MEET THE TEAM
Yoga Teacher | Ayurveda Enthusiast
Simone shares her love of yoga with light-hearted, feel-good vinyasa flow classes. Focusing on correct alignment, she will invite you to challenge yourself and have a play with something new, as well as connect and wake up both your mind and body.
Trained by the inspirational Duncan Peak and his industry-leading teacher training school Power Living, Simone brings Wanganui its very first vinyasa flow yoga – a style suited to those after a modern, athletic and flowing practice.
Off the mat Simone works as a communications freelancer and is Mum to two lively monkeys. Healthy-eating and living is her thing after experiencing its positive effects on her own health. She is Yoga Alliance registered (largest international association of yoga teachers) and is committed to ongoing education and training.
Yoga Teacher | Green-fingered Yogini
Marian is a certified Yoga Teacher as well as a school teacher, with 15 years specialising in linguistics in Brunei, South East Asia – a place where she also discovered her love of yoga.
Marian embodies a yogic lifestyle and says: “yoga is an essential part of my life as is eating, drinking and breathing”.
Marian and her playful, giving vibe is present in our beginners courses to gently assist students to find the correct alignment of poses by bringing awareness to any imbalances. She also leads a gentle Monday evening vinyasa flow class. You might see Marian on her bike around town when she’s not tending to her verdant colourful garden or B&B guests.
Yoga Teacher | Mother | Nature-loving Tea Drinker
A dedicated yin yoga teacher, trained under some of the industries best – Karla Brodie, Neal Ghoshal, Vincent Bolletta and Dyana Wells – Belinda’s yin classes offer a safe and truly nourishing experience for the mind, body and spirit through the integration of asana (poses) and pranayama (breath).
Belinda has been ‘playing’ yoga for over 10 years. However, it was when some serious health issues surfaced in 2011 that her practice took on a deeper approach, and when she experienced first-hand the mental, physical and emotional healing powers of yoga.
Today, Belinda’s own practice entails a mixture of yin and yang yoga – two complementary forces for the ultimate balance. She describes her yoga practice as “my happy place of being and not just doing”.
Meditation Teacher | Playlist Master | Resident DJ
Simon has experienced first-hand the mind/body benefits of meditation after discovering it five years ago.
As an intermediate school teacher by day, he has also seen how helpful it is for his students in bringing more focus and calm to their school-life.
Simon will soon be offering mindful meditation classes to the schedule; meanwhile he is the genius behind the epic playlists in every yoga class. A perfect fit for the task given his love of music, a decade of experience as a London DJ and his current past-time as bass guitarist in local band Kessel. Simon will DJ live once a quarter when we turn our Wednesday evening class into ‘VINYASA party’ with all proceeds going to charity. Simon is married to Simone and would love their two lively monkeys to sit in more ‘quiet’ meditation.
Meditation Training The Life Raft 2017
Further training in progress