Yoga + Pilates Teacher
Hi there, my name is Prairie and I own and operate The Body Garage. Although I am a native Los Angelino, I relocated to this gorgeous little town at the bottom edge of the world in 2012. I am a Certified Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor and 200HR Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. I teach Pilates, Yoga and our Blend classes at our studio in Wanaka, NZ.
With the intention of growing my repertoire and being able to offer my clients a perfect complement to bodywork, I gained my Pilates instructor training originally from Uprise Studio in Santa Monica, California and went on to expand my Pilates training through Polestar Pilates in Auckland.
Following my long time passion and personal practice of yoga, I decided to take my 200HR Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, Mexico. This training inspired me to integrate Yoga into the classes offered at The Body Garage.
I truly believe in our body's innate ability to heal, given the most supportive tools. I have found that Yoga is one of the tools that fosters this healing response. I gained my Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release certification with internationally recognized Yin Yoga Teacher, Jo Phee. Most recently, I went on to study Myofascial Release as it relates to a Vinyasa practice with Tiffany Cruickshank. The combination of Yin and Yang Yoga with Myofascial Release is extraordinarily therapeutic to the body and mind.
My intention, through the practice of Pilates and Yoga, is to support you on the path to complete restoration of your body. I look forward to welcoming you to the studio.
Yoga + Pilates Teacher
Hi folks! My name is Elisa, I am originally from Austria but have called New Zealand home now for the past ten years. I love the outdoors, being in nature, travelling, exploring, but also enjoy sitting still and calming the mind by stepping onto my mat practicing and sharing Meditation, Yoga and Pilates.
Yoga and Pilates and different forms of bodywork have been part of my life for the past 15 years, and have become my tools to stay connected with myself. I have gone through physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging times myself which is what led me to undertake a 200HR Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal, Pre- & Postnatal Yoga Training in Vienna (Austria), as well as an Intensive Pilates Instructor Training in Nelson, NZ.
I would describe my movement practise and teaching style as sequencing the body and mind towards balance, by giving you enough time to move at your own pace, mindfully and with intention, so you can listen to YOUR body. I love sharing my passion about movement and the body-mind connection with people from all different walks of life.
And I am looking forward to moving together with you at this beautiful and boutique style studio we have here at The Body Garage.
See you on the mat, team.
Kia Ora Body Garage Whānau.
My name is Saskia and I am originally from Ōtautahi, Christchurch. I moved to the magical Wānaka at the end of 2019 and it’s fair to say I am bloody grateful to have been locked down here!
Throughout my life, it seems that yoga had the tendency of showing up when I needed it the most. I was first introduced to yoga at age 14 when my mum took me along to a class and I loved how it made me feel. Dealing with digestive issues and not having much luck with traditional medicine, yoga presented itself again as an incredible tool to ease my symptoms, calm my nervous system and slow down my monkey mind.
Years later while studying musculoskeletal health, the benefits of this powerful practice were reinforced again when I was on placement observing osteopathic treatment. Nearly every session would end with the osteopath prescribing yoga as a form of ongoing care and this really excited me, giving me the desire to learn more about the science of yoga especially after having felt the benefits myself.
I completed 200hr yoga teacher training in Crescent Head Australia in November 2019 and my mind was blown as to how transformative this ancient practice is. The world would be in a much better place if everyone could learn to slow down, tune in to our bodies and breathe. After all, taking care of our own health goes hand in hand with taking care of the health of Papatūānuku - mother earth, and all living beings.
I am so excited to be a part of The Body Garage Whānau and to be surrounded by such incredible teachers and students.
I look forward to meeting and moving with you!
Hello - I’m Marta and I’m looking forward to meeting you all! I grew up in Sydney and have lived around Australia while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force. This led me to a career in finance, but I realised that this was making my body and mind unhappy and unhealthy. I was lucky to have good pilates studios and teachers around me and noticed that each class was making me smile. A seed was planted that maybe I could turn my back on my career and help others return to health too, and I haven’t looked back.
