Ashtanga and General Hatha Yoga

May 8, 2016

New for Old. Studio Closure.

Our dear studio which we have been in for nearly 5 years will close it’s doors next Saturday 14th May after the morning Mysore class (and after Colette’s pre-schooler dance class that follows). There follows a small gap of no classes for a weekwhile we transition to our new premises right next door. We are delighted to offer you a larger space, more communing space to gather, eat and hang out. There will be shower facilities, a kitchen and also a dedicated meditation room and treatment room.

Please come along to a closing gathering at the current studio:

Saturday 14 May
2:00 – 3:oopm
Closure and speeches
Welcome to new tenants.
Tea and cake.

Studio closed. No classes at Sun Salute:
Sunday 15 -Sunday 22

Please put in your diary a Ganesh Blessing Ceremony at our bright new premises:

Sunday 22 May This date to be revised to a Sunday in June. Please stay tuned.
11:00 – 2:00pm
Live music and singing
Shared lunch.
Unit 2 / 394 Grey Street

Many thanks, love and Namaste

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

This course is designed to give you an introduction to this self-practice yoga form, 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 x two hour classes plus a third of your choice in the same week:

Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm
Sunday12:30 – 2:30pm

$50 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 (mostly). The following weekends are confirmed:

Feb 11 – 12
Mar11 – 12
April – 1 – 2
May 6 – 7
June 17 – 18
July15 & 16
September 2 & 3
October 7 & 8

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

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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”