Upcoming Events and Schedule

Yoga Fundamentals 2019 Intake 1

The dates for Yoga Fundamentals 2019 Intake 1 have now been released:

Sunday February 17th

Sunday February 24th

Sunday March 3rd

Sunday March 10th

Sunday March 17th, all taking place between 4 – 5:30pm

For more on the course, visit this page and for feedback go here

December Birthday Celebrations and Specials 🎁🎈

Later this month I celebrate half a century of existence on this planet! To mark this occasion I plan to make December a month long celebration of life, health and yoga. In light of this I shall be releasing some incredible specials through my yoga practice to help you along your journey of wellness and good health. As of 2nd December 12 pm New Zealand time, these specials will be made available on Eventbrite:

🎁 3 Months Unlimited Yoga ***First Time Intro Offer*** for $50 Value $540

🎁 5 X Visits Pass for $50 Value $125

🎁 15 x Visits Pass ***plus 2 Bonus Classes**** for $150 Value $425

🎁 6 Months Unlimited Yoga for $500 Value $1000 Plus +++

The number of passes available in each of these categories are quite limited and in most cases only a few available. The value of these deals in relation to the market pricing is of course tremendous but more importantly, the benefit to your health and sense of wellbeing (or a loved one) simply cannot be measured. Our greatest wealth is our health. And yoga has over centuries proven itself as a reliable discipline for engendering good health on every plane of human existence from mental through to physical. I hope that you will be inspired to grasp this opportunity as these specials are unlikely to be repeated for the next foreseeable future.

All this month, there will be unexpected surprises, giveaways when least expected and details of a 🎁special unique scholarship opportunity🎁 will be announced shortly so stay connected through either Instagram or Facebook.

Kino in Auckland Friday April 5 – 7, 2019

***TEACHERS CAN APPLY FOR A SPECIAL CODE TO ACCESS DISCOUNT FOR WEEKEND PASS BY EMAILING ewalyhb@gmail.com****

Kino in New Zealand

I am delighted and honoured to be hosting this yoga luminary next April right here in Auckland! The first batch of tickets for the All Weekend Immersion Pass is now available until sold out on Eventbrite

Outline of workshops:

FRIDAY 5TH

6:00PM – 8:00PM 

Twist into Your Center

Deep twisting increases energy levels, cleanses the body and opens the

mind to new levels of awareness. Find the perfect balance between

activation and release in this new approach to twisting. Learn healthy

technique to increase flexibility in your spine and shoulders while

creating solid foundation in your pelvis. Use the core strength of the

body to support the twisting and extension. You will have fun with

many levels of twists and even use the twisting position to enter some

challenging arm balances!

SATURDAY 6TH

10:00AM – 12:00PM 

Ashtanga MagicBreath, Posture and Focal Point (practice and discussion)

Delve into the secrets of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage, known as the

Tristana method, and discover the magic of breath (pranayama), posture

(asana) and focal point (dristhi). Break down the energetic alignment

of key postures in the Ashtanga Yoga method and build the foundation

for a meditative, awareness based practice. Starting off with the Sun

Salutations and progressing through the Standing Postures, Kino guides

you into a devotional practice that mergers the physical and subtle

bodies and honors tradition while embodying the present. All levels.

1:00PM – 3:00 PM 

Hip to Be Square: Love, Accept and Open Your Hips (workshop)

Accessing the deep release and openness that hip rotation requires is

a unique combination of anatomical knowledge and inner peace. Join

this class to learn the right information and, more importantly, the

right frame of mind to hip opening from. Gain access to the deep

muscles within the pelvis and learn to relax and release your hips. Be

ready for a deep journey into the inner body complete with a detailed

muscular and skeletal technique and the subtle body of emotions and

energy. Learn how to create the safe space of patience, kindness and

tolerance in the deepest regions of the pelvis and watch your hips

open.

SUNDAY 7TH

10:00AM – 12:00PM 

Ashtanga Primary Series

Surrender to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method with careful

emphasis on the traditional vinyasa method and have fun along the

journey. Experience the integrity and purity of the Ashtanga Yoga

practice and be  prepared to sweat.

1:00PM – 3:00PM 

Handstand LoversWorkshop

No matter how long you practice handstand is a benchmark of strength

and steadiness that transcends physical disciplines. From yoga to

martial arts to gymnastics a stable handstand is the key test of

alignment and mastery. The only thing you need to join this class is a

love of handstands. Whether you are a total beginner or have a stable

handstand you will learn tools to build strength and alignment while

balancing on your hands.  Leave with a strength building program that

you can do every day to develop the physical and emotional strength to

support your handstanding journey.

