Who we are

Our Mission

To help people discover their uniqueness and embrace who they truly are so they can contribute to the greater good in the world

Our Vision

To be the leading Yoga Education Center, empowering people across the world

Our Values

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.

Our Culture
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.

Our Team

Cat Thompson

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.

Mia Malazo - Community Manager

Mia is a Registered Nurse in her homecounty, a self-taught artist, and the hostess with the mostess. Our multi-talented studio manager 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.

Bella Conyngham - Space Manager

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. 

James Anson-Holland

James has a background in top-level sport having played basketball for the University of South Alabama USA. A knee injury curtailed his basketball career however he discovered yoga was a means of a pain-free and physically challenging exercise that made his knee feel better and stronger.

Lawyer by day, James makes time to share his enthusiasm for the strong physical challenge of Baptiste Power yoga. His first hand experience of yoga’s benefits for recovery and overall wellbeing motivates him to share this practice.

James finds the combination of law and yoga gives balance to his life. Yoga provides a release from the stresses of his professional career and affords a deeper connection with his community.

James is a global ambassador for Africa Yoga Project, an initiative that educates, empowers, elevates, and expands employability for marginalised youth in Africa.

James' BIG dream is: to spread Africa Yoga Project’s message that yoga is bigger than the shapes you make on your mat.

Bryce Carter

Born and bred Canterburian now residing in Auckland, Bryce (aka Bear) lives for good times surrounded by friends and family playing music, skiing, surfing, practicing yoga or mountain biking.

The dynamic combination of artistic express and the athletic and sport have always inspired his ‘why’ and he resonates with how yoga encompasses artistic creation and expression of the physical body.

Baptiste Power Yoga was the first yoga practice that inspired significant shifts in his physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing and has facilitated a path towards a more joyful and epic life.

Bryce teaches yoga because he felt the transformative power of inquiry, meditation, and asana delivered through the Baptiste methodology. He is passionate about sharing his love of yoga.

Bryce's BIG dream is: to leave the corporate world for a while and travel the US and Canada with his girlfriend in a van, gigging and teaching yoga along the way. One day he’d like to combine all his favourites, a yoga studio, barbell and kettlebell facility, sauna and cold therapy, He would like to share that with y'all!

Mackenzie Dancho

Mackenzie is a passionate, kind-hearted yoga instructor from the Canadian prairies. She came to New Zealand looking for change and adventure, and found a home at Basecamp. Her mission as a yoga instructor is to create an open, accepting and loving space in which students feel empowered to explore the edge of their comfort zone. With a focus on embodiment, Mackenzie’s classes are vibrant, playful and creative. You can expect a friendly, relaxed vibe, a strong and fluid flow, a lovingly curated playlist and a long, grounding savasana.

Mackenzie’s BIG dream is: to chase summer forever and live between Canada and New Zealand, hosting yoga retreats in both countries.

Ben Simcock
Claire Robbie
Taane Mete

Taane has evolved his own personal yoga and meditation practice inspired by his dance, movement and choreographic career expanding 38 years.  He is passionate about New Zealand and Yoga allows him the freedom to express and weave waiata, karakia and reo throughout his yoga classes inspired by the Whenua of Aotearoa. He is the founder and Director of Kia Nga Wari-Humble Warrior and in 2019 created a yoga tour across New Zealand aptly named Kia Nga Wari- Humble Warrior. The tour was created  with an idea to travel a small team to communities throughout the country in 2019 and 2020 sharing the gifts of yoga, song meditation and Taonga Puoro. Taane teaches from the place of moving the body with awareness and ease to create space.  He values the calming effects of yoga and the associated healing benefits of a daily practice. Taane is grateful for the opportunity to teach his love of yoga and flow at Basecamp Power Yoga. Find out more about Taane on taanemete.com

Taane's BIG Dream is: To implement yoga as a standard school subject in New Zealand.

Barbara Bent

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.