Our Teachers

Kim Munro

Kim is a 500 hour Yoga Teacher, most recently having completed her 300 hour advantaged teacher training with Noah Mazé and is  now working towards Noah Mazé Certification. Mazé’s school of yoga, founded in 2003, emphasises postural alignment, progressive sequencing, and dynamic movement. Noah is one of the worlds most revered and respected teachers.

Kim also completed a 50-hour yin training with (With-Yin Yoga).

Kim’s journey to Empower Studio owner has weaved through several career paths and a move 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, social worker and now as a yoga teacher and studio owner.

She is a people person first and foremost, and is most comfortable when she is in a role that assists others. Having overcome some serious health issues by implementing yoga into her daily life, it became obvious that the world of health and wellbeing was where her future lay.

Andy Munro

Andy holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a qualified fitness instructor, personal trainer and clinical exercise practitioner. He is a certified 200-hour yoga teacher and a qualified TRX suspension trainer. Andy’s lifelong experience and interest in health and fitness has led him to many world leading schools and training organisations. Co-owning Empower Studio offers Andy the opportunity to deliver his three major passions – intelligent movement, nutritional bio-individuality and optimised lifestyle.

Andy as an all-round sportsman from a young age began practicing yoga in 2005. He quickly discovered the benefits yoga offered to his running, specifically, how it stripped away long held muscular tensions and encouraged greater recovery after training sessions. This quickly led to a regular yoga practice, eradicating his injuries and complimenting his tough training and work lifestyle.

Andy is now a dedicated body weight practitioner, utilising yoga and TRX as his main exercise modalities. He believes the combination is extremely effective and can lead to quicker and longer lasting results, without causing injury. He is a practicing health coach and lifestyle mentor. Andy believes strongly in learning how to move and eat within the parameters of your body and biodynamic individuality. He teaches from this perspective, always advancing his clients’ knowledge of their own bodies needs. He is a capable trainer with a strong emphasis on anatomical and muscular direction and a passionate advocate of restorative exercise, such as yin yoga and mindful meditation. He knows that when your mind is calm and organised, so to is the rest of your life’s objectives and responsibilities. In short, he teaches you how to optimise your health.

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.

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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.