The Kia Kaha Way

A Māori phrase that means “Be Strong”. Our team believes strength comes from within and covers spiritual (heart), mental (mind) and physical (body) states.

Kia Kaha Studios aims to assist people through the journey of finding their strength in order to continuously develop self-confidence, well-being and a healthy body. We provide exercise programs that focus on activating a variety of muscle groups and work to strengthen and lengthen the spine so that you can stand taller and improve your flexibility, balance and body awareness.

We understand that everybody is different and we believe that we should aim to be the best we can. With that in mind, we will always encourage you to challenge your limits but also understand your body, keep focused on technique and go at your own pace.

LET US GUIDE YOU TO BRING OUT THE BEST OF YOU!
Meditating to feel good
Acroyoga

Our Mission Is to Provide

a Space where people aren’t judged

Are able to learn 

Exposed to different things

Bathrooms

Welcome to Our Beautiful Studio 

Kia Kaha Studios` facilities have:

  • 2 toilets
  • 3 private showers with body wash all supplied
  • Complimentary grooming and skin care products
  • Hair dryer, hand and bath towels
  • Lockers to store your valuables
  • Water station to fill your water bottles.

Meet Our Team

All our team have a unifying trait, their services are part of a whole, and for a balanced lifestyle we need to look at them all.

Karl Henare
Karl Henare

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
Billee White

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 Cunliffe
Amy Cunliffe

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. 

Billee White
Lisa Cher

My yoga journey began at the age of 15 after hearing about the mental and physical
benefits (and being slightly too intimidated to try any other group fitness classes). A casual weekly practice grew into a path of transformation and realization of the deep and powerful healing yoga has to offer. I began exploring different styles from Bikram to Yin, Meditation
classes and being drawn to books and podcasts around yoga and spirituality. Always inspired to ask the big questions, I felt a curiosity and desire to learn more. Wanting to deepen my knowledge I signed up for a 200-hour yoga teacher training in India, shortly followed by a second here in New Zealand. In 2019 I travelled back to India after being asked to take on the lead anatomy teacher role on that very training which I was a student on myself. Through this journey I have found that I have a deep passion and interest in the body and I have decided to pursue this further with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy commencing in 2021.
It can be so easy for us to lose touch with ourselves in life and feel weighed down by the expectations and seriousness we can experience. For me, teaching yoga and Pilates is about helping others to break free from this mindset, even if it’s only for a short glimpse at first. Drawing from my own experience, I hope to help others deepen their own sense of curiosity and understanding about themselves, all through a playful and lighthearted
attitude. I really believe in mindful body alignment and functional movement to enhance everyday life. I encourage students to use their time on the mat and reformer as a way to explore and navigate the mind and body, and most importantly enjoy themselves!

Cecilia Trini Pilates Instructor
Cecilia Trini

I first discovered Pilates while I was looking for a technique to help improve my core strength, body awareness and conditioning for my Tango dance practice. With my background in dance, Pilates was the perfect style of exercise to strengthen, tone, and stretch my body as well as focus my mind. I became into a great Pilates advocate after experiencing the benefits first-hand, loving the way it made my body feel and wanting to share that experience with others, after years of self-practice I decided to go through a teacher training program. In 2011 and before moving to New Zealand, I completed my first Classical Pilates course in Argentina at Movimiento Pilates School. Later on, I obtained my certification in Reformer & Mat Pilates at Stability Plus Pilates, Auckland. An opportunity to develop my love to travel came up by the end of 2017 and I started working as a tour guide, combining both activities.

Ally Moore Yoga Instructor
Ally Moore

Yoga found Ally during a two year solo sojourn through the depths of South East Asia and India in 2017. She was immediately hooked on the philosophical and energetic aspects of the practice and headed straight for Rishikesh, India – the believed birthplace of yoga – where she jumped into a 200-hour Astanga Vinyasa training. Upon returning to Aotearoa, she completed her second 200-hour training in 2019. Movement has always come naturally to Ally, who has spent most of her life as a competitive jazz and contemporary dancer. She is enthralled by the psychology of wellbeing, and the path of yoga that allows students to delve deep and uncover layers of themselves. Her sequences are influenced by these elements and are interwoven with themes that encourage participants to become curious about all aspects of life with the ultimate goal of finding safety in the physical body. Ally’s classes are interlaced with meditation, energy work and grounding practices, with movement based elements that are designed to help practitioners explore how each individual, unique body moves. Ally has a degree in communication with a focus on interpersonal and intercultural engagements, and offers clear and personable guidance. Learning is Ally’s true passion, and she is currently furthering her yoga education towards a 300-hour certification at Om Yoga Studio as well as studying towards a degree in Psychotherapy.

Caroline Bindon Yoga Instructor
Caroline Bindon

My mission is to make yoga accessible for everybody. A space where your yoga practice
meets your individual body and welcomes you onto the mat with love and kindness.
I encourage personal inquiry in each movement. As human beings, we are constantly
changing so when each practice is approached with a curiosity and an inquisitive mind,
there are infinite possibilities to uncover, explore and dive into. In doing so, you become
masterful in your own body, not as an end point to achieve but a space from which to
launch each practice.
This ‘work-in’ approach allows yoga to be accessed by any body, a journey back home to
your true nature, where you learn to listen to your body and respond with self-love. This
methodology is designed to empower you to take these tools off the mat and into your daily
life.
I have been practicing yoga for 20 years and I am passionate about sharing my experiences
and knowledge, and love helping others find the freedom of body/mind/spirit that I have
found through my own practice. I incorporate my knowledge of contemporary dance and
somatic methodology (consciously performed movement with intention) into every yoga
class.
I teach a contemporary style of yoga which is enquiry-based practice. This approach allows
every ‘body’ to experience yoga with modifications given and suggestions to explore
throughout the class. My intention is to guide you towards restoring balance, stability and
connection with ease and sustainability in every movement, and to find new pathways of
moving that are unique to your body.
Through this practice you will build an experiential knowledge of your body, of being
(present) in your body – embodiment. If yoga means a returning home to self, to your
unique wholeness, my classes are in service of this.

Associated Health Practicioners

Billee White
Kimberley Bell

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
Tiare Tolks

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.

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Welcoming vibe

We offer a place where you can turn up, have a tea and and chat then do some movement, making the challenge fun.

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Professional & Friendly Staff

With smaller classes you will be addressed individually each time and encouraged as we share in your journey to health.

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Sooooo many classes

With classes from 6am and only finishing at 8:30pm we cater to most schedules.

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Fitness requires balance

We have professionals who specialise in each area AND also professionals who work in multiple areas so you can find the mix that best works for you.

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Learn for yourself

We encourage you to learn the ‘Why” of each aspect as then you can choose, or not choose, the options that best suit you on any given day/week

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Locally owned and operated

Keeping it in the community just works, as all the instructors and owner live locally and this is their baby.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”

Joseph Pilates

(09) 600 1890

info@kiakahastudios.co.nz

18 Byron Ave, Takapuna