James Mason-Redpath (He/They)
I first discovered Yoga in 2002, during a rehabilitation program while in recovery from a car accident. Realizing the benefits to the body, I was surprised to find significant emotional and mental benefits that come from connecting the breath with the body and mind.
This lead to the love of sharing the practice with others, resulting in teacher training of the 26&2 (classical hatha system from the Ghosh lineage) in 2015 with Evolation Yoga in Melbourne, Australia.
With ongoing studies and expansion of my knowledge, In 2016 I also became certified in Yin yoga, finding its passive and relaxing energy the perfect balance to the active and engaging Hatha yoga.
2018 saw me traveling to Malaga, Spain to study beyond the 26&2 under the guidance of my teacher Tony Sanchez. This allowed me to dive deeper into the lineage of the classic 84 in the Ghosh tradition.
I prefer to take a functional approach to the body when it comes to teaching. In my classes you will find focus on simplicity of the postures and their benefits to the body and mind. With encouragement to focus on your unique body and its needs, helping you create a practice that is truly your own.
Outside of the studio I am usually exploring trails and tracks with my dogs, or tending to my plant babies(proud plant dad here).
Join me on the mat to challenge yourself, connect within and grow. See the subtle changes that eventually become big changes. Get to know yourself, truly see yourself, cultivate mindfulness and presence.
Shawn Mason-Redpath (He/Him)
Our other Director at Healthy Self Yoga. Shawn is the man behind the scenes who project managed the build of the studio, website and everything in between, and got the space ready for us to practice in! He also works full time at his other job on top what he does here so he certainly likes to keep busy.
Shawn loves a nice slow, stretchy Yin or a hatha class to balance out his busy work life which allows him time in each posture to connect with mindful movements, while also tracking progress on the mat
Outside of the studio you can find him around town at some of his favourite cafe hangs, exploring our beautiful country or winding down with a home cooked meal, netflix and candles.
Monika Bohdzia (She/Her)
Studio Coordinator, Yoga Instructor
Moni, originally from Poland, has been practicing yoga for 15years. She has spent many years
traveling the world, living between Dublin, USA, Bali and Queenstown deepening her
understanding of the depths of yoga, meditation & healing. She gained her experience by
attending plenty of various types of yoga workshops with many international, influential
teachers who inspired and encouraged her to tune deeper into body movement and mind in completing her 200HRS Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
She now offers graceful Vinyasa yoga flows of moving mediation while
exploring consciousness. As a master of Social Psychology, she is extremely passionate, not only
about human’s emotions in general, but also how yoga practice and breath work strengthen
our physical, mental and emotional bodies and increase our capacity to process difficult
emotions and past traumas.
Outside of her work life, she is stimulated by
adventurous and adrenalized activities like Silks, Aerial Yoga, multi days hikes, Snowboarding,
Surfing, Scuba Diving & Canyoning.
Moni is known for her positive attitude and a sense of service. She is all about fun and how
physical challenge affects our mind and that is what she shares with others in her devoted yoga
Caroline Lewis (She/Her)
Caroline is from the UK and completed her yoga training in Bali in May 2018 with Blissology. She has been teaching in Oamaru for the past 18 months and has recently moved back to Queenstown. She has a passion for continually learning, having completed further trainings in Yoga Nidra and Pre-natal yoga.
Teaching others gives Caroline the honour of sharing all the joys and good feels yoga gives to her. Not just the physical aspects of enjoying some yummy stretching and getting into our juicy spots, but also how your practice brings awareness and connection to our breath, body and mind. Sharing this is a joy, seeing others find these tools within themselves, building a community of support, sharing and growing together through this journey with compassion towards ourselves, our surroundings and each other.
She is a conduit for mindfulness, nature and community, striving to hold a comfortable, inviting space for all with a focus on alignment to allow a sustainable, safe practice.
Naomi Ishii (She/Her)
Tai Chi Instructor
Naomi grew up outdoors in Japan, and came to Queenstown in 2000.
