The School of Modern Meditation

Claire Robbie

Founder, SOMM Guided, SOMM BREATHE, SOMM 60, Facilitator of awareness insight meditation

Claire Robbie has been a devoted teacher of meditation and yoga for over a decade.

She has led retreats, workshops and courses in Peru, Mexico, Los Angeles, New Zealand, Fiji, The Philippines, Costa Rica. She has taught hundreds of people how to meditate, and actively supports her students in their practices.

Her teachings are the culmination of her study of Vedic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions integrated with her direct experiences from  her daily, non-negotiable practices.

"I teach people how to develop a daily meditation practice because every fibre of my being loves talking about meditation, practicing, learning about and sharing this ancient tool. I’ve experienced firsthand, what a consistent daily practice has the potential to unravel and open up for us. "

Claire also facilitates a 13-month meditation teacher training of Awareness Insight Meditation. More info here.

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Kayla Gordine

SOMM Sound

A committed Awareness Insight Meditator, a holistic health coach & fitness professional, Kayla has immersed herself in a journey of self discovery, meditation and yoga practices, trainings, teachings and most recently sharing her voice through Māori waiata. This has reignited her love and passion in sharing the beautiful energy and vibrations transmitted through her language.

She is a catalyst for merging her two cultures by encouraging others to connect to themselves and our land here in Aotearoa.

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Brian Berneman

SOMM Soundbath, SOMM Guided, tibetan buddhism practices

Originally from Buenos Aires, a committed student and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism from a very young age, Brian has spent the last few years here in New Zealand bringing these ancient practices to our community in a fun, accessible and easily digestible way.

Based on Tibetan teachings for living in harmony with physical and universal laws, these practices develop our ability to heal and energize our entire being. In addition, they teaches us what it means to just be.

Brian regularly runs courses at SOMM and leds our Sunday SOUNDBATH.

Brian is also the co-founder of conscious social initiative @consciousactionnz.

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Jock has practiced breathwork with various breathwork facilitators including a Soma breathwork master; Steve Hill – who has guided Jock through many profound experiences from which he has drawn inspiration, from the subtle foundational, to the invigorating and powerful modalities of breath.  He now has a daily breathwork practice which he owes a lot of his mental clarity, focus, and discipline to, which fuels his good health and vitality.

Jock has the intention to educate the community on why it is important to develop and maintain a variety of regular breathwork practices and how we can gradually build on our practice over time to deepen the meditative and nourishing experience, adding huge value to the way we live our lives with energy and vitality.

Jock is also the Co-Director of Revive Festival; an all-encompassing 3-day drug and alcohol free healing and wellness festival with live music, transformational workshops, yoga, meditation and arts, based in Gisborne.

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Sarah Lamb

SOMM Breathe

Sarah has fallen in love with the ancient art and science of Breathwork. She is a qualified Alchemy of Breath Facilitator and mentor to new breathworkers. With a degree in Physiology and a life-long passion for holistic wellbeing, discovering the powerful practice of breathwork and now guiding others has been a natural progression for her.

“The SOMM BREATHE format is a wonderful way to experience different breath patterns and how they affect our body, mind and spirit. Conscious breathing helps to regulate and restore your nervous system making you more resilient to life's challenges. As we take control of the breath we take control of how we feel, and how we respond to the world around us.” - Sarah

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Purnima Trasi

Full Moon Gatherings & IMMERSIVES

Purnima trained in Bangalore, India, under the Kriya Yoga lineage, with some of the most incredible teachers, Manish Pole and Neetu Singh. Her teaching is a beautiful balance between practice and spiritual inquiry. It brings together the body, mind, and prana, preparing it to sit in meditation.

Having had Yoga in her life from a very young age, watching her father practice pranayam and meditation daily, Purnima teaches with an awareness that represents this 5000 year old tradition that has been handed down through generations. She blends functional components without diluting the spiritual and traditional experience.

We feel incredibly blessed to have Purnima regularly guide not only our Full Moon gatherings but also be offering deeper immersive and advanced practices at SOMM . 🙏🏽✨

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Rich Ayling

SOMM Guided

As a coach, yoga and meditation teacher, Rich has worked with thousands of people over the last fifteen years to use the breath and body to shape and transform the mind. Having first overcome an autoimmune disease and shaped a very different life for himself, he now teaches self-awareness for mindful living around the world, as a Self-Worth Academy associate and former Wim Hof Method instructor. As a student of Rod Stryker’s Parayoga system and the Sri Vidya lineage it originates from, he teaches hatha yoga, various forms of meditation, as well as yoga nidra.

Rich is inspired to help people find a depth of connection and meaning in their lives, bringing the ancient wisdom that yoga offers to modern life, both on and off the mat in a grounded and relatable way. His current mission is to be a force for change in the world of men's work: to show men how to value themselves and each other, deepen their relationships, and feel confident in what they have to contribute to the world.

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Rory Kinsella

Guest Teacher - Understanding & Using Self-Transcending Mantra.

We're excited to have Rory Kinsella as a Guest Teacher in February. Rory is a writer and Vedic Meditation teacher based in Sydney, Australia. A former hard-drinking musician and journalist, he quit alcohol in 2017 and has written widely about his experiences, including in the Sydney Morning Herald.

He teaches an effortless style of meditation using a mantra that allows the mind to move beyond thoughts to a place of stillness within. He will be sharing his knowledge and experience in a series of 4 classes at SOMM.

He is the creator of the highly-rated We Meditate To Quit Alcohol and Six Steps for Not-Quite Alcoholics online programs to help people change their relationship with alcohol through meditation.

He is the host of the Not-Quite Alcoholics podcast, has contributed meditations to apps such as Insight Timer and Meditation Studio and has taught meditation at some of Australia’s biggest companies.

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Adele Kinghan

SOMM Guided

Adele's passion for movement and meditation comes from her very first love – dance. She studied everything from ballet to hip hop, and was a dance teacher for many years. And then, at the sweet age of 25, the universe threw her a sudden spiritual grenade in the form of advanced stage bowel cancer.

Adele embraced all the support she could, especially yoga – mostly simple breathing techniques and meditation – first as a way to manage the pain and the chemotherapy, then to heal and regain strength, and ultimately to help with all the doubt and existential questioning she'd been carrying around.

Through the wins and the losses, yoga and meditation has been her anchor. Adele is sought after for her breadth of knowledge, her non-dogmatic empowering approach, and her attention to awakening.

Adele's dream is to live in a world where yoga and meditation are medicine, desire is celebrated, everyone exudes aliveness, and dancing in the streets is highly encouraged – if not mandatory.

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Roxy Alnutt

Events Coordinator

Roxy is responsible for keeping events, workshops running smoothly and beautifully at SOMM. and she really has the eye for that. The floral you'll see in the studio are also courtesy of Roxy.

“I would describe myself as an extremely organised creative. I share passions in floristry, technology and people. There is such a refreshing feeling that can be found when people come together doing things they love. SOMM has turned out to emit this wonderfully, and I am so thrilled to be here. While studying Sustainable Design and Creative Technologies, my position with SOMM is not only to liaise and coordinate your unique events; but to practise, learn and create alongside the many faces yet to enjoy this space.” - Roxy

If you’re looking to host any events in our beautiful space you can get in touch with Roxy at

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you are doing with SOMM. Its so straight-up, practical and relatable but the effect is deeply moving and inspiring. It feels so generous and open hearted as an offering and I feel very fortunate to have found it.

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