About

My name is Gemma Mullins (AKA Sitadevi), originally from the UK. My journey with yoga began in 1997 after experiencing panic attacks, depression and agoraphobia. My mother had given me a Yoga book from the library. As a competitive gymnast, the forms came easily to me but something happened that I wasn't expecting. I began to notice that these poses made me 'feel' a certain way after doing them and I wanted to understand why. The discipline of gymnastics had always encouraged me to push through pain, to train harder to be the best. Yoga, on the other hand, taught me how to challenge myself physically whilst being more respectful of my limitations. Over time, Yoga was a fundamental part in my recovery from addictive and self destructive behaviours and also helped me to close the door on using daily medication for asthma. Hence, I have a deep love and respect for it's healing power. 

I emigrated to New Zealand in 2007 and was lucky enough to find Ashram Yoga. I began my teaching journey in 2008 and continued my studies with them over the next decade, completing Ashram Yoga’s Teacher Training Programs; Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Yoga Nidra Level 1 and 2 and also their Natal Yoga Training Program. In March 2014, I added Postnatal Yoga and Mums and Bub's Yoga Training to my toolkit through Bliss Baby Yoga. And in 2015 and 2016 studied the anatomy and facilitation of Yin Yoga under the tuition of Markus Henning Giess and Karin Sang of Yin Therapy. 

In 2017, I learned how to Ascend (meditate), using the beautiful techniques taught by the Ishaya Monks of the Bright Path. In 2018 I attended two profound month long meditation retreats with them in Mexico and Spain, as part of the 6 month ‘Mastery of the Self' program. The veil fell and my eyes were opened to a new way of living. A life where love, peace, joy and fulfilment are not just possible, but our birth right! A life where, in this moment, each of us are already perfectly qualified for bliss! 

In January 2019, I experienced a fall which resulted in a lower back injury. A challenging and humbling year, learning how to balance student's needs with that of my own body's. An opportunity to put all the tools I had learned during my practise into action and ultimately understanding that I am 'not pain nor my body', but the observer of it. My teacher Maharishi Krishnananda Ishaya told me 'instead of asking why has this happened to you, ask why has this happened for you', and over time I was able to see it as a gift. I have so much more awareness of how to teach and help those with injury now and for this alone, the injury was a blessing. 

These days I am mostly inspired and influenced by yoga teachers and body workers like Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Donna Farhi and Kerry Castell-Spence. Their work (and hopefully mine) typifies the importance of movement and position arising from the inner plane, a bodily impulse, an intuitive knowing rather than imposing externalised, prescriptive forms onto another person's anatomy. In this 'model' each practise is approached in the spirit of innocence and enquiry rather than the need to complete or achieve. Ahhh what a relief! 

My curiosity for how humans heal and optimise their potential has led me to study many different modalities over the years. I hold a First Class Hons Degree in Arts Therapies, am a Certified Body Talk Practitioner and have trained in Accunect TM and Spiritual Healing with IFISH (International Federation of Inspirational Spirituality and Healing). I am also a Louise Hay 'You Can Heal Your Life' workshop facilitator and have a qualification in Crystology.