April 24, 2018

Your Teachers

Positive Balance is blessed with two fabulous and committed teachers who believe in creating an oasis of  relaxed “me-time” for you each week. We follow the same tried and true Positive Balance class format, with the same beautiful flow and rhythm between action and relaxation, whilst bringing their own style and energy to class. Whichever teacher is guiding you each week, you will experience the same flow and format and know you will leave class having worked every muscle and joint, feel challenged and energised as well as experiencing that delicious relaxation component. Come join us!


Favourite Colour – Any variation of Bluecarlyflynn-profileoval

How do you have a Positive Balance? Really only through Yoga. As a busy working Mum of three getting to class can be a real effort, with a hubby or babysitter stepping in, but i’m always grateful to be there and everyone knows I come home in a better space!

I’m trying to have less social media in my life – a massive distraction from doing things that really matter, and I make sure I try and schedule in some individual time with each of my children to truly connect. Wednesday nights are date night in our house, which with a brand new baby, often means takeaways at home 

I love the sunshine, spending time in the garden, time with my girlfriends having a walk, wine or coffee. All of this fills my cup!

Favourite place in NZ – Seriously? One!? Taupo, Hahei, Takapuna Beach, Tauwharanui…

Best place in the world: – Lady Elliot Island, Rarotonga, Wananau in Fiji, Thailand, Byron Bay

Favourite saying – “you’re only one yoga class away from a good mood” – TRULY! When do you ever feel bad after yoga????? I also quite like the idea that “tomorrow is a new day”, a chance to start fresh.

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach? Byron Bay 2013. Not my first class, but the first one I truly GOT it. I realised that yoga is not really “exercise”, but the asanas are a way to bring us to the mat, and then what happens is just magical. Calming, life changing. Love it.

Your favourite asana: Pigeon Pose I love! Happy Baby. Crane!

What three words describe a great yoga class for you:
Warm. Present. Relaxed.
I love to be acknowledged by my teacher in class, to know that they know whatever is going on in my body, they have my back. I also like it to be physically warm, not cold!

I love beautiful music and sunshine if available in class. Or a warm blanket for svasana if it’s night time.

As a teacher I like the idea of being able to go with the flow a bit. To bring some personality and sass to class! If we have a class planned that’s quite energetic, but everyone walks into the room and lies down, I like to be able to read the room and change the practice to what I feel people need. Not be too stuck in my sequence.

I like to tune out to everything bar my own body and breath. It’s the only 75mins in my day when I can do this –free from the busyness of life. I often do a lot of my practice with my eyes closed so I can truly connect with my practice.



Favourite Colour – Purple (though some might say Black :))

How do you have a Positive Balance in your life? Fitting more and more yoga into my life and releasing less and less stress. (Life long journey)

Favourite place in NZ – Anywhere where there is tranquility and a view of the ocean

Best place in the world –The here and now

Favourite saying – Keep It Simple

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach? Positive Balance – when just touching on a milestone birthday with the fabulous Louise. Got the flyer, ummed and ahhed and so glad I got myself to the beginners class. I was hooked from the very first lesson (the first OM did it for me!) and just wanted to learn more and more since then. I was very keen to share my love for yoga with others, knowing what yoga has and still does for me on many different levels.

Your favourite asana? Plank – I am a real plank addict.

What three words describe a great yoga class for you?  Strong, grounded and relaxation.



Favourite Colour – Turquoise, orange, green, well that’s three;)!

How do you have a Positive Balance in your life? Yoga for sure to help the silence inside me become greater than the mind chatter. Creating space in my body so that I create space in my daily life is why I practice. When I connect to the breath and movement, I gain awareness and perspective before reacting to daily challenges. And to balance with yoga, I love slalom water skiing, intense physically and mentally where being in the now and in your zone is key. Travel, surfing (only east coast beaches on a beautiful sunny and hot day please;), hiking and camping also make my heart sing.

Favourite place in NZ – Too many but currently I would have to pick Opoutere and lake Tarawera

Best place in the world –  To hard to choose so Seychelles and Great Barrier island

Favourite saying – “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” Martin Luther King jr

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach? OMG Positive Balance was my first yoga class, 7 years ago I think in 2009, the compassion that poured out of it was so inspiring and teaching has always been my calling.

