Our Teachers

Kim Munro

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.

Résumé

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

Andy Munro

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.

Résumé

BSc (Hons) – Sports and Exercise Science
Qualified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Qualified Personal Trainer
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

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.

shirley

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.

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.

Brooke Penny

Brooke takes a unique approach to teaching yoga, focusing on mindful movement and the meditative aspect that yin yoga offers. She teaches power, yin and has developed a unique combination of myofascial release techniques with yin yoga. Since her initial teacher training in 2013, she has delved deeper into yin and meditation, having studied with Jo Phee, Duncan Peak and Joe Barnett, all senior students of yin yoga founder Paul Grilley.

Brooke’s passion for anatomy led to the completion of her Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology. She weaves this knowledge into her teaching in an applied way. It is learning and growing that motivates her most and she endeavours to inspire this in others.

Brooke committed to a regular yoga practice in 2010, which naturally led to the completion of her Level 1, 200 Hour Teacher Training with Hot Yoga of New Zealand in Wellington. In 2016, she travelled to Bali to complete her Level 2, 300 Hour Teacher Training with Karina Guthrie (Shades of Yoga). Brooke is currently a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance.

Josiane O'Rouke

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!