25 Mandeville Street Riccarton, Christchurch 8011 | 03 335 0208 | hello@soulstudio.co.nz

25 Mandeville Street Riccarton, Christchurch

03 335 0208



Nau mai, haere mai

Welcome to Soul Studio Hot Yoga!

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Classes and Workshops

Soul Flow

60 minutes – 38˚C

Soular Power

60 minutes – 35˚C

Soul Yin Yang

60 minutes – 30˚C



Hot Yoga Studio

Conveniently located on Mandeville Street in Otautahi, Soul Studio is a space to sweat, celebrate your mana, and connect to your body, mind and spirit. Our modern-day shala provides everything you need for your practice, including mats, bolsters, blocks, and straps. The interior design relaxes the senses through a natural and earthy colour palette, and the reception space offers connection through cups of tea, filtered water, and comfortable lounge suits. Our Whare is a dedicated space for health and wellness that accommodates our collaboratively designed yoga classes, health talks, workshops, events, and more.


Soul Philosophy

We Care Deeply

Our focus is on our clients, the yoga we teach, our company, and our culture. We prioritise making our clients feel acknowledged, valued, and safe. We strive to be consistent and inclusive in everything we do and prioritise our environmental impact, seeing the health of Papatūānuku as a reflection of our own.

Every Day, We Make a Difference

Soul Studio offerings have real purpose and benefits related to community and health. We’re committed to improving ourselves and the company. Delivering value for our clients is always at the heart of what we do.

We are Transparent by Design

We value accountable, open and honest communication. Asking for and giving candid and considered feedback. Admitting and learning from mistakes. Prioritising growth and awareness.

We Have an Abundant Mindset

We embody a fun, joyful, and balanced approach at Soul Studio. Our team values collaboration and financial fairness while prioritising sustainability and profitability. Our focus extends beyond the physical asana practice to embrace the whole meaning of yoga, transforming the Hauora of ourselves and our community.


Benefits & Outcomes



Benefits & Outcomes


Hot Yoga Instructors

Sarah O'Connell

Soul Studio Owner, Teacher and Coach.

Sarah is the heart and SOUL of our studio. Coming to yoga with a background in dance, aerobics instruction, business coaching and corporate wellness, Sarah knew she had ‘found her thing’ from her very first Bikram class. Going on to study in beautiful Koh Samui, Sarah has now been teaching yoga for more than a decade. She is deeply passionate about making yoga inclusive for everyone and has a particular fondness for supporting new souls as they begin their yoga journey.

Kate Cooksley

Studio Manager, Teacher, Lead Massage Therapist.

Having discovered yoga at the age of 16, Kate underwent initial training and then began teaching in her home region in the Manawatu. To broaden her teaching knowledge Kate began travelling internationally and gained experience teaching in multiple retreat settings. Kate loves motivating others to improve their wellbeing while supporting the commitment of communities to their long-term health and fitness. In addition to teaching yoga Kate has a Diploma in Relaxation & Wellness Massage and is working towards her Mat Pilates qualification.

Alex Ballagh

Yoga Teacher, Team Development Lead, Marketing Lead

Alex brings twenty years experience in both dance and yoga, and has additional qualifications in yoga nidra, prenatal, and postnatal exercise. She is currently studying a Diploma in Nutrition. Alex cares deeply about providing yoga for all, and loves encouraging people to explore how they can use what they learn on the mat in their everyday lives by weaving in micro moments of ritual, joy, and self-study. Alex leads the Soul Studio professional development program known as SOULTRAIN, as well as managing much of the businesses marketing content, and the Soul Grow Pregnancy Yoga offering. She is also co-host, along with Sarah, of “That Yoga Podcast”. She is a Mum to three aged five and under and loves travelling, the beach, drinking cacao, and kitchen dance parties.

Lizzie Thomson

Often plagued with niggles and injury from playing multiple sports at a competitive level, Lizzie began her yoga journey when she just 16, attending classes with her mother. Yoga soon became an essential part of her life – allowing her to find a balance with sports training. Lizzie completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Biscarrosse, France with Yoga Beach House in 2018 and has passion for both vinyasa and restorative/yin yoga. She loves holding space for people to be present and find peace in their day. When she’s not practising yoga, Lizzie plays premier club and representative hockey.

Kim West

Originally from Walnut, California, Kim’s personal health journey began when she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 14. After years of feeling disempowered by this illness and invasive medical intervention, Kim chose to learn how to take her health into her own hands. From 2016 – 2019, she completed trainings in yoga, meditation, tantra philosophy, aromatherapy and further pilates education, and in 2020 Kim completed the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Holistic Health Coaching. Kim joins Soul Studio Hot Yoga as teacher, studio support and health coach and facilitator.

Sayaka Kanayama

Sayaka began her yoga journey in her home country, Japan, in 2011. She transitioned from a dance career – and her yoga practice helped her realize her own inner beauty, and to cultivate self-love and compassion. To dive deeper into yoga, Sayaka attended a 500-hour hot yoga teacher training in L.A in 2014. Since then she has taught in 20 countries world-wide and joined several trainings, including Touch-Care Therapy, Acro Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Art of Teaching with Donna Farhi. She is passionate about sharing tools like asana, pranayama, meditation, and the practice of yoga off the mat.

