Ashtanga and General Hatha Yoga


Your teachers at Sun Salute:

Katie Deare

Katie has run Sun Salute Yoga since February 2007, where she started with classes at the St Johns Methodist Church Hall. Ashtanga Yoga has been a part of her life since 2006 when she completed a year long YA200 certificate course at the Yoga Academy in Auckland. Previous to this Katie had practiced and taught yoga in Australia for 10 years as a progression from classical ballet studies in the early 90’s. Katie has a passion for plant basedfood and is behind HEARTH, vegetarian eatery.

Peter McNaughton

Peter started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1996 under the guidance of Peter Sanson. He has been teaching in Hamilton since 2000, first starting at the North City Yoga Club and more recently in his private studio at home. He is excited to now be teaching alongside Katie at Sun Salute Yoga. Peter runs his own architectural draughting business and is a very keen gardener.

Dee Lilly

Dee also has studied at the Yoga Academy and holds a YA200 certificate in teaching. She lives in Raglan and teaches in Ashtanga classes there as well. She runs Abundance yoga studio and has developed the Yin classes there and at Sun Salute. Dee has a bright and light energy which is infectious in her classes. And if she isn’t busy enough, she also is a dedicated horse woman, loving riding her horses along Raglan beach.

Victoria West

Victoria offers a gentle holistic style of practice based on her personal experience with Yoga which has it’s roots in Satyananda style. She began her teaching practice with ante-natal yoga before developing a teaching style intended to facilitate Yoga experiences within a range spaces from wellness retreat, to a busy city gym. She has two children of her own and is happy to be teaching and growing a children’s yoga practice here at Sun Salute.

Kata Bagyon-Parker

Kata has her dancing and movement experience and passion as well as overseas techniques for pelvic and pelvic floor fitness and hormonal balancing brought with her from Hungary. She has been teaching these techniques in NZ since 2011, while practicing and studying yoga and integrating more and more of it into her programs. Finally she became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor in 2014 and now is happy to practice and teach traditional yoga as well as to play with fusing different styles to find new ways to explore and enjoy body and mind.

Kay Buchanan

Kay started practicing yoga in 2007 and discovered her love for Ashtanga yoga in 2009 under the guidance of Katie Deare and Peter McNaughton. In 2013 she completed a year long YA200 certificate in teaching training at the Auckland Yoga Academy, under the guidance of Jude Hynes and Peter Nillson, with Katie Deare as her mentor. As well as yoga Kay has a passion for the arts, the outdoors, and also works as a freelance photographer and leather craftswoman.

Sabine De leuuw

… bio on Sabine coming.