She started learning Tai Chi because she felt an inner force energy (Qi) strongly drawing her to the practice. Soon after Naomi started teaching Tai Chi so she could introduce its benefits to her family and friends. Finding within her practice, the benefits of body balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, muscle control and a deepening of sleep and an overall health. Tai Chi to Naomi is a life time of learning.
Outside of the studio you can find Naomi out on the water, surfing and sailing with her family or exploring her other passions of rock climbing and yoga.
Linds Francis (She/Her)
Originally from Canada, Linds first found her love of yoga in 2012, beginning the journey with Bikram yoga while living in Australia. She found her way to New Zealand in 2014 and into various forms of yoga and meditation practices. Yoga began as a compliment to her physical regimes; a chance to stretch and decompress and pairing with her love for hiking and trail running, boxing, snowboarding, ice hockey, and kayaking. The importance of her yoga practice really came to light after a concussion in 2017, forcing her to slow down and come inwards. After the injury and mental health struggles to follow, she truly became aware of the importance of mindfulness, presence and self-care in our everyday lives.
Since her initial yoga teacher training studying Hatha and Vinyasa, Linds has completed her 100 hour Yin yoga teacher training with a mental health and trauma informed lens. She has also done further training in Deep Sleep, Polyvagal Theory, and Managing the Stress Response with the support of our yoga practices.
Linds graduated from her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2010 and is currently studying her Masters of Social Work. She works in the field of Mental Health support and advocacy and brings this awareness to her mat and her classes, aiming to create a space where everyone feels safe to nurture and reconnect to their bodies and their nervous systems through the magic of yoga. She loves how a yoga practice helps to support showing up with greater presence for ourselves and those around us. Her flows are intentionally sequenced, accessible to beginner and intermediate yogis, encouraging a space to explore how you are showing up on your mat with a sense of curiosity, playfulness and self-compassion. Interweaving strength, flexibility, and an intention to connect to your own natural flow through movement and breath, Linds invites you to join her for a mindful, deliberate, and embodied exploration on your mat.
Kelsey Boots (She/Her)
Originally from Canada, Kelsey moved to New Zealand in 2018. This is when she truly discovered her love for yoga. Kelsey was curious and wanted to learn more about this incredible practice. Recently completing her 200 hr YYT in Queenstown, she's excited to learn from her students and grow together.
When she's not on the mat, Kelsey enjoys being outdoors snowboarding, skiing, hiking or enjoying a cup of tea.
Lilia Rosanna (She/Her)
Lilia is a Brazilian with a gypsy soul and has travelled to over 40 countries and lived on three continents.
She nourishes the idea of living life to the fullest with a grand sense of adventure. Her passion for movement and finding the pulse in nature made her choose New Zealand as home and now lives in her tiny house in Queenstown, surrounded by dramatic mountains rising sharply from Lake Wakatipu.
So what do yoga and travelling have in common for Lilia? They have both taught her to follow her heart and soul, to not be afraid of taking chances or live in uncertainty. To appreciate and feel the grandness of nature, and to understand we are connected, we are one.
Most importantly, through travel and yoga, Lilia understood that adventure and fulfillment could also be found in stillness, in going within instead of going outwards. Sharing yoga is her dharma. By holding space for your practice, her intention is to help you experience benefits such as strength, openness, and stability.
"I am passionate about creating a safe space for you to quiet your mind, connect to your heart, and move mindfully through your life path."
Renee Jessup (She/Her)
Renee is originally from NSW, Australia, where she first began her yoga journey with her parents as they went in search of a solution for her dad’s chronic lower back pain. Along with her dad finding fantastic results from yoga, she immediate began enjoying the practice herself, although she didn’t really understand why. As she began her University studies and began moving, first interstate and eventually internationally, she began to see Yoga as her base; it calmed her when she was stressed, but simultaneously kept her feeling physically strong and healthy as well.
