Anna first started practicing yoga in 1994 whilst at university finding it a great way to balance the challenges of study and work. She continued to explore and practice a range of styles and in 2007 completed a Diploma in Yoga at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies (Auckland, NZ). She has a particular passion for Pre and Post Natal Yoga and has completed various teacher trainings in this area with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati, (Ashram Yoga, Auckland) Amanda Reid, (Samadhi Yoga, Wellington) and Ana Davis (Bliss Baby Yoga, Australia).
Anna has also completed Donna Farhi’s Advanced Yoga Studies and continues to study with Donna, incorporating many of her principles in classes.
Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and is a Registered Yoga and Pre Natal Yoga Teacher (RYT – 500, RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance.
I love the way my yoga practice and teaching has changed over the years and evolves with each stage of life. At present being the mum of two little ones, my passions are prenatal and postnatal yoga. During yoga practice I like to explore the balance between stability and strength; fluidity and openness, and how these principles transfer to everyday life
Dan is our acupuncturist and massage therapist. Dan is an experienced practitioner who specialises in musculoskeletal health and pregnancy care; he currently works out of Halswell Clinic. Dan is also interested in yoga and martial arts and teaches children and adults karate at Port Hills Karate. With a deep connection to Christchurch, he loves to spend time on his mountain bike, with his wife, Anna and their kids Ruby and Jimmy.
Qualifications and Affiliations:
- Master of Health Sciences (First Class Hons.)
- Diploma of Acupuncture
- Bachelor of Education (Physical Education and Health)
- Member of Acupuncture New Zealand
- ACC treatment Provider
Angie started practicing yoga at Sanctuary Health in 2008, her love of the practice led her to complete her Level One Teacher Training at Byron Yoga Centre in Australia. Since then Angie has gone on to study with many internationally recognised teachers including Donna Farhi and Lisa Petersen. Angie continues to travel around New Zealand and further afield to study yoga with teachers whom inspire her. Angie found her most recent study of Hanna Somatics with Theresa Evans of Essential Somatics profoundly inspiring and is eager to deepen her knowledge of this practice. During her leisure time Angie loves getting away with her husband to their bach in the Marlborough Sounds where she can practice yoga on her deck, do some stand up paddle boarding and relax and renew in the beautiful surrounds.
Jane is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).
Finding hot yoga in 2005 is what got Romy started on a yoga journey. After sporadically trying different yoga classes here and there, it was after trying her first Bikram class that she was hooked. Romy practiced in Christchurch for several years with several encouraging and inspiring teachers. In 2007 she moved to Melbourne with her partner where she continued to practice yoga and later practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga while living in Edinburgh in 2008. It was around this time that she decided to become a yoga teacher. In January 2012 she finished her Power Vinyasa training through Power Living Australia Yoga.
As a new mum in 2014 I decided it was time to change pace and took a Pre and Post Natal teacher training course through Bliss Baby Yoga. I have been practicing yoga for 10 years now, and I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of yogis in Christchurch and to share my excitement for the practice with everyone at Sanctuary Health.
After trying her first yoga class in Hamburg, Germany, Doreen loved the stillness and connection of the body & mind. This connection stayed and travelled with Doreen all the way to New Zealand, her country of choice to live where she continued her Yogic path, attending classes while working as a guide for hiking tours in New Zealand.
After many years of being a passionate student she decided to learn more and to go deeper into the whole Science of Yoga. She refreshed and expanded her knowledge in anatomy at the Christchurch Polytechnic and subsequently attended an 18 month Teacher Training Course with the International Yoga Association. After finishing her research paper “Yoga for Thermal Illness” and completing the practical hours and assessment she qualified as a Certified Teacher in 2006, and completed an Advanced Certificate of Yoga Teacher Training with Donna Farhi in 2012.
for the last decade Doreen has taught in many different parts of Christchurch. Her classes emphasise body-mind connection, which enables us to reach our unique and full potential. Her teaching style is mindful, empowering and uplifting with a strong focus on honour, love and respect.
Casey first discovered yoga in her teens, attending classes on a casual basis. It wasn’t until the September earthquake of 2010 that really got her into a more regular practise. After the earthquake Casey began to suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. She needed to heal herself from the inside out and remembering how those classes from her teens made her feel, she went back and this time on a more regular basis. It was around this time she began her first home based practise which she still loves today.
Loving all things wellness, self-care and movement orientated, Casey is a first-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo. Teaching kids and adults alike for Hyeon Mu Taekwondo Christchurch, she loves how interconnected her yoga practise is with martial arts, complementing each other on many levels.
Achieving a Bsc in Biological Sciences in 2011, it wasn’t until 2015 that she was able to take her first yoga teacher training, being lucky enough to fully immerse herself in her studies for five weeks in Bali. After her 200hr teacher training with Santosha Bali she stayed to do a Pre/post-natal intensive. Casey also loves to teach SUP (stand up paddle) Yoga, gaining a yoga alliance certification while in Bali.
Casey is dedicated to her own ongoing education and attends as many workshops as possible. She is looking at beginning her 200hr Yoga Therapy teacher training in 2018.
“Self-care is not always easy, but it is always worth it”
Kerrieann completed a 4 year BSC in Radiography at King’s College, London in 1998. It was around this time she took her first yoga class. Kerrieann finished a Post Grad. Diploma in ultrasound in 2002, with an interest in obstetrics. Kerrieann takes her knowledge and interest in this area into her yoga and hopes to learn more about yoga for pregnancy. Kerrieann completed her Level One Teacher Training at the Byron Yoga Centre in Byron Bay under the guide of John Ogilvie in June 2010, which she found an inspiring experience.
I moved to Christchurch in 2005 where I dabbled in bikram yoga. It was not until February 2009, my real passion for yoga emerged. I met Anna and thoroughly enjoyed the balance she brought to her yoga classes. The lower back and shoulder pain I suffered with from years as a radiographer and sonogarpher had resolved following 6 months of Anna’s classes. Yoga will always be part of my daily routine because of it’s overwhelming benefits, grounding nature and nurturing effect. I also have a passion for healthy eating, vegetarian cooking, gardening, the movies, I enjoy every form of retail therapy and I love to fly home to Ireland as much as possible :-).