Summer – Autumn Yoga Workshops with Loris Mills

autumn yogaTe Anau Yoga will again be hosting Queenstown Yoga Studio Director and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher Loris Mills for three workshops this summer / autumn. These workshops are suitable for both beginner students and more experienced practitioners wishing to gain a greater understanding of asana/posture knowledge.




February 27th (evening) and 28th (morning)

March 20th and 21st (same format)

May 1st and 2nd (same format)


Fri. evening
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sat. morning
9.00 am – 12.00 pm

Fiordland Medical Centre Community Room

Fri/Sat TAY members: $75 Non-members $85
Fri only (TAY) $35 Non-members $40
Sat only (TAY) $50 Non-members $55

For bookings please e-mail Kerri-Anne at

Payment is required to confirm your booking. Cancellation fees may apply.



“The body is the bow,

the asana is the arrow

 and the target is the soul” – BKS Iyengar


BKS Iyengar

May Workshop with Peggy Preston

Peggy PrestonTe Anau Yoga will be hosting Peggy Preston, founder and former owner of Studio Sangha and Bikram Yoga Queenstown in Te Anau on May 30th and 31st. 


Peggy will be teaching two mini-workshops for TAY.  Peggy has recently sold her two yoga studios and wants to get back to her core  teaching. Some of you may recall that we hosted Peggy several years ago for a number of workshops which were a great success. Peggy will be teaching a 2 hour workshop on Friday evening 5:30-7:30 am and a 2 1/2 hour workshop Saturday am 9:30-12:00 pm. Places are limited so please book now to avoid the disappointment of missing out.

Friday 5:30-7:30 – Slow and Steady Dynamic Hatha. A perfect way to end your week. We will focus on alignment and ease. This practice will also include some Pranayama as well as finishing with a restorative Yoga Nidra. Suitable for all levels. New students welcome. 

Saturday- 9:30-12pm – Vinyasa Flow. A dynamic, energising flow practice, finishing with some deep holds, hip opening and supported inversions. A great place to learn a flow practice and get in to the groove! Suitable for all levels, some yoga experience advised.   

TAY Members: Fri eve $25, Sat am $30, or $50 for both

Non-Members Fri eve $30, Sat am $35, or $60 for both

Peggy also sells high quality yoga clothing from the USA and Canada. These brands are only available in New Zealand from her and a limited number of studios that she supplies directly, so her visit to Te Anau will provide a great opportunity to purchase some well-priced yoga clothing (I can personally recommend theses clothes as well-wearing and a comfortable fit, – it’s pretty much all I wear for practice).  The fabrics are natural/ mostly organic.

To make a workshop booking: E-mail to confirm which classes you would like to attend to ensure there is still a space.  I will will confirm availability at which time you need to pay to confirm your booking (either at class by cash or cheque) or via internet banking to TAY: 03-1749005354700.  To receive the TAY membership discount you need to be a paid-up member for 2014 ($20). Cancellation fees will apply.  


Kerri-Anne will be returning to her hometown Whangarei to teach this April

Exploring the barriers to personal practice

IMG_8082-001Certified Yoga Teacher, Kerri-Anne Edge (Te Anau, N.Z.) will be offering a short workshop in Whangarei including gentle breath-based asana, pranayama and deep relaxation.  A personal yoga practice can be profoundly beneficial: listening to your inner guru (inner wisdom), simplicity and consistency in your practice are fundamental.

I’m returning to my hometown with my 5 year old son for the school holidays.  Time to catch up with family and friends and enjoy the warmth, the beaches, and the Farmers Market.  I’d love you to join me for this short workshop where we will work with a simple breath-based sequence of asana that  you can practice anywhere.  We will explore the barriers that we perceive to practicing yoga daily, learn about some of the wonderful resources that are available to support you, and most importantly remind ourselves of the value in listening to and understanding ourselves.

Beginners Welcome!

Sunset yoga

When: Sunday April 28th 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Where: Whangarei Parents Centre 13a Te Mai Rd

Investment $40

For bookings e-mail

Cancellation fees will apply.

hands yoga

AcroYoga evening with Garrett Ferderber

Te Anau Yoga will be hosting American AcroYoga teacher Garrett Ferderber for a two-hour workshop on Monday March 18th from 6:45-8:45 pm.  This session will replace our normal Mixed-level Monday class.

Cost is $20 for Te Anau Yoga  members and $30 casual.  Bookings are essential and numbers will be limited. To book e-mail Kerri-Anne at
At this stage the venue will be the Community Room at the Medical Center but may change depending on the level of interest.  This two hour session is open to people of any ability and experience level. Garrett will get a sense of the range of ability and interest of the attendees and create a plan that will allow everyone to participate at their own pace.  The session will include a short warm-up, a verbal check-in, learning some basic skills and poses and then combining some of those basic skills into a flow.  The session will end with some Yoga Massage (or “leg love” as we call it).  Come alone or with friends, no partner is required.

