to encourage people to walk in beauty where they can reconnect and cultivate a relationship within themselves.
to provide teachings that allow students to take their learnings off the mat to form deeper relationships in the wider world.
to elevate consciousness and well-being and ultimately help people to realise and fulfill potential.
Although Melissa was introduced to yoga in the womb, was raised in the world of alternative health, & has been teaching since 2001. New to Auckland, Melissa handed over her Wellington studio a few years ago and went on a walkabout to question & renew.
She's delighted to return to weekly teaching & to share these practices with you that she has been exploring for decades. Her aim is to empower you to empower yourself, and to embody your strength and grace in this lifetime. Individual evolution and liberation are key drivers in how Melissa teaches. Each aspect of her teachings – mudra, mantra, pranayam, asana, poetry – has been specifically chosen for its efficient and effective ability to cultivate both union and liberation.
Over the years Melissa has developed her very own signature series, MYOGA, a fusion of influences woven together to empower you to empower yourself, and to embody your strength and grace in this lifetime.
Originally from the Gold Coast in Australia, Brooke has lived in Auckland for 16 years. Residing in Henderson Valley with her partner, 3 sons, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 chickens & pig, she now calls NZ her home. Having worked at the YMCA for about 15 years, starting out as a fitness instructor & personal trainer back in 2002, she eventually worked her way up to centre management.
Yoga has been a part of Brooke's life for 23 years and she relishes teaching a yang style of yoga; power, vinyasa and hot. She had a successful career in athletics and netball until being overcome by injury a few years back. Discovering that yoga was the only activity that helped her with her chronic pain, it was inevitable that she felt indebted to the yoga world and brings this sense of gratitude to every class. While trekking to Mt Everest in 2018, she decided to dedicate her whole career to yoga.
Brooke can often be heard saying that her yoga teachings "strengthen and lengthen the mind and body".
Shannon hails from Dallas, Texas, and it was while at university in South Carolina studying psychology that she first discovered yoga in 2008. Shortly after she moved to Santa Cruz, California to delve deeper into her practice by participating in Mark Stephen’s 200-hour yoga teacher training and in-depth studies program.
Upon completion, she obtained her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She has taught yoga at Amsa Yoga & Mindfulness Practice Center, in Sydney, and eventually in Auckland for the past 4 years. Shannon completed her 500-hour training in beautiful Bali in July 2016 which led to assisting yoga teacher trainings there as well.
For Shannon, the practice of yoga offers a sense of being grounded, light, and present. "The yoga mat offers a true journey inwards, a place for self discovery and a tuning into the present moment."
Born in Singapore, Celia has recently decided to call New Zealand home. Her yoga journey began in 2009 when she was invited to a local studio. She then took a leap of faith in 2014 and quit her full-time job, to attend her first 200 hours yoga teacher training with the prestigious Hom Yoga.
Since then, Celia has attended various trainings in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Anatomy, and Thai Massage. A backpacking trip around Asia in 2016 saw her teaching at several studios in Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore, offering both private and group classes.
Celia’s style of classes is influenced by her education in Psychology, Yoga, and Massage, and can be described as a fusion of yoga, mindfulness, sound alignment, and self-therapy. Massage balls are sometimes used in classes too. She enables practitioners to feel free and safe on their mats to practice whatever yoga may mean to them that day. After all, it is not about just touching your toes; it is about what you learn and feel on the way down.
Adventurous, creative, unique, global, charitable, energetic LJ. Lauren's objective, after 17 years in the yoga industry, is to help as many people as possible to elevate their consciousness and well-being and ultimately fulfill their potential through the practices of yoga, life coaching, and mindfulness.
As an ex competitive athlete in athletics, cross-country, triathlon and duathlon, and high performing trail runner, as well as a senior corporate leader, Lauren knows how to use yoga to drive performance too. Yin has become a favourite discipline to practice and teach as she has sought more balance in her life and she loves helping others find this restoration too.
Lauren is excited to be able to combine forces with this amazing group of teachers to elevate YogaTech to the next level and build a true yoga and teaching community. With a deep experience in vinyasa and yin teaching, along with life coaching, her classes will far exceed your expectations.
Greg's journey with yoga and meditation began in 2009 alongside his performing career as an actor in New York City. Overwhelmed by the emotions that came along with constant auditioning and dealing with rejection, he searched for a way out of the negative self-talk and feelings of disconnection.
A friend and Kundalini Yoga instructor introduced him to the practice and he was immediately hooked. This was a way of physically confronting unwanted emotions in a safe environment that lead to noticeable results.
Greg got his first taste of teaching when he was performing for Disney Cruise Line and was asked to step in for the outgoing yoga instructor. Teaching students from all over the world and all walks of life, he realised the universality of our desire for deeper connection with our bodies, minds, and each other.
With nearly 1000 hours of training and instructing under his belt, Greg specialises in Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga, Greg is the spiritual teacher who will connect you to your inner joy through yoga, breath, chanting, and meditation.