Ashtanga and General Hatha Yoga

April 8, 2020

New Beginners Class via Zoom

Hello everyone, please join me if you can for a short introduction to yoga and Ashtanga yoga.

Slow going through the sequence that is Ashtanga yoga, the importance of the 3 components that make up the ‘tristana’ of the practice = ujaii breath, dristhi (steady eye gaze) and asana (yoga pose).

An intro to establishing a home practice suitable for you, and Q n A about yoga in general.

Free of charge.

Please join me in my lounge room via Zoom!
5:30pm Tuesday 14 April

Katie Deare is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Beginners to Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga
Time: Apr 14, 2020 05:30 PM Auckland, Wellington

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 779 318 745
Password: 389174


April 2, 2020

Lockdown Newsletter #1

Hi everyone
Was amazingto see some of you in our first Sun Salute Zoom session. Sorry it was so short … as soon as the session ended the system asked if I wanted to move to the paid ‘pro’ version. It was a Yes from me. So now we are all set up to have longer sessions, as long as we need.

I’d like to commence with these classes starting tomorrow (Friday 3 April).

The Hatha class is suitable for most people, things can be modified using a chair, a table, a couch etc. You might even want to sit some things out.

Absolute beginners to Ashtanga please wait a moment – I will offer a much slower and coached introduction to Ashtanga session very soon.
When you are ready to attend these classes, simply hit the link and that should get you there. You do not need a Zoom account to attend:

Ashtanga-Led class every Friday at 10am – 11:30 (approx)

To join byphone: 09 884 6780
Meeting ID: 516 466 860
Password: 155187

Hatha General class every Monday at 10am- 11:30 (approx)

To join byphone: 09 884 6780
Meeting ID: 330 715 559
Password: 594394



Sun Salute catch-up and group meditation every Wednesday at 4pm

To join byphone: 09 884 6780
Meeting ID: 815 785 224
Password: 368056

I so enjoyed seeing you all yesterday that I think I’d like to do that every week. A kind of news bulletin, catch-up – our virtual coffee shop catch up. You can bring your coffee! And if you are interested you can join in with a partly led meditation and led pranayama breath-work session.
Do the 10am time slots suit you? Please speak up.
Is there any other type of class/session you’d like to see?
I didn’t get to read all of the requests in the ‘comments’ session yesterday. Would you email please with anything specific?
Regarding payment – for the moment, I’d like to offerthese classes for free.It may come to the situation that I will need some extra funds to prop the studio up … I’ll be transparent with you though regarding studio overhead costs, and if they could be met, then that would be great.
A few of you have opted to keep your monthly paid membership going – I am very grateful for that. Thank you so much.
Ashtanga Yogis’ please know that our esteemed and much loved teacher Peter Sanson is giving a led class every Saturday morning at 9am. You need to email Amna to
Our own Sabine is hoping to offer Hatha class to her students. Please stay tuned.
Lastly … this I have talked about before. Our CONNECTORS group. People coming together in the name of kindness to help those out who need it most at this time (at any time), be it with regular friendly phone calls, shopping trips, video calls, drop offs of soup and homemade goodies etc. Also offering some technical help with going on-line if needed, especially for those older (or just less tech-savvy).
If you would like to be a Connector please would you email me with your intent. I am collecting names so we can start planning.
Much love everyone. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful country. Also blessed to practice yoga and have such a wonderful community. And on-line we must go!
PS: next email newsletter: tips and tricks for keeping up a regular solo-home practice. Advice from the experts and the weary.

March 20, 2020

Studio Closure from 21st March

Dear Yoga community

Please note that our studio timetable will close for 2 weeks, starting Saturday 21st March.

In this time we will do a deep clean of our studio and also create a plan for on-going classes. We will also hope to offer some classes while closed via ZOOM. Please look out for notice of these – we don’t want you not practicing! It will be a novel way to keep up your yoga and to feel that you’re a vital part of the community. We will also band together a group of *connectors* who will be available to look out for anyone who is self-isolating, our elderly or anyone needing a little tender loving care at this time.

Looking forward to keeping in contact with you (albeit on-line or by phone for a bit, as I will in isolation myself for 2 weeks, having been in Australia) and also in bringing back classes for you in a mindful and safe way at this rare time.

I would encourage everyone to develop a simple and daily deep, calm breathing and meditation practice. Perhaps this is one of the first things we could share via ZOOM.

Keep things local, enjoy your own home, stay in telephone or on-line contact with friends and family. Commune with nature and live simply. All good things.

Namaste all.

February 22, 2020

Support Matters – A Yin Yoga Experience

Delighted to announce a Yin Yoga intensive at Sun Salute. Immerse yourself in an in-depth study of this beautiful formwith Teresa, internationally experienced Yin yoga teacher. Explore the elements of support and why they matter …

Saturday 14 March
1 – 5pm

> Introduction/lecture1 hour
> Master class 2 hours
> tea break.
> Satsang/enquiry 1 hour

$60 per person
$55 per person early bird booking (by Monday March 9)
minimum 8 people, maximum 20 people
Book now


Support Matters

When we feel supported, we feel safe, we can rest. Discover through an embodied and mindful Yin Yoga practice how to get support by the elements that surround you. Teresa will guide us into an experiential journey to fine-tune yoursenses enabling you to identify your needs and craves beyond your superimposed conditionings. The practice of Yin Yoga promotes the stimulation of the connective tissue in the body where we hold the accumulated tension from our physical, psychological and emotional fatigue. Useful variations to simple exercises aim to improve our relationship with the floor, your body and the props, the breath and even your intention, reconnecting our parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us calm and freedom. We will be encouraged and enabled to be creative and playful to find out the most effective expression of the proposed asana.

About Kshama Yoga

Teresa Richard is a 500h YA certified teacher in Hatha and Yin, Ashtanga practitioner and curious by nature.She sees Yoga is as individual experience, an empowering tool and a way of life.

She aims to guide and encourage every student to find their own path and practice. Her love for Yin Yoga was first sight and its practice was one of the major supports in the recovery from breast cancer surgery in 2014.

Trained by Jo Phee and Joe Barnett she assisted Jo in Auckland in her Spine, Fascia and MFR TTC module in November 2017 and again in Berlin in July 2018 and led a practical oriented 50h Yin Yoga TTC in Guatemala in July 2019.

Teresaallowsstudents to enjoy and understand the practices so that they can become part of their daily lives.She breaks down techniques with grace and a down-to-earth sense of humour making them accessible and useful.