Yoga teacher makes big move for fam­ily

The Bay Chronicle - - OUT AND ABOUT - JENNY LING

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

12mid­day.

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.

Email max­is­nowi@ya­hoo.co.uk phone 0275 184 551.

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Cer­ti­fied Iyengar Yoga teacher Louisa Pot­ter is clos­ing her yoga cen­tre af­ter 18 years in Kerik­eri.

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