DSCF7207Garrett was born and raised in Ely, Minnesota, on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN where he works as the general manager of ReGo Electric Conversions, a small company that performs plug-in hybrid vehicle conversions.  He has been been involved in theater  music, dance and other performing arts, but has recently fallen in love with AcroYoga.  For the last two and a half years he has practiced and performed with a Minneapolis based troupe, The Fly By Nights.  The troupe and its educational counterpart, AcroYoga MPLS, lead a variety of classes and attend events such as Acrogasm and AcroCamp to stay abreast of all that is new and exciting in the acro world.

Grant for Te Anau Yoga from Pub Charity

We wish to thank Pub Charity for a community grant to purchase a laptop computer for Te Anau Yoga.  The computer is being used to support an increased level of administration for membership, classes, workshops and advocacy including this website. 

Christchurch Earthquake Charity Class

This coming Saturday March 5th our normal 9 am session will be run as a koha/ charity class in support of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Venue is the Te Anau Primary School Hall. Please bring your yoga mat and a donation to this worthy cause. I will try and bring as many spare mats as I can for those people who don’t have one.

Note that pre-pay by members does not count as a donation on this occasion. Spread the word and bring your friends and family.

Saturday March 5th Te Anau School Hall
9-10:30 am
Entry by donation to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Charity class for Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal

Our class on Saturday Septemebr 11th raised $262 for this appeal.  Thanks to everyone who particpated.

Charity class in support of Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal

Please note that this coming Saturday our normal session will be run as a charity class in support of the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. Please bring your mat and a donation to this worthy cause. Please note that pre-pay by members does not count as a donation on this occasion. Spread the word and bring a friend.

Saturday September 11
9-10 am Primary School Hall
Entry by donation to the
Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal

Te Anau yoga instructors gain new skills

Reprinted from the Fiordland Advocate 29 July, 2010

Yoga practice in Te Anau has been given a boost after two local woman travelled to Australia to complete an intensive 12-day teacher training course.

Kerri-Anne Edge and John Ogilvie (founder of the Byron Yoga Centre)

Kerri-Anne Edge, who has been teaching in Te Anau for three-and-a-half years, and Helen Bell who also teaches locally, attended the course at the Byron Yoga Centre in northern New South Wales which was designed for people wanting to advance their own personal practice as well as those keen to teach.

Classes started at 6am and the day normally finished between 8:30 and 9pm, with instruction given by 10 specialist teachers. The students had an hour off in the middle of the day to enjoy the beach or just take some time out. Topics included teaching yoga asana (postures), with a focus on instructing beginners safely, anatomy and physiology, yoga for preganancy, yoga philosophy and meditation.

Kerri-Anne said that intensive training was now being followed up by correspondence work and an expectation that they keep up a daily personal practice of their own.

“The biggest challenge now, from my perspective, is completing the requirement to attend classes taught by trained teachers elsewhere. For people living in big centres this is easy but obviously here it is a four hour round trip to attend a yoga class in Queenstown or Invercargill.”

However, she said the effort would be worth it becasue, once completed both women will hold an internationally recognised qualification in yoga teaching and also be qualified to supervise student teachers who are undertaking their own training.

Te Anau Yoga was recently formalised to become an incorporated society and classes are held in the town three days a week.

“I have been really enjoying bringing back what I have learnt from the course to my teaching here in Te Anau,” Kerri-Anne said.

“The Byron Yoga Centre as established in 1988 by John Ogilvie, who wanted to see yoga avaialble in every community in the world. It is a not for profit organisation which is in keeping with yogic philosophy – rather than being centred on making money. This aligns wuth the principles of Te Anau Yoga Inc. which is non-profit.”

The style of yoga the woman studies is desbribed as Purna which encompasses the eight limbs of yoga (including yoga philosophy and meditation) rather than just focusing on postures.

They now have options for continuing their study into the future including the Level 2 teaching course, Yoga Therapy (working one-on-one with individuals who have special medical conditions or needs) and yoga for children.

Show your support for Te Anau Yoga

Kerri-Anne is applying for an AMP Scholarship to support her with her teacher training. You can follow this link to vote for her in the Peoples Choice Award. 

Te Anau Yoga teacher Kerri-Anne Edge

“I want to ensure that the practice of Yoga becomes a permanent offering for all individuals in our isolated Southland community.”

The nature of my goal
My goals are to complete my foundation training as a yoga teacher and to ensure that yoga becomes a permanent offering through establishing a not-for-profit organisation that supports the growth of yoga in our community. I am a dedicated practitioner of yoga who has experienced first-hand the enormous health benefits that a regular yoga practice can offer. I also come from Te Anau in rural Southland where there are limited opportunities for individuals to be “coached” in activities that promote physical and emotional well-being. Many people who participate regularly in some form of yoga experience greater mobility and are healthier and more relaxed than they would be from participating in some other physical activity alone. I began teaching yoga in 2007 as there were no other classes on offer and our previous teacher had moved away. As I am untrained I am limited in what I can teach. Through appropriate training I will be better equipped to teach to a diverse range of ages/ abilities and will be more aware of the health benefits and contraindications of different poses; the intention being that yoga will become accessible to a greater number of people within the community. In keeping with the yogic philosophy of giving my intention has also been to establish a not-for-profit organisation that supports the provision of regular yoga classes and workshops in the Southland Region.