Kia ora and welcome to Eastwest, a yoga studio founded upon years of practice and a love for sharing it. We are Sheryn and Amelia, mother-daughter duo and wāhine Māori.
Traditional yoga goes far beyond the physical. For us, it is a returning home. It is remembering to breathe, to connect, and bring more ease to the body and mind. Over the years, it has helped us both find our way back to joy and gratitude, time and time again.
Both in our own practice and in observing our students, we’ve experienced how yoga sets us up to move through the day with groundedness and calm, ready to face whatever life throws at us. It simply makes us feel better. That’s why it feels so important to share it.
With our studios and our teachers, we create a space for you to focus your mind and connect with yourself, surrounded by the warmth of community. Our space is woven with te ao Māori and the wisdom of whakataukī.
See you on the mat.
Both our studios have been designed to help you drop in. They are intentional spaces of simplicity and calm which encourage ease of mind. Here, you can feel safe to go inwards; just you with you on your mat.
While this is a practice of self, we are also big believers in the power of community. Focusing the mind takes effort, and practising side by side can help to build the energy you need. We invite you to stay a while after class - have a yarn, connect. All of you is welcome here.
Exhale. Soften. Release. You have arrived.
Each of our yoga teachers brings their own touch to this traditional practice. They are not performers, gurus or elite human beings - they are sharing the skills and teachings they have learnt to focus the mind and connect with the breath. And they’re brilliant at it.
Sheryn is a long time Yogi. She started Astanga Yoga 27 years ago and since has had a committed practice, studying under Sri K. Pattahbi Jois and world renowned Astanga teachers - John Scott, Dena Kingsberg, Lino Miele, Peter Sanson to name a few. She did her Vinyasa teacher training 8 years ago. She has been a teacher and studio owner of an Astanga studio and later a Vinyasa studio in Wellington, and now co-owns EastWest studio with Amelia and Kirsty. Sheryns other love and dedicated practice for the last 12 years is The Work of Byron Katie..a practice for the mind, which questions the thoughts that are the cause of our stress. It has been life changing for her and after a 5 year training she is now a Certified Facilitator of The Work.
With both parents dedicated practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga, Amelia has been surrounded by this practice for as long as she can remember. For Amelia Yoga is Home. It is a practice that has supported her to live with greater stability, awareness, and self-love. Amelia has been teaching Yoga for 9 years and has completed over 1800 hours of in-person training with a variety of world renowned yoga teachers. She has a daily Asana, pranayama and meditation practice, and this provides the anchor from which she teachers and lives from. Amelia’s classes are steady, stabilising and spacious, with an emphasis on turning the attention inwards, connecting to yourself and your body with compassion and love, and building awareness of the breath to bring more stillness to the mind. She holds deep reverence for yoga as a traditional and transformational path, and looks forward to sharing this practice with you.
Nathan stumbled upon yoga in 2009 not knowing much about it, other than its mystical eastern roots, and it took some years before he had established a solid regular practice. As a builder and runner Nathan experienced all the physical benefits of a regular practice of vinyasa yoga and the hot sequence at EastWest Yoga. He also enjoyed the experience of a clearer mind for problem solving at work that would arise on job sites. A few years into his practice he walked into a yin class while living in Bali. It was this early experience of Yin Yoga that was transformative for him. With a life focused on “Yang”-like practices which required muscular effort and endurance, he found such incredible solace and stillness in the yin yoga practice. Since that time he has under taken training under Jo Phee, to become a teacher of Yin Yoga. With the guidance and mentoring of Kirsty va de Geer, he now teaches at East West Yoga.
Barbara is originally from Chile, the first time she stepped on a mat was in her early 20s, but wasn't until she moved to Auckland in 2015 that she committed to a daily yoga practice, experiencing deeper benefits beyond the physical. Inspired by how much Yoga has changed her life, a background as Physiotherapist, and a strong passion for mind-body awareness, she became a teacher in 2017. Barbara teaches Hot Yoga and Vinyasa, through this energising physical practices combined with breathwork and meditation, she will help you to do the best you can, she aims to inspire you develop awareness and become your best self.
Ko Aoraki te mauka, Ko waitaki te awa, Ko Uenuku te whare tipuna, Ko Kāi Tahu te iwi, Ko Eridani toku ikoa. Yoga was part of my upbringing, I studied within the same lineage as my godparents. My yoga study has been largely Jnana focused. I lived for a year at our Ashram (ICYER) in Pondicherry studying in the Guru Kula format, 4am till 10pm daily. I also have a degree in massage therapy and am currently working towards a Masters in Psychotherapy. I am passionate about highlighting the value of a te ao Māori view within any health practice offered in Aotearoa. Whakawhanaungatanga is important to me, I enjoy making connections with others.
After years competing at an international level in gymnastics and then going on to train as a contemporary dancer, Alex found yoga when she began to look for a more sustainable and nurturing way to move, connect and flourish. Growing up in a holistic minded household, Alex regularly attended meditation circles and was attuned to Reiki I at the age of 14. Alex is now a Reiki Master. Completing her first 200h YTT in 2014 with The Yoga People, Alex then moved around the world taking her passion for teaching yoga and mindfulness with her to Portugal, Switzerland, Australia and is now based here in New Zealand. Alex also holds 100h YTT in Yin Yoga, and has trained in Myofascial Roll and Release Technique, Dynamic Movement Therapy, PNF Stretching, Barre Attack and has recently completed a mentorship programme with Vincent Bolletta, founder of Hansa yoga.
