – were for me, and still are, physically, emotionally and mentally both challenging and rewarding!

A tight body from years of weight training and tension in the neck and shoulders from stress were my initial motivators for practicing yoga. However, along with the release of the physical body, Yoga provided me with the perfect sanctuary for time out to reconnect with myself. I came away from a class feeling grounded and balanced. I felt happy to go back out into the world and face life’s challenges. I was back in touch with the feeling process and I could respond rather than react to a given situation. My whole body appreciated my efforts! I wanted more of that so I kept going back to class.

I realised we all need that time out to tune in and return to our true nature. I had often questioned where had that fun loving free spirited and spontaneous person gone? Yoga helped me to discover I was still there, just buried under many different hats of responsibility – wife, mother, daughter, student, teacher and friend.

And so I began to prepare, plan and design for my own yoga studio to provide others with the opportunity to experience all the benefits there are in taking time out to tune in. I’m now extremely proud to introduce you to the Yoga Sanctuary studio.

 

Jane

My love for Yoga began 20 years ago when I was pregnant.  I found that the benefits from doing yoga while pregnant were so good for me, that I continued practicing yoga once I had my son.

Health and fitness have always been a large part of my life.  I have previously worked in the fitness industry for 10 years, as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.

With the desire to help clients in a more holistic way, I decided to further my education and started studying Clinical Nutrition.  I have now been in Clinical Practice for the last 8 years, and love working with my clients to improve their health and reach their goals.

Understanding the importance of how the body works together, both physically and mentally, made me realise I wanted to be able to teach people skills on how to achieve optimal health and vitality. 

Practicing yoga helps the body and mind to connect, so you start to tune in to how you are feeling, both physically and emotionally.  Yoga builds strength, flexibility and acceptance of both yourself and other people.  It incorporates breathing exercises and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.

I have completed my 200-hour teacher training, and now have the pleasure of being able to facilitate the benefits of yoga to clients, regardless of their current ability.  The use of props and modifications ensure that each client can practice to their own body’s requirements and develop and improve with each class.

 

Lisa

I was introduced to Ashtanga yoga through a dancer friend in Sydney 2000 and I was immediately hooked by the challenging physical practice blending in breath and spirituality. In 2003, I decided to do a teacher training course and spent two of the best months of my life in Byron Bay living and breathing yoga. 

Returning to Christchurch I discovered Anusara Yoga through Katie Lane and embraced this slower flowing style with a stronger focus on alignment. Through my curiosity for all things yogic my practice has evolved but I still call on these two styles as my main influencers.

A gypsy at heart, I have travelled a lot and taught yoga in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, The UK and Italy. I love the connection yoga creates in a room of people no matter where you are in the world.  It is a great leveller and encourages us to remember we are all the same.   

Living with chronic health conditions, Yoga is a tool that helps me manage my life on all levels. It is not a magic cure but a lifelong companion and practice to take you wherever you go. For me yoga is also is about feeling and being, rather than thinking and analysing. It helps you stay true to your authentic self no matter what highs or lows you are experiencing.

My goal as a teacher is to show that Yoga is for everybody. I believe it is about accepting ourselves and becoming more comfortable in our own skin. Through working with our bodies we become more aware of our posture, our relationships and the language we use with ourselves and others.

Through my yoga practice I have had profound experiences and I enjoy sharing whatever I have learnt, and hopefully facilitating people to find their own yoga path. I am grateful to be able to share something that brings me so much peace, strength and contentment and am honoured to be teaching in the beautiful space and warm community that Justine has created at Yoga Sanctuary.

Yoga helps to keep in check my inner drama queen and be more balanced with my inner hippie.

Perfection in imperfection.  The Yin with the Yang.   The mung bean and the French fry and Love and Peace For All.   Namaste!

 

Annerosa

In my twenties I floated in and out of Yoga practice. I found my way back to yoga in my thirty’s after competing in a body building competition. The experience of being part of a sport that solely focused on how we look externally made me stop, pause and reassess what brought me joy.

Yoga has taught me to turn inwards, to breath, pause and soften. To be present in my body and how to listen to my body – something I believe in the current climate we live in, is often forgotten. However it is so important to re connect with.

Yoga has literally changed my life, and I knew this was something very special I had a deep desire to share. In 2017 I completed my 200hr teacher training with Kate Lane. I was also drawn to the slow Yoga practice of Yin Yoga and guided meditation of Yoga Nidra. In 2019 I completed my 65hr Yin Yang and Yoga Nidra training with Jo Phee. I’m looking forward meeting you on the Mat!

 

Nathan

I started my yoga journey a little bit reluctantly – my dad and sister dragged me along. At the time I was about 20kgs heavier than I am now and was a completely different person both physically and emotionally. I remember how much of a struggle it was doing this thing called ‘downward dog’, and sitting cross-legged was impossible. But the thing I got out of that first class was a sense of calm straight away, as well as how tight my hamstrings were!

Fast forward to now and my life is so drastically different. I’m a yoga teacher and I absolutely love my job. It always feels like fun and not work. I have such immense joy watching students learn and develop not only physically but in such a deeper way too.

I became a yoga teacher in 2019 when I travelled to Bali and did a 200 hour Hatha and Vinyasa training. I spent a month learning how to teach, then carried on the rest of that year travelling and just doing yoga. It was a perfect experience to lead me to being a full-time teacher here in New Zealand. I’ve also done restorative training and can’t wait to deepen my knowledge.

I can’t wait to see everyone on the mats and hope to be of service.