2019 Yoga Fundamentals Course: The Keys to Yoga with Ewa Bigio


Sunday 5th May – 9th June ( see below for all dates )

Confirmation of a place will take place upon payment of deposit by 5th April and balance prior to the 19th of April.

For details of a scholarship opportunity, scroll to the bottom.

BOOKINGS BY EMAIL  ewalyhb@gmail.com OR ENQUIRE 021-833966 . SPACES ARE LIMITED.

Brief Summary:

The first intake for Yoga Fundamentals Course 2019 run on Sundays between 4 – 5:30 pm. Course dates:

1.  Sunday 5/5/2019

2. Sunday 12/5/2019

3. Sunday 19/5/2019

4. Sunday 26/5/2019

5. Sunday 9/6/2019

I wanted to express my thanks for such a fantastic Introduction to Yoga. Over the last 10 weeks I have learnt some of the Yoga basics and it has transformed the way I feel about Yoga. I feel like I can go on and continue to challenge myself and grow in strength and flexibility without fear of injury due to the thoroughness of your teaching and focus on good technique. I recently travelled to Bali and went to numerous different classes and as a result of the techniques learnt at your Introduction to Yoga classes I could do most of the poses, and without fear of injury.

Many thanks

Bridget O’Malley, Herne Bay


Expanded Description:

Yoga Fundamentals: The Keys to Yoga with Ewa Bigio™ is a detailed, carefully curated 5 week programme that covers the key principles of the physical practice of yoga. Yoga is a Sanskrit term that was found in the ancient texts of the Vedic priests of Northern India over 5,000 years ago. This term which covered a collection of beliefs and practices was later canonised into a systematic blueprint known as the 8 Limbs of Patanjali which forms the foundation of modern yoga today. The 8 Limbs is a wide-ranging prescription for the attainment of spiritual freedom which includes codes of moral conduct, social observances, breathing and meditation concepts as well as recommendations for the physical practice of yoga or asana. Yoga Fundamentals is concerned only with the limb that deals with the physical practice of yoga, the principles and the techniques behind it. The course is based on experiential learning as opposed to didactic teaching. In 2017, Yoga Fundamentals was launched as a 10 week, twice weekly programme, running over a period of 3 months. By reducing the timeframe of the 2018 course, we hope to increase the frequency of the course during the year and also open the course up to more interested practitioners who are unable to commit to the lengthier course.



The Guiding Principles of the Course:

The 5 guiding principles of Yoga Fundamentals are Awareness, Activation, Knowledge, Strengthening and Safety

1. Awareness:

Bringing to light the importance of postural awareness and from there the connection with the physiological self through breath and movement. Without awareness, there can be no activation.

2. Activation:

The utilisation of techniques for tapping into key deep muscle groups essential to developing a strong yoga practice. These are deep pockets of untapped potential that need to awaken in order to build a stronger practice.

3. Knowledge:

Imparting an understanding for the fundamental tools and techniques for building a physical yoga practice, classical yoga postures and the purposes behind these postures as well as appropriate modifications that respect the integrity of anatomical alignment. Knowledge subsequently allows you to properly execute postures and the ability to execute postures properly is the prerequisite to the next stage which is building strength,

4. Strengthening:

Building strength through isolated drills, repetition of modified classic yoga postures and sequences, and through the gradual lengthening of practice times. As the 2018 course is now reduced from 10 to 5 weeks, strengthening will still be an element but on a reduced scale. Practitioners will have an option to join in on a second class on Friday mornings designed for Level 1 practitioners after week 3 in order to intensify their strengthening and flexibility programme ( additional cost for second class applies ).

5. Safety:

Yoga is a personal practice based on the individual needs of the practitioner. The limits of one practitioner can vary considerably for the next and as such the ability to make personal safety assessments based on your individual condition is very much at the heart of Yoga Fundamentals. Through an understanding of proper alignment and purpose, you will be empowered to make good decisions on what modifications to execute in any given environment to ensure safety of your practice. The consideration of safety in this course is informed by an understanding of the joint safety alignment principles “SHEWKS”™ which respects the congruity of key anatomical joints – sacroiliac, hip, elbow, wrists, knee, shoulders.


Key Objectives of Course:

The 3 main objectives of Yoga Fundamentals is to empower the practitioner with knowledge to enable the practitioner to:

  • practice with safety in a group environment;
  • develop a home practice;
  • develop a solid foundation from which to advance longer term practice goals.


Post – course Privileges:

Yoga Fundamentals alumni receive a preferential rate for attending Ewa Bigio yoga classes. This is a saving over and above the casual drop-in rate of $27 as well as the multiple class purchase concession rate of $23 per session. In addition, Yoga Fundamentals alumni will receive preferential bookings to the yoga classes (permanent standing booking unless otherwise cancelled up to within 24 hrs of class), preferential discounts to workshops and events.


Course Fees and Bookings:

To apply to be on the course shortlist, email ewalyhb@gmail.com with the following details:


Date of Birth:


Prior Yoga Experience:

Course Objectives (optional)

Email:                                        Mobile ph:

Course fees: $300 for course structured around 5 x Sunday workshops. Deposit of $150 (or alternate amount by prior arrangement ) payable by the 12th of April to secure a space and balance prior to the 19th of April.

Venue: Bodyneed Sports Clinic, 17 Maidstone St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Tickets to the course may be booked through Eventbrite or purchased directly through Ewa Bigio Yoga.

Yoga Fundamentals Course Testimonials:

For further feedback please visit the following Client Testimonials page on this website. A fuller description of the course may be obtained by emailing Ewa at ewalyhb@gmail.com

Scholarship Opportunity for May 2019 Intake

Applications are invited for a place in the upcoming Yoga Fundamentals Course with Ewa Bigio Yoga which will be starting May 5th for five Sundays ending June 2nd in central Auckland. The successful applicant will receive the following package worth $550 to set them off on their yoga journey:

1. A fully subsidised entry into the course comprising 5 x 90 minute workshops 

2. A 5 x visit pass to Hatha Yoga classes with Ewa Bigio at Bodyneed ( not available to pre-existing Bodyneed members )

3. A beautiful, non-toxic and eco-friendly Ewa Bigio Yoga cork yoga mat to inspire your daily practice


1. Must be available to attend all workshops

2. At least 16 years of age and over

3. Passionate about yoga and self-improvement but currently lacking financial resources to commit to learning

To apply:

1. Send an email to ewalyhb@gmail.com outlining prior yoga experience and expressing in detail why you would like to be considered for the course by Monday 29th of April