I’m Kiri! I teach 8-10 classes a week at various studios around Auckland: Rise Hot Yoga and Pilates, TheYoga Corner, Om Yoga Studio, and The Nest

First yoga practice:

I first practiced yoga at the age of 5. I experienced quite a bit of anxiety as a kid, so my mom thought giving yoga a try might help alleviate some of my symptoms. I’d lock myself in my room for hours at a time playing those old 90s yoga tapes on the VCR and would feel myself near-levitate by the time Civasana came along! I was hooked, and continued practicing on and off for the next 13 years. At 18 I completed myyoga teacher training and my relationship with the practice continues to deepen!!

Favourite snack:

Anything plant based and healthy! I’ve been vegan for 2 years now and it has opened my eyes and changed my life in more ways than I can describe. My favourite at the moment is throwing a bunch of over ripe frozen bananas in a blender with some coconut cream. Fresh ice cream!!! Omnomnom!!!

Treating myself means:

My idea of treating myself... hmm. Consists of a day of waking up (WITHOUT AN ALARM!) and going to a 90 minute hot yoga class. Followed by an açai bowl and latte at either little bird or wise cicada while writing in my journal or writing letters, then heading to the beach out west or a waterfall and diving into the water! Epsom salt and essential oil infused baths and a massage are always much desired treats as well! Oh, and somewhere in there there are dogs. I like dogs. A lot.


Oh wow, where do I begin... I absolutely cannot fathom a life without yoga in it! Initially, as a child, I was drawn to yoga for its mental health benefits, and when I was 18, at a major turning point in my life and time of adversity, I once again turned to yoga. I dove in head first, going to 2-3 classes a day, every day, for months. Over the years I had seen countless psychologists, psychiatrists, alternative doctors of all sorts, but nothing shifted my entirety the way yoga did. Yoga has always been more than just a physical exercise for me. It has had such a profound positive impact, physically, emotionally, and energetically, and I just want to share that with anyone and everyone! Yoga, for me, has been a way of taking care of myself, a way to administer therapy to myself and confront things internally and process them so that I can better understand, respond and react to myself, others, and my environment. I think one of the most amazing things about sharing yoga with people is that you’re showing them how to use the tools that they already have in their toolkit. You don’t have to go to ayoga class to practice yoga! Once you learn the basic foundations of the practice in a yoga class, you can take them with you absolutely anywhere. It’s a gift that keeps on giving long after you’ve made your  way out of civasana and rolled up your mat. It’s an outlet that can serve you in every way, everywhere. It’s always about how it feels rather than how it looks, Yoga is so much more to it than asana, and through the years I have found the therapeutic benefits of the practice undeniable. 

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