Dan Salisbury

Teacher, Receptionist & Massage Therapist

Dan began attending yoga classes at night school 23 years ago and became hooked on the intensity and challenge of hot yoga in 2006, which aided his mental stability, focus, emotional wellbeing and flexibility. Dan trained in leading Laughter Yoga, and went on to attend Donna Farhi’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training which taught him about the importance of safe and mindful alignment in the body. His classes are taught with care, breath and alignment with the aim of helping students to release stress, reset and practice finding a calming, easeful space.

Rosie Moreton

Rosie discovered the practice of yoga as a teenager and went on to complete a foundational 200HR training in Traditional Hatha Yoga in Spain. Since then she has been fortunate to teach in a number of countries around the world, and has continued her learning in Thai Yoga Massage, Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yin Yoga. Rosie has also completed a Masters in Counselling and brings a passion for mental health and the therapeutic benefits of yoga to her classes. She hopes her classes are a safe and welcoming offering for newcomers as well as experienced yogis, bringing breath and movement into harmony with a soulful playlist.

Tamara Pitelen

Tamara is an energy therapist and a yoga instructor (RYT 500). An expert in mind, body and spirit healing, Tamara has spent many years studying and trialling every kind of alternative, complementary and spiritual healing modality that has crossed her path. It’s been a lifelong passion and fascination.

Along the way, Tamara has been certified as a practitioner in a number of healing modalities, including ThetaHealing, EFT Tapping, Kinesiology, Reiki, and spiritual healing.

Nathan Arnott

Nathan’s Yoga journey began one fateful day in a hot class, Dad and sister in tow encouraging him. Nathan had no idea the change that was about to happen. It was so clear that he needed Yoga in his life. And with the years of yoga practice he became a happier person. All he wanted to do was share that. In 2019 Nathan completed Hatha and Vinyasa Flow teacher training in Bali. He loves teaching and is grateful to be able to provide a service to everyone.

Timea Anovo

Originally from Hungary, Timea began her yoga journey in Australia in 2010 having practiced gymnastics and discovered her love of movement and dance from the age of six. When she discovered yoga she felt ‘at home’, and – led by a desire to have a greater understanding of yoga poses/asanas and whilst attending a wedding in India – she decided to complete her first teacher training. Timea has continued to study anatomy, and pre- and post-natal yoga. She is passionate about working with beginners and those suffering and recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, and believes that yoga is for every BODY.

Nina Seiterle

Since attending her first Yoga class in her early twenties Nina deeply fell in love with the practice of Asana. It not only freed her from her chronic lower back pain also brought her mentally to a state of peace and balance. It also taught her the powerful connection between body and mind and the power of the breath. Nina went on attend her YTT at the Timo Wahl Studio for 7 months in 2018 in her hometown Frankfurt, Germany. As a teacher she loves to help others to (re)connect with their bodies, to strengthen/ work with them in a safe and mindful way and to discover the powerful connection between body and mind. Practicing Asana, meditation and pranayama techniques can be so powerful on and off the mat.

Julie Rasmussen

Julie’s yoga devotion started when she became a mother and provided a brief but necessary escape from her favourite humans. That hour on her mat gave her the space to breathe, process feelings, and embrace challenges. Hot Yoga gave her the transformational experience she craved, falling in love with the physical detoxification and mental clarity that comes from practicing in the heat. Her classes reflect her breath-based Hatha training from the Akasha Institute in Bali, as well as the kaleidoscope of teachers and styles she has been fortunate to encounter. Set to modern music, her classes are designed to flow as a moving meditation, linking breath to movement and building endurance.

Mari-Halina Colbert

Weaving together 15 years of experience with movement as medicine for mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being, Mari began yoga in the midst of dance school in London and immediately recognised the gold in the practice, which became a place of refuge in the demanding environment of professional dance. She has since immersed in the philosophy and study of yoga and body-based therapies, completing over 1000 hours of study in Classical Non-Dual Tantra, embodiment, somatics, biomechanics, humanistic psychology, Hakomi Psychotherapy, Body Mind Centering®, and trauma-sensitive yoga, facilitating. She is also a registered ACC provider for group Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. Forever a student, these experiences and teachings have been a huge part of Mari’s own healing journey and she is committed to providing up-to-date, authentic, embodied, and compassionate guidance to support others on their unique journey back home to themselves, too.

Sahar Jamal

Sahar’s journey into teaching developed as a natural progression from her longstanding personal yoga practice. Originally from Sri Lanka, Sahar has a passion for ensuring her classes align with yoga’s southeastern roots. She always aims to create an inclusive and welcoming space where students from all walks of life can fully embrace their personal yoga experience. By highlighting the profound connection between the mind, body and pranayama (breath), Sahar guides her students to carry the calm, strength and self-assurance they cultivate on the yoga mat into their everyday lives. RYT 200HR Teacher and Yoga Nidra trained. Beyond her dedication to yoga, Sahar loves to travel and spend time at the beach, surfing, or just enjoying the view.

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