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the 'space' team

We're proud to bring a variety of teaching styles and yoga philosophies together at Kanuka Yoga!

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Raquel Minh

Studio Manager

Raquel founded Kanuka to create a community yoga space for all types of bodies and selected an amazing group of teachers to help cultivate inner-awareness for a wide range of personalities.

 

Her classes take a trauma-informed approach and are typically structured around a vinyasa flow and weaving in yogic philosophy. She invites you to tune into your own inner landscape and wisdom while exploring the physical ground/space around. She has a degree in Psychology and completed 200-hr RYT in 2019 at RAW Yoga, 60-hr Trauma-informed and Community Yoga with Rise Yoga in 2021, and 20hr Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga training 2022. She works at Groov bringing in workplace wellbeing solutions to organisations across NZ and is a member of the Cultural Diversity Board for Revive Festival.

Raquel has been practicing yoga for a decade. Her original movement training included figure skating, gymnastics, and co-ed cheerleading - she loves flying and finds yoga a more gentle way to find flow state. You can find her sharing acro workshops at NZ-based festivals.

 

She recognises her consistent yoga practice as a tool to stay balanced internally and within relationships in work and in her personal life.

Meet Yoga Instructor and Studio Owner, Raquel

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Stu

Studio Manager

Stu was introduced to yoga as a teenager, and has maintained a regular practice since 2014. He completed his 200HR RYT in 2019 at RAW Yoga on the North Shore.

He loves outdoor adventure sports like surfing, snowboarding and multi-day hikes and his classes reflect his calm demeanour whilst bringing plenty of dynamic, energising physical movement to the class.

 

When it comes to a yoga practice, Stu is most passionate about being playful with balance, creating more mind-body awareness by using the breath, building physical confidence in challenging poses by taking one step at a time, keeping the core activated and finding regular moments of stillness and appreciation for the present moment. This is what he loves to share in his regular classes.

You'll also find him playing acoustic guitar and sharing sound bath journeys at workshops. He plans to bring more music and creativity to the space so keep a look out for upcoming events.

Meet Yoga Instructor & Studio Manager, Stu Larsen

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Megan

Megan received her training and health/wellness education at Wellpark College. Her outdoorsy/adventurous vibe is a great fit for Kanuka.

"I love nature and I am constantly drawn to Being in this space (Kanuka). Yoga is the technology I use to stay connected throughout. I get a kick out of what the animal body can do and the power of my senses."

 

"I think Kanuka is such a welcoming and friendly, earthy, honest and giving space, and that's how I aim to teach and serve here."

Meet Our Yoga Instructor, Megan

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Tanija

With over 10 years of regular yoga practice Tanija has found so much appreciation for having a space to go to where she can find a sense of internal focus, a moment to slow down and re-connect to herself.

 

In Tanija’s classes you will enjoy a diverse flow and a strong connection to breath. She will encourage you to listen to the rhythm of your body and take options to find stability, ease and comfort within a pose. 

Meet Our Yoga Instructor, Tanija

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Laura

Laura is a great fit at Kanuka because she's been teaching in Hobsonville for a few years now and we're super lucky to retain her knowledge and calming energy in the community.

Laura studies yoga with Adele Kingham of Rise Movement to learn the philosophies of Embodied Flow & Yin.

Laura excels in creating a safe and nurturing space, and she's a star when it comes to cueing postures and providing options to suit all body types.

Meet Our Yoga Instructor, Laura

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Carol

Carol is experienced teaching both yin and yang styles of class. Regardless of the class she is teaching, Carol will endeavour to destress the mind by guiding yogis to arrive in their own bodies.

 

She draws inspiration from Insight Yoga, the principles of Chinese medicine, traditional meditation and breathing techniques, and creative vinyasa sequencing.

Carol is also passionate about supporting pregnant students. Through her own yoga practice while she was pregnant Carol understands the benefits that a safe, gentle practice has for a healthy pregnancy.

 

Meet Our Yoga Instructor, Carol

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Steph

Steph is a yoga and embodiment facilitator who aims to inspire and empower others.

 

Guided by the principles from the school of Awakening Arts, her offerings are a blend of hatha yoga practises, non-dual tantric insights, and somatic inquiry.

 

Steph will guide you into a meditative experience of the different systems that make up our forms in order to come into a more integrated way of being.

Meet Our Yoga Instructor, Steph

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Luisa

Luisa’s mantra is, "Go with the flow and embody the flow of life."

 

Luisa has a profound connection to the mindful aspects of Yoga and her love for the practice is rooted in her daily meditation and pranayama routines.

Her main practice is Ashtanga Yoga, a holistic meditative movement practice based on the foundations of Tristhana (Vinyasa, Bandha, Drishti) and rooted in the eight limbed path of Yoga. 

When she isn't practicing on the mat then Luisa lives her mantra among the ocean’s waves as a keen surfer.

Meet our Yoga Instructor, Luisa

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Anita

Anita’s personal yoga journey goes back many years to a time when life was challenging, and yoga helped greatly to understand the benefits of breath and movement, and the positive effect this can have on the mind.

 

Anita has been a Hobsonville local for 20 years, and joined Kanuka to expand her own personal practice and try different classes. The wonderful sense of community and teachers inspired Anita to embark on a Yoga Teacher Training Course with Rise Yoga. 

 

Meet our Yoga Instructor, Anita Clelland

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