‘Happy to be Here’  yoga with

Chevanne McNeill Rodwell

By Fiona Bowden

Attending a yoga class with Chevanne means an opportunity to learn and experience a combined style of hatha calligraphy and yin style yoga.

Chevanne has a home studio which she has recently developed and it is a room in the basement of her home In Naenae.

The studio has a native bush outlook over the hills of the Hutt Valley and is situated Naenae.

I enjoy attending a weekly early morning session with Chevanne at her home studio.

It is worth getting up early for as especially in the winter months even though difficult to get to class early – I walk away feeling rejuvenated and more refreshed after some gentle stretches and “Happy to be here sun salutations”.

Always beginning the session with a Chest opener stretch with the upper body resting on blocks. If I am early to class I get to spend more time with a chest opener.

I am amazed by how much can be fitted in to a 45 minute workout.  So many expressions of Downward dog, Cobra and Plank, Uttanasana!

Chevanne is a warm welcoming person and is happy to ensure the yoga start gets off on a positive note.

A typical early morning session is  45 minutes and finishes off with a blanket enveloping the body and I always find this  a gentle form of nurturing.


The class has a combination of Hatha Yin and Caligraphy style yoga.

Chevanne is a massage therapy practitioner and yogi.  She works from a home studio and also a building in Petone where she holds classes. and also helps her husband with his business.

Chevanne is passionate about yoga and she runs a community yoga class at Walter Nash Stadium and has also recently got into teaching yoga at an Intermediate School.

She also loves to work with the elderly teaching at a rest home in the Hutt Valley.

Yoga changed her life having got in to Yoga at age 29 when she was living a stressful life with a high stress administration job , children and a stressful  home environment.  As a result of buying a 90 minute home yoga video and self teaching herself initially.

She  left this and took her children and moved in to the bush.

Chevanne has developed her yoga style and skills by continued practice and education.

Having started off in her early days with the basics of yoga and doing Downward Dog Headstands teaching herself from a video! After buying this video Chevanne has wanted to become more practiced in the art of yoga and…

… this has lead her to India to complete a yoga training.

Chevanne believes the practice of yoga can empower people to strengthen their body and take time for themselves and believes for some Yoga can be considered a religion*.  It is something that we all have inside us. Yoga is getting in touch with our own inner self “Yoga means union”.

It can bring about pathway changes in brain and bring self awareness.

“Bringing movement into the body and mind so awakening inner self and body and releasing energy blockages”.

Yoga celebrates us as a person and we are still here.

  • Open to the beauty and warming to the essence of who we are and what we are about.
  • Very spiritual.
  • Connecting to earth and greeting the sky.
  • Sun salutations.

Teaching Hatha where form is important but encouraging students to embrace their own pathways as it takes time to become expert at yoga and Chevanne often sees people starting out in yoga coming to a class and…

… wanting to be the best straight away however she encourages people to go at their own pace.

She loves the philosophy that all people are beautiful which sounds corny but it is so important. That we as a person open up to the beauty and warming to the essence of who we are and what we are about.

Chevanne embraces all people and cultures and this is inspiring .

Namaste Chevanne! Kia Ora Thank you Embracing one and all!

She has gone on to learn and be inspired by Master Yang who is known as a specialist at improving health and longevity basing his system on his deep knowledge of the following areas:

  • The principles of Tai Chi bring smooth effortless movement.
  • The principles of Chinese Qigong bring an understanding of internal energy and a focus on Dantian as an energetic centre.
  • The postures of Indian Yoga bring a physiological structure and form to the movements.
  • The technique of Chinese calligraphy brings a 3 dimensional flow and link to the movements that are both intuitive and graceful.**

Master Yang is commited to ensuring that the pain associated with ageing is minimal and ensures us that the changes in our body can be long term and at a cellular level. He shares with us the energy secrets of the ancients and his system of movement is making it accessible to us all.

Regular Calligraphy Yoga doesn’t just open the body energy channels but really opens and brightens the mind.

If you wish to contact her her website is: https://www.yogatime.info/

Bio data on Chevanne:
Bachelor’s Degree  2001
Field Of Study Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Focused on Maori Language, Human Identity and Politics
First year of the Applied Diploma in Education including 12 week placement as Maori Resource officer in a mainstream North Canterbury School
Sampoorna Yoga 2014
Yoga Instructor
Field Of Study Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow
200 hours Yoga Teacher training, India
Master Yang Tai Chai Training Sydney

*(Editors Note) Yoga is not an official religion, the postures however can be practiced by anyone of any religion and it is generally considered that Yoga creates the flow that enables depth of spiritual connection and awareness leading to enlightenment.

**Master Yang Tai Chi



8 Replies to “HAPPY TO BE – Here!”

    1. Sat Nam… Glad you liked the article Jon!! Many thanks for pointing this out – I publish which comes in unless it is an obvious grammatical/continuity/contextual error etc. Names are especially tricky golly mine has been mispelt all my life! LOL!! I have done what I can to rectify the spelling of the name! I know Fiona is honouring Chevanne in this article so my wish is this has been appreciated — as the efforts she made to that end is a big work of love by contributing an article. Many and abundant blessings to your in your walk, Namaste Susan (Editor)

  1. Hi I love the article. Thanks Fiona and Yoga Scene. I don’t believe that yoga is a religion though. I believe movement of the body affects the pathways in the brain. So as the mind affects the body the body affects the mind. Both work together creating our experience of life. Through yoga we promote physical and mental freedom. The movements also clear energetic blockages, free the spirit and allow us to connect to the wider environment and universe. So to be truthful I really do agree with the editors interpretation 😉

    1. Namaste Chevanne – thank you for your comment! I agree with your comments regarding the pathways of the brain being affected by yoga – in fact science is doing a lot which actually ‘proves’ this to be the case – which is all the more inspiring as the ancients when systematising yoga did not have the ‘science’ to ‘prove’ this – they knew!! Their skills of observation and intuition were profound to say the least – by comparison to what ‘we’ (the royal we) experience today – relying so heavily on externals to inform us or to validate our ‘knowings/intuitings’. I loved reading of your class Chevanne and if I am down that way would like to meet with you, share a class perhaps – they sound very intimate and special!

      Regarding yoga as a religion – as far as I can deduce from all the studies I have done on yoga and my time in India – yoga is not a religion per-se. As I re-read Fiona’s article I ‘think’ when Fiona says this; ‘Chevanne believes the practice of yoga can empower people to strengthen their body and take time for themselves and believes for some Yoga can be considered a religion* – she means – “…and take time for themselves and (while Chevanne does not see yoga as a religion she believes that) for some Yoga can be considered a religion”. I note Fiona astrixed * it with no reference – so perhaps she meant to explain this in the astrix *.

      I ‘think’ the sentence I wrote above might read more correctly!

      While deeply yeilding and opening into spiritual practice yoga imo/ime has never been called in and of itself a ‘religion’ and is not associated with any specific religion. When we think of all the yoga’s from Tibet, China, India, the Middle East etc there is such a diverse range of religions comprising of people who have practiced the tradition of yoga regardless of religion.

      I tend to think of Yoga more as a (modern way of saying it might be ‘Life Style Choice’) traditional holistic philosophy for living optimally.

      Blessings and Sat Nam,

      Susan (Ed)

      1. Thanks for publishing my article Susan. also no offence was intended when I talked about religion. Perhaps it was the wrong choice of words. However if it has prompted discussion it means someone is reading this

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