Who are we
To help people discover their uniqueness and embrace who they truly are so they can contribute to the greater good in the world
To be the leading Yoga Education Center, empowering people across the world
Unconditional support no matter what is going on for you.
For the Greater Good
We see the greatest possible potential in all people. We are guided by contribution in every interaction.
Basecamp Power Yoga is a movement creating a Powerful community (Whanau) in the heart of Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.
We practise Power Yoga because of the real results it produces physically (tinana), mentally (Hinengaro), and spiritually (wairua). Basecamp is a place where you cultivate power and strength in your body. We invite you to discover what is possible (taea) with regular yoga and meditation practise. Our yoga, with consistent practise, will help you have better focus, feel energised, reach new heights, and support you in getting where you want to go.
Our name was inspired by mountains with a solid and wide base – where you reach up into the world. Basecamp is a foundation that lasts through all poses and situations in life. Basecamp is a meeting place to climb life together without any perceived limitation. It is from our foundation in which we grow together. With a solid foundation, our possibilities are endless.
We believe we are more powerful together. Come experience what it is like at Basecamp with us.
Cat Thompson - Founder
Cat is the founder of Basecamp Power Yoga. Hailing from Houston, Texas, she fell in love with a Kiwi and his country. She was willing to pick up and move across the globe bringing her love of yoga with her. Cat created Basecamp Power Yoga for you, offering all that she’s learned and discovered through the practice and study of Baptiste Yoga.
Cat had a life changing experience while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. She took on the adventure of a lifetime trekking to high altitude, sleeping outside, eating in the villagers homes and being welcomed by the Budhist people. Life became simple even in the hardship of exploring at high altitude. She discovered a new sense of vitality and self love while being way out of her comfort zone. This experience was the inspiration for the name of our studio. Basecamp is a place to return to, come home to, while always exploring out into new territories, mind and body.
Cat’s BIG dream is: to deliver a TED talk about how to be nurturing and present as you are.
Alex Van Dijk
Alex (also known as Alexa & Alexandria) is Canadian and has been in New Zealand for almost 4 years. She has lived in Auckland the whole time and this is where she started her yoga journey. Alex yo-yo'd with working out so when a friend said let's go to Hot Yoga for more of the physical aspect rather than mental, she took them up on it (somewhat reluctantly but as she has a background in competitive cheerleading, she thought how bad could it be). Well she was in for a treat.. After her first class she bought a month membership to which I completed a 30 day challenge right off the bat - she was HOOKED. Since then Alex has been practicing for about 2 1/2 years. It's brought her happiness, stillness, playfulness, it's taught her to be adaptable, and it's given her the opportunity to create the amazing community which surrounds her.
Alex’s BIG Dream: To own her own business. Alex’s strongest interests and passions are yoga, fashion, and interiors so ideally she would love to have a space which compliments all three of these aspects. Fun fact: this recently came to her in a visualisation meditation, and this vision is still developing so stay tuned!
Barbara is a sunshine-loving Florida native who fell in love with New Zealand (and a kiwi), and now calls NZ her home. When she’s not on her mat or teaching, you’ll find her in nature exploring beaches, hiking, and birdwatching.
Barbara’s yoga journey began while in University and she has been learning and deepening her practice ever since. She is drawn to the physical challenge that yoga offers as well as the mental clarity she experiences in the flow. Once she began practising Baptiste Power Yoga, she felt a profound internal shift. Through asana, meditation, and inquiry, she has been able to tap into her own power and realise her purpose: to guide others to be in their greatness.
After taking her first class at Basecamp, she knew she found her community. As a teacher, Barbara offers a sweaty, challenging class that will leave students feeling inspired, grounded, & connected.
Barbara’s BIG dream is: to lead yoga & wellness retreats in the South Pacific & USA. She wants to create a sanctuary to share the healing powers of yoga and nature.
Kiwi born and bred, Bella grew up loving Auckland’s beaches and nature. Having trained as a dancer growing up, she’s passionate about the mental and physical benefits of movement.
After completing her 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training through Basecamp’s academy in 2020, she is on a mission to empower people to find their greatness, just as they are. She is inspired by powerful, mindful movement that is accessible to everyone, and believes in building a community alongside it.
Bella’s big dream is: To protect the planet through inspiring and educating individuals and businesses in a loving way.
Ben was born and raised in Wellington, lived in London for a number of years, and has since made the city of sails his home.
His passions include spending time with friends and family, being out in nature, different forms of movement such as yoga, martial arts, and calisthenics; and exploring paths to self-mastery with a focus on being of greater service.
Ben views teaching Baptiste Power Yoga as a privilege having regularly experienced the powerful ways it helps him and others to tune in, reset, align, and optimise different aspects of the human experience. For him, yoga at Basecamp is also a way to not only connect in to oneself but to be part of an amazing community and tribe.
Ben’s BIG dream is: to live an amazing life, continuing to experience greater levels of ease, flow, peace, joy and freedom and helping others to do the same.
Carlo was born in a small city in the countryside of Brazil called Erechim. He moved to New Zealand back in 2016. He loves to challenge himself physically through activities such as his yoga asana practice, cycling, running and hiking. Carlo has a background in Mechanical Engineering and loves reading and discussing different concepts especially in subjects such as physics, spirituality, philosophical & mathematical concepts.
Carlo’s BIG dream: To be confirmed
Mia is a Registered Nurse in her homecounty, a self-taught artist, and the hostess with the mostess. Mia is a health advocate firmly believing that our health is the most important gift of all.
Mia tried a lot of activities to maintain her physical wellness such as going to the gym, swimming, climbing and different styles of yoga, but she fell in love with Baptiste Power Yoga the first time she tried it at Basecamp. This practice helped create balance in her life while mindfully choosing what’s best for her well-being.
Mia’s BIG dream is: of living in a cottage by the lake meditating and practicing yoga every day. She hopes to help people become aware of the benefits of yoga in their bodies and minds.
Laura is a performer specialising in puppetry and motion capture. She has always been fascinated by the way the body moves and our emotional connection to our extremities. As a very physical performer she instantly fell in love with yoga and the freedom she has found in meditation.
Being a part of Basecamp academy's teacher training programme opened a new world of community and practice. Her favourite game is visiting other people's classes and pinching their ideas for her own practice and classes. Laura takes such joy in sharing what she has learnt through her lessons.
Laura's BIG dream is: to one day be a Pambassaor (Panda ambassador) for Chengdu
Beka grew up north of Christchurch in Rangiora, with her parents and younger sister. In her childhood and teens, she dabbled with gymnastics and hockey, but after moving into the city for university these fell by the wayside, and she struggled to find something else that she enjoyed. It wasn't until starting a part-time job with Lululemon in 2014 that she was introduced to yoga, which lit a spark. In fact, her first ever class was actually a Baptiste Power Yoga class - and though she has tried a number of other styles in the years since, Baptiste-style power has always been magnetic to Beka.
In 2018, Beka completed her degree in film and television at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, and moved to Auckland for an internship (which ultimately turned into a full-time job as a researcher slash director) at a production company shortly after. It wasn't long before she discovered Basecamp - funnily enough, by attending a Sunday morning class at Lululemon that happened to be led by a Basecamp teacher.
These days, you'll catch Beka practicing and teaching at the studio, and researching stories or out in the field directing. When she's not working, she's probably hanging out with her seven (yes, seven) flatmates - floating down the Waikato River in inflatable boats, hosting bizarrely themed parties at the flat, or using a couple of hapless flatmates as guinea pigs for new sequences or Power Jams playlists.
Beka's BIG dream is: to become a best-selling author, and an award-winning screenwriter.