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pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

SONJA

I'm a wife, mum, nutritionist and aerial enthusiast. Upside-down is my happy place! Aerial is what I do to de-stress and have fun. And as an added benefit, I get super strong! Since starting my pole fitness journey almost 3 years ago, I'm happier, stronger, more toned, and lead a well-balanced life. Since then I've tried my hand at hoops and sling... and found I love the both as well! The physical challenge of aerial gets me out of my head – where I tend to spend far too much time – and into my body, which has been hugely beneficial in managing stress and anxiety. 

It's been a dream of mine to create a space that encourages self-confidence, strength and friendships while also getting fit and enjoying yourself. Rise and Shine is the perfect place for that, and I couldn't be more proud of the environment we've created. I can't wait for you to experience the fun, confidence and fitness for yourself!

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

NIKA

"After spending years focusing on all things bodybuilding, deep down I knew that I wanted to get back into my dancing and what better way to start back, than by learning pole fitness! That was almost two year ago and I have never looked back. 

For me pole is so much more than fancy tricks! Its an amazing way for people to build confidence and express themselves in such a unique way. As a personal trainer, crazy about all things fitness, I have come to learn that aerial fitness is a very different type of strength and that it is more than achievable for absolutely anyone!

It has been my dream to help coach woman to be the best version of themselves and I feel more than blessed to be a part of the Rise and Shine Aerial team."

Nika is our Studio Manager in Morrinsville, and teaches pole fitness, flow, bootcamp and stretch & flex at both Morrinsville and Rototuna studios.

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

ALI

Ali is seasoned yoga teacher with a passion for pranayama (yogic breath). She is all about the life-giving power and freedom that the breath provides. With a no BS stance on breathwork, Ali's approach is straight-forward and grounded in science."

Ali teaches Power Flow, Yin and Divine Motherhood yoga as well as Aerial Slings

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

KERYN

"I signed up to hoops for a bit of fun. After the first class I was immediately hooked and to this day I’m still loving it just as much. I started with zero experience and was not a naturally strong person before this but the strength, fitness and confidence I've gained has been life-changing!

As is common, a little later I decided to have a go at pole as well and while hoops will always be my first love, I love learning all the tricks and acrobatic feats on the pole!

In  2018 I competed in the doubles section of the Miss Lyra NZ competition which was an incredible experience.

I love teaching and passing my love of hoops on to others." 😊

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

SHAY

Shay started aerial hoops in 2017 and to say that she loves it would be a huge understatement.

"By doing hoops I’m so much stronger, fitter, have more confidence and there’s nothing quite like seeing yourself improve or being able to accomplish a particularly tricky move! Competing is a crazy and incredible experience and in 2018 I competed in the national Miss Lyra NZ competition in the doubles category with my best hoops pal Keryn"

In 2018 Shay decided to give pole a go as well – while hoops might be her first love, she is also finding pole is so much fun and a great way to grow her strength and confidence.

"I absolutely adore teaching what I love, and hopefully get others to fall in love with hoops too!"

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

VICTORIA

Victoria's aerial journey started with pole, but she soon found herself drawn to hoops. Hard to pick a favourite, Victoria now loves and trains in both disciplines. Victoria teaches pole and hoops at Rototuna.

 

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