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.
Founder of Centre for Higher Self, Yoga Teacher
Monika has been practicing yoga for more than 30 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 20 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.
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.
Katya has been teaching since 2009 and practicing yoga since 2004. She teaches from a strong background in anatomy and physiology as well as from 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, inspiring sequences, focusing on alignment and movements that suit our modern bodies.
In addition to group classes, Katya offers workshops and private sessions addressing postural imbalances, chronic pain issues, spinal health, movement limitations, relief from tension and anxiety, deep rest and psoas release techniques.
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.’
Yoga Teacher, Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
Sally is passionate about restoring health through Oriental medicine in combination with yoga. In her classes she applies her knowledge from Chinese medicine and tailors her classes to support our organs depending on the season of the year.
I’m originally from the US and have lived in New Zealand since 2012, working as a vet. My partner and I shifted up to Wellington from the South Island late last year. I love to practise and teach yoga and meditation in my free time because it helps me be my authentic self. I try teach functional yoga, encouraging students to listen to their bodies, connect to their breaths, and be in the present moment. Off my mat and outside of work, I enjoy tramping and skiing. I’m also trying to learn German so I can talk with my in-laws! I’m so grateful to connect with the community at the Centre, since I’m new(ish) to Wellington and am still making friends!
I found yin yoga in the months after having my baby. I needed something to nourish my depleted, tired, new-mum body. My decision to embark on yin teacher’s training was a move purely for my own benefit. I had no intention to teach! But at the end of training, it was clear that yin was something I wanted to share with others, especially women. It is gentle and nourishing. Yin teaches us to surrender to and notice our experience both physically, mentally and energetically. It allows us to relate to our bodies from a place of wonder, awe and respect.
In my spare time, I love napping (of course because I have a toddler!), reading books and magazines, painting and drawing (or making plans to get back into it) and high-intensity interval training at the gym which balances out my natural Yin nature.
I have discovered Yoga through performing arts. Back then, it was an activity I did on the side. Overtime, however, Yoga has become really important part of life.
As a consequence of my daily practice, I began to feel the need to go deeper into other aspects of the discipline, which led me to studying the teachings and philosophy behind Yoga Sutras.
To complement my daily practice and enhance aspects of General Yoga, in 2013 I completed a Tertiary degree in Hatha Yoga in Argentina. After observing the teaching of Sutras and the importance of daily practice, I have come to understand that in teaching we also learn.
I’m originally from Argentina and moved here on April 2015. I really love teaching Yoga in New Zealand and having the opportunity to share everything I have learned. At the present I am doing different activities and courses trying to know more about the culture, and mix with local people and customs. I like to meet new people, I am always looking for new experiences to learn more about my host country.
Samantha been practicing yoga for 10 years, after spending her whole life competing as a dancer and cheerleader. The mat became a place to slow down, be present and connect body, mind and breath. Samantha completed her 200-hour training at Hot Yoga Wellington in 2013, Level 1 & 2 Yoga Nidra training with Ashram Yoga and Essential Yoga Anatomy with Jason Crandall & Dr Paul Roache. She is currently undergoing her 300-hour training with OM Yoga Studio and has taught over 1000 hours of yoga. Samantha is also a facilitator on Hot Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training programme, teaching anatomy and physiology and vinyasa sequencing to up and coming yoga teachers.
Samantha’s style of teaching is purposeful, creative and offers space in movement. She weaves in pranayama, meditation and philosophy with the physical asana, leaving her students feeling like their practice “made sense” in their bodies.
Donald has been teaching group fitness classes since 2009 focusing on strength, mobility, core and cardio programmes. He has gained his international coaching certificates over the years in New Zealand and overseas. He has added yoga in his portfolio to help other people achieve their fitness goals in a holistic way. He is a certified yoga instructor and has been running community classes around Wellington.
He also works as a project manager in the private sector and has been mentoring management professionals in the Software Engineering and FinTech industries since 2003. Yoga and mindfulness has helped him to become an authentic manager and coach to other people.
Canadian born, Janine began her yogic journey through reading and philosophy. She was introduced to yoga in 2014 through meditation and lifestyle practices, later on to discover and journey into the love of asana.
Janine completed her 500hr Vinyasa/Ashtanga teaching in the birthplace of yoga, Rishikesh, India.
Janine blends the power and strength of Ashtanga Vinyasa styles, with the soft and warms tones of her spirit and voice. She always aims to create a warm and supportive environment for students.
As a teacher and guide, her intention is to always help students tune into their own bodies. She believes deeply in the profound transformations that yoga can bring, and is so grateful to share this gift with whomever she can.
Yoga has been my passion for over 10 years, but it wasn’t until I had my two babies that I truly fell in love with it! Every time I come back to my mat, I feel a sense of expansion and sanctuary.
For me yoga is about how I live my life and I love to witness others on their journey and sharing what I’ve learned so far. I’m about to graduate from my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Hot Yoga Wellington and am delighted that I can already share my passion for pregnancy yoga. Pregnancy is such a special time, where vulnerability meets courage and incredible strength.
I’m looking forward to sharing some of that special time with you and your growing bump.
I fell in love with Yoga the first time I went unintentionally to a class 20 years ago. It suddenly all made sense, my mind, body and soul found a new way of expression and of harmony. It has taken me on a journey, one of learning, of releasing and of growing into a better person. I find yoga keeps me true and grounded and over the years of learning and teaching various styles of yoga, I have come home to a very peaceful place in Restorative Yoga. One that is healing, nurturing and wise. It allows me to find the stillness desired in amongst the crazy world we live in.
I am a travelling Yogini at heart and have spent many years travelling the world, these days my world is my 5 kids (yes 5!) and within that world is chaos, but also a lot of family fun & laughter which I have never found anywhere else that makes me feel so at home. I love to travel shorter distances now and walk the beaches, climb the mountains and try new local experiences.
I look forward to seeing you on the mat and sharing with you what I love to do.
Yin Yoga Teacher
For me, Yin yoga is an introspective practice that can nurture the calm, quiet centre that’s innate in all of us. Through Yin we become adept at self-care – we become better listeners with the practice of tuning in – we become wiser as we get to know ourselves from the inside out.
I seek to teach an inspirational style of Yin to empower others the way it has helped me both physically and mentally. As a father of 6 and the Founder/CEO of a small multinational, Yin is an essential part of recharging and giving back to my mind, body and spirit – a perfect balance to the pace and demands of modern life.
I am Yu. After many years practicing yoga and on the journey of self-inquiry, my inner voice to become a natural healer became clearer and clearer. The practice of Calligraphy Yoga has led me to study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to be an acupuncturist. My study has inspired and changed me in so many ways, especially in my Yoga practice and teaching of Yoga. I weave my understanding of TCM into my classes and endeavor to bring the healing energy to my students.
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.