Rod Watson - Yoga Teacher

The Yoga Space - Nelson, New Zealand, NZ

@Chapman Employment   
56 Waimea Rd Nelson NZ

Contact: 03 545 1668
              021 0255 6765

Teachers at The Yoga Space, YogaNelson

Rod, Ali, Maya, Zack Dana


Rod qualified initially as an Iyengar yoga teacher in 1992, and moved on to ashtanga yoga after taking an inspiring course with Derek Ireland. He finds ashtanga challenging and immensely rewarding - "it is a strong physical practice and its emphasis on breathwork links into my psychological and spiritual practices of psychotherapy and meditation".

His main influences have been John Scott and Donna Farhi. He's completed teacher training courses with both John Scott and David Swenson and has also worked with most of the other leading exponents of ashtanga yoga.

Through his teaching he would like to share his love of yoga and spread the message that it is great physical exercise and can be so much more.

He works with students at all levels of experience.

He has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past eight years – click here to see his psychotherapy website:


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I began yoga in 1997 with Iyengar classes. A year later I was inspired by the flowing sequence of asanas and focus on breath of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.

​My practice is continually evolving. ​After having completed Donna Farhi's advanced yoga teacher training in 2008 I began including developmental movement patterns and engaging with the different bodily systems within my yoga practice and teaching. More recently I have been ​study and ​exploring  movement patterns from the Alexander Technique  and including them within my yoga instructions.

​Over the years I have been privileged to work and study with John Scott, Rod Watson, Richard Freeman, Gerry Kielty, Liz Lark, Marika Cominos, and Donna Farhi. ​
Through my teachers' guidance I have come to understand the multi-faceted nature of yoga. Yoga keeps me strong and flexible physically through my asana practice, and promotes my spiritual, psychological and emotional well-being.
Yoga is not just for the fit and flexible. Teaching yoga  at an age care facility and with children with disabilities has shown that everyone who wants to benefit from yoga can!


Maya had been practising yoga for years.  But it took a brutal cancer diagnosis to reveal to her the true power of the yoga practice.  Maya strenuously practised the 8 limbs of the Yoga Path while undergoing years of chemo and radiation therapy. She credits yoga for her amazing recovery.  She has continually deepened her practice learning from a wide range of teachers from different lineages.  In her teaching she likes to guided by the flavour of the moment, ever changing, ever learning, ever evolving..


  Zack Domike began yoga in 1987 in Boston where the Iyengar community was well established.  After a serious injury in 1991 he used his yoga practice to heal himself, and this was his catalyst to undertake a deeper prolonged exploration of yoga. He became a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1995.  Since starting an architecture practice in Nelson in 2009, Zack has zealously pursued his yoga practice and teaching.


I love the yang energy and flow of  power yoga   and I love the yin energy of going within to reconnect with self. Combining these two approaches comes our power to do and to be. It is my desire at this time to facilitate the process of connection, using my knowledge of bio mechanics, together with my love and experience  of yoga; to create a moment of beauty.