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, Hamilton East. 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 and Viniyoga principles since 2012 beginning studies with the Dr Kausthub Desikachar. Since 2020 Katie has embarked on a 3 year Yoga Therapy teacher training with the KHYF in Chennai, India.

‘I grew up with ballet and loved the movement discipline, the dedication, the artistry and the music. Found yoga in my early 20’s after a few classes in Melbourne. For about 10 years I taught a ‘learned version’ of yoga from books and occasional classes I’d attend and delivered it to my fellow small-town villagers in the mountains of Nth East Victoria, Australia, where I lived. Have been teaching and practicing Ashtanga yoga, Viniyoga and other gentler forms for a further 12 years now. I find yoga practice to somehow ground, sustain and to light the way, no matter what life brings’.

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 Ashtanga Yoga at the Yoga Academy in Auckland and holds a YA200 certificate in teaching. She lives in Raglan and has facilitated yoga classes there. She has pursued Power Living Yoga and Yin yoga and teachers both at Abundance yoga studio in Hamilton for whom she is the yoga studio manager and has been since 2011.  She is also a dedicated and experienced horse owner and handler and as of 2021, a Vet Nurse graduate.

Victoria West

“Interested in higher functions of human potential and healing, I began to gravitate towards the practice of yoga in my mid-teens. After experiencing classes of varying nature, I found a lineage of Hatha Yoga that most resonated for me. Deepening my understanding through further practice in my early twenties, my then teacher, offered for me to start leading classes. This opened an unexpected door to begin sharing as my practice and experience continues to evolve. Ten years later and I feel blessed to still be sharing from the well of my love for Yoga”.
BSocSc M Psyc. IR & HR

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.

Sabine De leuuw

Sabine is a dedicated and experienced yoga teacher and professional massage therapist. She has spent many years immersed in the teachings of Tibetan spiritual studies and yoga living in India and Europe for two decades. She is passionate about movement, physical vitality and wellbeing and remains a commited and active member of her spiritual sangha in India. Sabine grew up in Hamilton and has brought a wealth of knowledge and study with her back to her home town and also to the team at Sun Salute.