About Aroha Nui Yoga

Nau mai haere mai ! Welcome to Aroha Nui Yoga! ​

Ko Te Arawa te waka,

Ko Ngati Whakaue te iwi,

Ko Ngongotahā te maunga,

Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe te moana,

Ko Motutapu -o-Tinirau te moutere,

Ko Utuhina te awa,

Ko Para-te-hoata te marae,

Ko Tunohope to wharenui,

Ko Rukuwai te wharekai,

Ko Tama-te-kapua te tangata,

Ko au te uri,

Ko Ann Hineaupaki Macfarlane toku Mama,

Ko Gary Smith toku Papa,

Kei Te Awaroa ahau e noho ana,

Ko Linsey Ann Smith ahau.


Kia ora, My name is Linsey Smith and I am the founder of Aroha Nui Yoga.

I am a yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, director of Aroha Nui Yoga,  māmā and nanny, currently residing in Te Awaroa Helensville, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, the rohe of Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara, beside the Kaipara river, in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

I have been teaching yoga for more than twenty years, and am known for my intuitive approach, passion and teaching style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.


I encourage students to practice yoga to maintain a healthy Mauri/ Life force, Tinana / Body, Hinengaro/ Mind and Wairua/ Spirit.

The teachings of yoga increase your resilience and give you tools to manage stress, and the ups and downs of life.


​I have been teaching since 2000having trained and certified in; 

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced teaching with Ashram Yoga NZ
  • IYTA NZ, Yoga Teaching Certificate 2000
  • Pre-Natal Yoga
  • Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation)
  • Meditation
  • Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga with Judith Hanson- Lasater Phd. Pt.


My wānanga/ workshops and retreats specialise in yoga for wāhine/ women and Atua Wāhine -Divine Feminine retreats. 

I have been on a learning journey of the natural healing practices of my ancestors-  Mirimiri (massage/ bodywork) and Rongoā (traditional plant medicine) and am currently learning  Te Reo Māori ,and have recently completed training in the art of Karanga with Te Raina Ferris.

I am proud to teach authentic yoga, handed down through my teachers.


I believe in staying up to date with new knowledge while respecting and honouring the traditional roots of yoga, in creating a safe and welcoming environment, and encouraging you to explore your 'edge' in yoga.


I am passionate about helping people to become stronger, more centred, relaxed, and connected to their true essence,  and to look after their own wellbeing with yoga, deep relaxation and meditation.

I believe that Aroha Nui Yoga is a great addition to your 'Kete Hauora' - wellness / healthy lifestyle tool kit.


I lead you through classes that promote nervous system resilience, keep the body supple, look after your joints, and end with most peoples favourite bit -  a guided deep relaxation, to let go of tension, relieve stress, and unlock your energy.

Leaving you feeling relaxed, grounded, and renewed. Mauri tau, mauri ora!

Aroha means Love and compassion, broken down this means -

​Aro- to direct

​Ha-  the breath / one's essence

​Nui- abundant, vast, plentiful, important

Yoga - Union, unity, oneness, to join

I chose this name as it resonates with me deeply, it guides me in my practice of teaching, and personal practice of yoga, and it connects me to my whakapapa through my Nanny, who signed of every letter and card she sent us with 'arohanui,’

Thank you for joining me on this journey! I hope to see you soon on the mat.

Aroha Nui

Linsey x


P.S I also offer Private classes and retreats by design - workplace or hui yoga -  contact us by email to discuss at - [email protected] 


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