Hauora Yoga Conference – 2018

Members of the NZ yoga community made meaningful connections at the Hauora Yoga Conference this weekend.  Friday’s weather meant we were able to enjoy the beautiful grounds of AUT – North Shore Campus. However, by Saturday the rain set in so we needed to change venue from the marquee to a great space in a nearby location.

My Saturday presentation, on yoga in NZ of the past, present and future, allowed me to connect with some really great people. I met people I hadn’t seen in over 10 years, which was great. I also enjoyed some of the presentations given by our talented local and international yoga teachers. It was a great opportunity to see our commonalities and unique differences.


Ali preseting at the Hauora Yoga Conference



After my talk, I held a yoga class focusing on the shared narrative of Quan Yin/ Hatha Yoga, focusing on the flow of compassion to deepen our contemplation.




The Hauora Yoga conference was housed under the banner of Fitex. It was the first year yoga was integrated into this broader platform.IMG_2368.JPG


Hopefully other presenting opportunities will arise in 2019 as it was a great way to bring the mind-body-spirit-community together.


Hauora Yoga Presenter

Hauora Yoga presenter – Ali Hale Tilley

Ali will be presenting at the Hauora Yoga Conference Saturday – Main Marquee
Venue – Main Marquee

Ali Tilley

Ali is the director and head teacher of Sādhana Yoga Ltd. (est. 2006), and recently she set up the NZ Yoga Centre in rural town Marton – two hours north of Wellington.

Bridging worlds between modern yoga and academia, Ali completed her BA (1st Class Hons.) in Religious Studies in 2015 (specialising in South Asian Religions at Victoria University, Wellington), and finished her Master’s Degree in 2017. Ali’s MA thesis focuses on the changing cultural dynamics within NZ yoga communities.


Ali’s unique ‘insider-outsider’ perspective offers an intriguing look at changes taking place in the Aotearoa/ New Zealand (NZ) yoga industry over the last century. She also considers where local yoga trends are heading in the future. Ali’s viewpoint has been further informed by 15 years in the Fitness Industry, working as a manager and trainer at busy women’s gyms.

In addition to teaching yoga and pursuing academic research, Ali frequently returns to India, yoga’s birth place, to visit sacred sites, live amongst sadhus (in particular the holy men of Juna Akhara), and run yoga tours for practitioners from NZ. This connectedness with diverse cultures has led Ali’s to her role as yoga ‘guru’.

With feet straddling 3 worlds – yoga, academia, and sadhu life – Ali keeps a keen eye on how transcultural trends shape and redefine NZ’s homegrown yoga marketplace.


Dia de Muertos – Day of the Dead!

On All Souls Day – NOVEMBER 2nd –  we will be celebrating Day of the Dead from 6pm to 9pm, with food, fiesta and fireworks, bringing the party to the heart of Marton.

Day of the Dead

In Mexico, Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead), means that people honour their ancestors and departed people with food, flowers, candles and fiesta.

It is an awe-inspiring event!

The NZ Yoga Centre is planning to recreate this celebration with a vegetarian potluck gathering. People can bring a favorite vegetarian dish, as well as pictures of their dearly departed. And, to make a real fiesta, visitors can bring candles, flowers, fireworks and firewood, or give a koha ($5-$10) to the ‘Fiesta Fund’ (see below).

RSVP to Ali by the 26th October –

FB message NZ Yoga Centre or email nzyogacentre@gmail.com


Either: bring the party – vege food, candles, flowers, fireworks

Or: give a ‘koha’ offering ($5-$10) to NZ Yoga Centre

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New Spring timetable changes

Daylight Savings changes this Sunday 30th September, so we are starting the Tuesday evening class a little later at 6pm, and making the Sunday 4pm class a private session time slot.

If you would like to book Sunday afternoon for a private class, or have a specialized yoga Xmas staff get-together or group session please email Ali at nzyogacentre@gmail.com or call 06 327 4108.


Cool places to stay in Shanghai

We had a great meet up with Jann who runs a funky Airbnb in a treeline district of Shanghai. you can contact the proprietor – Jann –  directly for bookings don’t need to go with Airbnb if you don’t want.

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The shop address and aromatherapy workshop and Airbnb is:
No.3 212 wuyuan lu
phone number is+86 136-8163-9625
The link as follows:
Another cool place was the Yangtze Boutique Hotel

Slumming it in magical Shanghai

Photos and text by Ali


Unlike Singapore which can feel sterile, and Delhi which is utter chaos, Shanghai hums with peaceful harmony. Shanghainese people are polite and friendly. Parks are filled with trees and lotus ponds. Modern architecture complements local temples. Contemporary art galleries are brilliantly curated.  Shanghai is a dreamlike paradise flowing with a fresh new attitude.



Lotuses at Jing’an Park,  and Jing’an Temple – central Shanghai


Before the shops open, uninhibited citizens occupy urban spaces. They practice tai chi, chi gung, fan dancing, slow marching, badminton, and martial arts displays.



High and low culture acts like yin and yang, playfully pushing each other’s opposing buttons.



The old coexists alongside edgy innovation. New technology references hints of the past.

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Electronic billboards provide backdrop for temple gables


Civic spaces respectfully cater to the elderly



The metro system is cheap and easy to navigate, with stops signposted in both Mandarin and English.

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 This efficient public transport system allowed us to explore many parts of the city. The rest of the time we traveled on foot, covering much distance in a single day.


My personal aim for this research trip was to find nourishment and inspiration from contemporary art and the new trends in Shanghai.




IMG_1510.JPGI also wanted to make new contacts for future yoga-based group excursions from NZ.



Shanghai exceeded my expectations. Some of the new art was mind-blowing, mixing traditional and iconic images with cutting-edge digital technology.

IMG_1524.JPGThere was also plenty of interesting street art, installations, and boutique shopping spaces.


Numerous gardens complimented central business districts .




There was no shortage of tasty vegetarian food and great place to enjoy a quiet drink.



You could spend 6 months in Shanghai and a still not see everything the city has to offer. It is a city that I hope to return to as soon as I can.


Just in case anyone was interested in joining me on my next group excursion, we found a great inner city yoga space to run classes from. Put a visit to Shanghai on your bucket list ! You won’t be disappointed.




For more information email Ali at nzyogacentre@gmail.com