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Yoga & Pilates

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

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

James Wvinner

Yoga Teacher | Yoga Therapist

James came to yoga 25 years ago, using the practice to heal from a near death accident.  He has studied with some of the top teachers in the Western world, including Maty Ezraty, Shiva Rea, Mark Stephens, Dena Kingsburg and Duncan Wong. James is a 500 Hour YTT and offers group yoga classes, private yoga as well as yoga therapy. Yoga therapy uses yoga, breath work, massage and life style coaching either to heal from an injury or optimize health and longevity.

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Carmena Su

Yoga Teacher | Personal Trainer

Carmena is an athlete, yoga teacher and strength trainer. She discovered astanga yoga in 1998 in Melbourne, Australia and has studied with Pattabi Jois certified teacher  Dena Kingsburg as well as a myriad of other teachers such as Shiva Rea, Chad Hamrin and Jill Miller. Her goal is to help others find strength, alignment and relaxation through yoga, strength training and re-establishing the body's natural stability and harmony. Carmena teaches public yoga classes, yoga privates and personalized strength training programs.​

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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 has recently completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the knowledgeable and skillful facilitator Adele Kinghan of Rise Yoga.  Kate's training was based on Embodied Flow and Tantric Philosophy where the body is seen as a 'vehicle for awakening'. 

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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. 

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Rebecca Foster

Dru Yoga Teacher

Rebecca began practising yoga 10 years ago after the birth of her second child and the onset of postnatal depression. Motivated to self-heal, she begun yoga classes. Immediate positive results mentally and emotionally ensued and inspired Rebecca to engage in her first teacher training in Perth, Australia with the Flow Yoga school. This teacher training was supported by her knowledge and experience as a registered nurse and so begun her yogic path of holistic healing, yoga therapy and teaching yoga. A further training in vinyasa flow yoga at a 200hr teacher training in India - The Himalayan Institute of yoga - initiated her spiritual yoga journey. This then lead into her third teacher training with Dru yoga in Motueka, NZ.

Motivated by her passion for Dru and a commitment to offering a professional and high quality of service to the community, Rebecca continues to update her skills and knowledge through regular trainings and courses. 

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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.

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Andrea Stringer

Yoga Teacher

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 accessble to EVERYbody and help to deepen asanas. Pranayama and meditation will be weaved into all classes so you walk away feeling relaxed and energised.

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