Meet the team
Our team of highly trained teachers offer alignment based yoga classes, designed to empower the student to have their own relationship with their yoga. Check out our class timetable to find out when they are teaching. Our teachers are all First Aid Certified and Registered with Yoga NZ and REPS.
When I first went to a yoga class 23 years ago I didn't realise that it would become the focal point of my life. 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 in depth study with Katie Lane and Noah Maze, over the years have completed over 1000 hours of training and 1000 hours of teaching, giving me the E-500 HR RYT Yoga Alliance certification and Level 3 Teacher with Yoga NZ. In 2019 I completed the 100 HR I AM Yoga Nidra teacher training with the Amrit Institute. A devout student, I have topped up my yoga studies with internationally renown teachers including Carlos Pomeda, Ross Rayburn, Amy Ipolliti, Marc Holzman, Donna Farhi and Desiree Rumbaugh. In 2019 I was honoured to present at the Hauora Yoga Conference. In 2020 our studio I was humbled to lead us to the Top 5 finalists for NZ Studio of the Year through Exercise NZ. I believe Yoga can change your life.
Customer Experience Manager
Emma is our Customer Experience Manager and is the helpful and kind voice of our inbox. She is probably the first person you will meet at Grassroots, as our Serenity Booking Software Guru. Here to help you get started with us and to support you with any account or tech enquiries you might have. She brings years at the forefront of customers relations, through being a travel agent (still brokering from home), running her own business and asking universe each day to show her how she can be of service. Emma has had a long and complicated relationship with yoga for the last 12 years and 2 and a bit years ago she made a commitment to herself and her yoga practice through Grassroots. Through that commitment the studio has become her sacred space and her relationship with the layers of yoga is less complicated and more loving.
Sports injury and fate led me to a regular yoga practice from 2009. Since then my practice has evolved from enquiring student, to inspired teacher and to where I now find myself as director of Pre and Post natal Yoga at Grassroots. I spent 3 years running the studio as co owner during 2016-2019.
Having practiced yoga through my own two pregnancies and completing a 100hr Pre & Postnatal Training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2017, I am honoured to run the Women's Health Programme at Grassroots, guiding 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.
Currently registered with Yoga Alliance as 200hr ERYT, 100hr RPYT, YACEP.
"I love yoga!" Mary stumbled upon yoga while 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 her life. Since then, Mary has studied with incredibly kind and intelligent teachers, both in San Francisco (where completed her 200-hour teacher training), and here at her Christchurch yoga home of Grassroots, where she has been teaching since 2016. "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 look forward to supporting your yoga practice"
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.
Kristina tried yoga a few times in her early 20’s but it never really stuck. Then she was recommended yoga by her acupuncturist to help fix some health issues, she began a daily practice at home and has never looked back. Kristina began teaching in 2009 and started studying the Anusara method under Katie Lane. In 2012 she achieved Anusara inspired certification and in 2017 she completed RYT-200 training with Katie Lane. Yoga has formed the backbone of Kristina’s life for the last fifteen years and has benefited so much from this wonderful practice that she just loves that she is able to share it with others.
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.
Clare's love affair with yoga began at an early age. From the age of 20, she was mentored and trained at the Eastern Suburbs Yoga Centre with Julian Calvo, one of Sydney's original yoga pioneers. From there, she explored Vinyasa Flow, Alchemic Yoga, Yin and Hatha before realising that having children does indeed put a stop to your daily (hour-long) yoga practise. This led her to the local gym where she discovered the wonders of Pilates, which helped put her body back together while her kids were in the creche. She trained to become a Pilates instructor in 2015 before moving to Christchurch with her Kiwi hubby and two young daughters. Clare teaches a unique blend of yoga which aims to strengthen the body, challenge the mind and uplift the spirit. Clare is certified at the highest level with Yoga NZ as a Level 4 teacher (over 1000 hours of teaching, 1000 hours of training, and min 10 years of teaching).
"Primarily yoga for me is about connection, bringing more awareness back into how we inhabit and move within our own bodies, learning to trust the wisdom of the heart and belly alongside the intelligence of the mind. We can deepen and support our experience of 'being' human, and influence how we relate to our earth and our society as a whole." Practising yoga since her teenage years, it was Katie Lane, who introduced Lucy to a deeper, more holistic and, more profound yoga, around 10 years ago. Lucy completed her 200 HR RYT teacher training with Katie in 2017. Her hope is to teach students an understanding of, and appreciation for alignment; and to facilitate a deepening connection with their breath that may support them and guide them through their practise. "I believe we are all unique, interpreting and expressing our own 'individualness' and I feel that yoga can inspire and assist us in our own individual ways".
After dabbling in yoga for a few years, Jesse fell into a regular practice in 2008 as a postgraduate student looking to stretch her stiff body and ease her overloaded mind. What was once a weekly reprieve from the computer quickly became an integral part of her life, and her earliest teachers inspired her to complete her RYT-200 certification in 2013. She sought to deepen her knowledge through additional study with Jason Crandell, Noah Mazé, Desirée Rumbaugh, and Ross Rayburn, and completed her RYT-500 certification with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine in 2020. Jesse approaches her own practice with curiosity, and aims to offer opportunities for exploration, growth, and release in her classes. She incorporates elements of mindful alignment, connects movement with breath, creates a balance of action and surrender, and aspires to help you feel good!
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. 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. Josh was a regular teacher on the Grassroots timetable for 6 years and is now a regular guest for our Masterclass "Deep Play" a monthly 2 hour practice.