Ashtanga and General Hatha Yoga

July 6, 2011

Namaste and welcome to Sun Salute

We are dedicated to teaching the art of Ashtanga yoga. Classes are available in traditional Mysore practice and also complimentary Led classes, Hatha yoga classes, meditation sessions and more. We’re based at 3/394 Grey St in the heart of Hamilton East village.

On this Home page you’ll find updates, announcements and general news.

Beginners may come to most classes, but please ring, email or text message first to confirm suitability. You don’t need to do a course to start Ashtanga classes but if you would like to, the next Ashtanga Beginners course starts here.


April 24, 2015

One Day At A Time

seven sacred days over the year filled
with yoga,mini workshops and nutritious food

Presenting seven one-day yoga retreats on a Saturday over the course of a year, in which to step out of daily busyness. Each one day retreat starts and ends with a yoga practice. The focal point is a group workshop experience in which to explore a particular theme. There will be time to discuss and explore findings and time to rest and enjoy some silent time completely to yourself. We’ll also come together to enjoy each others company over lovingly prepared vegetarian food.

To paraphrase author and contemporary spirituality teacher Carolyn Myss, the ask of the modern person seeking connection to their Spirit is akin to becoming a mystic without a monastery. We are tasked with growing and
nurturing our Spirit while engaged in increasingly busy secular lives.


Cost: $120/one day retreat. All inclusive*
Included: all yoga sessions, workshops, 2 vegetarian meals plus teas/coffees
8am – 4pm
15 pp max.
Location: private residence, rural Rototuna

* some retreats will have a massage therapist available. At extra cost.


Timetable Retreat One.

Understanding Ourselves Through Our Archetypes

8:00 – 9:30am Yoga practice

9:30 – 10:30am Meet & Greet. Brunch

10:30 – 11:30am Workshop. Part 1.

11:30am – 12:30pm Research and contemplation.

12:30 – 1:30pm Workshop. Part 2.

1:30 – 2:00pm Late Lunch

2:00 – 3pm Silent time and rest.

3:00 – 4:00pm Yoga practice



June 13 2015

1. Understanding Ourselves Through Our Archetypes

A mini workshop exploring our own personal archetypes

and the role they have in shaping the decisions we make in our lives.

Using the symbolism of archetypes you will learn how understanding

these patterns can shine a light on your own personal Sacred Contract.


July 25

2. Meditation For Personal And Spiritual Growth

Through creating an internal sanctuary and reconnecting

with your internal guidance system you will in this workshop,

be setting up a pathway for easy access to your intuitive self.

This pathway will allow you to enter easily into a meditative

space for your mental, emotional and spiritual growth.



 Aug 29

3. Ancestral DNA And Its Impact On Our Lives

This mini workshop will be look at the role our ancestors

choices made that are impacting on our behaviour and

at how we can free ourselves from this impact.



>> Weekend Retreat:

Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 October 2015

Chakra Life

Our annual three day retreat. Situated at Waitetuna Retreat

Centre. More information to follow



 Dec 5

4. Setting Goals For Change

This technique is a gift from the world of Kinesiology.

So deeply does your new goal enter into your system

and impact your life using this system that choosing exactly

the right words for your goal is crucial. This workshop

will teach you this life changing skill.



Feb 27 2016

5. Dissolving Reactivity

In this workshop we will be examining the patterns of

reactivity we fall into and learning a beautifully simple

technique that allows us to break these patterns.



Mar 19

6. Nourishing And Balancing The Endocrine System

So many of our persistent ailments arise as a result of this

system being assaulted by stress, additives in our food and

beverages, medication and not least, by our thoughts and our feelings.

The endocrine system is a highly responsive feedback mechanism

and it is important we learn to listen to that feedback.

In this workshop we will be learning a technique from the Reiki world

in order to work energetically with the endocrine system in order to

bring it back into balance.



April 30

7. Physical Healing And The Meridians

This workshop will be teaching you how to access powerful points

on the body in order to facilitate physical healing.

They are very easy to use and a fantastic skill

you can share with your family and friends.



March 6, 2015

New teacher Kata Bagyon-Parker. Mandy Shaver moving on.

Hi everyone.

I’m pleased to announce we have a new teacher at the studio, Kata Bagyon-Parker. Kata will be taking teaching the 7:15pm Hatha class on Thursdays. She will also be giving the next Sunday Sessions 5 week block. Her theme is: Health Dance. You can read more about this interesting and great sounding course on this post on our website or go to her own website for more information.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mandy Shaver very much for her contribution to Sun Salute yoga. We have lost Mandy to Auckland. Kia Kaha Hamilton. Mandy assures me she will come and visit when she is in the Waikato. We wish Mandy all the very best!

February 1, 2015

Peter Sanson workshop Feb 20 – 22

Run as a daily class in the Mysore style, which means you are worked with individually as you need in a group setting. The class can be very full (up to 30 people working at one time) and that makes for a very vibrant, energizing and hot/sweaty time! Peter’s teaching style comes direct from Mysore India and he offers a very authentic yoga class. His personality is very warm and engaging, Kiwi style, and he’s a great teacher.
As an international teacher his fee of $30 per class is very reasonable. So, there are 3 classes over the weekend: Friday starts from 5:30, Saturday and Sunday with starts from 8/8:30. He gives a talk at some point in the weekend which is well worth sitting in on (some time midday on the Sat or Sun). In it he generally talks about the fundamental aspects of the practice and how to approach a daily practice and answers questions.
If you’d like to book in, send me an email and I will send out an email with start times the week of the workshop. Any level of Ashtanga practitioner is welcome and you often get very advanced and complete beginners working alongside one another.

January 21, 2015

Two Public Holidays coming up. No classes

Hi everyone – lovely to see people back in class. While most classes are running as usual now please note that there will be no classes on the following public holidays:

Monday 26 Jan – Auckland anniversary day

Friday 6 Feb – Waitangi Day

January 6, 2015

The Sunday Sessions

The Sunday Sessions
5 week block of theme dedicated classes
12 – 1:30pm Sundays
Various and guest teachers.

Each block of classes will address different themes and things, be it body parts, positions, energy centres, mindfulness, mantras or ways of thinking.

1st up starting on Sunday 11 January: Mandy Shaver 11 Jan – 8 Feb Vinyasa Flow: Hips


March 15  - April 19 (missing a week for Easter Sunday)
Kata Bagyon-Parker
Health Dance: Pelvic Floor and Hormonal Balancing.

‘Get into shape, lose weight, lift your mood, regulate your periods and balance hormones. All this and more in the form of an enjoyable and fun dance class. Suitable for women of all ages interested in movement’.

Refer to Kata’s website for more detailed information.

Feel free to use your concession card or membership as you would normally (regular prices apply).