Our Teachers


 

Cara Butler - Studio Owner

Sports injury and fate led me to yoga in 2009 and since then my practice has evolved naturally from Enquiring Student, to Inspired Teacher and to where I now find myself as Grassroots Studio Co-owner! 

Having practiced yoga through my own two pregnancies and completing a 100hr RPYT Teacher Training with Bliss Baby Yoga, I am honoured to run the Women's Health Programme at Grassroots and guide women on their journey of pregnancy, labour, birth and beyond. I have completed two 200hr Teacher Trainings with Katie Lane since 2014 and in 2016 a one-on-one 3 month Mentorship program with her also. Cara is currently registered with Yoga Alliance as 200hr RYT and 100hr RPYT.

Veronica King - Studio Owner

When I first went to a yoga class 20 years ago I didn't realise that it would become the focal point of my life. Forever a student, I love looking for new ways to understand and experience this practice. As a teacher, I encourage others to use yoga for self acceptance, to find strength physically, and to have fun along the way. In 2011 I began the journey of in depth study with Katie Lane, the teacher that would encourage, guide and inspire me to be where I am today. In April 2017 I graduated from the 300 HR Advanced Teacher Training with Noah Maze, giving me the 500 HR RYT certification. My classes combine creative sequencing, safe alignment, and a spirit of playfulness to energise and uplift. My restorative classes offer a calming, breath based, soulful exploration to ground and soothe.

In 2016 my love of yoga and the Grassroots community shifted to a whole new level as I took on the position of studio co-owner.  Passionate about the people that make up Grassroots I am excited about this incredible team of teachers and humbled and honored to serve this community. 

 

Josh Borella

Back pain brought Josh crawling to his first yoga class in the early 90’s. The physical relief was sweet but he was even more amazed by how relaxed, yet intensely present and whole it made him feel. Since that time, Josh has immersed himself in all facets of the yoga practice, being especially grateful for yoga’s ability to ground you profoundly in the currents of daily life. 

In 2006, Josh received certification in the Anusara Yoga method. Currently, he is registered with Yoga Alliance (as 500-RYT).  Josh’s classes are best described as fun, alignment based, up-tempo, and spiritually inspiring. The primary aim for each of his classes is to draw students deeply into the wild and empowering experience of being human and the recognition that we share so much in this wonderful journey together.

Kirsty Sumner 

Kirsty qualified under the British Wheel of Yoga with her first yoga teacher training in 2004. Since moving to NZ, she has undertaken two further teacher trainings with Noah Maze and Katie Lane. Kirsty continues to study, explore and turn to the many components of yoga as life weaves its wonders. Her classes stress the value of simplicity and focus on clear alignment instruction, while drawing on inner strength and softness. Kirsty is still strongly inspired by two of her earliest yoga teachers, both women in their mid to late 60’s, who demonstrated such grace, strength and ease in themselves. She calls on this inspiration in her own practice and teachings today.   

 

Julian Suggate 

Julian has played with physical practice his whole life, to complement an ongoing love of bookish pursuits. He attended his first yoga class in 2002 and was instantly hooked. He has since studied with teachers of various yoga traditions in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Julian's yoga interests are movement timed with breath, breathing practice, and meditation. He is excited to share the groundbreaking effects yoga has had on his life, both physical and mental, with the Grassroots Yoga community.

Natasha Krupka

Natasha took her first yoga class in 2007 while living in Cyprus after suffering from lower back pain. Since then yoga has become a vital part of her life. Practice provided the means of recovery from spinal issues and maintenance of her health and well-being. She started to deepen her yoga studies in 2011 with Christina Vassiliadou at the Inner Science Center in Limassol, and spent several years exploring different yoga traditions, attending workshops, seminars and courses led by internationally reknown teachers. She started teaching in 2012, and after moving to New Zealand, Natasha carried out her 200-hour teacher training with Katie Lane at Grassroots. In her classes Natasha combines creative sequencing with attention to detail and correct alignment, encouraging focus and discipline. Prepare to be challenged, inspired, and also feel very safe and supported. Her classes are fun and informative, with attention to people's individual needs.

Berin Turner 

Yoga for Berin, is an evolving process of discovery. His classes reflect his own practice which is a remembrance to enjoy the mystery and celebrate our form. The asana practice is rooted in a rich tapestry of alignment focused biomechanics, infused with themes that reflect our day to day experiences, bought to life on the mat. Berin brings 15 years of work as a neuromuscular therapist, to compliment his ongoing investigations into yoga. 

 

Robyn Blyth 

Robyn first discovered yoga at university, giving her mind and body a much needed break from the challenges of study. Since graduating from university, yoga has continued to be a constant anchor in Robyn’s life, bringing grounding properties to every aspect of life’s ebbs and flows. In 2016, Robyn carried out her 200hr teacher training with Katie at Grassroots which fulfilled her need to understand yoga to a deeper level. Since then, she has enjoyed the privilege of being able to share her knowledge with others and is looking forward tho continuing to deepen her yoga understanding further.

Ness Wright 

Vanessa began her journey with Power and Iyengar Yoga. Initially, she practiced to support her running habit but her love for yoga deepened during a difficult period of her life when she was required to be very grounded over a long period of time. Amazed by the immense support and transformative body/mind benefits of doing yoga regularly, she decided to teach, so she could share this practice. Vanessa completed her first 200 Hour Teacher Training with Katie in 2016 and continued with an additional 300 Hour Training with Noah Maze.  Vanessa is excited to provide classes that combine elements of grounding, alignment, flow and growth to her students!

Mary Goulter 

"I love yoga!" says Mary who stumbled upon yoga whilst living in San Francisco, where she went to do a Masters in Anthropology and Social Transformation. Under the guidance of her first teacher, Sean Haleen, the practice very quickly and organically became an integral part of daily life.  Amazed by how the practice changed her, both physically and attitudinally.
Since then, she has been fortunate enough to study with incredibly kind and intelligent teachers, both in San Francisco where she did her 200HR teacher training, and here at her Christchurch yoga home of Grassroots. "I aim to teach yoga asana and philosophy in my classes in a safe and understandable way, to provide space and clear instruction for people to do this work with ease. I always encourage people to ask questions when they have them, and I look forward to supporting you in your yoga practice."

Molly Watson  

Molly began her journey with yoga many years ago.  As a busy mom of two little girls, yoga twice a week was a chance to recharge her battery.  As a Reiki practicioner and teacher, Molly easily resonated with the spiritual side of yoga, but continued to have substantial back pain.  After relocating to Christchurch in early 2015, she found Grassroots Yoga and  after 6 months noticed that her back pain had virtually disappeared.  The alignment based teaching really resonated in her body. She completed the 200 YRT Teacher Training with Katie Lane in 2016 and in 2017 completed a one-on-one mentoring program with Katie Lane. Teaching yoga is a constant process of growth and inquiry.  Molly classes offer an alignment and breath-based practice, in a safe space to create connection. 

Jesse Burns 

Jesse began a regular yoga practice while at Uni, at a time when her eyes and brain needed a break from the computer and her body was aching to move. It didn't take her long to realize that yoga has so much more to offer than just a workout; it is truly a full-body experience that brings a beautiful awareness to the physical body, the breath, and the mind. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Holy Cow Yoga (Charleston SC, USA) in early 2013, and is grateful for the opportunity to share her practice at GYH today.  As an avid lover of the outdoors, she is inspired by the ever-present balances in nature and seeks to create a balance of action and surrender in her classes that can be applied on and off the mat.