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


February 11, 2016

Kata to take Yoga with Pelvic floor focus

You can attend Kata Bagyon-Parker’s Yoga for women with a focus on pelvic floor health every Thursday now from 9:15 – 10:30am. Please feel free to come and experience this lower body focused though holistic and enjoyable general yoga class with yoga postures composed of pelvic floor exercises and techniques to balance hormone production.

For more information about what Kata offers please go directly to her website

9:15 – 10:30am
Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome


January 8, 2016

Beginners to Ashtanga Yoga weekend courses 2016

This course is designed to give you an introduction to the practice, to workshop the technical aspects of some of the poses and to learn by heart the first sun salutes and first 3 or 4 standing poses. Come and discover this amazing system of yoga and it’s fundamental elements of Vinyasa flow, Ujaii breathing, Bhanda control, Dristhi (gaze). All these elements practiced together set a powerful stage for meditative movement, steadiness and strength. It’s a beautiful practice.

Includes a short talk on yoga philosophy and history and guidance for understanding how to develop a consistent practice.

The weekend consists of 2 two hour classes:

Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm
Sunday 10:00- 11:45am

$40 per person

Suitable for absolute beginners and those just starting out in the practice.

Send an email to book into one of the weekends below. The course runs the first weekend of every month (except for June). The following weekends are confirmed:

January 16 – 17
February 6 – 7
March 5 – 6
April 2 – 3
May 7 – 8
June 18 – 19
July 2 – 3
… and more dates to come

January 3, 2016

Welcome 2016

Hi everyone, a warm welcome to Sun Salute at the start of another year. I get a lot of enquiries as soon as the year ticks over about ‘getting back into yoga’ (we might just have to get T shirts made). I love that, it always makes me smile. I like your enthusiasm, and well, you’ve come to the right place.

The January timetable is a little different to the rest of the year. Some of our teachers aren’t back on board yet and some can offer more classes than usual.

Kata is willing and keen to offer some women’s specific ‘dance yoga’, a flow type class to music and also classes with a pelvic floor emphasis. Sounds great for this time of the year. Good body awareness, strength and the joy that music and movement bring.

There will be more Self-practice sessions over January in fact we will start with a week of evening classes all in this style from Monday 11th.

The growing in popularity Kids classes will start back in earnest mid/late February.

Now the biggest news till last, by March we hope to be in the ‘new space’ right next door. We have been planning and planning and the space will not only mean better facilities including showers, a kitchen and even a ‘lounge’ but there’ll also be a dedicated massage room and even a wee shop! It will also mean more classes, a slight fee change (just a little) and more options. We’ll still be sure to keep the same lovely low-key vibe and friendly smiles.

Can’t wait to tell you more, but for now we hope to see you all slowly come back over January to the current space and we’ll get practicing.

I’ll post the January timetable with classes starting Monday 11th shortly, please stay tuned.

Warmly, Namaste

October 20, 2015

October/November Newsletter

If you’re not on the email-newsletter list please email and ask to be put on it. Thanks!

Katie Away On Leave

My husband Alan and I are spending a month in the States soon, visiting friends. There’ll be lots of yoga and food research on my part! We are very excited… We leave Hamilton next week on Wednesday 21 October and we’ll return on Sunday 22 November. Thank you for letting me slip away, I’ll be back.

While I’m away all my classes will be covered and Peter will be in charge. Watch out! Any queries direct to him. I can still be reached by email though. To give you an idea of how classes are being covered:

Dee will take most Wednesday night Hatha’s as Yin class

Peter to take my Mysore Ashtanga classes

Kay to take the Basics Led class Friday morning

Kata and Victoria to take all other Hatha classes

Marliese to take the older and middle age group kids classes as one class on Thursdays. We are trailing this while I am away. After my return the two classes will potentially separate again to Monday and Thursday.

There will be no scheduled Tuesday and Friday 6am Self-practice sessions or Mums n Bubs 11am Friday while I’m away through to the first week in December.


Labour Day Weekend Closure 24 – 26 October

Studio closed for the whole weekend from Mysore class Friday night through to Monday night. There will be the 9:15am Basics Led on the Friday though. Enjoy your long weekend.


Yin Yoga Programme

Dee’s popular Yin class will keep running through to the end of the year on a mostly once a fortnight basis. Here are the dates this Sunday 12:00 – 1:30pm class will run:

October 18

November 1, 15 and 22

December 6, 13 and 20


One Day Yoga Retreat

Energetic Healer and Natural Therapist Catherine McCarthy and I will run a One Day At A Time Retreat on December 5th. This is a day of precious space, care and exploration with massage treatments, yoga sessions, learning experiences and lots of peace and quiet in a beautiful private residence. The day costs $120 and runs from 8am to 4pm. You are fed light and healthy vegetarian food and all sessions and workshops are included in the price. The theme for the day is: Setting Goals for Change. We’re looking forward to running this day and we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in attending. The venue is in rural Rototuna, so not much traveling required. Please send an email to enquire.


