In 2009, Merae discovered yoga and fell in love with the practice. Her journey towards moving into advanced yoga postures continues to remind her of the power of the mind once it is focused. It is this realisation that she most thoroughly enjoys sharing with her students. The mind conditioning on the mat is what she believes is the key to success and happiness off the mat.
Merae is also a Pharmacist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
Merae is trained in the Knoff yoga system, which holds the structure and discipline of classical Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. The yoga is heavily alignment focused, with detailed instructions on correct technique to help students progress in their yoga journey.
She holds an Advanced Knoff Yoga Certificate and has completed 800 hours+ of Yoga Teacher Trainings.
"I had never done yoga before and Merae started private lessons with myself and two other friends, who all had different body issues. She is love personified, gentle and caring, and knows yoga inside and out, adjusting each move to our own ailments and bodies and always pushing us for more.
I have fallen deeply in love with my body and what it can do because of her loving guidance and encouragement every step of the way. I cannot recommend anyone more highly. She’s a blessing!"
- Rachelle Raku
" I was always a sceptic about yoga but Merae’s enthusiasm and energy changed my mind in the very first session. The biggest surprise for me was how physically challenging it was. Merae is a very calm, patient, kind and encouraging teacher. The sessions are always thoroughly planned in advance and Merae obviously thinks carefully about the structure and content of the practice. There is enough repetition so that you feel you are progressing, and yet enough variation to make sure you are challenged every week. Having tried it once or twice when I was younger, I never thought I would do yoga again,. Now I think I will do it for the rest of my life. It has greatly improved my mental and physical health. I have Merae to thank for this."
- Justice Peter Hamill
"Merae's instructions are very clear and precise, and I could feel her passion and energy from the moment I entered the class. She didn't just give us detailed instructions, but she truely wanted us to achieve the best result.
My yoga postures improved slowly and I could feel the benefit of her yoga classes, as my neck and shoulder pain gradually disappeared.
Merae's approach toward a class was fantastic and so encouraging and I looked forward to attending her class every Sunday"
- Joanne Park
"Merae's yoga classes inspired me to broaden my fitness horizons. She helped me to understand that there is more to fitness than just being fast or strong, and taught me that fitness should be reflection of your lifestyle. Having a long hour, labour intensive job, this is the perfect body release and it has allowed by body to recover more efficiently, as well as feel better and look awesome while doing it!"
- Nic Lucas
"Merae is the epitome of the eternal student. I turned to yoga a couple of years ago to relieve stress and anxiety. Merae was a new teacher at the studio I attended, and she turned my casual once a week practice to a deeper desire to learn more. I really learnt the reason behind why yoga is infinite under Merae’s guidance, and never felt disappointed with what I couldn’t do on any given day. It was always a celebration of what I can in the moment.
I engaged Merae for private lessons, and have since improved exponentially with the one to one focus. Merae’s positivity and work ethic is always present. I have never felt more proud to be a work in progress as someone who is a perfectionist at heart.
My husband is also one of the least likely people to try yoga, however, he has been making amazing progress in the last 2 months. He has also told me this is the kindest thing I have ever offered him in life. It wouldn’t have been like this with another teacher"
- Jane Schofield