Yoga & Pilates


Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's in Germany where he was a carpenter and gymnast. He invented Pilates as a rehabilitation program for prisioners of war and injured soldiers then further developed over ensuing decades with a dance/ballet focus. 


Pilates classes focus on strength, muscle toning, body control, and flexibility, with the main emphasis being core strength. Pilates is a disciplined practice that when done regularly provides the greatest benefit.


Yoga is a living tradition with origins likely dating back at least 5000 years to the ancient Vedic traditions of India. It is an evolving science of self-inquiry that offers a huge array of philosophies, tools and techniques developed over millennia. Some of these tools include meditation, pranayama, asana, mantra and philosophical study. 


Yoga has the potential to work on body, mind and spirit. Classes can range from gentle and nourishing to challenging and sweaty. With all the variety, there is a class and a style for everyone. Yoga is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Once you get into Yoga though, you learn that it is so much more than just a physical practice. It is a philosophy, a passion and a way of life for many of those involved in Yoga. While you may be getting into yoga for the exercise, you may soon find yourself wrapped in the philosophy and spirituality that Yoga brings along with it.

Our Teachers

Holly Philpott

Fitness Professional | Pilates Instructor

Holly graduated from AUT in 1997 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies, however a lifelong passion for fitness and exercise led her back to AUT.  In 2003 she graduated with a Diploma in Fitness Training.  She followed this up with 2 years training towards full certification in Classical Pilates.
Holly has worked in Gyms and ran her own Pilates studio in Auckland for 12 years before being lucky enough to move to sunny Blenheim.  She has worked extensively in one to one training sessions and also teaching classes and has also been enjoying teaching weekly Circuit/Hiit classes. 

Gayleen Harris

Dru Yoga Teacher

Gayleen’s roots are in Golden Bay where she grew up on a farm near Farewell Spit. This has given her a love of the sea, nature and the outdoors. She travelled overseas for 15 years, returning to NZ in 2003 with her husband and baby. Her children are now teenagers and as a family they enjoy experiencing the outdoors, whether it’s tramping, biking, kayaking, swimming or sunrises at the beach. Gayleen is excited about offering her passion for health and wellbeing back to our community, so if you have ever been tempted to give yoga a go, now is the perfect time to try something new! As a result of her students feedback – improved sleep, greater flexibility, pain relief, reduced stress levels, increased muscle strength and balance - she has been inspired to make a conscious choice to more actively follow her passion, “working with people”, using Dru Yoga as a transformative platform for supporting others to recognise their strengths and achieve their goals.

Andi Stringer

Yoga Teacher

Andrea has just returned with her husband and two young children to Blenheim after 6 years in Abu Dhabi. Andi’s passion is yoga and sharing this gift with others. She studied Occupational Therapy and has experience thats spanned both physical and mental health settings. Andi has completed teacher trainings in India and Bali in multi style and hatha with Noah Maze. Exploring different styles of yoga has helped her to find the style that really suits her way of teaching. Her classes are paced by breath, strong and encourage safe body alignment. Andi has been fortunate to practice with some fantastic teachers from all around the world and spent her pre children years practicing Mysore Ashtanga ...but now enjoys a more gentler and relaxed approach. Expect to experience calm music and the use of props to make postures accessable to EVERYbody and to help to deepen asanas. Pranayama and meditation will be weaved into all classes so you walk away feeling relaxed and energised.

Anna Thomas

Physiotherapist | Pilates Instructor

Anna developed an interest in Pilates whilst practicing overseas as a new graduate. Having personally managed a lower back injury through Pilates; on return to NZ she decided to complete further training in clinical Pilates.

Anna has experience in APPI and Stotts Pilates, and achieved master class level in DMA Clinical Pilates. Having taught locally in Marlborough for 15 years, Anna has been delighted to witness the growth of Pilates into the hugely popular, mainstream form of exercise it is today. Excellent for postural strength, stability and rehabilitation it is an integral component of Anna's clinical practice. 

Kate McNabb

Physiotherapist | Yoga Teacher

Kate has practiced Yoga since her first year at university where she found the benefits to be far more than just physical, although the physical practice is what drew her to it in the first place. When beginning work as a new graduate Physiotherapist, Yoga helped her to manage a new-found neck and shoulder tightness from all the manual therapy she was providing her patients. 

Kate completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the knowledgeable and skillful facilitator Adele Kinghan of Rise Yoga.  She has gone on to complete 100 hrs of Embodied Yin and 60 hrs of Pre and Postnatal yoga. Kate's training is rooted in Embodied Flow™ and Tantrik Philosophy where the body is seen as a 'vehicle for awakening'. Her classes are a fusion of vinyasa and hatha practices, where you will be encouraged to let your breath move you. 

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Blenheim 7201
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