We are a group of committed yoga teachers who have experienced the profound benefits of yoga in our own lives and therefore we love teaching and sharing it with others. We provide a safe space for you to practice and explore yoga’s benefits for yourself.

Monika Legerska

Monika Legerska

Founder of Centre for Higher Self, Yoga Teacher

Monika has been practicing yoga for more than 25 years and it has become an essential part of her life. After completing her teacher training in Europe and further intensive trainings in India, she has been teaching it to others for the last 15 years. She is registered with Yoga New Zealand as a senior yoga teacher with more than 3500 hours of teaching experience. Her passion is helping people to reconnect back to their higher selves and finding inner harmony and peace as a result of their practice. In 2013 Monika founded the Centre for Higher Self supported by a group of like minded teachers who understand and appreciate yoga and teach it in a holistic way.

Monika teaches Wednesday 5.30pm – Hatha Flow, Thursday 7.10pm – Beginner’s Yoga, Friday 5.30pm – Yoga Nindra, Saturday 11am – Pregnancy Yoga, Sunday 10am – Hatha Flow.  Tuesdays 6.30pm at ST Luke’s in Wadestown

 

Debbie Stanton

Debbie Stanton

Yoga Teacher

My search for effective rehabilitation after cancer-related major surgery helped me to find Yoga, and from the first long, deep breath I knew that Yoga and I were to be lifelong friends. My desire to deepen my own daily practice and learn more about this ancient system led me to the MYOGA Apprentice Program. I graduated in 2012 and I teach exclusively at the Centre for Higher Self, helping our students to find calm and well-being in their busy lives.

Debbie teaches Open class seasonal Flow on Tuesdays 5.30-6.45pm.

Katya Mourits

Katya Mourits

Yoga Teacher

Katya has been teaching since 2008 and practicing yoga since 2004. She teaches from a strong background in anatomy and physiology as well as from the years of experience in meditation and energy cultivating practices. She offers targeted classes making use of yoga therapy techniques and gentle assists to unravel restricting movement patterns, improve posture and find strength, ease and space in the body. All her classes promote easeful natural breathing and poses and movements that suit our modern bodies where alignment is applied intelligently to suit different body types.

Katya teaches Vinyasa flow class on Mondays at 5.30-6.45pm.

Raewyn Watt

Raewyn Watt

Yoga Teacher

“I love teaching. Yin yoga, kids and adult art classes is my specialty.  I love learning and study Psychology or anything that interests me. My philosophy is that the body and mind together can heal physical and mental ailments. I invite you to join me in the journey of yoga, to find your way through this hectic world through a yogic pathway.  Yin is particularly restorative and beneficial for all people.”

Raewyn teaches YIN YOGA on Wednesdays nights from 7.10-8.30pm and Sundays afternoon 4-5.30pm.

Michelle Kliczkowski

Michelle Kliczkowski

Yoga Teacher

I stand for lightness in the body and mind, dynamic flow and deep relaxation. I encourage students to develop self awareness and connection to your inner self. I teach with passion and dedication based on a personal Yoga practice of more than 10 years. Come along and join me on the mat.

Michelle teaches Wake Up Yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.10-8am.

Gilly Stevenson

Gilly Stevenson

Yoga Teacher

My relationship with yoga began in my late teens when the dynamic movements combined with breath awareness challenged me to study the balance of my body and state of mind. Yoga taught me more than I expected and I knew it would become an integral part of my life. From years of travelling and experiencing many insights and practices of yoga I chose to study yoga as a life style, encouraging people to be curious about their bodies and minds on and off the mat. I encourage students to focus on what feels good for them.

Gilly teaches soothing Vinyasa flow on Saturdays morning from 9-10.30am.

Alicja Skop

Alicja Skop

Yoga Teacher

Alicja discovered yoga when she was in search to manage her constant back pain over 10 years ago. ‘Like many other yoga practitioners, I never forgot my first class- there is that little magic, which happens on the mat and carries on off the mat. Yoga practice in combination with mediationchanged me. Yoga gives me the balance I need in life. Once you fall in love with it so deeply, you get the desire to share what you know. That inspired me to do my teacher training and go that next step.’

Alicja teaches traditional hatha yoga for beginners, where practitioners experience asana practice, pranayama and relaxation. Join her on a Tuesday night 7.10-8.30pm

Martha Sorenson-Vincent

Martha Sorenson-Vincent

Yoga Teacher

Martha joined the Centre for Higher Self as a teacher after completing her training with Marcus Heening Giess & Karin Sang. Her classes aim to be accessible and fulfilling, offering an opportunity for students to reflect, with a focus on kindness and self-compassion.  Her hope is that through yoga students will experience continued growth and enhanced self-awareness.

Martha teaches energizing Wake up Yoga on Wednesdays mornings from 7.10-8am.

