About us

Sadhana Yoga (operating as the New Zealand Yoga Centre in Marton) – was previously situated next door to the Roxy Cinema, Miramar (the centre of Peter Jackson’s vibrant film industry). The studio serviced the yoga community of Wellington for 10 years. A statue of Gandalf the Wizard guarded the entrance!

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Now, Ali Hale Tilley, the studio director, took a bold move and opened a brand new Yoga Centre in Marton, the the heart of the Rangitikei area. This new centre services the whole of the lower North Island and runs yoga classes, meditation, yoga masterclasses, teacher training and weekend retreats.

The atmosphere at NZ Yoga Centre is relaxed and friendly, integrating a practical, physical western approach to yoga, within a calm eastern-inspired setting.

The various yoga classes on offer give practitioners a chance to work towards beneficial results. Regular practice (sadhana) helps participants remove physical and mental stiffness, gain overall flexibility, and increase self-awareness. Combining breath and movement in a non-competitive setting gives you the opportunity to release tension and revitalize the energy body.

All levels and age groups are welcome. Even if you arrive feeling tired and worn out you should feel great after class. The studio is open 10 minutes before each class.

 Ali Hale Tilley (Director)

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Ali started practicing yoga when she was a child, under the instruction of her godmother-aunty Pauline Jarvey . Pauline Jarvey was a popular national yoga teacher in New Zealand during the 1960’s and 70’s.

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DSC00525 Ali has spent her whole adult life teaching health related fitness and yoga. She set up Sadhana Yoga in 2006. Ali has taught thousands of students in health-related fitness, yoga and meditation.

Ali is also a qualified Yoga Alliance Instructor, Fitness Training Instructor, and Celebrant. She also holds a BA (Hons. 1st Class) in Religious Studies (Victoria University). Ali has also recently finished her Master’s study of yoga with Victoria University, doing an ethnographic study on yoga communities in New Zealand.


What clients say …

Client testimonials

“I really get a lot out of your classes … You provide a great community service, and a focus for less committed yogis in our part of the world.” – Pene

Great to hear your still going strongproof that you are a real asset to the community. Miss your classes and the company of like minds but just want to wish you all the best for the rest of the year.” – Savita (Auckland

Kia ora Ali,

I thought I would write to say hello and also thank you for sharing your yoga teachings.  I came to your yoga classes in Miramar for about a year I think in about 2012 and absolutely loved it. I then moved to Auckland to complete my studies in naturopathy/herbal medicine and am now living back in the South Island.  I really want to say thank you so much as you are an amazing yoga teacher with so much knowledge that you freely share and I am really grateful to have attended your class. I know sometimes you take classes to India at the end of the year and if you were doing this this year I am potentially interested so would love to know. There is a yoga class where I am but I prefer to do my own practice as it wasn’t really the style/didn’t have the same knowledge that I was looking for. – Anna


Dear Ali,

All the very best for the next stage of your yoga journey!

Of course, we will miss you but your contribution to our little corner of the world in the last ten years has been immense on lots of levels and has been more than welcome in my own life. I am sure that going to Marton will bring you a new zest for life, yoga, teaching and art, and both you and the people of Marton and the surrounding areas will benefit. I can see that it will also be a fantastic opportunity for you to physically ‘step away’ from your recent academic focus. Plus, you will be right in the heart of asparagus country!

Thanks for all you have done and been in the time we have spent together. Yoga, on all its levels, has made a profound difference to how I live and interact and to how I want to be in my life. Even when I practice yoga at home, your voice pops into my head gently reminding me about my mūla bandha, my breathing, or my awareness of mind and body. I will continue to practise and seek out other teachers on my own journey.


Dear Ali,

All the very best for the next stage of your yoga journey!

Of course, we will miss you but your contribution to our little corner of the world in the last ten years has been immense on lots of levels and has been more than welcome in my own life. I am sure that going to Marton will bring you a new zest for life, yoga, teaching and art, and both you and the people of Marton and the surrounding areas will benefit. I can see that it will also be a fantastic opportunity for you to physically ‘step away’ from your recent academic focus. Plus, you will be right in the heart of asparagus country!

