Our People


Anna Jakes

Anna is the co-owner and specialist pre and postnatal yoga teacher at Sanctuary Health. She started practicing yoga in 1994 finding it a great way to balance the challenges of study and work. Anna started teaching in 2007 after completing a Diploma in Yoga at Wellpark College (Auckland, NZ).  She has also completed Donna Farhi’s Advanced Yoga Studies and likes to incorporate her principles in class. Anna's passion is working with pre and post natal women and their babies and has completed various teacher training's in this field including the Bliss Baby Teacher Training in Byron Bay, Australia. She is Mum to Ruby and Jimmy and loves hanging out with them and their Dad in the Port Hills.

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.



Angie Moffat

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.

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.

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Jane Hardcastle

Jane is passionate about teaching, learning, health and wellness. She has worked in health care for almost 30 years as a nurse, lecturer and supervisor in professional practice and academia. A personal yoga practice supported Jane through Master’s and Doctoral studies in adult education.

She has studied with esteemed teachers Donna Farhi, Lisa Petersen, Neal Goshal, Leila Stewart, Karla Brodie, John Ogilvie, Peter Clifford, Swami Layananda Saraswati and the iRest institute. Jane has also studied pilates and movement therapies Hanna Somatics and Franklin method with Polestar NZ, Tania Huddart, Lisa Petersen, Morten Dithmer and local mentors Abbey Parsons & Melanie Orr.

Jane has a particular interest in spinal health and core stability. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT200).


Sarah Doig

Sarah first discovered the practice of yoga in her early 20’s and was instantly drawn to the sense of calm it bought into her life, in particular the ebbs and flows that come with motherhood. 

In 2018 Sarah completed her 200hr teacher training with Bess Prescott and Tahl Rinsky at Creature Yoga, Byron Bay. Sarah is passionate about working with pregnant women and new Mum’s and is currently completing the Bliss Baby Pre and Postnatal Teacher Training.

“I hope to teach students and awareness of their own bodies, bring an appreciation for alignment to keep integrity to the practice whilst facilitating a deeper connection to the breath. 

We are all unique and yoga can support us and inspire us in our own individual ways”

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Romy Barbier

Romy started practicing Yoga in 2006. Inspired and encouraged by some wonderful Christchurch teachers she went onto complete her 200hr Power Vinyasa training in 2011/12, and since then her practice and teaching has blossomed and evolved to meet her own needs and the needs of her students.

Romy welcomed her first baby in 2014, and second in 2016.

“I practiced and taught through both my pregnancies and started teaching pregnancy yoga in 2015. It was though this transition of becoming a mother that I have really been able to embody the practice of slowing down, and value the magic in the stillness as well as the movement that yoga provides. 

I love sharing the beauty of yoga and participating in its many different forms.”

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Casey Bell

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.

In 2015 Casey completed her 200hr teacher training with Santosha Bali (including a Pre/post-natal intensive). Casey also loves to teach SUP (stand up paddle) Yoga, gaining a yoga alliance certification while in Bali.

Casey has a Bsc in Biological Sciences and is dedicated to her own ongoing education. She is starting her 200hr Yoga Therapy teacher training in 2018.