OUR TEAM

Karl Henare

Founder and Head Trainer

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Raised on the shore Karl travelled the world as a diving instructor and somehow managed to find himself as a manager for a manufacturing company. Realising that his life had somehow gone from a fit, outdoor lifestyle to an office surrounded by welding equipment he took the obvious steps to rectify this mistake. Having a body that was ageing from misuse and a sedentary lifestyle he was referred to pilates and hasn’t looked back. Taking it to the extreme he immersed himself in it and actually changed his career to help others find movement and health. With a BCom from Auckland Uni, a Cert IV in pilates from Breathe and a Cert IV in Personal training in Melbourne he has a wide range of knowledge and loves a good challenge and will help you push past boundaries that you thought were there. In the meantime he will distract you with his terrible dad jokes and casual banter so that it all seems little more enjoyable and a bit of an escape.

Billee White

Vibe generator, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Teacher

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I had a less than healthy 20's lost in depression and anxiety using recreational and prescription drugs to escape, leaving me feeling like a zombie, powerless and disconnected from myself. Broken by a lack of self love. Yoga finds you when you are ready for it. I didn't know what Yoga was but something called me to it. I was the only student in my first class wearing trackpants and a baggy T-shirt, the teacher, sensing what I needed took me through a fast and vigorous flow. Shift the energy. Create heat. Laying in savasana at the end of class I felt a joyful release and relief wash over me, I felt like I had come home, that I was now safe. From that point on I couldn't get enough. I was beginning to transform and I wanted more. Yoga took me on a journey towards self realization, igniting an alchemy of my soul through the heat of my physical practice. my body grew stronger taking me into shapes I never imagined possible shifting my perspective of myself. The insecure, destructive lost me fell away uncovering the truth of who I was and how to accept all parts of me, the dark with the light. The yang masculine aspects of yoga - strong physical practice shift energy and strengthen the body and the yin - feminine aspects, meditation and pranayama (breath) bring connection to the present moment all three creating unity which is the meaning of the word Yoga. My passion now is to share the potential of Yoga with people like you! People craving a deeper connection to themselves, a pathway to their authentic expression, personal power and freedom. The human experience is a tricky thing to navigate, it's not always sunshine and lollipops. Yoga offers a system to help guide us through. My aim is to translate this in a very down to earth way, teaching ways to embody the full human experience, the shadow self and the light within. Our true power and freedom lies in embracing our whole selves, our humanness. When we understand this we unlock the door to our greatness. If you would like to work with me come to a class or book me in for a private session, follow your curiosity...find out what yoga can do for you.

Kristy Meyer

Homeopath, Hot Stone Massage therapist, Yoga teacher, Studio Coordinator

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Hi, I’m Kristy. My passion is natural health and wellbeing.

I began my journey at age 19 studying holistic massage and then homeopathy, learning that the mind, emotions and physical body are intrinsically linked. The physical body indicating when the emotional body is out of balance.

I have always been very active physically and then one day I tried yoga and discovered the magic it held. I started to feel the benefits off my mat in my everyday life and decided I wanted to share this magic with others. So, three years ago I completed my yoga teacher training, learning a safe sustainable form of yoga which is accessible to all bodies and ages.

Through the yogic practice of pranayama (breathing techniques), physical asana and mindfulness we can slow down, turn our gaze inward to connect with how we are feeling and in turn unlock what emotions are stored in our physical body.

I love the physical vinyasa flow, connecting movement with breath, finding strength and flow, lightness and adaptability. Skills we can take off the mat and use in our everyday life.

I also have a strong love of Yin yoga. Life is so busy these days we all need time to stop, slow down and connect to how we are feeling. Yin yoga creates the space for our body to soften, to open, to surrender as we allow the letting go of what no longer serves us. This is the balance of life the yin and the yang.

Come and join me on the mat as I take you on a journey inward.

You will also find me in my Align clinic at Kia Kaha Studios offering my services of massage, homeopathy, yoga therapy and doTERRA essential oils.

Come visit me soon.

Barbara Fleissner

Yoga teacher, Childrens Yogini

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RYT 200, RYT E-200 and RYT 500
Bliss Baby Pre Natal, Post Natal, Mums and Bubs
Restorative Yoga
Reiki 1
REPS (NZ) Accredited
Doterrra Oil Wellness Advocate and Doterra Aromatouch Massage Certified

Barbara has been practising yoga for almost 30 years and has found it to be a positive life changing journey. Attending her first yoga class introduced Barbara to a lifelong passion and in 2013 Barbara made the decision to train as a yoga teacher (RYT-200) to take her passion to the next level. Barbara completed training in restorative yoga and pre and post natal yoga prior to completing her next 300 hours yoga teacher training qualifying as RYT-500 in 2017. Catering for all levels, Barbara teaches a variety of yoga classes ranging from beautifully nurturing restorative, yin, purna, meditation and hatha to the more challenging and dynamic vinyasa flow and detox. Barbara ensures many different options are offered to assist students into asanas allowing them to gain confidence in their yoga practise and the opportunity to move into achievable challenges and peak poses whilst we open, lengthen and create space. An avid reader and researcher, Barbara loves sourcing new ideas to bring to the mat, whether they are physical, mental or yoga philosophy - no two classes are the same. Yoga is a journey not a destination and Barbara is committed to providing interesting and well-sequenced yoga classes taught professionally, safely, thoughtfully and mindfully.

