Our studios teach a mix of classical Bikram style Hatha yoga, as well as Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.
The room is heated to 38 degrees to enable deep and effective stretching, increase cardiovascular activity and detoxification, and reduce soreness the next day. Come hydrated, with an open heart and smile on your face. Life-changing, body-blasting, and soul-nourishing hard work!
Choose from either 60 minute or 90 minute duration. The 90 minute class is classic Bikram which we have taught for many years. The 60 minute class is no ‘express’ class, but a beaut sequence that allows you to work hard at a pace which allows for concentration, mediation and similar medical benefits to the longer form. We love it!
Raewyn’s style of teaching is strong and grounded, yet gentle.
“My mission is to inspire my students to love their yoga and to leave them feeling that they can live a ‘life more awesome’ outside the room. I keep myself inspired through reading and researching all things yoga and yoga philosophy, and keeping up with my personal practice. I like to share tidbits from my current inspirations in class.
When not in the yoga room, you are likely to catch Raewyn swimming lengths at the pool, cooking good food, attempting to teach French to her kids, or hanging out in a beautiful spot with her family.
Raewyn also teaches the monthly Kids Yoga classes at Ponsonby – first Saturday of the month, 12 midday.
You’ll most likely catch her teaching Power or Yin at eastwest, where she loves to offer sequences that give you the most chance of success. She loves the idea of coming ‘home’ to a familiar sequence each day – something similar enough you get a gauge on how you feel, but varied enough to keep you on your toes and learning. She says she hopes people take from her classes ‘that what we are doing is all about improving what happens off the mat. For sure, use the asana as a means to keep the mind interested and ego busy, but on a deeper level know that the asana is a smokescreen for getting more connected and in tune with the most important person in your life’.
Finally the instruction came, lie on your back, the first ‘savasana’. Respite, well sort of, but not really – I had a heart that was still peaking from the strain, trying to break though the rib cage and seek shelter outside in the cold. The second half of the class became a haze of sweat, muscle strain and a voice that kept on demanding I do it again. Well I did survive, I walked out unsteadily, unsure about what the hell I had gone through – yet I was resolved to try it one more time. And as we walked to the car my friend told me she would never come back and she didn’t (well not for a few months anyway). But when she did she loved it just like me.
Five years on and now it is hard to imagine life without a staple diet of Bikram Yoga. Sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for brunch and then there is supper. Daily sometimes, and very rarely less than five times a week. After four years I got an eye for those more complex poses, and now my body is happily feeding on those extra stretches. And like so many of the 26 postures, I used to think they were impossible, but with practice and effort my body is slowly getting to approximate a likeness to those pictures on our wall poster. This year my resolution has been to work much harder on those postured I thought were impossible for my battered body, and millimetre by millimetre they are getting better.
After a couple of years of practicing I had a question for myself. How can I make sure I keep doing yoga for the rest of my life? The answer was simple, “Teach it.” So three years ago i went to teacher training and came back and stepped on the podium. I now observe students in the room making changes for themselves, a rich reward we see so frequently as teachers. The changes I see are far too numerous to even start describing, but that smile as people walk out with their taller and straighter frames is a good start.
Yes yoga does change your life, I have seen it so many times. But there is that nagging frustration as a teacher that I see so many people try it out yet never take it into their lives. i was lucky that just before I began my journey into yoga I read a little book that had this piece of wisdom: “Do yoga for one year. Do it without judgement, just do it regularly. After one year make your call.” Yoga is very powerful, there will be changes. It is simple. all you have to do it keep doing the postures. And being a bloke, I always thought yoga wasn’t for me, “I’m not flexible enough, I can’t even touch my toes.” But Bikram himself says that the less flexible you are the more you have to gain, and it is far easier for a less flexible person to see and feel the difference.
I do a lot of yoga and also teach it, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to spare, but there are some bits of Auckland that I love. The food – the variety, with traditional dishes from all over the world. All those different restaurants remind me of our Bikram classes – sometimes we can have as many as 20 different cultures in the room at one time, a rich place to be. And if I’m not eating or doing yoga, you might find me at my laptop editing a university assignment or a thesis. And that’s great brain food for a yoga body.
Well if you’re contemplating another class, come! The rewards will far outweigh your investment. And if you have a question at all about your yoga, ask and i will do my best to answer.
It wasn’t until I started experiencing some hurdles in life that I really got the bikram bug. I was doing it to feel good not just physically but mostly mentally and emotionally.. Bikram yoga helped me deal with some very challenging times.
In 2010 I decided I wanted to be a teacher. So I went off to Las Vegas, where Bikram was holding the trainings at the time, and dedicated 9 weeks on my life – 24/7 – to learning from Bikram about how to help others.
Since then, I’ve taught at about a dozen different studios in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. I’ve taught over 900 classes, and people from all walks of life. Young and old.
I’m currently pursuing my interests in health and well being by studying to become an osteopath.
The biggest thing that I’ve gained from my yoga practice and teaching is this – everything starts within you. Your health, happiness, peace. Listen to yourself. Do what feels good. Stay in tune with what your body wants. And look after it, you only get one.
Luke’s teaching is practical yet still philosophical, cathartic yet fun. His ability to run the gambit and serve the ever changing needs of each student and group come with more than a decade of yoga instruction and a lifetime of profound experience.
I attended Teacher training in 2011 In Los Angeles C.A. To me teaching yoga is an opportunity to give back what I have learned from my Teachers and my own practice, I try to instill in my students the lessons my mentor; Mary Ann Nassa gave to me. I look at students postures and strive to find the piece of the puzzle that is missing, always working with the body. My aim is to help others learn the form of the postures, the breath and how to progress further into ones body.
I have traveled around the US training with yoga asana champions and competitors since the start of my yoga practice. This has greatly improved my understanding of the beginner and advanced postures. Yoga Asana Competitons have been one of the leading tools to furthering my yoga practice. I started competing in my first year of practice and continued for four years, placing in the New England Regionals, US Nationals, NZ Nationals and the International Yoga asana competitions.
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