After living internationally in Canada for a year, she decided she would like to start to share this practice to others, and offer the myriad of benefits she has both seen and experienced from this one practice. Renee completed her first training in 2017 in Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, and since then has continued to deepen her studies completing an additional 100hr Yin Yoga training, Yoga Anatomy certification, and has begun her advanced 500hr Teacher Training with Yoga Medicine.
In class, Renee likes to incorporate pranayama (breath work), meditation and asana (physical practice) to bring an entire mind-body experience to her students. Join her for some flowing Vinyasa, some grounding Yin or some challenging yet meditative Ashtanga.
Ally McDonald-Bull (She/Her)
Mat Pilates Instructor
With a professional background in the performing arts and entertainment, Ally believes she is her best self when she is energetically sharing her passion and joy for movement as a Pilates, Barre and Dance Fitness instructor and helping others to feel better in their bodies.
First discovering the life-changing (mental and physical) benefits of the Pilates practice herself in 2012, Ally then went on to experience, train in, and teach a variety of different styles of Pilates and dance based movement across her '3 homes' - Auckland, London and Paris. She has led her signature 'Triple Threat Pilates' class in Convent Garden, outside the Louvre Museum, on a boat on The Seine, and in Mexico City.
Ally believes movement is for everyone. She has worked both in a clinical setting closely alongside physiotherapists as well as trained professional athletes delivering challenging full body fitness workouts (earning the title of 'smiling assassin.')
No matter who she is teaching, Ally aims to always create an environment to move in that is safe, positive and fun!
When she isn't dancing or 'Pilartying', Ally can be found in her hiking boots off on an adventure in the mountains or catching up for a chat over a hot chocolate at Patagonia.
Alia McWhirter (She/Her)
b. class® leader
Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia, Alia moved to Queenstown early 2019. Falling in love with the breath-taking scenery and it's people Alia now intends to make Queenstown her forever home. Alia is excited to bring the b.class to Queenstown, an inspiring women’s, 'fitness program' designed to let the heart and soul speak through. The b.class® combines athletic movement with powerful music creating connection.
Alia's journey with The b. class® began when she spent 4 years living in Canada. "I was extremely lucky that the creator of The b. class®, Tara Newbigging, started leading in a local studio and ever since the very first class I was hooked. With the thought of leaving Canada and The b. class® behind I knew I had to keep it in my life so I became a leader. I was able to lead The b. class® in Australia, and now having moved to Queenstown I intend to keep spreading the self-love and joy that comes along with The b. class®."
When Alia's not in the studio she loves the outdoors; whether hiking, snowboarding, or near the water and, also loves a good drop of wine.
Becca Anderson (She/Her)Mat Pilates Instructor
Originally from Canada, I grew up enjoying a range of movement activities: taking dance, soccer, cross country, and doing my mom’s work-out VHS tapes in our basement.
When I re-discovered pilates a bit over a year ago, I became hooked to this idea of a movement practice that moulded into my day, no matter what kind of day I was having. Since studying pilates, I've been eternally curious of the endless repertoire/ body shape possibilities pilates has to offer. Outside of my work life, I am a hiker, runner, camper, novice fisherwoman, and have recently taken up skateboarding.
The last year/ pilates have taught me how resilient our bodies are, and I believe finding a movement practice that feels good in your unique body is one of the best ways to honour yourself.
Catalina Dost (She/Her)
Catalina has been practicing yoga asana on and off since the age of 15.
It wasn’t until she moved to Aotearoa in 2016 that her physical and spiritual practice deepened and in early 2021 She completed her 200h Vinyasa YTT.
As soon as this was completed Catalina was drawn to teaching right away, knowing that this is where she truly belongs.Not long after that she completed her 100h Yin teacher training.
Sparking the light of yoga in others and providing a save space for students is what she strives for. She does this by focusing her classes on bringing awareness to the breath, linking movement to enter a meditative state, moving through the body intuitively and ultimately having fun on the mat. Connecting breath, body and mind.