Your favourite asana? Child pose, so nurturing!

What three words describe a great yoga class for you?  Alignment, nurture, peaceful.

Proper alignment with core strength to build safe flexibility and using my breath as my guide throughout my practice leaves me nurtured and peaceful at the end of a class.


MelFavourite Colour: Coral

How do you have a positive balance? Everything in moderation immersing myself in nature, stretching, moving, surrounding myself with positive like minded people, eating well, spending time with family and friends, gifting myself me time whether it be a massage, reading a book and a nice glass of Pinot Noir!

Favourite place in NZ: Raglan – holds a special place in my heart. Meeting of the calm and chaos of the west coast, where calm wins out!

Best place in the world: Bali – magical sunsets, endless sunshine, warm sea breeze, daily massage, ocean swims, an island where all senses are enticed, a place to slow down, acknowledge your surrounds and give gratitude for your day. A lot can be learned from the Balinese – so happy, compassionate, content and humble. They focus on abundance; they have very little but so happy and huge hearts.

Favourite saying:  I love and accept myself exactly as I am today – Louise Hay.

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach?  Yoga first knocked on my door 10 years ago, participating in a 6 week beginner class in Queenstown. Practiced spontaneously for years and it wasn’t until I moved to Bali 3 years ago to manage a women’s surf and yoga retreat and practiced daily that I realized the life changing impact it had on my life. Along with a wholefood plant based diet my world transformed. This motivated me to do my teacher training, to share this gift with others.

Your favourite asana: Tree pose – a helpful little mantra –  I am earthed and grounded

What 3 words describe a great class for you? Strengthens, soothes and nourishes the body mind and soul!



Favourite Colour: YellowYoga Teacher - Bernie

How do you have a positive balance? Definitely yoga – I do my own practice every morning and I go to a class once a week so I can zone out and just enjoy being led by another teacher. Getting out in nature is also great for balancing my mind, body and soul. I try to get to the beach for a walk every morning and I live across the road from an amazing bush so my husband and I take the dog for a bush walk most evenings.

Favourite place in NZ:  The beach. We are so blessed to have so many options in NZ!

Best place in the world: Tahiti for the beaches. Paris for the romance and culture.

Favourite saying: “What you seek is seeking you” Rumi.

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach?  I was struggling in a corporate job with chronic stress and neck and shoulder issues, someone mentioned yoga to me and I decided to give it a shot since then I have been practising yoga every week. After almost ten years in the corporate world, I decided it was time for a change. Yoga had been an amazing tool for me to create balance in every area of my life. I decided I wanted to become a teacher so I could share this amazing technique with others.

Your favourite asana: Sun Salutations – they are amazing for creating balance and energy.

What 3 words describe a great class for you? Revitalizing, balancing and reconnecting (with yourself).



Favourite Colour: Bluejo-profileoval

How do you have a Positive Balance in your life?
I am a working mum with 4 children, so I have a busy life with little time for myself. But through my daily Yoga practice, I have learned to just ‘be’ in the present moment, to experience that place of quiet inner stillness. It is both my sanctuary and my sanity.

Favourite place in NZ
Ohui Retreat Centre in the Coromandel

Best place in the world
Home – with my cats and my children!

Favourite saying
“Thoughts become things, so choose good ones!” – Mike Dooley

When was your first yoga class and why did you decide to teach
I attended my first yoga class back in the UK in my early twenties and have been practicing yoga on and off ever since. I initially decided to enrol in the yoga teacher training program as a way to deepen my own knowledge and experience of yoga – but I clearly remember being asked to teach the 6am class after only a few days on the teacher training course (talk about being thrown in the deep end!) and coming away from that experience thinking “Wow – this is what I am meant to be doing!”. I have been teaching yoga ever since. I teach with the philosophy that ‘yoga is medicine’ – that the powerful combination of yoga, meditation and relaxation can be used as a therapeutic healing tool, to release and relieve us of many of the injuries, illnesses and mental/emotional challenges associated with our modern way of living.

Your favourite asana?
Reclining Butterfly Pose over a bolster

What three words describe a great yoga class for you
Calm, Challenge, Connection