I tried Yoga for the first time in 2005, absolutely loved it and have sustained a regular personal practice since. I have studied extensively with Donna Farhi, attending numerous intensives and retreats, amounting to 800+ hours of study. It was an honour to be accepted onto Donna’s 21-day Advanced Teacher Training in 2010, and I have been a teaching assistant at many of Donna’s workshops in New Zealand and Australia. I accomplished my Yoga certification through The Contemporary Yoga Centre in Auckland, during October of 2017 and I am now a registered Level 4 Yoga Teacher through Yoga New Zealand.
I completed a Teacher Training in iRest® Yoga Nidra (meditation) with Dr Richard Miller in 2014 and incorporate this practice into my Restorative Yoga classes and monthly mini-Retreats. I have studied Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute International and am a certified CranioSacral Therapist. In 2020 I began my journey in Angelic Reiki and am now an Angelic Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. I successfully completed a Diploma in Relaxation Massage in 2022 through The Chinese College of Medicine.
I have been sharing Yoga with the North Canterbury community over the past 13 years, and now that I have moved to Waimangaroa in Buller I am excited about starting up classes in Westport. I am passionate about Yoga and all it entails, and this passion is reflected in my teaching. Yoga, for me, is a process of uncovering my true Self, befriending my body and using the practice to bring balance, ease and joy into my life and other people’s lives. I create a welcoming atmosphere in my classes and enjoy the process of learning and growing with my students.
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” Yoga is a wonderful practice to help balance your body, mind and spirit so you can cope more easily with everyday life pressures and stress. The beauty is it can be practiced by anyone… you don’t have to be able to tie yourself in knots or be a particular age, size or shape.”
~ Melissa Gardiner