First and foremost I am a lifetime learner.
For me yoga is an ancient practice that recognises the body beyond it’s physicality to include a complexity of prana (energy). This practice encompasses movement (asana) in union with the breath body (pranamaya), alongside contemplative practices that serve to address the egoic mind towards stillness, calm, awareness and focus . I believe yoga is rooted in the fundamental human need to connect; to self, others and Life and I commit to living authentically, mindfully, sustainably in this world.
I am deeply humbled to include Yoga Teacher in the skill set below. Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner
HNLP Life Coach National
Certificate in Adult Education & Training (Lvl 4)
Midwife (BM, RM)
iRest (Level 1 Teacher in Training)
Mindfulness Childbirth Educator (www.opti-mum.co.nz)
Yoga Teacher (Contemporary Yoga)
Felicity Molloy (PhD, Med, GDHE, Senior Level 3 Teacher Yoga Australia/NZ, Dip Remedial Massage) is one of New Zealand’s experienced yoga and somatics practitioner/teachers. She draws on extensive community and tertiary skill, developing NZQA accredited programmes for professional practice-based topics of yoga, massage, dance, somatics – and natural therapies’ blended delivery.
Felicity has convened tertiary education conferences and seminars. Her interdisciplinary research includes older adults’ wellbeing through yoga, dance, and somatic approaches to blended delivery education. She recently attended the Japan Yoga Therapy Society and Asian Yoga Therapy Association international conference, July 4–7, 2018. During this event, “Towards a Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy,” the delegates’ aim was to establish relationships and communicate about yoga therapy as a field of enquiry on a global scale.
Felicity mentors teachers and students in applied anatomy for yoga teacher trainees and, for natural therapies, integrated practice, critical thinking and research studies. She is actively involved in the community through her yoga teaching and clinical massage practice in Westmere, Auckland.
Helen WIlliams (200-ERYT, 500 CYT, BA/ LLB) has been a student of yoga, advaita philosophy and meditation for over 20 years.
Introduced to yogic philosophy and meditation at 13, in yoga she discovered a system of wisdom and questioning that helped to make sense of her experience of not feeling completely at home in this human existence.
Having trained and worked as a lawyer for a period of time she made a heart fuelled choice to retrain and teach yoga and mindfulness fulltime in 2011.
Since 2011 she has spent her time adventuring, studying and teaching around the world. Her recent adventure has been in becoming a mum, which has cracked her heart and faculty of wonder wide open all over again.
Her classes interweave philosophy of daily life with intentional breath and bodywork. She invites her students to be present, to move intentionally and compassionately, to breathe, and to investigate how our practice on the mat can influence and enhance our life off the mat.
Co-Director of the Wellness Collective and the Contemporary Yoga Centre in Auckland, Jac Wilson spent her formative years Highland Dancing before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education (Otago) and a Diploma in Contemporary Dance (Performing Arts School, Auckland). Yoga was a foundation to her physical training which she spent a good decade practicing before even contemplating teaching. During this time she was creating movement, performing on stage and in film while also assisting bodies of limited function. Yoga became a place of rebalancing as well as a place of exploration and rehabilitation. Studying with Vincent Bolletta revealed a strong, fresh practice that was less reverent and more relevant and highly functional. Teaching since 2002, Jac revels in sharing her extensive expertise, knowledge and experience in a way that opens up space for everybody to understand, access and to feel more comfortable both on and off the mat. From handstands and advanced asana to relief from niggles, chronic illnesses and recovering from significant injuries and stress, to restoring confidence in mind and body. Function remains her primary consideration. She makes what appears unpalatable, possible.
Currently Jac is running community classes for people living with chronic illnesses, assisting Vincent Bolletta (Hansa Yoga) develop teacher training manuals and teaches on Tropical Island Yoga’s retreats in Aitutaki.
Victoria Pomeroy is the forever student. She found her passion for yoga some years ago after initially seeking to heal her broken body from major historic injuries.
Yoga became an absolute way of life and since then has continued to upskill & challenge her knowledge base & ideas to constantly bring new information & mindfulness to her own personal practice but most importantly her beloved students. Being one of the ‘original’ Flow founders, she holds it close, has immense appreciation & love for the community & continues to look toward growth for everyBODY.
She fills her life with yoga, family, food & hospitality and last both not least… her treasured grand babies!
