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! He also works full time at his other job on top what he does here so he certainly likes to keep busy.
Shawn loves a nice slow, stretchy Yin or a hatha class to balance out his busy work life which allows him time in each posture to connect with mindful movements, while also tracking progress on the mat
Outside of the studio you can find him around town at some of his favourite cafe hangs, exploring our beautiful country or winding down with a home cooked meal, netflix and candles.
Daisy Perkins, Yoga Instructor
Daisy has completed both a 200 hr and 500hr YTT and have a CERT IV in Yoga Teaching. Yoga has transformed the way she thinks and perceives the world and has given her new control over her body and mind. This is something that Daisy aims to pass on to our students.
Over the last couple of years, Daisy have been teaching for Byron Yoga Centre in Byron Bay and has had a variety of private clients, all at varying points in their yoga journeys. As with all teachers, teaching is a skill she is constantly expanding and is eager to pass on the knowledge that she currently has and will continue to learn along the way. Daisy teaches in a variety of styles depending on the level of the students. However, she favours teaching in a Vinyasa style flowing through juicy and deep movements that allow students to really connect their mind and body through breath
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.
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.
Alejandra Gonzalez, Yoga Instructor
Ale started practicing yoga when she was 15, later on in life she found community through it and it was this community that inspired her to connect with nature and true love for herself and the ones around her.
In 2016 she completed her 200 hr YTT and started teaching straight away, after a couple of months teaching she realised that she wanted to deepen her journey so in early 2017 she started studying Alternative medicine, she was able to include subjects like yoga therapy, anatomy and physiology which helped her make her classes accessible to more people and gave her a better understanding of the body as a whole.
With time her goal as a yoga teacher has changed, we all agree bringing the body into amazing shapes can be beautiful and fun but her main focus is to serve the body and bring balance, functionality and most importantly a sense of love, connection and respect for your mind and body.
Linds Francis, Yoga Instructor
Originally from Canada, Linds first found her love of yoga in 2012, beginning the journey with Bikram yoga while living in Australia. She found her way to New Zealand in 2014 and into various forms of yoga and meditation practices. Yoga began as a compliment to her physical regimes; a chance to stretch and decompress and pairing with her love for hiking and trail running, boxing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and kayaking. The importance of her yoga practice really came to light after a concussion in 2017, forcing her to slow down and come inwards. After the injury and mental health struggles to follow, she truly became aware of the importance of mindfulness, presence and self-care in our everyday lives.
Since her initial yoga teacher training studying Hatha and Vinyasa, Linds has completed her 100 hour Yin yoga teacher training with a mental health and trauma informed lens. She has also done further training in Deep Sleep, Polyvagal Theory, and Managing the Stress Response with the support of our yoga practices.
Linds graduated from her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2010 and is currently studying her Masters of Social Work. She works in the field of Mental Health support and advocacy and brings this awareness to her mat and her classes, aiming to create a space where everyone feels safe to nurture and reconnect to their bodies and their nervous systems through the magic of yoga. She loves how a yoga practice helps to support showing up with greater presence for ourselves and those around us. Her flows are intentionally sequenced, accessible to beginner and intermediate yogis, encouraging a space to explore how you are showing up on your mat with a sense of curiosity, playfulness and self-compassion. Interweaving strength, flexibility, and an intention to connect to your own natural flow through movement and breath, Linds invites you to join her for a mindful, deliberate, and embodied exploration on your mat.
Chris and Denisa Wille, Yoga & Acroyoga Instructors
Chris and Deni combine their love for acrobatics with a charismatic teaching voice to create a safe and fun environment. Together they have completed over 100 hours of Acroyoga Teacher Training under the J&C Mastermind Method.
They will be offering regular weekly classes at Healthy Self Yoga, and also facilitate monthly workshops and multi-day intensives and we hope too bring some of these exciting things to the studio. Their attention to detail, progressive style of training, and gentle demeanor will leave each student feeling stronger in their practice.
If Chris and Deni aren’t playing acro, you’ll find them hiking in the mountains, on a slackline, or sipping a coconut latte.
Lilia Rosanna, Yoga Instructor
Lilia is a Brazilian with a gypsy soul and has travelled to over 40 countries and lived on three continents.
She nourishes the idea of living life to the fullest with a grand sense of adventure. Her passion for movement and finding the pulse in nature made her choose New Zealand as home and now lives in her tiny house in Queenstown, surrounded by dramatic mountains rising sharply from Lake Wakatipu.
So what do yoga and travelling have in common for Lilia? They have both taught her to follow her heart and soul, to not be afraid of taking chances or live in uncertainty. To appreciate and feel the grandness of nature, and to understand we are connected, we are one.
Most importantly, through travel and yoga, Lilia understood that adventure and fulfillment could also be found in stillness, in going within instead of going outwards. Sharing yoga is her dharma. By holding space for your practice, her intention is to help you experience benefits such as strength, openness, and stability.
"I am passionate about creating a safe space for you to quiet your mind, connect to your heart, and move mindfully through your life path."
Renee Jessup, Yoga Instructor
Renee is originally from NSW, Australia, where she first began her yoga journey with her parents as they went in search of a solution for her dad’s chronic lower back pain. Along with her dad finding fantastic results from yoga, she immediate began enjoying the practice herself, although she didn’t really understand why. As she began her University studies and began moving, first interstate and eventually internationally, she began to see Yoga as her base; it calmed her when she was stressed, but simultaneously kept her feeling physically strong and healthy as well.
After living internationally in Canada for a year, she decided she would like to start to share this practice to others, and offer the myriad of benefits she has both seen and experienced from this one practice. Renee completed her first training in 2017 in Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, and since then has continued to deepen her studies completing an additional 100hr Yin Yoga training, Yoga Anatomy certification, and has begun her advanced 500hr Teacher Training with Yoga Medicine.
In class, Renee likes to incorporate pranayama (breath work), meditation and asana (physical practice) to bring an entire mind-body experience to her students. Join her for some flowing Vinyasa, some grounding Yin or some challenging yet meditative Ashtanga.
Alana Cayabyab, Yoga Instructor
Alana is originally from Northern California. From first discovering yoga while studying at San Diego State University in 2006, yoga has since become such an integral part of Alana’s life.
Yoga gives her a sense of deep connection to her authentic self. Alana creates a safe and welcoming space for students to explore and deepen their practice. She hopes that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, inspired, uplifted, and that you walk away with a deeper understanding of yourself.
Alana completed her 200 hr YTT at Nadi Wellness Centre in Queenstown and is deeply grateful to all of the teachers she has had that have held space for her to grow and expand her understanding of yoga. Besides teaching yoga, Alana is a passionate primary school educator with 10 years’ experience and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Alana enjoys spending time in nature, snowboarding, scuba diving, and traveling around beautiful New Zealand.
Alana is inspired by this Iyengar quote, “Perform each asana as a mantra, each pose as a meditation. Then the light will draw from the center of your being.”