Kia ora e te whānau!
Co-owners & senior facilitators of Awhi Yoga & Wellbeing - Justine Hamill & Jase Te Patu are the former owners of Power Living NZ, now Awhi Yoga & Wellbeing. After 3 successful years operating as Power Living it was time to move fully into our own uniquely NZ brand and kaupapa.
Justine & Jase - both recent winners of New Zealand of the year Awards in the “local heroes” category for service to Youthline, Yoga in Prisons and Mindfulness programs in NZ schools are really proud to be bringing you Awhi Yoga & Wellbeing! Wellington based Yoga studio alongside their NZ wide community projects and events.
Jase Te Patu - Bio
Jase Te Patu is from Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Tūwharetoa. He has been in teaching in the health and wellness industry for 27 years. These skills helped him to step more recently into the space of sharing yoga, meditation and mindfulness for adults and children alike! He is an international yoga and meditation teacher trainer, facilitator, key note speaker and creator of M3 - Mindfulness for Children aged 5-10 years. In the past Jase was a presenter/trainer for Les Mills International. He has also has taught dance in schools throughout Aotearoa and travelled Australasia as a professional performer. All of his mahi in mindfulness, mental health and yoga/hauora has meant that he is a finalist in the NZ Exercise Industry Awards – Body/Mind Teacher of the year – 2018. He recently also won a NZ Lifekeepers Award for Suicide Prevention for all the work he does in the mental health space for men and youth alike. He is also a Champion for Youthline and is also the recipient of the Regional Local Hero medal as part of the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2018. Yoga has been a beautiful space to utilise ALL of Jase’s tools in his kete and he’s excited to keep sharing his love of HAUORA and Te Ao Māori, with the community at AWHI YOGA!
Justine Hamill - Bio
Justine Hamill is a mother of 11 year old twin boys and a 14 year old daughter, Yoga teacher of 9 years as well as Yoga Teacher Trainer & group facilitator. Her knowledge and training has come from a wide variety of backgrounds and international teachers in NZ, Australia & the USA including Leadership in Action with Sean Corne & Hala Khouri which accredits her to as the only “Yoga in Action” qualified facilitator in NZ. Justine also trained for 4 years as a Gestalt Psychotherapist which gives her a great understanding of trauma sensitive work and holding space for deep healing on and off the mat. Her teaching work in maximum security prisons has been recently recognised as well as contribution to Youthline Wellington by way of a local hero medal in the 2018 New Zealander of the year awards. Together Jase & Justine won the Exercise Industry NZ studio facility of the year awards in 2017. Justine’s previous experience as a singer/performer are often shared in the studio by way of live acoustic yin and the sharing of “finding your voice” workshops at festivals around NZ, she is passionate about the healing qualities of sound, voice and vibration and has trained with world renowned Suzanne Sterling in the USA. On a day to day basis Justine manages the studio, teaches on the timetable, teacher training and leads programs & workshops for our Awhi community. She believes that anything is possible if we Awhi eachother, no matter what has happened in the past - everyone deserves to heal, grow and thrive!
Our Mission / Kaupapa
To empower & support our community on their journey of wellbeing through the practice of Yoga, mindfulness & Te Ao Māori teachings.
Pillars / Pou
Through the use of the Hauora model of “Te Whare Tapa Whā” or the four pillars we find balance & wellbeing.
Body / Tinana
Through mindful movement we create physical health.
Mind / Hinengaro
Through mindfulness practices we develop our emotional awareness & wellbeing.
Soul / Wairua
Our physical and mental practices lead us to a deeper sense of connection, love & purpose in the world.
Community / Whānau
In a supportive and loving community we create the fertile ground on which we can nurture & grow together.
We feel that Te Ao Māori & the ancient teachings of Yoga blend beautifully together to create a framework for overall wellbeing. Both philosophies teach us that everything starts with our individual wellness. This leads us to better relationships with others, a clearer purpose in life and a greater connection to the world around us.