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Iyengar with Wendy in Havelock North, New Zealand

I was on a yoga high when I left the class which I carried with me for the rest of the day – you can’t ask for more than that 🙂

Monday 24 February

I’ve spent the past six days immersed in the Tremains Art Deco Weekend in Napier, New Zealand, which was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to others. Napier is an interesting place to visit at any time of the year, and the Art Deco Weekend held in February each year is the feather in Napier’s cloche hat.

Today, I travelled the short distance (around 20 min drive) from Napier to Havelock North (HN), where I am staying for two nights.

Happily, I found accommodation and a yoga venue that are literally within a stones throw of one another – Harvest Lodge Motel and Breathe yoga studio.

Breathe offer yoga, breath work, Ayurvedic consultations, and more… Check out their website for further details.

I timed my arrival in HN so that I could attend the 11.30am Iyengar class which was lead by Wendy Dawson.

It has been about 7 months since I have had the opportunity to attend an Iyengar class. I really enjoyed the attention to detail, the amount of information, use of props, and adjustments, that Wendy provided.

Wendy told that class that this weeks focus was on twists – “wringing” was just what I needed. I was on a yoga high when I left the class which I carried with me for the rest of the day – you can’t ask for more than that 🙂

I also attended the 6.00pm Iyengar class on Tuesday 25 February.

The cost was $15 for a 90 min class
Mats and props are provided

imageWendy is gorgeous! Not only did she teach a marvellous asana class, but she also gave me tips on several places to visit in HN, and a recommendation for a yoga venue at my next stop in Taupo.

Wendy tells me she is building a yoga studio. I hope that I may receive further teaching from Wendy in the future, and check out her new studio.

Whilst in HN I :
Drove to the summit of Te Mata Peak – the views are seriously breathtaking.

Had lunch at The Peak restaurant. Great food, lovely staff, wonderful view.

Went on a hike to the Redwood Grove in Te Mata Park. It was a lovely experience to reach the grove and stand in amongst the gentle giants.

Visited The Figgery. The grower gives a short, interesting, talk on figs, and provides tastings of their produce which is made on site. And, of course, these products are for sale 🙂

Many thanks to Wendy, Breathe and Havelock North

23 Havelock Road
Havelock North
Tel: 06 874 60 39

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Yoga classes at Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, NZ

Over a five day period, I am driving from Auckland to Napier via Coromandel and the east coast. The en route ocean and island views are spectacular. As often found in NZ, some of the roads in this area are winding, and at times visibility is restricted. There are many beach houses, or bachs (pr batches) of various shapes and sizes along the way.

Yesterday, I particularly enjoyed time spent at Cathedral Cove, Hahei, and Hot Water Beach.

Coromandel Penninsula, - Cathedral Cove

Coromandel Penninsula – Cathedral Cove

Coromandel Penninsula - Cathedral Cove

Coromandel Penninsula – Cathedral Cove

Last night I stayed in a fabulous B&B called The Point Lodge, Katikati. The outlook is sensational and the accommodation is lovely. Highly recommend.

Whilst in Katikati I enjoyed walking the Haiku Pathway, and viewing the murals that are dotted throughout the township.

Katikati, NZ - one of the many murals that may be found throughout the township

Katikati, NZ – one of the many murals that may be found throughout the township

imageTonight I drove to Waihi Beach, which is a short drive from Katikati. I had originally hoped to go along to some yoga classes whilst in this area, however, this was not to be on this occasion. Following is information about yoga classes at Waihi Beach which I hope others may find of use. If you go along please let me know your thoughts 🙂


Beginners / Gentle Yoga
Tuesday 10am
Wednesday 5.30pm
General Yoga Tuesdays 5.30pm

Venue: St Peters Church Hall Marine Ave Waihi Beach

Cost: $10 per class and visitors are very welcome

Contact: Jeannette (07 863 4454)

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Yin and Vinyasa at the Yoga Sanctuary, Parnell, Auckland, NZ

Amanda used several terms that were new to me eg Butterfly with zipper toes and windscreen wiper legs


The Yoga Sanctuary is located in Bath St, Parnell, Auckland.  

I found the studio online, and registered my details on their website.  When registering online the Yoga Sanctuary very generously give first time students a free class 🙂 which is valid for a three month period

10 February

Yin yoga with Amanda Morrall

Having arrived in Auckland at 1.00 am today, and there is a 5 hour time difference from where I had travelled from to NZ, I felt it would be a good choice to attend a Yin class. “A quiet, gentle and meditative practice with music, incorporating long held floor poses to nourish the joints and improve flexibility.”

Amanda used several terms that were new to me eg Butterfly with zipper toes (toes interlaced in baddha konasana), and windscreen wiper legs, (lay on back – feet flat on floor – move knees right, centre, left), which turned out to be familiar asana with names that were a little different to what I was accustomed. If you have not done so previously – give zippered toes a try – it’s cool 🙂

This yin class was just what the doctor ordered.

11 February

For my second day in NZ I chose a more vigorous class than day one… ie Vinyasa Level 2 with Denise Ferguson – “Invigorating and creative sequence of yoga poses designed to create internal heat. Breath led movement to music. Sun salutations and some inversions will be included. Yoga experience recommended but not necessary.” Again, this class worked well with “how I was feeling today”.

Following my first attendance at YS, I received an email from them asking about my experience at class, did I have feedback, etc. I like this pro-active approach 🙂

Cost: NZ$20-23
Class duration: 60-90 mins

Mats, bolsters, cushions, blankets, straps and blocks are provided.

There are shelves for students to store shoes, bags, etc.

Parking – I parked in a parking building in nearby Garfield St for NZ$7.50. Depending on the time of day there are other parking options available

Thanks to the Yoga Sanctuary, Amanda and Denise

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22 days in beautiful New Zealand…

imageI am making a visit to the country of my birth – beautiful New Zealand.

I arrived in Auckland at around 1am this morning, that is after flying from Perth, WA to Melbourne, Vic, then Melbourne to Auckland. The primary purpose of my trip is to attend a five day art deco festival in Napier. I will, of course, endeavour to seek out, and attend, yoga classes as often as possible during my travels.

I intend travelling by road – my stops will include (but not exclusively): Auckland – City of Sails, Coromandel Peninsula, Hicks Bay on the rugged east cape, Napier – Art Deco Capital of the World, New Plymouth, adventure packed Lake Taupo – and, I complete the circuit back in Auckland.image

When planning a trip, my usual process is to decide on a route at my chosen destination, and then search for potential yoga venues en route. I make contact with the relevant yoga venues by email and request information about timetables, styles available, etc. I also register online where possible. However, the best laid plans sometimes go awry… Several days prior to departure I experienced a computer malfunction and “lost” the majority of my yoga research material, and other travel information. I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to practice patience and non attachment. In many respects, the experience was liberating 🙂

I look forward to sharing my New Zealand yoga experiences with you during the next 3 weeks. First stop – Yoga Sanctuary in Parnell, Auckland.


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