Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

There seem to be all sorts of benefits to practising yoga – it can help you feel less stressed, increase your flexibility and decrease your blood pressure.  All of which sounds reason enough to give it a go.  And it turns out there are plenty of places locally where beginners can get eased into the yoga thing.

Manaia Yoga and Wellbeing – This yoga studio is on Merton Road Rangiora and run by  local yoga teacher Melissa Gardiner.  Beginners classes run on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings and follow the school terms more or less.  The next term starts on October 13th for Monday classes and October 14th for Tuesday classes.  Cost is $126 per term.  However, if you just want to try it before you commit then Melissa tells me that it’s also possible to pay $30 for 3 classes.  More details at Manaia Yoga and Wellbeing.

Rangiora Lawn Bowl Club – Beginners classes run on Thursday evenings from 7pm – 8.30pm and are taught by Jane Allan who is passionate about yoga and has been teaching it for many years. “I teach in a very specific style, Satyananda, which is very traditional; acknowledged as a more integral and gentle approach…” says Jane.  The beginners course costs $108 for a 9 week term, but the current term is nearly halfway through.  Check out Jane’s website at The Darshan Centre for more details.  Jane is also happy for people to try a class if they are thinking of enrolling.

Kaiapoi Methodist Hall on the corners of Peraki and Fuller Street.  Here, teacher David runs classes on a Monday night – 6.30pm to 8pm.  The next full term starts on 13th October and you can try a class or two on a casual basis for $10 per class.  If you then want to sign up for the full course there is a slightly lower fee of $8.50 per class.  For further info call David on 03 980 4646.

The Wesley Centre, Peraki Street, Kaiapoi – Yoga teacher Maria holds classes in Iyengar yoga, which is apparently very much about alignment and so there is great focus on getting the postures right.  These are general classes that she says are suitable for all levels, beginners are very welcome and can simply go at their own pace.  “You do what you can do with your body” says Maria and in order to help people get the poses right she also uses props like belts and bricks (not building bricks!).  Classes are $13 for casual drop ins and if you sign up for a full 10 week term then you can get a discounted rate.  For further details email Maria on mariachantal43@hotmail.com.  She tells me she checks her email daily.

If you’ve tried some local yoga classes or know of any others, tell us about them in the comments below.


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