Hatha Flow Yoga
Melissa: Sat 8am
Hatha Yoga is an ancient holistic system of health and self-development that begins with the body as a practical way to affect all aspects of ones being on both the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Hatha Flow is a combination of dynamic, energizing sequences of postures for strength and flexibility, rejuvenating flows for deep release and relaxation, moving into still postures for longer periods. Breath and movement are linked together to create flowing sequences of related asanas, which helps to rejuvenate the body and release mental and emotional tension, inducing deep relaxation as awareness of breath, body and mind becomes integrated.
Core Flow Yoga
Hannah: Mon 5.45pm
Hannah’s contemporary take on Hatha yoga incorporates Pilates-based exercises and has a strong focus on alignment, strength, breath and ultimately, flow. The class begins by moving through a series of floor-based asanas to build core strength and to slowly awaken both the body and the mind, transitioning into a slow flowing standing series before winding down with deep relaxation.
Martin: Mon 7.15pm (from 5th March)
Our bodies are made to move. The buzz of everyday life, fast paced days and the requirements of modern society make it hard to move in the way we are meant to move as human beings.
This class is designed to reconnect you with your origin showing you how to regain the natural capabilities of your body, create new movement patterns, and get stronger, more aware and flexible while doing it. You will also be able to realize new solutions for every day life and how to implement new habits into your working day and will change how you think about movement.
If you are looking for a new way to move, reconnect body and mind , and to have fun exploring new things then this class is for you
Some benefits of the practice are:
- better self awareness
- improved mobility, strength and coordination
- less pain and stress
- more freedom of choice in everyday life
- improved creativity
- improved way of breathing
Cacao + Meditation
Lucy + Connie: Tues 6pm
A beautiful way to spend a Tuesday evening, invoking the essence of cacao and sitting in meditation. Come as a standalone class, or as an awesome beginning to your yoga practice at 7.30pm. Because it's always better with chocolate!
Willa: Wed: 6pm
Drawing on the developmental postures of Shin Somatics, Skinner Releasing principles and somatic practice these classes focus on opening and lengthening the body and quietening the mind. Based on the founding principle of Yoga – to create balance - we begin with balancing the nervous system and endocrine system, using asanas and pranayama inspired for healing and inner reflection. Help manage stress, learn to wind down and create a space to just be in your body. This is a transformative practice. Also suitable for those new to yoga, recovering from illness or injury, those in the later stages of the life cycle, or those in HOLIDAY MODE, also helpful for post-natal mums. Shin Yoga will move gently through the postures with a focus on healing, restoration and revitalization.
Xinia/Luke: Tues 7.15pm
Catherine: Sunday 8am (mysore style)
Ashtanga yoga links the breath, physical poses and concentration in a flowing meditation. The practice generates heat which cleanses the body of toxins allowing it to become light and strong. Suitable for beginners wanting a more dynamic yoga practice, or for intermediate level students. The practice focuses on the primary series of Ashtanga yoga.
Ashtanga (mysore style): Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga is taught. The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. Students practice their own portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction. Catherine is one of only 7 teachers in NZ registered to teach by the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. See our blog about it here
Chi Kung (Qi Gong)
Willa: Tues 9.30am Fri 9.30am
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system which combines gentle physical movements, breathing techniques and focused intentions, to cultivate and move Qi (life force or vital energy) throughout the body.
Together the exercises promote self-healing and health maintenance through relaxation, healthy breathing, good posture and meditation.
The morning classes are based on the Elemental Chi Kung series. Elemental Chi Kung (Qigong) is an easy, gentle form of exercise that will keep you agile, flexible and in the flow of life. Encourage healthy qi flow throughout the body - leading to improved or enhanced health, the maintenance of good health and the healing of illness. A meditative body-mind class that encourages connection between the body-mind and a deeper connection to self.
Suitable for all fitness levels these classes are for anyone looking for a simple practice to increase energy and sense of wellbeing.
Strength and Surrender
This class is a Vinyasa style yoga class with roots in Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa flows. Wilhemeena's classes invoke a connection to nature and a somatic sensability as we breathe, open and integrate together. Leaving you feeling in your body, alive and restored.
Melissa: Mon 9.30 - 10.45am + Thurs 6-7pm
MYOGA is your time to be awake and alive to your Self and this world you co-create.
M – manifest
Y – your
O – own
G – greatness thru
A – awareness
Melissa has woven the various sutras, the threads, of all the practices she’s experienced together into this living fabric that is MYOGA. It is freedom to unfold.
MYOGA is a fusion of influences woven together, including traditional asanas (physical postures from a broad variety of yoga styles), pranayam (breath control practices), mudras (the yoga of hand symbols), as well as meditation-in-motion, sound, laughter, core awareness, & yoga therapy techniques. There are also unexpected influences woven in, such as poetry, martial arts & First Nation wisdom.