Kiri Sutherland Workshop

The delightful Kiri will be with us again the last weekend in November. She will give a weekend intensive in Ashtanga yoga. Class Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a technical session Saturday afternoon. Book in via email. Details:

Friday November 27 – Sunday 29

$25/class ($40 tech session). $90 whole workshop


End Of Year Dates

The studio will be open for classes though to Sunday 20 December with self–pactice options after that into the new year. Classes will resume slowly from 11 January. Any memberships current when we close simply halt through the period we are closed.


Pregnancy Yoga – Women’s Circle

Kata and Victoria will be giving 2 more Women’s Circle pregnancy yoga sessions this year. This is an eqxistibe programme of antenatal yoga, health dance, meditation, relaxation, interesting talks from health professionals and loving kindness from these two talented yoga teachers . All details are on the website on this post. The upcoming dates are:

November 1st – speaker Dianne Warren of Dynamics Homepathy

November 29th – speaker Kylie of Phillips Family Chiropractic


Afternoons With Rosie

Rosie is due to give a workshop soon. Rosie facilities the space so that inquiry can happen as a group and ideas shared. These afternoons are a wonderful opportunity to open your mind to looking further. If you feel you’d like to explore things on a private one on one consultation basis Rosie’s professional services are avaialbe for hire. You can make a booking directly with her. These afternoon workshops are run on a koha basis. Next workshop at the studio:

7 November “Strengthening habits to support our well-being”

2:00 – 3:30pm


“In our lives we develop thousands of useful habits that simplify tasks and allow many actions to happen automatically. Most of these habits are life sustaining and tremendously helpful. Some habits can be tripping us up! Unhelpful and sometimes unconscious habits might be leading us away from the peaceful place we want to be. In this workshop we will explore ways of changing habits to support our well- being”


August 26, 2015

Newsletter September

Dee Yin Yoga

Our Dee is back teaching Yin Yoga Sundays 12 noon – 1:30pm, which means this coming Sunday. There are two Sundays she can’t make, they are: 6th and 12th September. So no Yin on those days. But we will just keep running this very popular class after that (with the occasional cancellation) from there on in….all are welcome, all levels of ability. Dee says, Yin on a Sunday is perfect, it’s very yin.

Afternoons with Rosie

Life Coach and Group Facilitator and Sun Salute yoga practitioner has a whole host of promising talks to offer on a relaxed Saturday afternoon. This is a good chance to meet together, to exchange ideas and listen to philosophical concepts on health and personal growth. The next talk is:

Living with an Attitude of Gratitude
Saturday September 5th
2:00 – 3:30pm
Free of charge

Please email Rosie if you’d like to come
cuppa tea provided

Peter Sanson

Peter Sanson is coming to Sun Salute for the second time this year on the last weekend of September. New practitioners this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the traditional style of teaching (Mysore style) under the watchful eye of our internationally renowned and much loved teacher. There’ll be a long weekend of Mysore classes and Peter will also give us a talk. Book into this iconic and stimulating weekend by emailing me back.

September Friday 25 – Sunday 27

Friday – 5:00 – 6:00pm starts
Saturday – 8:30 – 9:30am starts
Sunday – 8:30 – 9:30am starts

$30 per class, $90 whole workshop.

Ancients Best

We are delighted to bring you an evening talk/workshop on the topic of Ayurveda – The Yoga of Life. Vaidyar Mani of Singapore is touring the country giving talks on the health system of Ayurveda and we have booked him in to visit us. Details:

A Discourse on Ayurveda
Wednesday September 30th 5:30 – 7:45pm (this session will occur instead of the Hatha class on that night)
$35 early bird price
$45 (after Sep 1st)

There will also be an opportunity to book a private consultation for personal pulse diagnosis on the Thursday and Friday following. For more details check out this flyer on our website.

Also make sure you go to the Ancients Best website for some thorough insight on what they offer.

Social September

Folks – it’s time we had a little fun social time together, spring is coming. We are planning a few events – some time in September:

– Friday 4/9 Dinner at The Bananaa Leaf Indian Restaurant.
– Tuesday 15/9 Movie showing at the studio
– Saturday 19/9 Shared Breakfast 10am after morning class.

Stay tuned for details on each, especially the movie night! RSVP if you’d like to come to dinner on the 4th.

Chakra Life

Here comes our annual retreat conducted by Catherine McCarthy and myself. Stay tuned for the beautiful Chakra Life flyer coming your way….This year we are delighted to welcome back Belinda Ehrlenbach and to invite Kata Bagyon-Parker with her special mix of yoga and ‘Health Dance’. Also this year you have the opportunity to be a day visitor.

Thursday October 1st – Sunday 4th

$420 ($380 early bird by 20/9)
$120 – Day visitor.

Vande Gurunam Chant

Most of you will be aware now that we have the a beautiful rendition of the opening chant to Ashtanga yoga practice printed on the wall. This has been expertly produced by my friend Sarah Maxey. Sarah is one of NZ’s preeminent Graphic Artists, follow the link to her website for a look at some of her gorgeous work. A thousand thank you’s Sarah!