My Yoga Journey and Yoga for Wellness
I began my yoga journey over 20 years ago, when I began yoga classes as a mum of young children, to have some quiet space to myself. I soon learned that yoga gave me much more than this, as I began to feel more at ease within myself and a sense of contentment when I committed to regular classes.
Yoga for me is more about learning skills “on the mat” to cope with life “off the mat” in a more present and meaningful way. My yoga practice helps me to be kinder to myself and to others, and to learn how to really listen to what my body needs, and to adapt my practice and life accordingly. Yoga helps me to keep well, whilst being less reactive, more centered, and think with more clarity.
Gentle Hatha Yoga
The word “Hatha” comes from the Sanskrit “ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon). The principle being to unite the opposite forces: the positive and the negative, the sun and the moon, in order to promote balance in the body and mind.
I teach Hatha Yoga for Wellness classes on Thursday mornings. These 90 minute classes are held at the Tamatea Community Church hall, 1 York Avenue, Tamatea (opposite Pak’N Save) from 9.30 am to 11 am. These classes are suitable for all ages and abilities (including beginners). I offer alternative asanas (postures) where there is injury or limitations. Classes end with a guided relaxation, so please bring a yoga mat, blanket and cushions or any props as needed.
I also love to teach Laughter Yoga classes which many have found to be very helpful to let go of “stuff” and help us to be more forgiving, lighter and to take life a little less seriously! Laughter yoga is held each fortnight on Saturday morning from 10 am to 11 am, at The Lotus Centre, St Aubyn Street West, Hastings. These classes are $10 each.
I am a registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher and offer individual and group Fertility, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga classes in Hawkes Bay.
Michele, Thank you so much. Your wonderful classes have been a tonic for me. In Gentle Hatha Yoga I love slowing down and getting in touch with my breathing.
The more often I go to Laughter Yoga the easier it gets. And now, I see it as a kind of amazing therapy where we can find ways to let go of things we no longer need. It’s an opportunity to play and be joyful in an environment that is safe and supportive. I always find these classes to be inspiring and uplifting.
Marie E, 2017