I have been teaching pilates for the last 5 years, and completed my certification with STOTT Pilates in Matwork and Reformer, and certification with Polestar Pilates in Studio equipment. To say I have seen people change because of pilates is not an understatement. I have taught Ironman athletes, SAS soldiers, professional cyclists, corporate executives, working parents, students, and the general population. Each person comes back because pilates has literally helped them achieve better results, move with less pain, and live life happier.
I love interacting with clients. I love making them work hard and seeing them pant and groan, but always smile! There’s something special about the energy we create when everyone is trying hard but we are still laughing. I love that I can support clients on their journeys and they are supporting me on mine. I have made great friends through teaching pilates, and love the joy and gratitude that spreads through the community.
Advice to new clients: Attend class as much as you can! Especially in the beginning. When it feels too easy, it means you’re not doing it right. Have fun and work hard. Be kind to yourself and learn about yourself.
Like Joseph Pilates famously said “Movement Heals”, it’s simple- it heals us physically and mentally. See you on the mat! X
Clinical Massage Therapist
Hi fellow yogis! My name is Shannon, and I am from the East Coast of the United States and moved to Wanaka in 2008. I went to my first yoga class nearly 23 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest child. It was love at the first Warrior 2.
My yoga teaching journey initially followed the age and stage of my children. When they were very young, I trained at Karma Kids and Teens Yoga in New York City and played yoga with the little ones. That playfulness has been the foundation to my own practice as well as my teaching. Teaching teens has been one of the biggest highlights for me as I love connecting with that age group. I believe yoga can be a great resource when navigating what can be turbulent times growing up. We even took our yoga practice to the water onto paddle boards and navigated the turbulent conditions of Lake Wanaka!
Shifting to teaching adults, in 2010 I completed the RYT 200hr training at the Byron Yoga Centre in Byron Bay, Australia. And in 2015, I completed a Yin teacher training with Mysan Yoga. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned practitioner, I look forward to meeting you on your mat, ready to approach yoga with a sense of playfulness.
My name is Sian and I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, with an additional 100 hours specialising in the anatomy, physiology and neuroscience behind Yin Yoga. I also hold a degree in psychology and a certificate in holistic health and nutrition.
I believe practicing yoga is as fundamental as good food to maintaining positive health in the modern world. Having taught all over the world on retreats and workshops, my family and I moved back home to New Zealand 2 years ago after 3 years based in Verbier.
I love teaching all levels and ages - from junior athletes learning to use their mind body connection on and off the slopes, to those in retirement finding they have more time to get mobility back.
I am passionate about yoga, snowboarding, my family, and sharing my love for life with everyone I meet. Really looking forward to seeing you at the studio and sharing yoga with you!
I am level 6 MNZ clinical and sports massage therapist. I trained as a physiotherapist in Latvia - my native country - and I hold a Masters degree in Nutrition Science. I am specialised in sports and deep tissue massage and various soft tissue and neuromuscular techniques, but I can also offer relaxing classical massage. I have 10 years work experience in traumatology, orthopaedics and sports physiotherapy.
I love the challenge of chronic injuries / issues and enjoy working with people of different age groups as well as activity levels. I consider the human body to be the best tool we have which means it is important to take good care of it, appreciate it and enjoy it. We are designed to move - exercise and being active in the modern world is more important than ever. If you have injuries, aches and pains, stiff muscles or have just gone and done too much, come and see me and we can work on getting you moving optimally again.
My passion is sport, health and fitness, and I like to share this passion with my clients. In my free time you can find me skiing at Snowfarm or somewhere in the backcountry, running in Sticky forest, climbing on Wanaka rock or enjoying some badminton. By being so active myself I appreciate the benefits of pilates and hands on therapy to keep my body fit and healthy.
I have been enjoying New Zealand since the end of 2017 and still cannot get enough of the beautiful nature and stunning landscape and I am overwhelmed by the amazing warmth and kindness from New Zealanders. I look forward to meeting you soon!