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Vanessa Greenwood

Vanessa is an Iyengar Association certified yoga teacher and the owner and director of Iyoga.

Vanessa began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1993 and from 1999 has been teaching. She became a certified teacher in 2005 after training under New Zealand Iyengar teacher Suzi Carson (Four Winds Yoga).She specialised in pregnancy/postnatal  and remedial health. Training has continued with ongoing 3 x year teacher development under recognised Australasian senior Iyengar teacher Peter Thomson since 2000. Remedial yoga with teacher  Stephanie Quirk. Every three years, Vanessa travels to the Ramamani Institute in Pune, India to undertake an intensive month of Iyengar classes. She has attended many International workshops and retreats and now leads her own in N.Z and Bali.

Vanessa has been an events committee co-ordinator for Iyengar Yoga Association of New Zealand (IYANZ) from 2010 to 2013 organising workshops with visiting international senior teachers for NZ teachers.She has also been a director of 3 different Iyengar yoga studios.

Vanessa also has a background in natural medicine,nutrition, and certified in Thai massage. She has four children and has practiced prenatal and postnatal yoga which she strongly recommends.

My Passion, My Focus


Life balance

This is where my heart lies, as life has so much to offer. Work, family, friends and you-time are so important. Yoga is the perfect you-time. Doing yoga gives you the energy to improve your work/relationship balance. A bit of stress in life is fine, but if time is not taken to replenish yourself, you can feel overwhelmed and exhausted, leading to mental and physical imbalances. Life is to be enjoyed!


Women's health

Focusing on a woman’s many cycles within her life, from puberty to menopause, prenatal to postnatal care. A yoga practice during these times gives a tool to support you both mentally and physically, address fatigue, body aches, pains, depression and stress.
Acknowledging these times, while the cause is generally hormonal, yoga can alleviate symptoms and hormonal imbalances.


Restorative practice

When we have hit the wall on an energetic level, support is crucial and restoring the body is paramount. Iyengar yoga is known for its useful simple props that provide support while the body can let debilitating holding patterns release rebuilding confidence, flexibility and strength, not only in the body, but also of the mind.

Assisting Teachers


Tamar Münch has been practising Iyengar yoga for nearly 20 years and commenced teacher training with Suzi Carson at Four Winds Yoga in 2007. She also studies under Peter Thomson and visits RIMYI every three years for an intensive month alongside Vanessa. As a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of New Zealand, Tamar holds an Introductory Level II teaching certificate.
In addition to teaching yoga on a part-time basis, Tamar works as a film and television publicist and credits her daily yoga practice as being fundamental to maintaining mental and physical balance and alleviating stress.


Louise Potiki Bryant was introduced to yoga as part of her dance training at Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts. She continued to be a student of yoga for many years, and when she moved to Piha became a regular yoga student with Senior Iynengar yoga teacher Melodie Batchelor at Piha Yoga and Herne Bay Yoga. Louise then began teacher training with Melodie in 2011 and gained her Introductory Level II Iyengar Yoga certificate in 2013.

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” B.K.S. Iyengar