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.

Amy Cunliffee - Certified Yoga Instructor

Amy Cunliffe

 Yoga teacher

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At Kia Kaha I teach guided hot yoga and mindful classes. Come join my class and you'll find a challenge and stillness in the moment. You'll find yourself doing unexpected variations of traditional poses that challenge you to tap into your inner space to find deeper levels coordination, concentration and appreciation of your body and mind.

 

I believe yoga should be accessible and inclusive for every person and body so I offer plenty of modifications in my classes, and encourage students to listen to what their body is telling them. Come along to one of my classes and you'll be surprised by what you'll discover about yourself, because that's what yoga offers, a space to explore who you are and how you move through this world. 

 

I completed my 200 hour RYT and I am continually in a state of grow, play and learn with my practice and I am passionate about sharing my love of yoga with you. 

 

I found yoga as a teenager, way before it was cool, and it was literally your grandma's yoga class, I walked into class and was the youngest person there by decades. I don't know why but I continued to practice yoga on and off for several years, noticing that when my practice was on, life just felt better, and when it was off, it was like something was not quite right. 

 

That push/pull continued until I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my 20s, after that, yoga and meditation became an integral part of my health and healing programme. 

 

Tea, snowboarding, freediving, reading books and cuddling animals are some of my favourite things. When I'm not in the studio teaching, I coach entrepreneurs to design inspired businesses doing what they love. 

 

I love meeting people and hearing their stories too, if any of this resonates with you, seek me out for a chat. 

 

I look forward to meeting you in the studio. 

Behavioural Psychologist Tiare Tolks

Tiare Tolk

Behavioural Psychologist

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Tiare

At times, life can get messy. Whether the messiness is related to challenges in our relationships, work, a transition phase of life, resulting from an unexpected painful event or an ongoing unsolvable stressor - whatever the context, it can leave us feeling varying degrees of Sad, Bad or Mad (or the full trifecta).

If feeling Sad, Bad or Mad is affecting your functioning or stopping you from excelling and enjoying life, therapist support may help you reclaim a sense of fulfilment, true purpose and direction. Or just get back on track.

Whilst Sad, Bad and Mad can feel overwhelming and hard, they also present an amazing opportunity for growth. Through therapy, I support my clients to gain clarity, awareness and understanding, as well as motivation to make courageous new choice in times of messiness. Together we examine our human ‘go to traps’ (the way we think, feel and behave)  and experiment with skills and strategies that empower one to better navigate life. Sometimes, through exploration and awareness development, we just recognise that yesterday’s solutions aren’t working for today’s problems (and we find new solutions).

My driver is facilitating discovery and encouraging new ways to be and do. Helping others to do things differently results in systemic change and that excites me. I love working with individuals but I also like facilitating groups and developing programmes to achieve a broader reach.

At the heart of my work are my favourite empirically evidenced modalities all of which encompass a mind-body philosophy. My approach is solutions and strengths focussed with values, neuroscience and compassion being at the centre.  My style is warm, eclectic and tailored to address the needs of the present moment.

If you are considering therapy and are curious about whether  you and I might be a good fit, drop me a line on tiarebtolks@gmail.com or call me on 0221228923.

Yoga, Pilates and HIIT trainer Carson Robertson

Carson Robertson

YOGA TEACHER, PERSONAL TRAINER, WELLNESS COACH

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Carson began practicing at 19 in her home country of Canada. Originally her goal was focused around the physical practice of yoga. However, after completing her 200 hr teacher training the expansiveness of the practice was revealed to her, opening up the flood gates of exploration. Since completing her training, Carson has taught yoga on the high seas, teaching her fellow crew members on board Holland America Line. During her extensive travels she has developed a greater understanding of the world which is evident in her teaching. Carson’s main focus is to provide a practice that is accessible to all levels. Allowing for her students to experience the wonderful benefits of yoga without the preconceived notation that they are “not flexible enough” for the practice. Carson is looking forward to continuing her teaching journey in New Zealand.

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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