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.
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, completed my first 150 HR Immersion and teacher training in 2012. After 3 years teaching I deepened my knowledge in the 300 HR Advanced Teacher Training with Noah Maze, giving me the E-500 HR RYT certification. In 2019 I completed the 100 HR I AM Yoga Nidra teacher training with the Amrit Institute. Over the years 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. I believe Yoga can change your life and a be a sanctuary in the modern world.
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.
"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".
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.