I offer conscious movement and Restorative Yoga classes, private sessions, workshops and retreats here where I live in Nelson, New Zealand.
My practice and teaching come from a somatic place of listening deeply within, which is a skill that I have developed over 20 years of practicing and teaching yoga with support from the teachers featuring in the image below.
I have been blessed to have studied in depth with Donna Farhi and through her guidance have been opened up to a truly loving and sustainable practice. She also introduced me to Restorative Yoga which has become one of my staples and I love to share it with my community.
With nearly two decades of yoga practice under my belt I feel so grateful to have had a practice to guide and support me through some challenging times, especially as a mother, as well as delight in and appreciate the good times.
My early years of Yoga inspired me on an amazing journey through Europe and India encountering many international teachers, studying the physical as well as the philosophical teachings of Yoga. I love to go back to the Yoga Sutras over and over again but my true love is the Tantric teachings of Oneness.
I am learning more and more about these non-dual texts through the teachings Dr. Richard Miller and his offerings of Yoga Nidra and Meditation which is based on Kashmiri Shaivism. I am proud to say that I am a fully certified iRest®teacher.
Anna, Essentials Class attendee
“Sam has an amazing talent for making her students feel comfortable in their own bodies and accepting what that body state is. The fundamentals course is full of incredibly relevant and useful tips that you can take away and use in your daily life as well as in your home practice. I have never done yoga that has been so easeful yet made me feel so strong and connected to my body. Each class makes me feel excited about what I am about to learn and where that will take me on my personal journey.”
Annette, Fundamentals Class attendee
“I highly recommend Sam’s classes. I have tried yoga a few times before and not really understood it enough to keep focused for an entire session or feel any particular ongoing benefit. What is totally different about Sam’s fundamental class is that it takes you back to the basics of yoga philosophy, anatomy and human development of movement. The course provides practical guidance on how to establish mindful awareness of the mind/body connection through yoga practice. Sam’s teaching style is fresh, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Emily, Fundamentals Class attendee
“As an older than most, male, newbie to Sam’s yoga class, I felt very comfortable at my beginners level. The progression of the journey was at a pace that I could manage , while the inner understanding was subtle yet powerful as directed by Sam. Im definitey signing up for more.”
Russel, Fundamentals Class attendee
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Preggie yoga classes. It was a home birth with no pain relief for someone who had “Julie would like an epidural in labour” written at the top of her birth plan! I absolutely credit your techniques for getting me through it. I used the leaning against the wall posture, the special in breath, the out breath with humming and pelvic rotation. I used the techniques until almost the very very end. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Of all my labour preparations, your classes were absolutely the most valuable. I will always be grateful!”
Julie, Pregnancy Yoga Class attendee
“I find Sam’s class a perfect balance of rejuvination, strength and spirituality. She blends poetry and styles of yoga creating her own unique flavour that is focused and giving. It is a real pleasure to be in Sam’s classes.”
Hannah, Essentials Class attendee
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the part that you and your yoga classes played in helping me to achieve the birth I really wanted.”
Bee, Pregnancy Class attendee
2003 – Yoga Teacher Training, The Life Centre, London, UK
2005 – Intermediate & Pregnancy Yoga Training, Nicky Knoff, Australia
2007 – Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, Donna Farhi, New Zealand
2009 – Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, Janice Clarfield, New Zealand
2012/2013 – Applied Yoga Anatomy – Practices, Leslie Kaminoff, The Breathing Space, NYC
2013/14 – Level 1 & 2 iRest Certification with Dr. Richard Miller, Prema Yoga, Australia
2016/18 – iRest Full certification
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