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Yoga is my reset button, my place of calm and constantly flows over into my daily life enabling me to have deeper connections with my whanau, friends & Papatūānuku.

I believe that re-connecting with our bodies and our breath creates a pathway to conscious wellbeing and a connection to the earth.


While my classes are mostly vinyasa flow based, I have also studied Aerial Yoga which uses a soft hammock to enhance your daily yoga practice and allows you to truly experience the joy of inversions.

I look forward to guiding you through this amazing life changing practice that is yoga.


I can't wait to meet you on the mat!



First comes awareness,
then choice

First comes awareness, then choice.

With yoga I am continuously learning new things about myself. I become aware of my physical body, my mind, my spiritual journey and my surroundings. I am then able to make conscious choices in my life. This is why I fell in love with yoga. For me it’s an inward journey – a chance to meet myself. To get to know my strength, my limitations, and other bits and pieces. These journeys could be challenging and confronting at times. Ultimately, it’s a path to freedom as freedom is to know my limitations and accepting them.

Every Sunday I guide you through a Restorative/ Yin class for 60 minutes at the Beginner Yogi Studio. I thoroughly enjoy teaching Restorative/ Yin class as I believe we all deserve a nourishing rest and to recharge. We are all leading a busy and modern life, most of the time with not enough rest.

My other passions are holistic health and creating a balanced life. I am a certified Life Coach. My declaration as a life coach is to empower people to reach their potential and to find their authentic-self. My Life Coach area of interest are creating a balanced life, building confidence, enhancing performance and goal settings, improving self-esteem, and reducing stress and anxiety. I am always open for you and I truly care for your wholeness.

Namaste, Maria



To me,
yoga is about self-discovery

To me, yoga is about self-discovery. In my classes I strive to create a space where participants feel safe to go inside and explore – a space where they can discover exactly what they need both on and off the yoga mat. It is my intention when leading a yoga class to encourage participants to listen to their own innate knowledge, and let that become their guide. It gives me great joy to look up at a room full of people, each doing their own version of the practice. 


My own yoga practice began over 20 years ago and has been my anchor while life’s ups, downs and changes have fluctuated around me. I am continuously discovering the many wonders of this practice as I come to understand better the relationship between my own mind and body. The single most important thing that yoga has done for me is to help me to be more present in my life; meaning I am able to have more meaningful relationships, more joy, more happiness, more connection. It has become an essential tool for my own deepening self-awareness, for understanding others and for acting with empathy. Yoga spills over into all aspects of my life, making me a better parent, spouse, daughter, sister and friend. 


I am Yoga Alliance registered (E-RYT) and have been teaching both here in NZ and overseas for over 10 years. In 2016 I founded my Wellington-based yoga business, Flow Yoga, which sees me take yoga classes and workshops into community centres, classrooms, workplaces, yoga studios, private homes and mental health care facilities. After working in mental health with refugees in 2015-16, my yoga teaching took on a more intentional trauma-informed perspective. It was this work with refugee survivors of trauma and torture that inspired me to do further training in using yoga as a tool to address trauma. At that time I began a trial yoga project with refugee-background women which continues to this day. More recently I co-founded the group Trauma-informed Yoga and Mediation NZ with fellow yoga professional Una Hubbard to support those in the community wanting to learn more about trauma and yoga/meditation tools for recovery. Together we facilitate trauma-informed yoga and meditation workshops throughout New Zealand. 


I look forward to connecting with you on the mat.

Will Fenton

Yoga continues to teach me and shape my place and perspective in the world.

A yoga class is an opportunity to develop yourself - listening to the wisdom of the body, cultivating presence of the mind, nurturing the heart and sometimes just sometimes spacing out on that fantastic idea you just had. 


For me, yoga comes alive in life. In relationships. In solitude. In the car. In a post-pasta energy lull. In the midst of a heated discussion on the reputed benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. 


I feel these are wonderful opportunities!

Life bestows us with breath. We can always be present with our breath. Hence, we can all ways be doing yoga. What a powerful practice. 


I started teaching in 2007 in India. Upon returning to Wellington the following year I established Yoga For Freedom. It was my vehicle for teaching yoga beyond mere asana - into meditations, cleanses, mantra, music and chanting. 

Recently I've taught in Japan, Perú Colombia and Newtown. 


Yoga continues to teach me and shape my place and perspective in the world.

I hope you too gain practical benefits from yoga, beyond the mat and into life.