Our Teachers

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KIM MUNRO

Kim’s has weaved through several career paths and moved from one side of the world to the other. The common thread through her career path has been the love of working with people, from hairdresser to social worker, and now as a yoga teacher and studio owner.

Kim is a true believer in natural therapies treating the root cause of our physical and mental ailments. A conclusion she came to while making yoga part of her daily life to overcome some serious health issues.

Now as a highly experienced yoga teacher, Kim passes on her passion for improving and encouraging long-term health, well-being and happiness.

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200 hour YTT Power Living
300 hour  Noah Mazé
50 hour Yin Teacher Training
Currently studying for YogaMazé Certification

 

The body we have today you have consistently and persistently created.

It is only with the same level of persistence and consistence and most importantly compassion towards yourself that you can affect change.

Kim Munro

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ANDY MUNRO

Andy loves to feel the taste of ageless freedom in his mind and body.

In the last decade, he has redesigned himself from one of a stressed and stiff endurance based 30 something, weekend athlete, to that of a youthful 40-year-old with bounce and elasticity to spare.

His health and fitness journey took him from an 18-year-old sports science grad to meditation training school and many places in-between. Andy Co-owns Empower Studio in Wellington’s CBD where he spends his time working as a personal vitality coach delivering his three major passions – mindfulness meditation, functional movement and nutritional bio-individuality to his many clients.

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BSc (Hons) – Sports and Exercise Science

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Qualified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

Qualified Personal Trainer & Clinical Exercise prescription

200 hour Yoga Teacher

TRX Suspension

Animal Flow Trainer

 

“If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t, you’re right”

Henry Ford

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MADDY COOPER

After working in Public Relations and the Screen Production Industry for seven years, Maddy decided it was time for change and to refocus. She took the opportunity to explore one of her passions and booked in to do a one-month intensive yoga teacher training program. “Yoga, mindfulness and meditation have not only been hugely beneficial in maintaining a healthy work-life balance but they have also given me the gift of being able to teach life changing techniques to improve the lives of others.”

Since embarking on this journey Maddy has lived by a quote “The purpose of life is to find your gift, the meaning of life is to give it away.” Empowering the individual is a gift and one that Maddy is committed to passionately. Maddy is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yin including Pranayama breathing techniques and guided meditation. 

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Ashram Yoga – 200hr Teacher Training Certification (RYS200 Yoga Alliance)

BCSHons – Communication Studies (First Class)

NZBCF Advocate – breast cancer survivor creating positive change and supporting health and wellbeing!

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SHIRLEY MCLEOD

Shirley is a wife, mother, corporate career woman, yoga teacher and aspiring wellness warrior. After a crazy 2013 where she had her second child, led a once-in-50-year change to criminal prosecution processes, and was runner-up in New Zealand Project Manger of the Year, the universe intervened. While on holiday, Shirley stumbled across an outdoor yoga class – starting a journey that would ultimately help her to better manage her busy work and family commitments. Using yoga to de-stress, unwind, and relax, Shirley has become more focused, productive, confident and effective.

Shirley founded Yoga With Me in 2015 to keep herself accountable in the lead up to completing yoga teacher training, but also to encourage and inspire others to give yoga a go – whether that’s for fitness, flexibility, stress management, relaxation, mindfulness or just because you want a reason to wear comfy yoga pants all day. Yoga With Me is now New Zealand’s largest online community for yoga inspiration, advice and encouragement. Shirley also spreads her message in person, speaking to corporate and wellness events across New Zealand about the importance of creating calm and finding balance in our busy lives.

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CAT BLAND

Cat started dancing at the age of 10, soon developing a passion for Jazz, Tap and Ballet. After completing a Diploma in Commercial Dance, she went on to dance professionally around the world including Cyprus and Morocco.

Relocating to Melbourne in 2011, Cat worked as a dance teacher for various styles and ages. Her love of fitness, yoga and health brought her to train as a barre instructor at Barre Body in 2013. Barre Body is a unique style of barre class that incorporates pilates, dance and yoga. Cat’s love for Barre then inspired her to complete her Level 1 teacher training qualification with Byron Yoga Centre in 2014.

In 2016, Cat decided to move back to Wellington and is currently studying Education at Victoria University. Since returning she has also been teaching barre and yoga classes, as well as reformer pilates.

Cat is so excited to introduce this style of Barre class to Wellington and Empower Studio. Her classes are fast and dynamic, and every class is different. She teaches a challenging class but has a strong focus on alignment as well as listening to what your own body needs.

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JASMINE WONG

Jasmine fell in love with yoga the minute she stepped onto a yoga mat in 2007. She is a true believer that yoga is the best medicine for the body, mind and soul. Jasmine received her 200-hour teacher training certification on the secluded Little Corn Island, Nicaragua, under the guidance of Meghan Currie. She feels this was one of the most wonderful achievements and experiences of her life.

She is continuing to study with Noah Maze in a 300-hour advanced teacher training, to be completed in 2017.

Jasmine’s eagerness to help people find alignment and peace in their practice is what brings her to teach. She enacts yoga instruction with a strong practice base in a natural, fun approach, typical of her personality. Jasmine’s practice is constantly evolving as a student and teacher. She feels blessed and inspired by the people she’s met along the way and plans to continue training across the globe.

Off the mat, Jasmine is a creative person, working as digital artist in film. She loves travel, people and life. Embracing all the adventures it has to offer. She has a background in martial arts, also teaching Kung Fu at a Black Sash level.

ELLEN BUTLER

Ellen came from a background in classical ballet. When she was about 16, after weeks of intense practice for a show, an instructor lead her class through a restorative yoga series to help ease the tension from the past weeks. She fell in love. This was a practice that spoke to the movement enthusiast in her, but in a gentler and more nourishing way.

By the time Ellen went to university, academic commitments and physical strain meant giving up dancing. After 16 years of training in classical ballet and contemporary dance this was a hard decision to make. Fortunately for her, practicing yoga meant using movement in the same intentional way as dancing but this time without any negative effects.

After graduating university with a degree in literature and creative writing, her passion for yoga grew by the year, leading her to the decision to share it with others as a teacher. In 2016, she received her 230-hour multi-style certification from Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina, USA

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JOSIANE O’ROURKE

Through teaching and practising yoga, Josiane sees on a daily basis the benefits that this discipline brings to people committed to leading very active lives. In 2010, after working for several years in the communications field, she completed her yoga teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa.

In 2012, Josiane began teaching SUP yoga (a yoga practice on water done with big surf boards) and, a year later, she received her accreditation from Paddle Canada.  She now divides her summers between teaching on land and on the water in Canada as well as in New-Zealand, and she is also a certified Yoga Tune UpⓇ (therapy balls) instructor. 

By sharing her passion, Josiane strives to promote wellness around her and hopes it will spread!