We are a collective of teachers, guides and therapists with a passion for over-all well-being. Many of our tribe are yoga teachers seeking to interweave traditional practices into modern lifestyles and mindsets. We are here to guide you on your wellness and yoga journey with the destination- coming back home to yourself. Namaste x
Sarah beale | Co-owner/operator, yoga teacher & reiki practitioner
Sarah is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teacher, teaching Ashtanga, Yin and Vinyasa styles of yoga. She has also begun teaching Pregnancy yoga after training with Dr Pooja Maddela in Auckland.
Sarah first discovered yoga with the Bikram hot method of yoga when she was 18, starting the practice mainly for the physical benefits it offered. Much later along the path she discovered Ashtanga yoga which was just as dynamic but was more of an internally heating practice & moving meditation. She began to fall in love with this yoga for the spiritual journey & its therapeutic benefits. She has practiced Ashtanga for the last 6 years, started teaching in 2014 and trained with Gregor Maehle & Monica Gauci from 8 Limbs Yoga.
Sarah also practices other forms of yoga such as Yin and Vinyasa, finding treasures in each method, and intuitively teaches based on the experience she has felt within herself. Sarah is dedicated to self-inquiry and personal/spiritual growth, always learning something new which she loves to share. She teaches with compassion, warmth and humour, adapting each class, no matter what the style, to the students who are present in the room.
Sarah is passionate about Ayurveda, Herbal remedies, Aromatherapy and anything which assists the body to heal itself
Sarah and her partner Alex moved from Auckland to Napier in January 2017 to pursue a more relaxed way to live. The opportunity to practice with her teacher, Peter Sanson was one of the big draw-cards for Sarah to move to Napier. Sarah continues to teach various styles of yoga at different locations in Napier on occasion. They now have a newborn baby boy and raise him here at the Wellness Sanctuary which is also their home.
She loves pouring her creative energy into, and holding space for the community at the Sanctuary. As well as teaching many of the yoga classes at the Wellness Sanctuary, Sarah organizes workshops & events, facilitating Ecstatic Dance and offering Reiki treatments.
alex feasey | co-owner/operator & massage therapist
Alex Feasey is a massage therapist and has been interested in natural health and bodywork for many years. Struggling with headaches caused by neck tension throughout his life led him to the field of massage therapy. He studied and gained a Diploma in Therapeutic massage at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in 2002. During this course he studied a range of therapies including Swedish massage, fascial release, neuromuscular techniques, acupressure and lymphatic drainage. Alex has an empathetic approach to massage whether the client wants a remedial treatment or relaxation session.
He was manager of Harvest Wholefoods in Auckland from 2003-2016 where he gained a wide knowledge of organics and nutrition.
Alex lives and works with his partner, Sarah Beale. Recently they have taken over management of the Sanctuary. Their aim is to maintain the wonderful level of service that was already offered by Amber-Jane, while also adding their particular skills and energy. Alex does a lot of behind-the-scenes admin support & offers wonderful massage at the Sanctuary.
While he is not in the studio, Alex spends time in writing, delving into photography and perfecting the art of coffee making.
RADHA IVETA | Yoga Teacher
Radha Iveta is a certifed (500h RYT) yoga and meditation teacher who spent years living in the biggest Hridaya Yoga community in Mexico. The knowledge accumulated through that period of selfless service and intensive learning , she has been sharing by teaching 3 to 10 days silent meditation retreats, teacher trainings, hatha yoga classes and various workshops around the world: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bulgaria and Norway. Radha is currently living in New Zealand and running classes, retreats and cacao ceremonies on regular basis under the name Heart Awakening.
She aspires to share the teachings of the Heart with everyone willing to discover the depth of their being and yoga as a spiritual practice.
KATIE RITTER | Yoga Teacher
Katie Ritter moved to Napier, from Evansville, IN, midwest USA December 2018. Katie and her husband came to New Zealand in hopes to raise their kids in a new culture and enjoy life here in the Hawke’s Bay.
Katie has taught yoga for 12 years, and Pilates for 6. She loves combining these two concepts and has created her own fusion of yoga and Pilates.
SHANTI BELK | Yoga Teacher
Shanti is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga teacher, beginning her journey in Australia practicing Hatha yoga and learning the bliss of silent meditation. She then came home to New Zealand to study natural health with the Naturopathic College of New Zealand, before travelling overseas to learn Hatha yoga in India, attend a Vipassana meditation retreat and learn more about the world.
Shanti has taught Hatha, Vinyasa, Pilates and Yin. “I am passionate about embracing all aspects of Self, from the soft nurturing side of the feminine to the strong warrior, and I believe in listening to the body’s needs as a way to live your best life.”