 

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Deborah English

Deborah English

Yoga Teacher

The yoga mat has always been a humbling experience for me. I am especially thankful for this because it has shown me the liberation of acceptance and compassion. I love to teach and am particularly interested in one-on-one yoga tutoring where the practice can be tailored to individual bone structure, body composition and other needs.  Most recently I discovered the magic of Yin Yoga after completing the Yin Yoga and Anatomy teacher training here at the Yoga Centre for Higher Self. Deborah will be teaching again from Feb 2017 and she is helping behind the scenes.

Sara Warnock

Sara Warnock

Yoga Teacher

I came to yoga desperately looking to reconnect to my body and I found my first peace in savasana and it has been my solace ever since. I trained with the Byron Bay Yoga Centre and spent a year in India exploring my practice, my values and my purpose. Yoga for me is about honesty and connection both to ourselves and others. My role is to help guide people back into their bodies, safely, with fun and love. I teach Yin, Vinyasa and Yoga for children and Young Adults.

Sara teaches Sunday 4- 5.30pm Yin Yoga class (once fortnight)

Marcelly Ribeiro

Marcelly Ribeiro

Yoga Teacher

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2006. My life was completely changed when I got pregnant in 2008 and had my first natural birth in Brazil. All about pregnancy and birth are still fascinating me. Yoga is an amazing way for women to increase their connection with themselves and the baby. Breathing and relaxation techniques empower women in preparation for labour. For me it’s wonderful stay in touch with pregnant women trough the yoga! Marcelly teaches Wednesday 7-8.15pm Pregnancy Yoga
Susane York

Susane York

Yoga Teacher

I have been practising  yoga for 10 years, exploring various styles and teachers before finding ‘home’ at  Yoga Centre for Higher Self. I have completed a 3 year Dru yoga teacher training course. Dru yoga is based on soft flowing movements and controlled, directed breathing. It works on body, mind and spirit, improving strength, balance and flexibility, creating core stability and building a heightened feeling of positivity.  
As a ‘gold card’ holder myself, I am passionate about sharing these mental and physical benefits of yoga with other people in a safe and non competitive environment. I encourage the use of props and variations within postures so that the benefits are accessible to everyone and also encourage self directed breathing to discover the still point within, that place within where body, mind and spirit are aligned  and you are at peace with yourself. Susane teaches Thursday 5.30- 6.45pm Open Yoga Class 
Kim Omandap

Kim Omandap

Yoga Teacher

I love creating a space where people can feel free to let go, listen in to themselves, and tap into the sweetness of life through Yoga. I am interested in what moves people, what can enliven our whole being, and all the ways we can find compassion for self care in these busy times. My style of yoga comes from being trained in Anusara, and most recently in Embodied Flow. Join me for an invigorating and meditative movement flow, where we play with enlivening the layers of our mind and body through embodied movement and curious exploration.

Kim is teaching Wake Up Yoga on Thursdays morning from 7.10-8am.

Susanne Ames

Susanne Ames

Yoga Teacher

The practice of yoga has enriched my life for 18 years. Mindful asana study has made my body stronger, my mind more clear, and opened my heart to possibilities I could not have imagined, such as travelling to New Zealand. I have taught for 4 and a half years here and in the USA, and find particular delight in helping students discover the endless benefits of yoga for themselves, on and off the mat. Susanne teaches Wake Up Yoga

Other Teachers

Master Baozhen Fa

Master Baozhen Fa

QiGong Teacher

As a little girl in China, Fan studied martial arts and began training in Qigong in the 1980s. Ms. Fan came to New Zealand in 1990 from the Shandong Province of China and gained an MSc in computer science from Massey University and this helps her to provide qigong training as a science.

Ms. Fan completed her various qigong teacher training courses at The Training Centre of Huaxia Zhineng Qigong in 1993, 1995 and 1997. She studied under Professor Ming Pang at the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre (the largest Qigong school in China). Ms. Fan has taught Qigong to over 1000 people in Wellington and in addition to running classes for the public. Fan teaches Qigong on Sundays from 1.30-3pm no booking is required just come along.

www.qigong-culture.com

Rupert Watson

Rupert Watson

Feldenkrais Teacher

Rupert Watson has taught better movement through the Feldenkrais Method for 15 years. He was NZ delegate to the International Feldenkrais Federation for several years. He’s an athlete, musician and masseur as well. Lives in Featherston; works in Wellington, Wairarapa and Gisborne. Reads a lot. Has family, such as grand-children and dogs, in Newtown and Gisborne. Rupert teachers Feldenkrais class on Tuesday from 9.40- 10.40 am no booking is required just come along. Website at www.movewithease.co.nz

Chris Rice

Chris Rice

Pilates Teacher

I am a qualified Pilates instructor and have been teaching Pilates for 14 years.  I have The Diploma for Sports Studies from Otago University. Chris teaches Pilates classes on Tuesdays from 8.30-9.30am and Thursdays from 9-10am no booking is required just come along.