Kia ora and Namaste

As the new owner of The Yoga Tree Taupo I am very excited to continue the great work that Brigid and Anandi have done. The Yoga Tree is "my happy place" and I am passionate about sharing it with all of you.

I wish to take The Yoga Tree forward and help it to grow and flourish with lots of new offerings for everyone in our community.

Yoga has changed my life and I believe made me a better person, it has healed so many things, both physical and emotional, I wish to share that experience with other people. I practice kindness and empathy in all aspects of my life now, and especially in my teaching of yoga.

Balance your life.....

Mauri Ora


“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

I began my yoga journey 5 years ago and was drawn to Yoga as a framework to live a fulfilling life. My interest in eastern philosophy and mindfulness lead me to the practice and I haven’t looked back.

I am a born and breed Taupo local and love getting out and about in our beautiful town, mountain biking, skiing, trail running all take up my spare time.

I have been blessed to have the opportunity to join the Yoga Tree family, and to start my journey as a teacher. The opportunity to share learnings and experiences as I head towards my certification is an amazing privilege.

Being active, mobile, and mindful is all part of the recipe of life and Yoga delivers all of these. Practising Yoga opens people up to be able to live their life to the fullest and gives a positive mindset to take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to meeting you and practising together.


Hi my names Amanda, or you can call me Mandy, I’m originally from the South Island but have been in beautiful Taupo now for 12yrs.I am the new apprentice here at the Yoga Tree, over the next few years I will be working on my practise and becoming qualified through yoga teacher training under the wings of our amazing senior teachers.

I am beyond excited for this new path and opportunity with the Yoga Tree.I began my yoga journey about 7yrs ago when I was pregnant with my first child.  I went to pregnancy and “baby&me” postnatal yoga classes through both my children and pregnancy yoga was my saviour and I am certain it was yoga that helped prepare my body, and mind for what was to come.It has been the most transformative journey for me, I have grown so much during this time, I have overcome fears, I have become stronger, calmer and more balanced.Mentally & physically yoga has become a way of life that I just can’t do without!

Over the years I have dabbled in different yoga styles, studios and teachers.. And most recently have been teaching Les Mills Bodybalance fitness classes at the local gym for just over a year.And is why I have been chosen to lead the new flow classes at the Yoga Tree..I have the energy, creativity and flow and can lead you clearly whilst moving along with you to get you moving and warm.Looking forward to seeing all the new faces and of course getting to know the regulars too!I am excited to share my experience and learn with you.

Om shanti



Kia Ora - I am Mela the most recent addition to the team of Yoga tree teachers.I started practising yoga 2003 here in Taupō, after having moved to NZ from Germany 1999. I remember clearly how blown away I was realising how this practise taught me so much about myself and mind through the eye of the aligned and extended body.

While following my passions from being active in the beautiful outdoors of NZ and involvement in community projects to my creative jobs and family - I have always been drawn back to the mat. Yoga has been the glue, balance and healing force for me and I am excited to be part of the Yoga Tree team.