Apollo Power Yoga


Thank you for your interest in Apollo Power Yoga’s yoga intensives and teacher trainings.  At our April 2018 intensive/training at Maruia Hot Springs in the Lewis Pass, we worked with a wonderful group of eighteen students (12 women and 6 men).  It was an amazing 8 days of growth and transformation for everyone concerned.

Our 2018 trainings will return to Wainui on Banks Peninsula and will be run 13-20 January and 21-28 April 2018 (start and end dates inclusive).  The fee for the January intensive is $2500 which includes tuition, accommodation and meals for the eight days of the programme.  You may attend either as an intensive, exploring and deepening your yoga practice, yoga as a way of being and your own personal transformation and development, or you may attend both as part of a 200-hour teaching qualification endorsed by Yoga Alliance.


The two intensives have many elements that overlap but they each have a distinct curriculum so you will benefit from attending both and will, if pursuing the teacher training qualification, need to attend both a January intensive and an April intensive.  If it is not convenient to attend both in one year you may attend one in one year and the other in the following year, preferably taking the January intensive first.

To hear Hamish speaking about his background, yoga philosophy and the 2016 training click here.

Wainui is a beautiful rural resort on Banks Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand.  The venue is a bush surrounded facility with wonderful bird life about a 10-minute walk from a stony beach on Akaroa Harbour on the opposite side from Akaroa township.  The surroundings provide an ideal opportunity for you to commit body, mind and spirit to yoga practice and to yoga as a way of being. 

As this intensive forms part of a Yoga Alliance approved teacher training programme there will be time committed to the five curriculum elements of techniques, training and practice, teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, practicum and yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics.  The three areas of greatest focus will be meditation, asana and inquiry.  The elements of the week will serve you well regardless of whether you are intending to be a yoga teacher and simply wish to follow the yogic thread deeper into yourself and your life.


The practice we will train in is the Journey into Power practice of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga.  Baron’s book of the same name will form the core text for the intensive/training.  It is recommended that you read this book (available from Apollo Power Yoga or through on-line booksellers) and if you do not have it already, establish a familiarity with the sequence.

The menu will be set.  We can cater for special dietary needs (e.g. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan) but these special needs diets carry an extra fee of $20 per day per person to meet the extra time of the chef in preparing a separate menu.  Three meals will be served per day beginning with breakfast between about 7:30am and 8:30am daily. 

The daily programme will typically follow the pattern of meditation at 8:00am followed by asana practice, lunch, afternoon sessions on anatomy and physiology and practice speaking/teaching/assisting, dinner, and evening sessions of inquiry, philosophy and ethics.  On some days there may be an evening asana practice to conclude the day.  The sessions will be interactive and the greater your involvement the greater will be the rewards for you.  You will bond with your fellow students and great connections and friendships can be formed.

Click here to download an application form.  We revcommend you download the Word document, fill in the answers in a distinctive font style or colour and email it back to

Read why one of our trainees has chosen this training:

Yoga for me started as a means of rehabilitation and recovery after a knee injury left me in constant pain during any physical activity. It started with the 'post yoga glow' that gets everyone hooked and a community of wonderful, interesting and varied people to interact and practice with. However, it wasn't until I experienced a Power Vinyasa class that I understood that yoga could do more than just assist my knee in recovery. The challenging strength and stability work that a Power Vinyasa class offers is a great work out for your body but and equally challenging and inquiring workout for your mind, it is this 'synergy' that made yoga stand out as more than just somewhere you sweat - I practice a Power Vinyasa style of yoga for all the challenges, both physical and mental, it offers. Although 'competition' is a frowned upon word in the yoga vocabulary, the practice provides a much needed competitive aspect where I get to compete against, and challenge myself to extend my practice further. 

Attending a Power Vinyasa based teacher training course is a natural extension of what the practice has offered me. The ability to 'go deeper' during the 8 day course will not only improve my individual practice but will enable me to gain a necessary understanding and knowledge in order to share a practice that has offered me so much.

The ability to teach a class affords the opportunity to combine two interests - yoga and penal reform. During my time at the University of Canterbury School of Law I have been heavily involved in the Howard League, Community Law, and the New Zealand Public Interest Project initiatives aimed towards prisoner information, parole support, and miscarriages of justice. Teaching yoga to inmates at Christchurch Men's Prison in a voluntary capacity is something that this training would allow me to explore further.
Why Step Into Your Power Yoga Teacher Training?
I have experienced different forms of yoga (Bikram, Hatha, and many forms of 'power vinyasa') in the last few years. This experience has been valuable in that the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa style of yoga has stood out from all others. The practice has a quality to it that is not only technically sound but also challenges you and leads you on a path of variations, strength, and wellbeing that doesn't end once you step off your mat. 
Hamish Kenworthy, through his countless hours of instruction, has taught me more about life than yoga - and yoga has subsequently become part of my life. The opportunity to learn from a teacher that has trained and taught in the Baptiste style of yoga and has been such an influence in my life, in the comfort of New Zealand is first class.


Feedback from some participants in the January and April intensives:

“The personal enquiry sessions were highly useful to learn more about yourself and face some unpleasant themes and it was surprising what revealed itself throughout the 8 days.  Margo and Hamish provided wonderful guidance and it felt like a safe and encouraging environment to share personal experiences, thoughts or fears.  I was impressed how attentive both Margo and Hamish were to each person who shared something... no matter how late in the evening or how many people had shared before...  the attention to each and every one who got up to say something was palpable.  I felt that there was an amazing fine-tuning towards how far you can/have to push people and when you got to back off and give them some space.  Also I thought it was most helpful that you were not forced to see things a certain way but were only guided by well- aimed questions to find or arrive at your truth for yourself”.

"This “Step into your Power” yoga teaching training course is a journey that assists the student to find their inner strength to identify their weaknesses, so they then have the power and mind-body connection tools to overcome them.  The course uses the Baptiste style of Power Vinyasa to harness all that you have to give birth to new ways of being and possibilities in your body, mind, your communications, relationships, and your life as a yoga teacher, and beyond.  You probably get a 200 hour yoga teacher certificate at the end, but that is only symbolic of a fraction of what the training makes available to the participant who is open to  “commit to making themselves good, their group good, their teachers good, and the training good”."

"Thanks so much, Hamish - it was a really great training - I got more than I could have hoped for from it!"

Feedback from participants in the April 2016 intensive:

- And, would just like to say yet another huge thanks for the incredible journey!  It was better than I could have imagined!

- AMAZING!  INCREDIBLE!  I've talked of very little else since returning including telling all of my friends and colleagues how they must go on one.

- Maruia Hot Springs Resort was an incredible venue for the training.  The food was excellent, the yoga room was lovely and the hot pools were really great for the body!

- I found the inward looking sessions hugely transformative.  I felt that there was a consistent theme, and was really impressed by Hamish’s ability to retain what each person had said throughout the week and then re-state it to the relevant participant at a pivotal moment.

- It was great to be able to practice and take breaks within the practice to learn more about an asana. Often in a class, especially as it is a flow style of yoga, a pose is only done once or twice, with little time to drill down on all the components that make up the pose. To be able to take the time to focus on a pose was really awesome. It was also great to be able to ask questions about a pose, and what was needed for the ideal alignment.

Step into your Power is a Yoga Alliance RYT200 training.