COMING UP... @ Piko (upstairs, Kilmore St) | Teacher, Lisa Allan

June 11 | New Moon Yoga & Healing, $30 | 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Gentle yoga poses coupled with energy healing at the time of the new moon. A beautiful chance to open to the new. No prior energy healing experience needed (we are all healers after all!).

July 2 | Clear Pathways with Yin Yoga, $30 | 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Two nurturing hours of well-supported yin yoga poses designed to clear pathways in your body. We will move our awareness through the physical, emotional, mental and energetic realms.

July 16 | Restorative Yoga & Oils, $35 | 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Restorative yoga poses are comfortable ways to gently open and restore your being. We will get ourselves set up in these comfy positions and work with a selection of doTERRA essential oils to facilitate relaxation and rejuvenation. Divine!

July 24 | Full Moon Restorative Yoga & Live Music, $35 | 6.15pm - 8.15pm

We are lucky enough to have musician Roger Sanders visiting Chch! He will use his didgeridoo, hang drum, guitar and more to take you deep into your restorative yoga poses. A real treat for your nervous system!

Aug 6 | Mudras, Mantra, Pranayama & Yoga, $30 | 6.15pm - 8.15pm

Working with a selection of mudras (yogic hand positions), with the mantra AUM, with cavity breathing, ujjaya and either kapalabhati or nadi shodhana and gentle yoga movements, we will focus on nourishing ourselves! No previous experience of any of these things is necessary. :)

BKS Iyengar

Look after the root of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow.

16 spaces. Book/enquire at wintergreencreative@gmail.com OR txt/ph 02102654000

ABOUT YOGA

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means 'to yoke.' The Eight Limbs of Yoga as described by the sage, Patanjali, are Yama (conduct), Niyama (observances), Asana (body postures), Pranayama (breath/energy control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (bliss).

 

This ancient practice reconnects all the different parts of us, helping us to open into all that we are. It also gives us tools to take care of ourselves. Through it we can support the healthy functioning of our bodies, nurturing the physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual.

Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together. -B.K.S. Iyengar

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Lisa Allan has been teaching yoga since 2004. Through her classes she invites awareness of and individual response to what is discovered within.

YOGA & STRESS

Stress is a huge imbalancer in our current lifestyles. Our bodies and brains are struggling to catch up with the quickly evolving needs of this over-stimulating world. Because of this, we are overwhelmed with messages that we are in danger. These were once reserved for special occasions and served us well, now they come thick and fast, flooding our systems with adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are messengers that direct our bodies to protect us in some pretty extreme ways and the long term presence of them can affect our digestive system, liver, thyroid, reproductive hormones, emotional and mental wellbeing and muscle vs fat percentages.

 

Yoga helps us to balance the stress response by burning off adrenaline and cortisol (aerobic yoga) and taking us into a parasympathetic nervous system controlled state (restorative yoga). In this state we send the signal to our body that it is safe. We turn off 'fight, flight and freeze' mode and enter 'rest and digest' mode. Here we can heal. It also helps us to gain perspective and being to reprogram our nervous system. Yoga gives us tools to thrive and be the very best versions of ourselves that we can be.

TESTIMONIAL: I have attended Lisa’s yoga classes over several years and have found her a patient, loving, safe, kind and informed teacher who is committed to ensuring her new yogis have a wonderful experience in her classes. Not only is she deeply knowledgeable about yoga and its history and applications to the modern world, but she is a person who puts her entire heart into caring for other people, and you cannot help but feel this when becoming her student. Lisa is a rare teacher who ensures everyone leaves her presence feeling both refreshed and cocooned. -Naomi, Nelson