Katie has been sharing the teachings of Anusara Yoga in New Zealand since 2005. She is honoured to have been the first
teacher to introduce NZ to this heart-oriented and life affirming style of Hatha Yoga. Katie is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, RYT-500, and the founder of Yoga Kula NZ. Currently based in Christchurch, she offers public and private classes, one-on-one yoga therapy sessions, workplace yoga & corporate wellness consulting, and Anusara workshops around New Zealand and overseas.
Katie believes that yoga is an empowering and creative practice that compels us to participate fully in our lives on and off the mat! In each class, you'll experience the magic of joining the full engagement of your body - in union with your breath - in the service of a powerful heart centered intention. Classes are dynamic, playful, empowering, and FUN!
Katie travels regularly to study with, observe, and assist her teacher - Anusara Yoga founder John Friend. She remains inspired by and grateful for the unfailing support and encouragement of many Anusara teachers and mentors including Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Maze, BJ Galvan, and Moses Brown. Her teaching is also influenced by study with Carlos Pomeda, Paul Mueller Ortega, and Donna Farhi.
If you are interested in learning more about Anusara Yoga or want to host an Anusara workshop or intensive at your studio or in your town, please contact Katie!
Welcome to ANANDA Clinic & Spa - an authentic, fully organic Ayurvedic sanctuary for the inner self.
an extensive range of luxurious day spa treatments as well as our specialty: in- residence full panchakarma therapies that are designed to gently cleanse and eliminate deep-seated impurities from every cell of the body while being blissfully pampered by our dedicated team of therapists. Exceptional individual care and service, top quality treatments and plenty of time for relaxation and reflection in our guest lounge make ANANDA day spa visits and retreats a 5 star experience. Full In-Residence Care Retreats are available (from 3 - 14 days). An organic B&B option is catered for in our delightfully decorated, fully self-contained garden studio, nestled against the Port hills of Chrischurch, the gateway to New Zealand's spectacular South Island. A generous self-catering breakfast is provided each morning, offering fresh organic breads, jams, eggs, muesli, milk, fruit juices, teas, hot chocolate and coffee. Before sinking into your sumptuous bed linens for a restful sleep, indulge yourself with one of our soothing ayurvedic massages. All treatments use only certified organic oils and herbs and are performed in restful silence: each rhythmical stroke is performed with loving care and full attention, enabling our clients to sink into a state of deep relaxation, healing and blissful tranquility. Our friendly and experienced team look forward to caring for you.
Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 35 years and
teaching since 1982. She is one of the most
sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Donna is best known for her unique ability to help students and teachers embody their spiritual practice. Her work focuses on the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie all Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows student of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers” students return to Donna’s intensives again and again to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.
Donna has been the asana columnist for both Yoga Journal and Yoga International Magazine (U.S.A.), and has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. Donna is the author of the contemporary classics, The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is used as a curricular text in teacher training programs worldwide. American born, Donna now lives on a 30-acre farm in Christchurch, New Zealand where she pursues her passionate study of dressage and horsemanship.
Personalised Yoga Training, including traditional Vedic Yoga as per Indian tradition:
/ Medical Yoga
We offer a full range of traditional Ayurvedic Services, absed on traditional Ayurvedic traditions of Kerala, including:
-Ayurvedic and Traditional Vedic Yoga
-Ayurvedic Consultations & Disease Management
-Vedic Astrology Readings
-Programs on deeper Tantric (Mahavidya), Mantra Yoga and Vedic Yoga
-Pranic Healing and Mantric Healing
-Full Range of Ayurvedic Medicines
*Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner trained in all aspects of Ayurveda, Certified Ayurvedic Astrologer, Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher and Veda Kovid (Vedic Teacher) - Durgadas, a student of Dr. David Frawley (Dr. Vamadeva Shastri).