NZ Yoga Centre



Come and visit our friendly Yoga Centre in Marton

NZ Yoga Centre – 20 Stewart Street, corner High Street, Marton

 For more info contact Ali on 06 327 4108 or email



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.

Breaking news: Is ACC scaming Yoga teachers?

ahimsa handAli reports: ACC states that in 2014 there were 1,700 claims under Sports and recreation instruction (Classification Unit 84500). However, only ten claims had the word “yoga” in their name.

Yet during the same calendar year (Jan 1- Dec 31, 2014), Dance and Ballet had 212 active claims (costing $234,002). Meanwhile Rugby (league, union and touch) had over 1000 active claims costing almost $2,000,000!

If according to ACC, “yoga is not an activity that is specifically measured” why do Yoga teachers have to pay 5 times as much as Dance and Ballet teachers, and the same as Community Rugby instruction?

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Please sign our online petition to help Ali and thousands of other NZ yoga teachers:

Change ACC’s coding on Yoga (yoga is not a sport)


Yoga on the roof in Haridwar …

Follow the rest of our yoga journey in the posts below ….  (Days 1 to 6)

Day 7 & 8 // Haridwar to Delhi

Day 7 was the group’s last official day in Haridwar. We did yoga on the roof in the morning and got a final group shot taken at our guest house near Birla Ghat.



For the next installment of Ali’s yoga journey in India watch this space! I am about to go off the grid into amazing new places, spending time with my sadhu family …