Melissa Billington’s hippie parents introduced her to yoga while still in the womb. At age 6 she spent time at Kripalu Ashram, at 16 she began practicing Kundalini Yoga and after leaving the US in 1999 to roam India, she returned to Kripalu for her 200 hour certification in 2002. Although privileged to teach in a number of countries, Aotearoa New Zealand is where Melissa has lived the longest (since 2005) and feels the most at home. In 2008 she opened Powa Centre in Wellington and organized her teachings under the brand MYOGA which stands for Manifest Your Own Greatness thru Awareness, and which was coined with the intention that each person must “own” their own practice. MYOGA’s guiding principle is freedom to unfold. Each practice has been chosen for its efficient and effective ability to cultivate both union and liberation. MYOGA Basics recognize the value of caring for our foundations, while MYOGA Seasons honour the powers and energies within us–our chakras–as well as those without us–the seasons of our natural environment. Additionally, Melissa’s own journey with hearing loss led her to place great emphasis on the healing power of vibration and learning to own and speak Truth, found in MYOGA Sounds. Melissa has certifications in Pregnancy Yoga (2003), Radiant Child (2009), Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training (2016), and has been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2004. She formulated and led two Yoga Alliance-certified 200 hour teacher trainings, taught on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show and also in the local women’s prison for two years. In 2014 she put most of her teachings online and in 2015 she took a “spiritual sabbatical” to question deeply what has become of the Yoga Industry. While on walkabout, Melissa connected deeply to the welfare of water, women, animals & children.
Sandra Palmer is a yoga teacher and Registered Psychologist. She was drawn to yoga by the calmness and clarity it provided her and is curious about the interface of yoga and psychology to support wellbeing. She is on a lifelong journey to lead a slower, less stressed, more embodied and mindful life fuelled by her practices. She focuses on teaching slow yoga practices which support healing and awareness of self.
Sandra has completed 500 hour yoga training with the Contemporary Centre for Yoga Studies, 50 hours Embodied Flow® yin yoga training, 20 hour TCTSY Trauma Sensitive Yoga training, Level 1 and 2 iRest® yoga nidra training and is enrolled in the iRest certification process.
As a psychologist, Sandra works in private practice primarily working with those recovery from trauma, as well as undertaking work in the suicide prevention and post-vention fields.
Kylie has been teaching movement and studying the body over half her life. She found yoga at a crossroads in her life and immediately fell in love with it’s innate ability to carve a path of recovery, strength, acceptance and self-love. This is what inspired her to teach. Her passion for anatomy led her to study towards 500hr with Yoga Medicine and she excels at guiding private students through the healing and rehabilitation process
She has studied with Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Noah Maze, Amy Ippolitti, Shiva Rea, Cameron Shayne, Jo Phee and also teaches Anatomy as part of Om Yoga & Raw Yoga Teacher Training.
Auckland acts a Kylie’s base but she regularly runs workshops throughout NZ and has recently launched her online teaching platform. She believes it’s important to move the body in a variety of ways, and that handstands are a great way to tap into our inner child and unlock our potential as we learn to release our fears.
Sam offers conscious movement and Restorative Yoga classes, private sessions, workshops and retreats in Nelson, New Zealand.
With nearly two decades of yoga practice and teaching under her belt, Sam has developed a somatic approach that involves listening deeply within and moving in sustainable ways and honoring self-care. She has studied with a wide range of teachers from many lineages and styles, but feels blessed to have studied in depth with Donna Farhi whom she has assisted on retreats, workshops and online content over the last 10 years. As a certified iRest Teacher® Sam uses the non-dual teachings of Yoga to connect people with a sense of wellbeing and ease. She works with those who are living with stress, chronic pain, cancer, anxiety and depression and all the challenges that life throws up.
Heather Robinson is a yoga therapist, mentor, teacher and teacher trainer, trained in the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar. She specialises in one to one teaching, therapy work, and teacher development. Her aim is to help bring life and lightness to the use of yoga for self-help and self-development.
Heather began teaching yoga in the 1990s in the UK with ‘British Wheel of Yoga’ Teacher & ‘Viniyoga Practitioner’ qualifications. Training in Europe and India in early 2000s led to Yoga Teacher Trainer status. She trained yoga teachers in the UK, and presented a broad range of yoga workshops. Her Yoga Therapist qualification included internships at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai. She has experience with a range of conditions and has taught those living with cancer in a hospital and complementary setting.
She has been an active member of the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT), developing a core curriculum for yoga therapy, and was a Yoga Profession Specific Board Member 2010/13 for the UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Heather is a member of Yoga New Zealand and over the last year has acted on a voluntary basis as Yoga New Zealand’s coordinator.