Owner of Urban Ashram
Developer of The Ralston Method
ERYT 1500hrs, Teacher Trainer
Nikki is a natural teacher who has been working with the human body for over 15 years, her passion for yoga and wellbeing shines through and is infectious to others.
Nikki has devised her own 'Ralston Method' which blends together the best elements of hatha, vinyasa, precision alignment and mindfulness teachings. Her classes are strong yet grounded, guiding her students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, giving skilled yet simple cues from her deep understanding of the human body and subtle energies, creates a transformative experience, empowering the student to become their own guru. Balanced by her delightful sense of humour that encourages students to reclaim the joy within their practice and life.
The owner of Urban Ashram in Auckland, featured presenter at Wanderlust festivals NZ/AUS ambassador for Eco Store and GreenLeaf Organics, Mother and wellness powerhouse. Off the mat you will usually find her flipping handstands at the beach with her delightful daughter or indulging in dark chocolate.
"I believe that we are all born to shine bright as children do, as we let go of our fears and step into our light, we inspire others to do the same"
Ann-Marie is a natural teacher guiding students with compassion and understanding for the past 4 years. Ann-Marie is inspired to support others on their individual paths of wellness through her studies of Yoga, Pilates and Nutrition.
Yoga came to Ann-Marie when she was 30, she found herself in a demanding and unsupportive working environment. Wound with anxiety and insecurity; court up in expectations of self and others. Yoga became her retrieve, a place to just be with breath and body. The practice was a place of mental clarity, opening and a return home to self.
Well studied in the science, art and philosophy of yoga she has completed a total over 1,000 hours of yoga trainings, in the United States, India, Indonesia and New Zealand. Her passion for integrated wellness is clearly evident and her classes deeply supportive and authentic.
Alexa has been practicing yoga for 12 years across four different countries. She started attending classes as just another workout but studying with inclusive, exciting teachers helped her to find joy and freedom instead of punishment in movement. Yoga became a way to reconnect with her body as part of recovery from disordered eating and exercise. Yoga has been a profound source of confidence, community and connection in the different places Alexa has called home around the world.
Having completed her 250 hour teacher training with Nikki Ralston in 2019, Alexa enjoys teaching active, flowing classes with a sense of humor. Students have the opportunity to build body awareness and confidence in a welcoming environment. After over a decade abroad, she still hasn’t managed to shake that American twang, but hopes you’ll forgive her for the accent and delight in the practice as much as she does.
Kate had suffered from chronic pain since she was a teen, since discovering yoga three years ago, she has noticed significant improvement in her physical practice and pain. Diving deeper into the practice it has been the non-physical aspects that have ignited Kate's passion and lead her to start her teaching journey. Yoga has not only transformed Kate’s view of physical activity but also her view on the importance of connecting with, and being kind to yourself
Kate has recently completed her 250-hour yoga teacher training, under the guidance of Nikki Ralston. Kate’s vision is to share her love of yoga in a way that is relatable, approachable and fun. Her classes are Vinyasa based, incorporating functional and mindful movements. Kate’s humour, empathy, and compassion allows for an inclusive experience for beginners to experienced students.
Expect a movement based practice that heats the body from within, combined with spaciousness that allows for a deeper understanding of the body and mind relationship.
When Kate isn’t teaching, you will find her at the beach with her guitar, reading a book or organising retreats. Kate and her brother Luke own and manage Mahia wellness retreats, where their love of movement and mindfulness brings people together to connect and relax on the beautiful east coast of New Zealand.
Laura has been dedicated to the practice of yoga for the past 13 years and has recently embarked on the journey of becoming a teacher.
As a dancer, Laura was initially drawn to the physical side of yoga to improve her strength and flexibility but what has kept her on the mat is the balance and presence that it brings to the fast pace of her life,
Laura has completed 250 hours of yoga teacher training with Nikki Ralston in 2018. She adds this to her degree in sports nutrition, experience as a personal trainer and years of instructing mind-body exercise, deepening her understanding and knowledge of holistic health and the individual.
Laura creates a playful and intelligent class that will connect you with your body, your breath and the present moment.
