Developed from Nikki Ralston’s love for yoga, healing, movement and connection, The Ralston Method is modern yoga to complement your busy life. TRM believes in tapping into your potential to transform your body, your mind and your life into exactly what you want it to be. 

The perfect harmony of being STRONGCENTEREDand ALIGNED will connect you back to who you truly are and allow you to shift further into your own possibility. All levels from beginner to advanced are well taken care of under Nikki's experienced guidance.

A steady paced practice that builds heat in the body, burning away distracting thoughts, building  stability and confidence both on and off the mat.  Find the balance between strength and flexibility with a focus on core integration. With clear direction you with be safely guided to move your body and shift your perspective beyond limitation.  Increasing vital energy in the body and learning how to direct and channel that energy into all aspects of your life.  Nikki's approach is unique, inclusive and empowering.

The perfect Yin to Strong's Yang, a mostly floor based practice and longer holds in poses to work on the connective tissue and meridian lines of the body.  Regulating energy flow, lubricating joints and increasing mobility this practice calms the nervous system and helps balance the whole body mind system. A less physically challenging class, but often more challenging for the mind. Working with the breath for a nourishing meditative experience. This practice will leave you feeling renewed, grounded and calm.

Learn how to refine your asana and focus the mind with a deeper inquiry into your practice.  Uncover new depths of understanding, stability and control.  Clear alignment cues and a fresh approach to traditional poses, will help you to unravel the mysteries of the body and assist you move with more consciousness in STRONG and flow based classes. Learn how to safely approach inversions and how to use props to assist yourself in any practice.



Urban Ashram is the home of The Ralston Method, owned and run by Nikki, now has 2 Auckland locations. Join her and her highly skilled team and feel the Urban Ashram difference.

Ponsonby 2/49 Brown Street Our original boutique studio has build a strong community feel, ensuring that you get individual attention to get your yoga practice and life on track. 

Browns Bay 14 Clyde Road, located above the Huckleberry store with the entrance at the rear of the building. Our younger, yet bigger studio is only 200m from the beach, come and enjoy the same personal attention along with some chilled vibes and a beach walk

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"Nikki is simply the best yoga teacher I ever met. Her classes are always different, you never know what will come next and this keeps you alert.  She takes time for each student and is dedicated to correct the postures and to work on each students individual weaknesses. Even being 50+ it is amazing that my body still changed so much for the better. I feel balanced, firm and happy"

– Birgit Green

How you will benefit

– Strength training and flexibility
Yoga’s focus on strength training and flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside-out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good too.

– Peace and tranquility
Achieved through focused training, setting intentions and clearly directing your energy towards what you want.

– Stronger core
Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain.

– Relieves stress
Yoga helps relieve stress, unclutter the mind and helps you get more focused.

– Helps to prevent degenerative arthritis
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used.

– Long, lean muscles
One of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look.

– Arm and shoulder strength
Your arm and shoulder strength is multiplied as you use your own body weight for resistance.

– Improves digestive system
The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux.

– Balance the mood, hormones and nervous system
This is done by shifting out of the adrenal stress response of the sympathetic nervous system into a calmer rest and digest state of the parasympathetic nervous system.

– Self confidence
Realise that you are capable of so much more than you think, as you learn to shifting beyond fears and limiting self talk and moving towards your most powerful self inside and out.

– Live with more presence
For the most important people, moments and things in your life.

I am lucky to have Nikki one on one. I look forward to our Yoga time so much and so excited about how much I am improving. I just keep asking myself why I didn’t do this years ago. Nikki is “magic”. I feel like I have a new body after Nikki’s classes. It has made me feel able to cope with a busy lifestyle so much better physically and mentally. Thank you Nikki! 

– Mary Phillips