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Meet Stu

Kanuka Yoga's Studio Manager

Stu was introduced to yoga as a teenager, and has maintained a regular practice since 2014. He completed his 200HR training at RAW Yoga, Milford, with John and Nicole Allen, and Kylie Rook.


This foundational training provided a comprehensive lens on where yoga has come from and where it is going in today's modern world, along with tonnes of practical tips and techniques to share in classes, and use in a personal practice at home.


He has recently started his 300HR YTT journey with Inspire Yoga to broaden his understanding of Yoga and to better serve others in the local community.


With a background in the fast-paced corporate world for 10+ years Stu fully understands the need to keep moving throughout each day. It's so easy to become chair-bound for long periods of time and this can definitely take it's toll on the body in the long-term.




In The Studio

Stu loves to teach Vinyasa and Hatha inspired classes; using strong activation cues, a variety of options of each pose and a steady pace throughout each class. Expect to build heat, strength and flexibility as you groove to some fun beats during his dynamic classes. He's definitely no comedian, but he'll do his best to keep the class light-hearted and fun.


When he's not managing Kanuka Yoga and teaching, you'll find him playing live music at venues across Auckland. A successful, full-time musician who can create funky, upbeat vibes using loops and playing some of your all-time favourite covers along with a selection of his own original music. Check him out on Spotify!



In The Workplace

His previous corporate experience includes over 10+ in various fast-paced industries; creative advertising, digital media and outdoor adventure retail. He appreciates the need for workplace cohesion in order to deliver the best results at work and life at home. Usually, the cohesion needs to start with the individual - discovering a better relationship with yourself, which can then positively extend outward to others, even in times of stressful deadlines and meetings.


In the middle of 2019, Stu decided to take a break from the fast-paced corporate world to focus on Kanuka Yoga Space, his Yoga teaching journey, and his full-time music career.





When he's not practicing yoga or playing music, you'll find him surfing, snowboarding and on multi-day hikes; his classes are aimed to positively influence your experience in nature. Finding more balance with a stable core, better mind-body awareness and finding regular moments of gratitude.



You can follow him on Instagram @_stuj_

Or, subscribe to his YouTube Channel