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Koru Studio Teachers

Emma Saunders
Modified Pilates


Internationally certified Pilates instructor, with a background as a Physiotherapist. Emma studied Modified Pilates at the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) based in the U.K. She maintains skills with annual courses around Australasia. Emma is passionate about helping people with their personal body awareness, ability to better perform daily activities and enhancing individuals sport performance.

‘Modified’ is a term used by the APPI Institute. Founded by Physiotherapists it specializes in applying current research relative to Pilates and the ongoing Professional Development of its Instructors.

Contact:    021 293 2709


Tuesdays @ 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:15pm

Thursdays @ 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm

Rose Middleton
Hatha, Yin & Restorative Yoga

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Yoga has travelled through life with me since childhood, like a long-term friend who is always there when you need them. Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga are my main practices with a focus on connecting to and deepening a conscious awareness of breath, movement, strength and stillness. 

Knowing that yoga can transform lives, I am constantly inspired as I watch people build confidence, resilience and joy. I love sharing and incorporating my years of health experience, anatomical and injury knowledge into creating classes that are supportive of functional movement for now and for life. 

Since completing the IYTA (NZ) Introduction to Yoga Certificate and Yoga Alliance International 200hr Certificate Courses, my curious mind has led me to complete Yin Yoga training and numerous workshop and online trainings. Yoga weaves its magic into every part of life - it’s not just about what happens on the mat, in the studio.



Mondays - Hatha Moves @ 9:00-10:00am & 5:30-6:45pm

Wednesdays - Yin Restore @ 5:30-6:45pm & Restorative @ 7:15 - 8:30pm

Thursdays - Yin Restore @ 5:30-6:45pm

Jana Sojka

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I have recently moved to Nelson and am excited to offer my teachings. I am a certified Bodylight® teacher (Fusion of Yoga, Pilates, and Qi-gong) and a Certified Yoga Instructor (Bhagsu Yoga Institue in India) and Massage Therapist. From a young age I became interested in muscle strengthening, I didn't know that I was applying some Pilates key principles or Yogic asanas in these exercises. Intuitively, I knew what I wanted to achieve, I felt what was right for my body, and learnt discipline. I created a routine to keep my body toned, flexible, and strong yet relaxed. 


In 2016, Bodylight® studio in Auckland stepped into my life and I deeply connected to my teacher, mentor, and friend Edna Levy and the practice itself. Edna educated me on every aspect of being an intuitive, loving, always-listening, and caring yet professional instructor and guide through any movement.


If you are new to this, we will break down exercises to understand the purpose and modify positions if needed. If you are an experienced yogi/yogini or Pilates practitioner we'll take the journey further. With injuries to rehabilitate, we'll find a way to reduce the pain, strengthen the area if it's weak, get the joints moving if they're stiff, improve balance if unstable, or improve the elasticity and flexibility of muscles. Anyone is welcome (general level).



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Mobile number: 0210 880 0233

Thursdays - Bodylight @ 7:00 - 8:00am

Chani grieve

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Chani Grieve is a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Embodiment Facilitator and dedicated meditation practitioner with over 16 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing with people the power of working with the body to liberate our creativity, joy and full potential, by accessing the natural laws of growth and unfolding encoded in our bodies. Chani is also the creator and facilitator of The Embodiment Journey - self paced and supported online course - a unique developmental training course in three segments. 



FB page: @movementfromtheheart


Mobile number: 0204 1537 356

Mondays - Moving with Change @ 11:00am - 12:00pm

Jen Holmes Beamer
Trauma Sensitive Yoga

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Jen’s experience of anxiety, panic attacks and the effects of trauma, alongside growing up with a father diagnosed with schizophrenia fostered a vast curiosity about human nature in all its manifestations. Mind-body practices and yoga are an important part of her healing journey, inspiring her to train as a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator.


Jen has developed and facilitated yoga as healing programs within community mental health programs, psychiatric units, community agencies and non-profit organisations.


For the past three years, Jen has developed and facilitated fully funded body-based group therapy programs under ACC Sensitive Claims for survivors of sexual violence in Nelson; holding space to re-connect with the body after trauma. As a sensitive claims provider, she offers a gentle and intuitive approach to her one-to-one and group programs.


The body, mind and spirit are connected. When we find space, we can restore a deeper connection with ourselves and listen to the deeper meaning within the messages of our inner world to find hope and healing.

For class information please contact Jen:

Call: 022 500 1648

Hester Phillips

My Body My Balance


Hester Phillips is a registered Arts Therapist, group facilitator and movement teacher who supports others to live their unique potential. She holds a first class clinical Master's degree in Arts Therapy, is a certified Open Floor movement meditation teacher and a graduate of the Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Trauma Survivors programme.


Hester is also the co-founder and director of Conscious Dance Aotearoa, New Zealand's annual festival of Conscious Dance. Hester's Master's thesis research explored the efficacy of trauma informed movement for clients with physical symptoms of trauma. Hester specialises in somatic approaches to trauma recovery in her busy private practice in Nelson.

My Body My Balance classes are provided through The Nelson Clinic and ACC.

For class information please contact Hester:

Call: 021 202 1573

Jo Monaghan
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

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Having spent decades in the corporate world, I understand how stress can impact our body and mind. Yoga has always uplifted me and enabled me to thrive and become more in flow with life, able to meet its challenges more easily. 

In 2017 I began my training with Eoin Finn, founder of the Blissology school of yoga, which focuses on joy and connection. I am now a 500Hr certified yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance International) and have been teaching and running retreats since 2017.

The style I teach is Vinyasa Flow, which connects breath with movement to calm the nervous system, create body awareness and improve energy flow. I love how Vinyasa Flow makes you feel, which is why all of my training to date has been to deepen my knowledge of this style.

Contact Jo for further details and to register:


Phone: 021 547 245

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Monday Morning Bliss - Vinyasa Flow 7:00 - 8:00am

Peter Sterios


Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized author, yoga teacher (ERYT-500), and architect. He is the founder of LEVITYoGA™MANDUKA™, and creator of the popular yoga DVD series “Gravity & Grace” which is one of YOGA JOURNAL’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time”. For three years (2011-2013) Peter taught yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives. In 2018, he was invited to the Pentagon to share his ideas about yoga’s therapeutic effects for the US Marine Corps.

Peter's first book Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga was selected as the Nautilus Book Awards 2019 Gold Medal Winner in the "Health, Healing, Wellness & Vitality" category.

For those who teach LEVITYoGA™, our goal is to create simple language for communicating general principles so those who practice and study can connect with themselves in an authentic way – not from a place imposed by a rigid technique, script, or series of movements, but through a re-discovery of our own intuition. With subtle encouragement during classes or in trainings, students can “stretch” into the intuitive parts of their mind, and re-establish confidence in personal discretion – the ability to make appropriate choices in how we move, how we think, and how we relate to ourselves and others.


Peter returns regularly to Nelson. Watch this space for future opportunities to learn from a true master.


Teachers at Koru Studio are independent and each have their own pricing structures.  Prices range from  $15-$20 per session depending on class length and area of specialty.  Please contact individual teacher to confirm pricing.

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