General & Somatic Yoga Rangiora


Studio Director

My first yoga class felt like landing at home. I began my initial two year teacher training journey with a mentor teacher in 2000 and have been studying, learning and practicing ever since. My first teacher/mentor said "Yoga will change your life", and this has proven to be true on so many levels.

I have been inspired by my many teachers, and a little bit of wisdom from each of them is reflected in my classes today. 

After being injured by a well-meaning Health Professional in 2016, I was no longer able to enjoy my traditional yoga practice. This was extremely confronting for me - a yoga teacher who was unable to even stand up straight or walk more than a few metres comfortably. I tried everything that was suggested to me to recover from this injury, but  despite all my hard work my body did not respond. Eventually I found the answer in Somatic practices - a way to recover from my reaction to the injury rather that the injury itself by teaching my nervous system to feel safe with movement once again. The answer to healing  had been here all along - by working smarter instead of harder, the key was learning to develop a deeper awareness of my own unique movement patterns. My results were profound, and I would love to share this possibility with you.

I am thrilled to be the first Studio in New Zealand to be offering Gentle Somatic Yoga®. Although I found this practice through injury, it is functional for everybody who lives in a body - who doesn't have muscle tensions? Maybe this practice will change your life too!

Recent internationally recognised courses include:

James Knight: Gentle Somatic Yoga® Advanced study Levels 1 & 2 certification

Sarah St Pierre Warren: SMC® Clinical Somatics Levels 1 & 2 (currently studying)

Montgomery Somatics - Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance

James Knight: Developing Interoception: Creating Embodiment through Somatic Awakening

Kristine Kaoverii Weber: Subtle® Yoga - The Yoga and Neuroscience Connection

Tom Myers: Keys to building a healthy fascia: Yoga, Fascia and Movement

Cynthia Allen and Carol Montgomery: Integral Human Gait (The Feldenkrais method®)

Donna Farhi : Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement 

Lillah Schwatz: Restore your Fluid Spine: Yoga for Back Care and Healthy Aging 


  I aim to bring yoga to my local community in a safe and nurturing environment.

My studio is small, which means I can cater for individual needs. Every student is special and deserves this attention.


I am dedicated to continued education and love to share this knowledge with my students. I feel that the "why" and "how" inspires students to be more attentive and engaged with their experience on the mat and to let this flow into their daily lives.


your life