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.
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 Grassroots Studio Co-owner.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"The best place to start is at the beginning". Berin's approach to yoga is inspired by the great teachers that have influenced his life. He has dedicated the past 13yrs to learning about our marvellous bodies and ways we can support them, so we might enjoy a healthy abundant life. His teaching embraces a deep understanding of your bodies biomechanics, infused with a sense of play and fun, so the work to reconnect to a feeling of freedom, can be done whilst smiling. He is Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 certified teacher & a certified Neuromuscular Therapist. He has trained with fabulous teachers in NZ and overseas in the Anusara tradition of Hatha Yoga.
"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".
Hannah first discovered the incredible healing effects of Yoga and meditation after suffering from a lower back injury in 2008. What first started as a therapeutic pursuit, quickly transformed into a steady practice where she found the many other benefits Yoga offered. In 2017, Hannah completed her 200-hour teacher training with Katie Lane and is RYT-200 certified. In her classes you can expect an emphasis on breath and body awareness and mindful movement with an invitation to be curious and have fun! Hannah is grateful for the eternal teachings from her teachers: Katie Lane, Melissa Cooley, Carlos Pomeda, Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Maze, Pema Chodron and Donna Farhi.
Coming to yoga years ago to heal her body and centre her mind, Jessica fell in love with the depth, philosophy, and playfulness that the practice awakened in her. She completed her 200-RYT training with Katie Lane at Grassroots Yoga in 2016. Jessica's classes emphasise a balance of fluidity, grace and play; expect a class that is both gentle and fierce, playful and deep. Along with being a yoga instructor, Jessica is finishing her studies to become a qualified naturopath/herbalist and is an advocate of taking a personal and holistic approach to health and wellbeing. She is passionate about community, healing, breath, laugher, wild spaces, food (!), her toes in the grass, her face in the wind.
"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"