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Ali Hale Tilley (Studio director)
Who am I?
My name is Ali and I first learnt yoga at age 6 from my godmother/ Aunty Pauline, who was a popular yoga teacher in Christchurch. She planted the seed in me that I too would teach yoga one day.
As a young adult, I worked full time in the Fitness Industry, both in London and NZ. Over those 15 years, I qualified as a fitness trainer, and group exercise teacher. I also opened and managed gyms, and ran a NZ gym franchise. This experience gave me a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and wellbeing management both with members and team mates.
Feeling the calling to teach yoga, I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2003.
Then, to deepen my knowledge of traditional yoga systems, I travelled to India, met my Guruji, did the Mt. Kailash yatra, attended Kumbha Mela, and travelled to numerous sacred sites across India, Tibet, and Nepal. This year will be my 15th India trip.
Over the 11 years of running my own yoga studio in Wellington – Sadhana Yoga Ltd – I have taught around 6000 classes, and seen over 50,000 yoga students of varying experience levels.
While I was running my yoga studio in Miramar, I began a course an undergraduate at Victoria University in Religious Studies (2009-2011). A passion for academic knowledge and critical thinking took me right through to Honours, gaining a first class Honour achievement.
Then, in 2016, frustrated with the growing consumer expectations of the Yoga Industry, I embarked on and finished a Master’s degree in 2017. My thesis focused on the New Zealand Yoga Industry and yoga communities in Aotearoa.
I am qualified to teach yoga? Yes.
Yoga is my passion. I live and breathe a yoga lifestyle. As many of you know, I completed my Master’s researching New Zealand Yoga Communities. This study has shown me the importance of having dedicated yoga teachers who can guide and inspire students to deepen their yoga journeys. Yoga gives us all the opportunity to focus our mind and breath, find balance, build strengthen, strengthen immunity & gain flexibility. Yoga is also about finding a deeper connection with the world around you.
In 2017 I moved premises from Miramar in Wellington to Marton, opening the New Zealand Yoga Centre
You can come to classes by dropping in to the NZ Yoga Centre, 20 Stewart Street, Marton. Or contact us on 06 327 4108.