Meet The Team

Nicola teaches Yin Yang Yoga at Natural Living. 

 

Philosophy

is live a healthy happy life, mentally, physically and emotionally 

Be Happy, Be Kind, Be love, Be Well, Be you, Be Pure Joy!

 

Favourite quote 

“It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
― Epictetus

Loves

I love my life! 

Family and Friends, Nelson my chocolate lab, yoga, traveling, reading, good food, the ocean, the beach and meeting new friends.

 

Qualifications

350hr hatha Yoga TT Int Shiva yoga centre

(yogacharya P.R Mohanan) Liverpool

Intensive Yin yoga for Teachers

(Jackie Quayle) UK

 

Tibetan-Usui 

Reiki level 1 & 2

(Nelson NZ)

 

Jenny teaches Prenatal yoga at Natural Living.

Philosophy

Eat healthy whole foods, exercise regularly, love family and enjoy friends, find your passion then never stop with it,  collect memories rather than possessions. Keep working on yourself inside and out and stay calm during the storm

Favourite Quote
“Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, yoga shows the way”

Loves
Spending time with my family, watching my children growing, teaching prenatal yoga it brings me so much joy, passing on my knowledge and experience to help others, a healthy lifestyle, friends, being surrounded by candles, crystals, plants and beautiful things. I love receiving massage and practicing reflexology.

Qualifications
Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (200hours)


Sivananda Yoga Advanced Teacher Training Certificate (200hours)


Prenatal Yoga Module (40 hours)


Reflexology Level one
 

Noreen Macdonald

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Noreen is a Director of Natural Living. 

She is the main practitioner at the

Natural Living Clinic. 

Her modalities include:

Bioresonance Therapy

Neuro-emotional technique

Naturopathy

Bio-roma Massage

Aromatouch

Access Consciousness Bars

Stop Smoking Clinic

Qualifications

Diploma of Applied Science 

(Naturopathy)

200hr Yoga Teacher Training

(Nicky Knoff, Cairns)

Pre and post Natal Yoga

(Baby Bliss)

Quantum Reflex Analysis

Aromatouch

Neuro emotional technique

Bioresonance Therapy

To read more about Noreen click here

Arron Macdonald 

Arron is a Director of Natural Living and a

qualified Neuro-linguistic program (NLP) coach. 

Arron has been working in

Management for the last 10 years. 

He is experienced at managing people, 

conflict resolution and working alongside 

a team. 

Through this work he learnt a lot about people.

He is very good at communications and his open attitude, problem solving skills and ability to listen made him excel at his job. 

His keen interest in human behaviour led him to certify as an NLP coach. 

He has a huge passion for helping people and using NLP tools to assist them to grow. 

Kimberley Bortnick

Kimberley teaches Yin Yoga at Natural Living.

Philosophy

Much can be revealed as we come to our mat; breathing, relaxing, letting go, we practice no thinking, just feeling, and no doing, just being. Yoga helps us to slow down, cultivating an environment of mindfulness and kindness. One where we are not just listening, but really hearing. My Yin Yoga classes are based on this philosophy.

Favourite Quote

Yoga is tolerating the consequences of being yourself” - Bhagavad Gita.

  I have been practicing yoga for 25 years and teaching for 18 and have been mentored and inspired by many master teachers and students as well. 

Nicola Gill

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Jenny Ward

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Maya Lefebvre  MA

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Maya teaches Gentle Yoga at Natural Living.

 

I started practicing yoga in my 20s, started teaching in my 30s and now in my 40s still uncovering the potency of yoga teachings into all areas of life.

I had the privilege to study closely with John Ogilvie as well as Sarah Powers as my root teachers and further learnt from Leslie Kaminoff, Simon Borg-Olivier, Shiva Rea, Jo Phee, Carlos Pomeda and I keep on inquiring!

Lisa Allan

Lisa Allan (BA, BSc, GradDipArts- Human Services) has been teaching yoga since 2004. She began teaching at the University of Canterbury to classes of up to 80 people- quite a way to start! There weren't many yoga teachers in Christchurch at that time and Lisa found herself cycling, yoga mat on her back, all over the city to cover classes and teach her own. Her pathway to teaching was through a lot of practice and an immediate affinity with yoga philosophy. 

 

Lisa's first yoga teacher was Richard Tweedie (Christchurch), who she practiced under while training in the performing arts at Hagley Theatre Company. She then ventured forth to India where she discovered the beautiful teachers Pankaj Sharma (now based in Germany) and Surrinder Singh (Rishikesh). She qualified as RYT200 through Samma Karuna (Thailand). Lisa has taught many styles over the years from Iyengar and Ashtanga inspired classes to gentler yin and restorative ones. She loves to weave waiata into her classes and, more than anything, to hold space for people to connect more and more deeply to all that they are. 

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Emily Whinney

Emily is an Holistic Health Practitioner with over 20 years experience, specialising in Massage, Reiki & Healing. 

 

Yoga has been part of her life throughout this time.  Early last year Emily undertook the Yoga Alliance approved Hatha based Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching ever since. 

 

In her yoga class Emily brings her love of health, the body and yoga together in a relaxed but empowering way.

Gabrielle Huygens

Gabrielle teaches Pilates at Natural Living. 

 

Philosophy 

 That our body is always wanting to heal itself if we are able to create good conditions for change . 

 Favourite Quote 

If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?  

Qualifications

NZ Registered Physiotherapist ( Dip Phys)

Dip in Manipulative Physiotherapy ( Peripheral and Spinal)

Clinical Pilates to Level 3 ( BET method) - Mat exs + studio equipment / Reformer/ Trap table/ Wunda chair

Associate Instructor in Universal Healing Tao - Basic Level (Mantak Chia)

     

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