Our Team

Katia Grodecki

Studio Founder and Managing Director; Yoga and Pilates Teacher

I became intrigued with yoga at a young age after discovering a book on Hatha yoga on my parents' bookshelf. In my teens, I began a solitary practice before venturing timidly into a studio, only to be greeted by a welcoming community of other yogis with a collective goal of exploring a lifestyle of inspired wellbeing. My yoga practice continued to offer for me an outlet of creative mindfulness throughout my undergraduate and graduate university study. Years later, I chose to delve deeper into yoga and completed certification to guide a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, restorative, prenatal, and post-natal classes, as well as mat Pilates. I am continuing to study and practise yoga, mindfulness, and Ayurveda.

My yoga journey is ongoing and ever evolving, keeping me curious and grounded. I often say that yoga brings our true selves to the surface and inspires us to show up, time and time again, in the best version of ourselves. We know that life is often messy and confusing; our yoga practice is a tool toward finding simplicity. Yoga reminds us to be compassionate toward ourselves and others after an inevitable stumble. The ebb and flow is exciting and humbling, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I look forward to meeting you on the mat.

Fun facts: I love spending time with my family in New Zealand's beautiful outdoors, often exploring walking tracks or paddleboarding. When not active in nature, I enjoy quiet evenings at home with a book and a large mug of tea. I also love writing, knitting, and am learning to play the Celtic harp.

Shelley McGregor

Yoga, Pilates, and Barre Teacher

I am passionate about yoga and Pilates and their benefits. As a busy mum of two, I truly appreciate the balance and body tone that yoga and Pilates can bring. I specialise in pregnancy and post-natal classes, but also enjoy teaching general yoga, Pilates and barre classes. I like to keep my classes light and fun so you can get the most out of the postures and perhaps learn a little about how your body moves.

Lena Pfitzner

Yoga, Pilates, and Barre Teacher

My yoga journey started through my passion for dance. It was in my dance training as a teenager when I got introduced to yoga poses and the concept of body-mind connection. Dance has always been a big part of my life -- I started with Ballet and Jazz, then moved into Ballroom and Formation dance, and learned to love Street Dance, which I am mostly drawn to when it comes to performing. Yoga had been growing with this over the years.

Going through the ups and downs that life has to offer and starting completely fresh when moving away from Auckland a few years ago, I felt ready to take my journey to the next level. I completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training followed by a 100hr Yoga Immersion soon after. Since then I have been teaching yoga classes at several gyms and studios around Tauranga. Of course, I couldn’t let go of my dancing completely when moving away from big city Auckland and am glad to teach a few Barre classes, too, while trying to keep up training myself.

Whether yoga or dance, I believe that we should use each class, each practice as an opportunity to feel freedom in our body and mind. I encourage my students to move in a way that is safe and comfortable for their own body, as well as pushing boundaries with skillful intention.

Fun facts: I love to connect and celebrate good times together. I caught a big travel bug as a young teenager and ever since have been traveling the world whenever I can. If I’m not working at school, teaching yoga or dancing around, you would most likely find me on my surfboard catching some waves or humming away in my kitchen.

Estelle Harman

Yoga Teacher

Sat Nam. I am excited to bring to ‘3118 Yoga’ a dedicated, engaging passion for teaching. Having trained in Bali in Pure Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, and Sky Yoga, I have a passionate and nurturing aspect to my classes, which allows freedom to experience a deeper connection to the mind and body. I enjoy discovering and pushing the boundaries with movement, exploring creative, playful, and unique ways to move through stress, anxiety, tension, and everything else in between to help connect with the self.

My love of yoga began in 2003 with Iyengar Yoga, which slowly began to influence my daily life. I am a mother to three grown sons and a grandparent of two gorgeous beings. Raising a family of three boys was at times stressful and draining, and yoga classes were a gratifying way to fill my emotional bucket and allow me to move through my day or to end my day with a sense of ease, balance, and clarity. I felt grounded and it kept me sane.

For the past five years, I have been devoted to gaining and sharing my experience and knowledge within classes, guiding others to ultimately find a deep sense of joy and wellbeing within themselves. I look forward to meeting you all. Namaste.