RYT500 & E-RYT200
Amber feels that yoga changed her life, as she has also learnt that Yoga is life; a beautiful life. Born in NZ, and since the age of 4 Amber was lucky enough to have dancing in her life, and through the love of movement found the asana practice to be pure magic to the mind, body and soul. From mindfully rotating the wrists to pressing her palms firmly into the earth, she felt (and still feels) elated and a true sense of peace when struck with the present moment.
After pursuing a professional dancing career in Sydney, Australia, she soon discovered that this path wasn't for her. She had put so much pressure on herself to succeed that she’d had lost the joy of Self. Anxiety and an eating disorder took hold of over those few years that followed, and it wasn't until she started attending a number of Pilates and Yoga classes that she began to see the sun again. It eventually became clear to her how much the practice of Yoga was benefiting her health and well being.
In 2014 she went to Auckland, New Zealand, where she studied a Diploma in Yoga at Wellpark College. The person that came out of that course was totally different to the one that walked in! She went in for personal development reasons, and came out with a loving determination to help others on their own journeys.
Following my 200/500HR training in Yoga she returned to Napier, Hawke's Bay, where she taught at a number of studios and her own home studio. Nothing has made her more content than seeing the true growth in students, on and off the mat. Ambers soul is happiest when helping others, kindness is her religion, and she endeavors to embody this always.
Lasting words; I am just a vessel; Yoga is the wisdom. Namaste
Sarah has been practicing yoga for the past six years. She started her asana practice in Bikram yoga as a way to stretch and move the body in new ways, and to complement her love of running and other physically demanding activity. Sarah then moved into Ashtanga yoga, however she soon found herself yearning for more creative freedom an exploration in her practice, and so, in more recent years she has gravitated towards vinyasa flow and hatha aligned asana practices.
Sarah knew she wanted to take her own personal practice to the next level and she also wanted to share the joy that yoga cultivates with others and decided to embark on teacher training. Sarah recently graduated from Nikki Ralston’s 250hour Alliance certified yoga teacher training at Nikki’s Urban Ashram Studio in Browns Bay. This was a four-month intensive course with a comprehensive curriculum that covered the art, science and philosophy of yoga and how to interweave knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment and assists.
Sarah is also passionate about the arts and works full-time in the art sector, however she spends most of her day seated behind a computer and understands the important healing power of yoga for both the mind and body to help alleviate physical and mental stress. Sarah encourages students to explore the mind, breath and freedom of movement from a safe and contained place in order to gain a deeper and richer understanding of themselves.
Kirsty is passionate about all things movement, health and wellness. A back injury in her early 20’s left her at a crossroads, told that if she continued high impact exercise she could end up in a wheelchair. Hanging up her netball and touch shoes she began to explore the slower pace and introspective nature of yoga, quickly realising there was much more to learn than how to attain the perfect handstand.
Yoga was the antidote to an unfulfilling sedentary corporate job. Under the Urban Ashram roof her chronic lower back pain began to disappear, she found ways to practice with and heal from a shoulder injury, and regain strength after abdominal surgery, it was then she knew she wanted to help others heal through yoga.
In 2017 Kirsty travelled to Indonesia to complete her 200hour training and in 2018 to India to immerse herself in some of the more traditional styles and yogic philosophy, completing a Yin and Yoga Nidra training whilst there.
Kirsty’s classes are playful, challenging and accessible to all, encouraging students to find a healthy balance between strength and flexibility.
Originally from Ireland, Niamh (pronounced Neeve; meaning bright) aims to provide a safe space to help you to illuminate your inner radiance through breath and movement.
For Niamh yoga has always been about coming home within yourself by slowing down in order to understand how our habits off the mat are shaping our reality. Coming from a fast paced, competitive, corporate world, this yogi had a few painful truths to come to terms with on her journey on the mat. Empowered by these realisations, Niamh is now dedicated to helping others shape their journey through their yoga practice. Living by her mantra "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step", she invites you to take a step on the mat with her.
Offering different levels and modifications to meet you where you are in your journey, everyone is welcome in her classes.