ACCOMODATION FOR VISITORS

Event delegates have an option to book accomodation at discounted rates ranging from $168.00 (inc. GST) for a studio to $208.00 (inc. GST) for a junior suite, at The Quality Hotel Parnell where the event is being held. You will need to email reservations@theparnell.co.nz or telephone 093033789 or 0800 50 44 66 and quote Ref: 3525864 in order to access special rates. Please note this offer is not available for booking online. You must email or telephone and quote the special Reference code to access the special rate for the event.

Please email ewalyhb@gmail.com or call 006421833966 to speak to Ewa if you have any questions or require any assistance in relation to the event.

CardiYo360: a revolutionary approach to Cardio, Core & Flexibility Training Wednesdays 6:20pm

Book tickets here from Eventbrite

Looking for a class that will deliver cardio, strength and flexibility training, all within 45 minutes?

CardiYo360 Yoga Fusion Class

Look no further, CardiYo360 , a comprehensive movement class running Wednesday nights at 6:20pm in Ponsonby has you covered. Inspired by yoga postures and breathwork, CardiYo360 combines modern fitness with old school concepts of body-weight training to help build endurance, strength plus flexibility. Utilising jumps and press-ups to get the heart rate up, CardiYo360 helps build anaerobic fitness within the framework of movement and postures inspired by Sun Salutations A and B. CardiYo360 integrates yoga breath patterns to bring rhythm into your movement, encouraging a sense of calm and control throughout the training. Whilst inspired by yoga principles, CardiYo360 encompasses key modifications and unique features allowing practitioners to move within a rapid pace whilst ensuring safety.

CardiYo360 takes a threefold approach towards training. The cardio segment is followed by core training, after which practitioners work through flexibility postures at a slower pace.  The core training sequence, inspired by Ashtanga ideals of upper body control, is very much focused around activation of deeper, larger muscle groups of the upper back as well as lower abdominals in conjunction with pelvic floor to help develop dynamic power and strength. After core training, we work on flexibility postures focusing primarily on hips, hip flexors and lower body. The majority of postures in this segment are performed at a slow pace and on the floor.

CardiYo360 is an entirely unique and patented modern workout created by me. It is  inspired by my love of yoga and desire to share its benefits with those individuals who may not normally think of coming to a yoga class. It is equally inspired by my own awareness of the deficiencies of a fitness routine that is based entirely only on yoga  and to bring a different light to cardio training through the borrowed elements and benefits of yogic breath patterns and postures. For more details visit this link.

Introductory offer of 3 x classes for $30 available in limited numbers. Text to 021-833966 with code CardiYo360 with your name and contact details.

For enquiries on making  CardiYo360 available at your studio or gym please contact Ewa Bigio at 021-833966 or at ewalyhb@gmail.com

CardiYo360 is taught at Bodyneed Studio, 17 Maidstone St, Ponsonby on Wednesdays  at 6:30pm however to book a space text to 021-833966


Book through Eventbrite, email ewalyhb@gmail.com or text 0064 21 833 966

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Slow down, inhale and relax. Yin yoga has arrived at Bodyneed.

The term “Yin” means “passive” and alongside its other half “Yang” (active), forms the concept of duality that informs the Taoist universe and philosophy. Yin yoga has come to represent a slower – paced yoga practice which focuses primarily on floor poses held for longer periods ( between 2 – 4 minutes depending on posture and class level ) done in concert with breath-work. It complements the more dynamic yoga classes which work the muscles more actively and offers a balance to those who are physically active and play sports at all levels. As the postures are passive and the movement from one to the next, executed at a gentle pace, Yin yoga is also suitable for most people, whatever their level of yoga experience or physical activity.

Typically, props are used such as bolsters, blocks and blankets to support the body and alignment. This encourages a restful disposition, which allows the body to be more receptive to stretching and the mind to unwind.

Slow yoga offering respite from the fast – paced modern life-style!


A total body workout in 60 mins: Strength & Flexibility through the Yoga Method

Strength without flexibility limits dynamic movement and flexibility without strength leads to instability. It is not unusual for us to have a little more or less of one but awareness of such imbalances will allow us to work towards greater equilibrium. We need both at every stage of our lives. We start to lose some of each gradually, but surely from our 30s. Let me show you in 55 minutes how to achieve the total body workout with a view to building a balance between strength and flexibility, what ever your current state of fitness may be right now.

