James Mason-Redpath, Owner/Yoga Instructor
I first discovered Yoga in 2002, during a rehabilitation program while in recovery from a car accident. Realizing the benefits to the body, I was surprised to find significant emotional and mental benefits that come from connecting the breath with the body and mind.
This lead to the love of sharing the practice with others, resulting in teacher training of the 26&2 (classical hatha system from the Ghosh lineage) in 2015 with Evolation Yoga in Melbourne, Australia.
With ongoing studies and expansion of my knowledge, In 2016 I also became certified in Yin yoga, finding its passive and relaxing energy the perfect balance to the active and engaging Hatha yoga.
2018 saw me traveling to Malaga, Spain to study beyond the 26&2 under the guidance of my teacher Tony Sanchez. This allowed me to dive deeper into the lineage of the classic 84 in the Ghosh tradition.
I prefer to take a functional approach to the body when it comes to teaching. In my classes you will find focus on simplicity of the postures and their benefits to the body and mind. With encouragement to focus on your unique body and its needs, helping you create a practice that is truly your own.
Outside of the studio I am usually exploring trails and tracks with my dogs, or tending to my plant babies(proud plant dad here).
Join me on the mat to challenge yourself, connect within and grow. See the subtle changes that eventually become big changes. Get to know yourself, truly see yourself, cultivate mindfulness and presence.
Shawn Mason-Redpath, Owner
Our other Director at Healthy Self Yoga. Shawn is the man behind the scenes who project managed the build of the studio, website and everything in between, and got the space ready for us to practice in!
You’ll see him around the studio and in class. He’ll likely be behind the reception desk at times too so if you have any questions come say hi, he is the tech savvy guy and always happy to help.
Shawn loves a nice slow hatha class, in particular the Ghosh lineage, that allows him time in each posture to connect with mindful movements, while also tracking progress on the mat through the repetition of the series.
Outside of the studio you can find him up Coronet, snowboarding in the winter season or around town at some of his favourite cafe hangs.
Caroline Lewis, Yoga Instructor
Caroline is from the UK and completed her yoga training in Bali in May 2018 with Blissology. She has been teaching in Oamaru for the past 18 months and has recently moved back to Queenstown. She has a passion for continually learning, having completed further trainings in Yoga Nidra and Pre-natal yoga.
Teaching others gives Caroline the honour of sharing all the joys and good feels yoga gives to her. Not just the physical aspects of enjoying some yummy stretching and getting into our juicy spots, but also how your practice brings awareness and connection to our breath, body and mind. Sharing this is a joy, seeing others find these tools within themselves, building a community of support, sharing and growing together through this journey with compassion towards ourselves, our surroundings and each other.
She is a conduit for mindfulness, nature and community, striving to hold a comfortable, inviting space for all with a focus on alignment to allow a sustainable, safe practice.
Sierra Espinal, Yoga Instructor
Sierra is originally from Seattle, Washington. She began her yoga journey in 2013 as part of her recovery regime for competitive distance running. Little did she know at the time how much it would impact the trajectory of her life. After a couple serious injuries that put a hold to her running career she decided to travel outside the U.S. and experience the depth of other cultures and ways of living. The first step was India mostly drawn by the vastness of the Himalayas and later in the trip stumbled into a Sivananda Ashram. It was there she started to learn much more about yoga than just the physical asana practice. She began to understand the greater purpose for asana, pranayama, and meditation.
She is passionate about molding and combining all that she has learned and continues to learn, in both Vinyasa and Yin style classes that touch on all aspects of us- mind, body, spirit, soul. Raising vibrations running through the river of our veins, expanding our heart space, and growing our collective consciousness. Sierra is deeply inspired by nature and the outdoors as she feels it is one of her greatest teachers. She likes to integrate the lessons she learns from the outdoors into her practice and offerings.
Sierra wants to give the power back to her students to discover their own ability to listen and heal themselves with the tools she can provide and guidance she can authentically and humbly give.
She will always be a student first and teacher second and she is grateful to learn from each class and every student.
Sierra Lives by the mantra "Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavantu" / "May all beings be happy and free and may the thoughts words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all"
Paula Cronin, Yoga Instructor
Paula is an international yoga teacher, reiki healer, wellness guide, gong therapist, and nature lover. She teaches several styles of yoga, including vinyasa flow, hatha, Sculpt TM, yin yoga, restorative yoga, meditation and yoga nidra.
Paula trained and taught full time in London, as well as teaching international yoga and wellness retreats, before returning to her home country of New Zealand in October 2019. She loves the feeling yoga gives her, in her body, in her mind, and in her soul – the sense of space in the body and the mind, how the energy can be moved and freed and changed, and the sense of joy and freedom experienced from being on the mat. Paula is grateful for these gifts and loves sharing these with others.
Having dealt with her own injuries from snowboarding she is keen to support others to heal, and to practice safely but with a sense of freedom. Paula understands how incredibly effective yoga is in enabling people to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically; to come back home to themselves, to be healthy and to enjoy life. Paula places a great deal of emphasis on alignment and working safely with injuries, whilst supporting her students to find joy and ease in moving with breath, in improving strength, flexibility, posture, and balance, in all its forms.
She is grateful for the gift of being able to support others to create space and beautiful energy in body, mind and spirit.
She believes there is magic to be found and created in yoga, as well as nature, and brings a touch of this with her to each experience!
Clare Evans, Meditation Guide
Solutions are in the stillness – there are times when we all need to stop and listen to our inner wisdom. With many years of experience guiding participants through meditation, Clare has found we all have our own answers, our own strength and our own creative instinct when we quiet our minds and bodies enough to hear.
Her deep passion for mediation is rooted in a shamanic cosmology, with a quantum physics flow, and a joyful heart. During meditation Clare will guide you back to your connection with all things, including your own power, remembering you are not alone on this planet, and from a heart space, a place of dreaming, anything is possible. Deeply relaxing, meditation is medicine for life, allowing your mind, body, emotions and spirit to reset, rebalance and re-energise, and your inner being to shine.
Naomi Ishii, Tai Chi Instructor
Naomi grew up outdoors in Japan, and came to Queenstown in 2000.
She started learning Tai Chi because she felt an inner force energy (Qi) strongly drawing her to the practice. Soon after Naomi started teaching Tai Chi so she could introduce its benefits to her family and friends. Finding within her practice, the benefits of body balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, muscle control and a deepening of sleep and an overall health. Tai Chi to Naomi is a life time of learning.
Outside of the studio you can find Naomi out on the water, surfing and sailing with her family or exploring her other passions of rock climbing and yoga.