About Us

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

Ko Te Arawa te waka, Ko Linsey Smith tōku ingoa.


I whakapapa to the Te Arawa confederation of tribes. My name is Linsey Smith and I am the founder of Aroha Nui Yoga.


I am a yoga teacher, currently residing and teaching in Helensville, Auckland, the rohe of Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara.


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


My culture and language often weave gently through the teachings, I honour and respect the whakapapa and roots of both cultures to create a unique experience that leaves you feeling renewed and relaxed.


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


Practising within a community creates  and maintains healthy relationships, and enhances all other relationships beyond the yoga community. When you are happy and healthy- everyone else benefits too. 


With the health and balance of all these aspects of our selves, our lives are enriched, yoga really does help you to live your best life!


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 2000, having trained and certified in; 

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


I have also;

  • Trained with IYTA NZ, Yoga Teaching Certificate 2000
  • attended meditation and goddess retreats with Sally Kempton in the USA
  • taken workshops with renown teachers such as Shiva Rea and Gary Kraftsov at the Yoga Journal Conference 2015
  • trained with many more amazing teachers in New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and The United States.


I am a Māmā to four beautiful children, and one gorgeous mokopuna (grandchild) and spent 19 years running my fashion store and my yoga businesses in Auckland.


Recently, I closed my retail business of 19 years to focus solely on teaching yoga, and developing in person and online retreats and courses so that more people can receive the benefits of yoga wherever they may be. 


I have a goal to teach yoga and meditation in Te Reo Māori and have been on that path for several years -  recently featuring in an online tv show Harakore, teaching three amazing young wāhine toa!


I am also currently on a learning journey of the natural healing practices of my ancestors-  Mirimiri (massage/ bodywork) and Rongoā (traditional plant medicine) and Te Reo Māori ( the Māori language) and the art of Karanga (ceremonial/ ritual call and healing art form of my ancestors)


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

I keep it simple and easy to follow.


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 my students to explore their 'edge' in yoga.


My classes are; friendly, accessible, fun, strengthening and are deeply relaxing.


I enjoy teaching people from all walks of life and love to see students deepen their understanding and practice of yoga, meditation and themselves through the classes, retreats and practices.


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, meditation and deep inner work practices.


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


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


Leaving you feeling relaxed, grounded, and renewed.

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, Nanny'...


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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