Thanks for all you have done and been in the time we have spent together. Yoga, on all its levels, has made a profound difference to how I live and interact and to how I want to be in my life. Even when I practice yoga at home, your voice pops into my head gently reminding me about my mūla bandha, my breathing, or my awareness of mind and body. I will continue to practice and seek out other teachers on my own journey.

Namaste,

Liz


Dear Ali,

Thank you for your lovely email and congratulations on your news – I think it sounds so exciting, liberating and fortunate for the people of Marton!  I would love to visit your studio once you’re up and running.
In the meantime I just want to say a huge thank you to you for providing such a wonderful place in my community to laugh, breathe, love, relax, and unwind as a brought up two young children, coped with having my partner in the film industry and a full on job myself.  I will miss the presence of your studio but I totally understand that new adventures await.
I loved getting to know you and so enjoy your energy and playful take on life.  All the very, very best and I hope to make the farewell on the 31st Mar.
Much love,
Steph
xx

Dear Ali,
And fellow yogis.  I’m both excited for you and sad. Miramar just won’t be the same without you here Ali.  I feel sad that our little community that we’ve built up over the last half dozen years or so will fragment and break apart without you here.  On the other hand, that’s up to us isn’t it.  And, I’m sure between A-bomb, Minxy, Kim and myself and others too, we can keep something going.  I’m up for it.
I can honestly say Yoga with you Ali changed my life. I’ve always seen it as more than just a physical workout thing.  And I just laugh when people ask me what style of yoga do I do, and do I go to hot yoga because “omg you so have to go”.  I try to explain to them that yoga isn’t the gym.
The trip to India was life changing, that little group of us forever bonded by that wonderful experience, lots of highlights, but sitting in Arakashan Road on the last night drinking whisky with you and solving the problems of the universe stands out.  Times with Guruji, and the Tuktuk ride back from Rishikesh, meditating high up on the banks of the Ganga, seeing the funeral pyre at Dev Prayag. Tahlia’s bright red hair and her laugh, stroking Annabelle’s hair and telling her she wasn’t going to die when she was spewing her guts out… haha.  I could go on for hours.  I won’t.  All I can say to other yogis.  Go to India.  Make a deal with yourself.  It is life changing.  I still relive that trip in my mind often.
It has also been wonderful following your academic journey as you have taken an interest in mine.  You are a wonderful beautiful human that I feel privileged to have got to know and spend some time with.  2.5hrs away, pft.  I look forward to visiting you in your new place and wish you all the best.
I know I speak for everyone, you will be sorely missed here.  But, thanks to you Ali, I have met some amazing new friends and the laughs and fun we’ve had along the way – as well as the great yogic experiences along the way will be with me forever.
I know I haven’t been the perfect student.  But I appreciate the times you have pulled me into line and “told me off” which hasn’t been that often, only when required.  Looking forward to my final few classes with you.  And finally, thank you Jo Watson for convincing me I needed yoga in my life.  xx
Love always

Shiv


Dear Ali,  I am very sad that you are leaving us and the Miramar studio is closing.  I
am however happy for you with a wonderful new adventure ahead of you.
As I have said before (and Steve also said in his email) doing yoga with you
changed my life.  My twice weekly yoga classes are such an important part of
my life.  Not just the yoga, but the feeling of never quite knowing what a
yoga class with you will bring!  Such fun, so interesting, and always
something new to learn.
So, thank you Ali for bringing yoga much more fully into my life, for
getting me started on meditation and for all the fun and laughter.
I will miss you but look forward to visiting you in your new Marton studio
for some of your Saturday workshops.
Thank you so much for all you have given me.
Best wishes and love,
Pippa


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In her spare time Ali paints and draws. Her new ‘iconic’ art gallery will open alongside the new Yoga Centre in Marton. Here are a few of Ali’s paintings.

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