The yoga practice has both been a pivotal and anchoring aspect of my life for the past 6 years. I started practicing yoga when I was 16 at Eastwest so the studio feels like a home to me and am honoured to teach there. The style of yoga I teach is very grounded in breath and I try to leave the students with as much room as possible to be in their own explorations. I recently took another vinyasa training with Awhi Yoga which inspired me to incorporate Te Reo and the concepts of hauora into my practice. To me the connection of Maori philosophy and yoga philosophy deepens my faith in the practice.
The first Bikram yoga class Lou took was here at East West back in 2014. What drew her to the practice was the intensity of it. She was in awe that one minute you weren’t sure you had the energy to peel yourself off the mat and the next, you were bounding out of the studio with an enthusiasm for life you never knew you had. In 2018 after 4 years of almost daily practice, and the learned ability to make any conversation turn to one about yoga, she knew she had to go to teacher training. The 2 things Lou loves most about a Bikram style class is that the set sequence frees up a little more space in the mind to allow oneself to really focus the thoughts inward; and that it teaches compassion, for ourselves and for others. The struggle is real! Passionate about yoga not only as a physical practice but as a philosophy, Lou intends to remain a student of yoga for the rest of her life and hopes more trainings are in her near future.
Brydie is Ngāpuhi, and from Ahipara, Aotearoa. She became curious about wairuatanga and spirituality when her Te Ao Māori dance career merged with her yoga studies. Brydie completed her 500YTT yoga training in India. This process of quietening the thoughts and unifying the body, mind and soul guides her classes, she is passionate about maintaining the ancient core principles of Eastern Yoga in a western environment. Brydie believes that how we walk through our life goes hand in hand with the relationship we have to our hinengaro, tinana and wairua. She uses breath and mindful movement to draw students into their present experience.
Sandey completed her 200-hour Teacher Training in 2009. In 2014 she completed 300-hours with Mark Stephens in Santa Cruz to become 500hr RYT registered. She is a lead teacher and mentor for Inspire Yoga Teacher Training NZ Program. Sandey’s strength’s are in teaching Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra, facilitating and holding space for students to transform in their own way at their own pace, to listen to their own inner guide (Atman). Her teaching style is creative, challenging and inspiring. With a passion for holistic health and well-being Sandey’s classes and teachings offer more than just a physical practice. She emphasizes the importance of integrating all aspects of yoga including Ayurvedic principles into her teaching. She is both caring and intuitive in her approach. Sandey is focused to strong safe structural alignment principles, along with mindfulness and breath awareness tools and techniques to guide individuals into a deeper awakening of mind-body-spirit.
Since beginning my journey to practise at a young age, I have found a home within this personalised yoga. Growing and evolving to support me within the present moment. Which is something I aim to cultivate for others through my teaching practise. Around the time of my beginnings in the fine arts degree at Elam, I quickly launched into a luscious and expansive 200 hr YTT at The Contemporary School of Yoga NZ. Diving in to learn and absorb more about the body as a physical, alongside the mental and spiritual body, this is where my passion surrounding the connection of these three ‘bodies’ arose. My yin classes are simplistic and soft, whilst grounding you in both body, and breath with a calm voice and approach. Creating comfortable space for people to come and be at ease is something that comes naturally for me, and I welcome you to come join.
Fiona is a dedicated yoga and mindfulness practitioner and teacher with over 13 years of teaching experience. Having previously owned two successful yoga studios and led numerous teacher trainings, Fiona is committed to empowering her students and clients by sharing the tools of yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion. Fiona’s strengths are teaching Yin Yoga, Yin Yang, Hatha, Meditation, Pranayama, as well as integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, Taoist yoga and Mindfulness into her teaching.
Dan has been a dedicated teacher and practitioner of yoga for the past 30 years and he loves to keep yoga simple. His method of weaving traditional yoga philosophy and asana together aims to help guide students to a better understanding, appreciation, and application of yoga in everyday life. Dan has extensive training in Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, he spent 12 years traveling to India to receive his level 2 authorisation from the Ashtanga yoga institute in Mysore, India, from his teachers Sri K Pattabhi & Sharath Jois. Currently, Dan is finishing his Masters in Osteopathy degree where he hopes to utilise his knowledge of yoga in the primary health care setting.
Give yourself permission to slow down and journey inward with Niamh. With over 500 hours of training and many years of teaching, her classes offer a mix of modern movement science interwoven with ancient wisdom from the yoga tradition. Niamh’s yoga journey began with a love of vinyasa flow, which has morphed into more appreciation for the slower styles. We see the blending of this journey in her Yin Yang classes. In more recent years she discovered Yoga Nidra which she now combines with Yin. When practicing with Niamh, she curates plenty of space for you to have your own experience. Providing you with lots of options to find what feels best in your body. Living by her mantra "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step", she invites you to take a step on the mat with her.
“Such a lovely team of teachers, strong leadership and good studio”
“I love the instructors and the energy of the studio is calm and inviting.”
“Great space, great teachers, great classes, great people.”
“Cannot fault anything here! This place is pure magic”