Mallory Peterson

YOGA TEACHER, PERSONAL TRAINER, WELLNESS COACH

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I believe everyone should have the opportunity to feel their best, and I’m passionate about helping people on that journey. For me, it’s all about balance, and I think there is room in all of our lives for both ends of that wellness spectrum. I’m just as passionate about teaching or practicing yoga as I am about a really hard, high intensity workout. A plant-based home cooked meal or pizza and beers out on the town. The trick is to find the sweet spot, and in our culture we tend to be extremist...all or nothing. My approach to teaching fitness, coaching clients, or my personal life is keep it simple and keep it realistic. By starting small and actually listening to the mind body connection we do a much better job at keeping ourselves in a happy homeostasis. As a Wellness Coach, yoga instructor, personal trainer and fitness instructor, my style is to discover where people are, and ever so slightly challenge that boundary, helping every person I work with experience their next level potential.

Recently moving here from the States, my free time now is spent exploring this beautiful country. If I’m not playing outside or exploring, I’m probably searching high and low for the smoothest cup of coffee, besxt vegan sweet treat, licking a spoon full of peanut butter, or planning the next adventure. I’m a sucker for travel, great food, the outdoors and anything that involves fresh air and sunshine.

Olivia Santo

PILATES INSTRUCTOR

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Olivia is a Stott trained pilates instructor and Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher. Olivia has also been an early childhood teacher since 2010.

Olivia grew up locally, loves travelling, is passionate about holistic wellness and loves being in nature.

Olivia aims to create classes where clients feel empowered to move, gain body awareness and be challenged.

Rachel Massey

PSYCHOLOGIST

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Often we can struggle at times to reach out for psychological support. It can initially feel like a daunting prospect, but seeing a psychologist can be an extremely supportive and enlightening experience, helping you to feel better and enjoy life. It is a brave decision to seek counselling, and it is completely normal to feel anxious and unsure of what to expect. It is my job to make you feel safe and supported by providing a comfortable and trusting environment, enabling us to work through the issues and achieve your goals. My approach combines professionalism, honesty, warmth and humour, without judgement. I work with adolescents and adults.

Hailing from Aotearoa, I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and English at Otago University, New Zealand, followed by an Honours Degree in Psychology at Victoria University, New Zealand. I have lived in New Zealand, Dublin, London, Melbourne and Singapore, having returned to New Zealand permanently in late 2017. My passion for different cultures, food, people and experiences, has given me the ability to relate to people from all walks of life, diverse cultures and backgrounds.

I have been counselling for more than twelve years in a variety of settings; private, company, and schools. I have extensive experience working with both adolescents and adults, and enjoy drawing from a wide range of psychological approaches. I draw on a range of therapy approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focussed Therapy, and most recently EMDR Therapy.

I am experienced in the following areas:

  • Depression and mood related issues
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Grief and loss
  • Sexuality
  • Self esteem and confidence
  • IVF and infertility
  • Maternal mental health

I like to take a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing, exploring lifestyle and health, as well as emotional factors. I aim to provide you with the tools to make positive changes, to tackle your issues through self discovery and reflection, and to feel more empowered. I strive to help people discover or reconnect with their passions, and support them to live life to the fullest, whilst being able to make room and cope with unpleasant emotions when they arise. After all, they are part of life.

Fees:

  • Each session is 50 minutes in duration at a cost of $180 per session
  • Payments of cash and bank transfers accepted
  • Please note a cancellation fee of 50% will be charged if the appointment is cancelled within less than 24 hours notice
  • Alternatively, you may be able to claim through your private health insurance.
  • Contact your provider to see whether you are covered.
  • Concession rates are available for those experiencing financial difficulties.

Leah Winters

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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Leah began practising yoga as a young teen as a way to build strength and flexibility as a dancer. After finishing school she went on to dance professionally overseas continuing to practise yoga as she travelled the world. Upon returning home she felt a calling to explore her curiosity for yoga further and spontaneously travelled to Bali to complete her 200 hour teacher training. During this time she was able to explore herself deeply both physically and spiritually, and was able to discover what yoga truly meant to her, from then on she knew that it was more then just a physical practise but a way of life. Leah is passionate about combining different aspects of yoga from deep asana work to different meditation techniques and of course, use of the breath into her classes in order to provide yogis with a full mind body experience that will carry through on and off the yoga mat.

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