FOUNDER + FACILITATOR
BPSA, Dip CST, Cert SRT, Cert BIB, Cert Shin Somatics, Dip TMHST, RME
SHIN YOGA FOUNDER and LEAD TEACHER
Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe is the founder and director of SHIN YOGA, and the lead teacher trainer for the SHIN YOGA and SHIN SOMATICS teacher and practitioner trainings. She has been working in movement and holistic health and wellbeing approaching two decades. She is an established choreographer, director, filmmaker and dancer and has performed all over the world. She is also one of NZ’s most prominent somatic practitioners and has a current practice at her home studio SOUL CENTRE which she created in 2005 and now directs. In her therapeutic practice she combines, biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy, massage, movement therapy, dance, yoga, chi kung and meditation. She is a certified SRT facilitator, a certified Birth into Being instructor and teaches for the International College of Elemental Chi Kung - she has taught somatics and movement in many institutions, universities, training programs and communities. Willa teaches Chi Kung, and Shin Yoga classes at the SOUL CENTRE as well as workshops and retreats worldwide. She is also a workplace wellness consultant for selected businesses in the Auckland area.
For more info: www.mswilla.com
Teachers in training:
My Yoga journey began in the early 90’s and I would like to say I was hooked from my first class but that was not the case. I practiced yoga, on and off for the next 8 years or so and it was not until traveling, and spending some time in North America, that I really began to discover the deeper benefits of yoga.
From here my passion for the practice grew and after returning from my travels I undertook a 3 year Performing Arts degree with a major in Contemporary Dance. The coursework included, and introduced me to, Somatic based practices. I felt an instant affinity to working somatically and enjoyed a sense of deep and profound connection to myself, my experience and my world each time i entered into a somatic based movement enquiry. These practices helped me to connect to my truth, my wisdom and the essence of who I was and who I was becoming.
Since that time many years have passed, I am now a 500hr certified yoga teacher, through Ashram Yoga New Zealand and have opened my own yoga studio in Browns bay on Auckland’s North Shore. I am dedicated to continued learning and discovery and have completed many trainings, workshops and courses of study in the fields of Yoga and Mindful Movement. I am indebted to my current teacher, Wilhemeena Monroe, for her teachings and her generosity in sharing her wisdom and experience and I look forward to continuing my training and learning from her own work and that of Sondra Fraleigh and Shin Somatics.
I continue to be inspired by the endless possibilities yoga and somatic movement practices present and have first hand experience in their healing power, both within my own body and the bodies of those I have had the privilege of working with. I truly believe we have the power to heal and transform ourselves; body and mind, and to discover new and more sustainable ways in which to be in the world.
It is my intention to seek out, study and practice both traditional and modern yoga and somatic movement practices that are sustainable, authentic and therapeutic in nature. I draw from these practices to create both group and individual classes/sessions in which the emphasis is on listening to our inner wisdom, nourishing our bodies and minds and creating long term, life-sustaining, change, growth and development.
Amber loves to dance, move and practice yoga to keep calm and balanced amidst the busy-ness of life.
She completed a Diploma of Yoga from Wellpark College and continued to train with Vincent Bolletta and Sondra Fraleigh and associates.
Based in Westmere in Auckland, New Zealand, she offers a gentle practice and works one-one-one with clients who are recovering from sickness or injury.
Kristine is ace! And her bio is coming!
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