Wellington is New Zealand’s oldest city and yet it embraces the present moment so vividly. Although rich in history, it is Wellington that has forward-thinking innovation that provides a bubbling pot for new ideas.
Wellingtonians are strong for sure! Building on from that resilience, vulnerability could be the next journey to unwrap. When you tune out of life’s fast paced noise you can start to tune into a more balanced rhythm. One where body and mind are at the center and in the process making leaps and bounds on your physical fitness.
Dust off that yoga mat and fold into a sun salute, you’ll soon unlock some great yoga gems in the city of Wellington. Together let’s switch off for a minute and seek that balance you’ve been craving for.
How can yoga benefit you in your own life?
Allow yourself to be brought back to the present moment. Focus on what’s happening around you, it’s one of the fundamentals of Yoga; being aware. Currently you are probably faced with multiple distractions even reading this article! While our attention spans are being split more than ever, answers do exist somewhere in the fog! Behold! Refuge at last, in the form of your newfound yoga practice.
This age old practice still withstands the test of time for a reason. How has it been so successful throughout time? Benefits include physical, psychological and even spiritual aspects.
Yogis find themselves in touch with their breathe and seek for balance in their life force or what’s called prana energy. Chakras are separate energy sources in the body and provide unique energetic areas to draw from. By balancing your Chakras you can begin to align all the different areas of your body, so they are in harmony with one another. This is one of the focuses of yoga.
Stretch your hands- in a tree like position and expect great results! But also if you dive deeper into the soil and you can tap into some more restorative benefits that yoga brings.
So what are the benefits of Yoga?
Becoming a master of flexibility.
Are you always schlumped over your computer, weaving your back into a super uncomfy, jigsaw position? Yoga can help this by recovering your flexibility. One step at a time, it builds power and resilience to your yoga positions and brings grit and strength back to your body.
Get that shut eye!
Are you unable to sleep at night? Once you get the hang of Yoga you will start to feel more restful as your body is actively fighting against stress. Relax your bones, for some much-needed relaxation, life’s full on and you deserve it.
Provide a peaceful refuge from your sporadic moods:
Yoga makes you feel good. It aids in the circulation in the endocrine glands and helps hormones that are linked to mood fluctuation. Kick those blues away or address those depression symptoms head on.
Holistically boost your health overall:
As well as helping your mind, when you do Yoga you can greatly strengthen your bone density, work your muscles and allow a huge lift to your metabolism.
What are the different styles that I can practice?
Let’s go right from the start. Discover what is your ‘Why’. Why are you wanting to start Yoga
Are you wanting to go hardcore into yoga right from the get go? Maybe Hot yoga might be the extreme launch into the world of yoga you need. Sweat through some full on sessions with vigor and grit.
If you find yourself in the details and like a challenge, then maybe Iyengar yoga will be your starting point. In this you will learn all about alignment and launch into details like precision and technique. Which could be good if you have already mastered some basic poses.
Maybe your wanting a more spiritual experience? Then look no further than Kundalini. This is not for the weak and can be a very deep and meditative experience.
Other types include:
- Yin yoga Want to start in a small but fun way? Yin Yoga is good for drawing your awareness back to the moment. It’s very meditative and promotes becoming a human pretzel slowly but surely with its movements.
- Kundalini yoga is very immersive and can be one of the most challenging, as it is both spiritually rich and extremely physical. Breathing is at the forefront as well as chanting and singing. Kundalini yoga seeks to activate the energy on your spine to stimulate your shakti energy.
- Ashtanga Work on a type of yoga where repetition is the sole focus. You will learn to master 6 poses perfected over time. Your focus and sense of self-awareness will help you feel very connected to your breathe.
- Vinyasa If your wanting to challenge yourself and to really push your athletic ability then Vinyasa could be for you.
- Hot yoga: Want to increase your level to expert?, You will do a variety of poses in an extremely hot room, making you work harder than usual.
- Hatha Yoga, said to be one of the foundational types of yoga, this yoga focuses on over 20 different poses, calling for more variation than others.
If you are overwhelmed by the choices then maybe you would like to start by attending a retreat? At a retreat you can do a whole range of different styles mentioned and then find the one that you like best. This way you can find the most beneficial one for you, in a shorter amount of time. It’s all about discovering the perfect fit for you and can be a quest of discovery.
Where to find Yoga lessons in Wellington:
Find your community with Awhi
If you want to get started straight away look no further than Awhi, you will be truly nurtured at this Yoga practice. Awhi literally translates to cherish, support or hug. On Sundays for a koha, you will receive a free glass of kombucha on arrival, which will get you feeling refreshed from the get-go. This all illustrates the Wairua sensibility where a sense of connectivity is encouraged.
You will be spoilt for choice with all different types of yoga to discover at this practice. These include Vinyasa flow Yoga if you’re feeling particularly athletic or the more softer Yin Yang yoga. If you’re in it for an intensive experience Awhi also does live yoga events, self-development programs and retreats. At its core Awhi is about forging a strong sense of community so all types of yoga seek to showcase this.
Get relaxing with Iyengar!
The Iyengar Yoga studio focuses on having a technical understanding of yoga poses. It seeks to draw your energy inwards so you are 100% focused on reality.
Located on Swan Street in Wellington Central, Iyengar Yoga is a hidden gem! Iyengar yoga as a type of practise is renowned for its attention into aiding recovery from injuries and provides a level of focus for the mind. Ivengar Yoga has seven teachers, each certified and equipped to help get you to next stage of your yoga journey.
Take some space out of your day with Space yoga
If you are wanting something a little different try Space Yoga, located 2kms away from the booming city, it could be the hideaway you need! This practise aims to have a mindfulness aspect where you consider your bearings and attention whilst striking poses. The aim is to feel rejuvenated by the poses you strike, making for a great practise for you to go back to again and again. You will be able to look out on the beautiful environment, gazing at the sea, land and of course our expansive sky right from your mat. Rest assured you will leave Space Yoga with a deep sense of peace in you, that will expand during the day.
Go to the limits of your body:
If your wanting a more intense experience why not try Hot Yoga Wellington? You will do poses in temperatures 32 degrees and higher. Both beginners and senior yogis are welcomed here, but be in for an intensive workout. Together with the teachers, you will feel safe and supported as you dive deeper into your yoga practise, nailing those poses as you go.
Why take private Yoga Lessons?
If you can’t face sitting in traffic for fear of loosing your temper, why not beat the congestion and opt instead for a home tutor situation? Let’s skip that and get straight to the lesson. Superprof is a website that has a range of tutors who can help you get your poses looking strong, right from the comfort of your own living room. With private lessons you get feedback in real time and you can really refine your technique as there’s so other students for your tutor to work with. Visit superprof.co.nz today to find your private yoga coach.
Or roll out that mat of yours and curl into a downward dog, start your Yoga journey today! We’ve listed some classes in Wellington in the table below.