Follow my yoga quest at home and on the road…

New Zealand yoga venues that look/sound interesting, that I would like to visit some day …

Following are several yoga venues I either discovered online, or noticed whilst on the road during my recent holiday in New Zealand. I was not able to visit them on this trip to NZ, however I will endeavour to do so on another occasion.

Mana Retreat Centre, Coromandel
T | +64 7 866 8972
E | be@manaretreat.com

“Mana offers inspiring inclusive spiritual retreats, as well as being the home for courses in many fields – voice and movement exploration, bodywork, meditation, yoga, wellness retreats, men’s and women’s courses and a wide variety of programmes in the creative and healing arts. Mana is also a training centre for Healing through Sound, the Cranio-Sacral Therapy, T’ai Chi and the Dances of Universal Peace.” Quote from Mana Retreat’s home page.

The Loft Yoga Lounge, 103 Beach Road, Auckland
T | +64 9 379 7301
E | theloft.akld@gmail.com


The Yoga Room, 113 Gladstone Road, Gisborne
T | +64 6-867 2973


If anyone would like to share their experience about these venues I would love to hear from you.

Om shanti

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The Yoga Ground, Grey Lynn, Auckland, NZ

image3 March 2014 – I fly from Auckland, NZ to Melbourne, Australia tomorrow. I wanted to take one last yoga class before I said au revoir to NZ. To fulfil this want,I chose to go along to a general class at the Yoga Ground in Grey Lynn.General – Flowing vinyasa with breath awareness. Each class a little different. Suitable for those with a little to a lot of experience.”

The studio is lovely – spacious, and filled with light through large windows on two sides of the room.

Vincent lead the class – the focus of the class was the splits (Hanumanasana). We began with a gentle warm up and built up to a variety of postures that were sometimes held for (I guesstimate) 1-2 mins. The final asana before Savasana was Hanumanasana. As a novice to this particular asana I used a bolster and several cushions to ensure I had sufficient height and support.

Location: 56 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Mats and props were available
Cost: casual class $20



Asana with Anandi at The Yoga Tree, Taupo, New Zealand

imageI first found the Yoga Tree in Taupo whilst searching online several months before arriving in New Zealand. Also, at the town I visited before arriving in Taupo, ie Havelock North, I took several Iyengar classes with Wendy Dawson, and Wendy kindly suggested I visit the Yoga Tree – and so I did 🙂

I was visiting Lake Taupo in Central North Island, New Zealand for three nights. This time frame allowed me time to attend two yoga sessions at the Yoga Tree.

My first asana experience at The Yoga Tree was the Hatha Yoga with Ropes class, led by Anandi.

“Hatha Yoga using the wall ropes is a wonderful and fun way to help with your alignment and to deepen your yoga experience. The ropes help to open the entire body and bring a dynamic energy into the Hatha Yoga classes. Such a simple and effective tool to help develop much more strength and flexibility.

The ropes also give us a support so that we can work correcly in the Asanas while we develop our strength.

We use the ropes to practice backbending, forward bending, stretch our shoulder and chest muscles, create spinal traction, tone our abdominal muscles and organs, enhance kidney circulation and stretch or strengthen pretty much most of our body! Come and hang out with us !”

I have previously used ropes as part of Iyengar classes, however I had not done an entire class using ropes. I initially felt a little apprehensive… My concerns were soon forgotten once the class began. Anandi said that this was to be a back bending class. Anandi both explained and demonstrated each asana before the class moved into the pose, she provided alternative postures as required, and also made adjustments. Detail and descriptions provided were along the lines of what would be found in an Iyengar class. Other props such as chairs, and bolsters were also used. The class culminated with a back drop using props. This was my first time at attempting this asana – using the props was wonderful.

Anandi is a lovely, nurturing, teacher with a beautiful smile.

My second attendance at the Yoga Tree was for an own practise session, during which I did a Mysore practice.

Yoga Tree is located in a light, airy, spacious studio at
18 Horomatangi St, Taupo
Telephone +64 7 377 1129

They provide props, and mats
Cost – casual class $20, own practice $8

Many thanks to Anandi and Yoga Tree

Anandi and her colleague Beth are leading a yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali 3-7 August 2014…

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Taupo is a beautiful place to visit. You are spoilt for choice of things to do. I was primarily in Taupo to meet friends who were also visiting NZ (from the UK). We went on a sailing trip on the Lake on a boat called the Barbary which took us to Mine Bay to see the rock carvings – this was a very relaxing way to spend the morning.

We enjoyed dinner at both The Mole and Chicken, and Brantry, restaurants. Very good food, and great service.

The Iron Man New Zealand event was held on the day I was leaving Taupo – I felt fortunate to see both the swim, and the start of the cycling before I needed to leave for my next destination.

The large number of swimmers grouped together appeared to make the lake's surface "boil"

The large number of swimmers grouped together appeared to make the lake’s surface “boil”

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