Kristina took her first Bikram yoga class in Calgary, Canada in 2002 on the recommendation of her integrative health practitioner. She was going through chelation therapy at the time, trying to lessen the burden of heavy metals in her body; mercury in particular.
“My first class really bowled me over. I knew instinctively it was something my body really needed and as it turned out, so did my mind!! It has been a journey of life changing proportions that has led me back to my country of birth, to give my fellow Kiwis the opportunity to experience this phenomenal process for themselves.
The more I learn about “Yoga”, the more I realise what a vast and wondrous subject it is. My deepest wish is that people just give themselves a chance – yoga class can be very confronting and we don’t like to be uncomfortable. But this is where the real work lays; thus, it truly is for everyone. Find a class, style, teacher and community that resonates with you and go for it. It can change your life!”
Yoga has changed Bianca’s life in so many ways and she has a lot to be thankful for. As a teenager she broke both tibia and fibular bones in her left and right legs and as a result struggled a long time with running, jumping, balancing and depression.
“I was introduced to Bikram yoga by a friend in my mid 20’s and like most people my first class was pretty overwhelming. But I did go back for a second time and have never looked back. This yoga not only helped strengthen my muscles and improve my balance, but it also helped with my depression and general well-being – I’ve never felt better!
I became a teacher in 2012 so I could share with others what this yoga has done for me. Yoga will always be part of my life as well as the lifelong friends I’ve made along the way and the awesome community I’m now a part of!”
Olivia took her first hot yoga class in 2011. Earlier that same year she had been training in Kung Fu in China in the middle of winter in the freezing cold and had been dreaming about hot yoga. Her first class did not disappoint and like many other practitioners, she knew instantly that hot yoga was something she needed.
“Yoga has helped to keep me fit and healthy over the years but even more importantly it has calmed my mind and that calmness is starting to spread to other aspects of my life. This peace of mind is what I wish for all practitioners, on and off the mat.
I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a strong community. Yoga is a personal practise but it also creates such unity between different people. We are lucky to have such a diverse and caring group of people in our community.”
Shanti is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teacher, beginning her journey in Australia practicing Hatha yoga and learning the bliss of silent meditation. She then came home to New Zealand to study natural health with the Naturopathic College of New Zealand, before travelling overseas to learn Hatha yoga in India, attend a Vipassana meditation retreat and learn more about the world.
Shanti has taught Hatha, Vinyasa, Pilates and Yin. “I am passionate about embracing all aspects of Self, from the soft nurturing side of the feminine to the strong warrior, and I believe in listening to the body’s needs as a way to live your best life.”