Yoga for Young Women
Melissa: Thurs 4.30 - 5.30pm
The perfect yoga for teen yoginis who want to strengthen their bodies while having loads of fun with their girlfriends. These classes are focused on warm up sun salutations, balances, standing poses and floor work, including back bends. Also various partner poses, especially fun for friends practicing together. There will be encouragement for each girl to be creative and independent with each pose.
Yin Yoga is Medicine for the Modern World
Surrender and dive into your inner experience. Discover your whole self.
Yin Yoga is a slow-pased style of yoga, poses are held between 3-5 minutes and awareness of breath and being is a key focus. De-stress, slow down and ease symptoms of anxiety, stress and imbalance. Soften, surrender and let go.
Benefits of practice:
- Slow down, reconnect with your body, mind and breath
- Let go of tension and relax on all layers of your being
- Find more ease and clarity and tune in
- Stimulates the meridians (energy channels) bringing balance to your organs systems
- Improves flexibility and joint mobility
- Works deeply on unwinding connective tissue (fascia, tendons and ligaments)
Franko + guests:
Join us for our wonderful and uplifting evenings of kirtan with Franko Heke + guests – Sunday's at Soul. No need to book just drop in at 7pm. You don’t need to be a good singer, just up for a good time with like minded beings! $10 or koha on the night.
Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate. It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like! You can even come to lie on your mat & bath in the sound.
Contact Improvisation is a dance technique where points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement exploration and improvisation. It is a profound technique that helps us unwind for a moment from our high-tech, low-touch society and come back to the realities of our bodies for connection, touch, healing and dancing.
A bi-weekly jam is held here at SOUL to explore, meeting and being with, holding and being held. Movement, touch, momentum, gravity, surrendering to the earth and playing with flight...
$10 minimum donation
Skinner Releasing Technique
These classes will introduce a meditative mindfulness movement practice, teaching us how to release old postural habits and experience new ways of moving with efficiency and ease. Experience creative movement, deep meditation, partner-work and body awareness, as part of a fluid way of developing a more integrated sense of moving and being. No dance experience necessary, just a willingness to experience your body in a new way. Students have reported feeling more creative, more energetic, more relaxed, with easier and deeper sleep.
Releasing postural tension patterns, Releasing the breath, Releasing energy flow, Releasing effortless dancing + moving, Releasing creativity
A transformative movement, awareness and bodywork practice. Classes unfold around the simple principle that when we practice letting go of habitual holding patterns we can move more freely, efficiently and powerfully.
Private yoga classes offer people the opportunity to align the body, mind and emotions in a private space with undivided guidance and teaching. Regardless if you are a complete beginner or wanting to move deeper into your personal practice, private classes offer a space for you to do so at the level appropriate for your health and physical ability. There is plenty of opportunity for questions, explanations of practices taught and the space to go over anything that you may be having difficulty with in classes or your own practice. The class can be dynamic and flowing; gentle and restorative, or a mixture of both. You may set the pace and direction of the class according to how you feel on the day. Our teachers will guide you through a practice that includes postures, breathing and deep relaxation or meditation to facilitate openness and total wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. For those who are new to yoga, private classes are a wonderful way to learn yoga practices at your own pace in a private peaceful space where the teacher is there just for you.
Spend an hour with Wilhemeena Monroe as she takes you through a program designed to bring you peace, harmony and gentle asanas and breathing techniques to help you centre on your self and your baby. Add an extra ½ an hour for a cranio treatment or Birth into Being session and you will be feeling blissed from top to toe and walking away with program in hand to practice at home. Gift vouchers for this luschiousness are also available.
CLASS PRICING AND PACKAGES:
INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL: Two weeks of unlimited classes for $30. Try all the different types of classes we offer to find the one that fits your style and fitness level best, or just take as many beginning classes as you can and really start to get comfortable with the basics! Whatever you do, this offer will allow you unlimited access to all our yoga and pilates classes, giving you plenty of choices, and total freedom to create a schedule that works for you.
*Offer is good for students new to SOUL classes, one time only
GOLD CARD: 6 month SOUL membership $33 per week automatic payment OR $707 if paid in a lump sum. (If you pay up front you get a FREE Back to Bliss Massage! DIVINE!!)
10 CLASS CARD: $150 for 10 classes, choose from any classes on the timetable- except the register only ones with a star* (expires after 3 months)
10 class card Silver series/student: $100 (for 65+ only) and students - (you must have a student ID and be a full time student)
Casual: when one is enough $18 per class
PRIVATE CLASS: $80
MOVING TOWARDS CENTRE: This package is an individualised selection of classes, workshops and delicious body therapies to endorse, enhance and facilitate a natural moving towards balance and vitality within ones creative, intellectual and physical bodies. Working with a personal lifestyle consultant we will help you find move towards work/life balance, vitality and bliss. POA