the 'space' team
We're proud to bring a variety of teaching styles and yoga philosophies together at Kanuka Yoga!
Raquel has been practicing yoga and for nearly a decade. Her movement training also includes a background in figure skating, gymnastics, and co-ed cheerleading - she loves flying and finds yoga a more gentle way to feel this free flow.
She recognises her consistent yoga practice as a tool to stay centered and balanced with herself and relationships in work and in personal life.
Her teaching style is influenced by empathy and compassion and honest, clear communication. She completes her 200HR yoga training in 2019 at RAW Yoga.
She opened 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.
Stu was introduced to yoga as a teenager, and has maintained a regular practice since 2014. His 200HR training was done at Raw Yoga and he couldn't recommend John & Nicole more highly as instructors.
He loves outdoor adventure sports like surfing, snowboarding and multi-day hikes; his classes are aimed to positively influence your experience in nature. Finding more balance, better mind-body connection and finding regular moments of gratitude.
You'll also find him playing acoustic guitar on the occasional Sunday Restore classes as he plans to bring more music and creativity to the space.
Isabelle, or 'Za', is a great fit at Kanuka because as a former mid-wife, she is our specialist with infant massage, post-natal yoga. Yoga with Za will leave you wanting more.
Za has a bubbly personality, soothing French accent, playful spirit and a few decades of experience under her belt. We love every aspect of her energy, and we love that she puts in the extra effort by bringing a Buddha, candles and guardian angel cards to every class.
You can find Za teaching Tuesday mornings 630am and 930am, along with our Saturday Slow Flow at 8am
Erika received her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings at Raw Yoga and is studying this year to become a primary school teacher. It's clear teaching is her calling and we love how she shares her knowledge with passion and humility.
"What I love most about West Auckland is the space. The green space, the air space, the space to play and breathe! It's a comfortable place to be, and I find there's character and beauty around every turn. There's a real sense of community that is alive and well, where I live and of course within the yoga community – I love how down to earth our students are; so real, friendly, and open. I've really loved flowing with old friends and making new ones in our growing yoga community."
You can find Erika teaching the Monday 545pm Slow Flow, plus the occasional Saturday morning double.
Another Raw Yoga student, Stevie began her 200HR with zero intention to teach, but rather to 'get better at yoga'. However, it quickly became apparent that she did in fact want to teach and she couldn't help but want to share the magical knowledge that she was discovering about Yoga.
After completing her 300HR training Stevie is as excited as ever to continue to share as she continues to learn.
During the days, Stevie works in a fast-paced corporate environment so she understands the need to unwind, connect to the breath and provide a calming space for yogis to learn and play.
She's also a local Hobsonville Point resident!
Megan received her training and health/wellness education at Wellpark College. Her outdoorsy/adventurous vibe is a great fit for Kanuka.
Here's how Megan describes her practice:
"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."
Shanti's personal journey with yoga started about 20 years ago with her experience of Sivinanda Yoga and it soon led to a love of many styles of yoga.
Shanti completed her 200HR teacher training qualification with Ashram Yoga and she is currently on the path to completing her 300HR teaching training and couldn't be more excited!
Further training in the field of Yoga Nidra, Yin, Restorative and Kids Yoga have served to deepen her passion for yoga even more.
The name 'Shanti Dasi', which means "server of peace", was given to her by Swami Shantimurti of Ashram Yoga.
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.
Carol completed her foundation teacher training with Shades of Yoga in Ubud, Bali (Yogi heaven) focusing on alignment-based vinyasa flow and sustainable safe practice. She has since completed several trainings focused on yin yoga with international teachers, Jo Phee and Yin Therapy.
Carol draws inspiration from Insight Yoga, the principles of Chinese medicine, traditional meditation and breathing techniques, and creative vinyasa sequencing.
In general, she has a very down-to-earth personality which is why we love having Carol at Kanuka.
Robyn's yogic journey began about 28 years ago after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue; a few too many crazy years of travel, excessive exercise, stressful working hours and a little too much fun took its toll.
Since being introduced to yoga, Robyn has dabbled with many different styles, and completed her 200HR teacher training with Ashram Yoga which helped deepen her yoga practice. Recently, she has received training in 'Yoga for Older Grownups' and looks forward to bringing this knowledge to the Kanuka community.
You can find Brian at Kanuka Yoga Space on Thursdays... but most likely you've attended his Free Monday class in Ponsonby!