I am now offering Friday and Sunday morning classes. Friday classes are suitable for new practitioners and Sunday classes are suitable for practitioners from intermediate and upwards. A new class will be added on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm and will suit those looking for a more physically challenging practice. This will be followed by a new Yin Yoga class which will be a great way to unwind after a more physical practice. Friday’s session may incorporate more pauses and explanations whilst Sunday’s session will move a little faster. This is a Hatha yoga style class which will start with a modified Sun Salutation warm-up, followed by a flowing style segment integrating both standing and seated postures and then a closing or warm-down sequence. The term “Level 1” is explained in greater detail below:

  • postures held will include poses normally practiced in beginner-friendly and all levels type yoga classes,
  • postures may be held for a shorter duration for those still building strength,
    modifications will always be offered every step of the way,
  • appropriate pauses will be taken where required to ensure safety and good alignment,
  • expect greater interaction between student and myself around alignment issues during class,

How “difficult” are the classes? Isolating flexibility, muscular strength and cardio fitness 

“Difficulty” level can be interpreted several ways:

  • Flexibility: how complicated the majority of the poses are in terms of flexibility requirement,
  • Speed: how fast the class the flowing from one posture to the next and how many pauses are taken in between poses for recovery,
  • Strength: how much upper – body strength might be required to get through some of the postures,
  • Transitions: the type of transitions which may be integrated in between postures to allow for a greater flow in between postures. This can largely be controlled by the practitioner with consultation with me.With advanced transitions such as jump-backs and jump-throughs, a challenging session can still take place from a cardio and strength building perspective even where the posture difficulty is low from a flexibility perspective.

If you have a good to high level of fitness but lack flexibility, these classes would also be suitable for you as I can advice you the type of transitions that you can undertake to complement your current level of fitness whilst you work on your flexibility. If you work with weights regularly and have good upper body strength but lack flexibility, these classes will also be great for you as we can vary individual transitions to complement your level of muscular strength whilst working on your flexibility with more accessible yoga postures. As such, the term “Level 1” should not be confused with “easy”. I will be challenging you to extract the most out of each and every posture. Often the level of difficulty of a class can be raised through the quality of the speed and flow along with the type of transitions employed by the individual practitioner.

I have devised a difficulty scale rating for my classes so practitioners can understand more clearly what to expect from the various classes. One star means low difficulty through to highest level of difficulty for 3 stars.

Class difficulty ratings:

Friday class 10:30am

Posture difficulty : 🙏

Speed: 🙏

Strength: 🙏

Transitions: determined by practitioner

Sunday 9:30am

Posture difficulty: 🙏

Speed: 🙏🙏

Strength: 🙏🙏

Transitions: determined by practitioner

Wednesday 6:30pm

Posture difficulty: 🙏

Speed: 🙏🙏

Strength: 🙏🙏🙏

Alignment Concerns:

In particular, I will be paying closer attention around sacroiliac, hip, elbow, wrist, knee and shoulder joints as well as any compression in the cervical and lumbar spine.  If you are looking to run through a large number of poses in a fast moving class with no pauses, this is not for you. However if would like to learn how to practice yoga utilising the deeper principles of anatomical alignment, breath and focus, and therefore develop fundamentals that will help you advance your practice further, then this is definitely the class for you.

Monthly themes:

Each month I will be offering a different theme and the theme of the class will determine the type of seated and standing postures we engage in during the middle part of the class. By working on such themed postures for the month, regular practitioners will have the opportunity to establish greater proficiency in new postures. Casual practitioners on the other hand will be exposed to a greater variety of yoga postures throughout the year, creating interest and presenting new challenges. Each class will also begin with the same warm-up routine, giving students the opportunity to fine-tune key postures and to establish familiarity with the Sun Salutation series prior to the start of the middle segment. Below are examples of past month themes:

August/September 2017

Hi p flexors, hip-openers – improving mobility in the hip joints

October:

Twists and De-stress

November:

Arm-balances – Learning to activate and utilise the deep muscles of the back and core

December:

Back Extension – Exploring spinal flexibility from the top of the cervical spine through to the lumbar

January/February 2018:

Tapas

March:

Core

April:

Binds

May:

Leg-Balancing

June:

Flexion

July:

The Details: Breath, Drishti and Bandhas

If you have any questions please, email me or book @ ewalyhb@gmail.com or 021833966. Bookings will be required ahead of time due to space limitations. Special rates are available for students and the unwaged – please enquire.