Yoga teacher makes big move for family
Popular Kerikeri yoga teacher Louisa Potter is packing away her yoga blocks and bolters and heading south to semi-retirement.
The Kerikeri Yoga Centre will close in December after Potter’s decision to move to Waipu to be closer to her three sons and her first grandchild who live in Auckland.
‘‘It’s been a big decision, a difficult one, because I’m very close to my students and their process,’’ she says.
‘‘But what’s helped me move on is looking forward and my family.’’
Potter has been practising Iyengar yoga since 1987.
She is a JI3 teacher and has been to Pune, India several times learning directly from [Iyengar yoga founder] Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar [better known as BKS Iyengar or Guruji] and his family.
Potter set up her first yoga school in Nelson in 1995.
She started teaching in Kerikeri at a Bulls Gorge site in 1999 then set up a studio on the corner of Kapiro and Doonside roads.
She moved to the current Kerikeri centre - which is an old church hall relocated from Hikurangi - on Waipapa West Rd in 2006.
Potter has bought bare land in Waipu, which she plans to build a house on, then build a yoga room and run weekend workshops, she says.
She is grateful to her Kerikeri students’ dedication.
‘‘Some students have been with me for the whole time I’ve been teaching.
‘‘It’s been a very difficult process to let go but I’ve helped three teachers get certified so I feel like I’m not leaving Kerikeri with nothing.’’
The last class with Potter is on December
Until then, the centre is being managed by Maxine Lunn who is a visiting certified Iyengar Yoga teacher from the UK.
As a celebration of Guruji’s life Maxine is hosting a charity yoga event at the yoga centre, 48 Waipapa West Rd, on December 9, 10am-12midday.
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Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Louisa Potter is closing her yoga centre after 18 years in Kerikeri.