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Yoga Sangha: It’s about the people! Community Yoga Classes in Wellington

Yoga Sangha classes are pay-what-you-can community yoga classes that have run in Wellington two times a week for the past three years.

No classes in 2012

I’m taking a year off (2012) from organising and teaching the Yoga Sangha classes. To find out when and where they’ll restart, sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of this page.

What do you need?

Mats are available for hire for $2 or you may bring your own. Please try and be on time for the sake of the other students. If you are running late, come in quietly and take it slowly while you find the rhythm of the class and your body.

Cost? You decide!

In the spirit of seva, Yoga Sangha classes have no set price. Pay what you think the class is worth according to your means and your budget. We set up a box outside the yoga room for you to place payment into after each class. Drop-in yoga classes in Wellington range from $10 to $18 casual rate at studios. Being mindful of what you choose to offer is part of the awareness of yoga.*

Why yoga?

The short answer is that yoga makes you feel good. Practicing the postures, breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in body, mind and spirit. Yoga can help with anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, blood pressure, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, headaches, stress and other conditions and diseases.

And that’s just the surface stuff. In fact, most of the benefits mentioned above are secondary to yoga’s original purpose, which is to find lasting happiness and peace of mind. Come along and find out for yourself!

What level are the classes aimed at?

The classes are suitable for all levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced. Yoga is all about listening to your body and working within it’s range of movement and strength. Variations are given for most postures so students can work at their own level.

If you are new to yoga classes, please attend Tuesday night class first. Tuesdays will be focused on a thorough grounding of yoga basics, and are suitable for all levels, but required for beginners. We ask that beginners attend at least four Tuesday night classes before moving on to Thursdays. If you’re new to Yoga Sangha, but not new to yoga, we ask that you attend just one Tuesday night class, before going on to Thursdays.

Regular students will still get a lot of benefit out of Tuesday night classes as they are an opportunity to really get the basics down well.

Classes are drop-in. You can start any time. Classes are not held on public holidays.

What do I need to know before I show up?

Don’t a big meal at least an hour, preferably two hours, before class. Wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and go upside down in. And come ready to have some fun!

You could also check out some of these articles about starting yoga:

* The beginner’s guide to yoga: Part 1
* The beginner’s guide to yoga: Part 2

What does “Yoga Sangha” mean?

Sangha is a sanskrit word that means “community”. In particular it refers to a community of people with a common goal or purpose. Yoga Sangha classes are about people. They are about community.

Community of teachers – the people who teach the classes may change but we are all connected as part of a strong community of yoga teachers in Wellington and beyond.

Community of students – the students at Prana Flow/Yoga Sangha have always played a central role in making the classes happen. They help set up for class, they help clean up. Teacher and students are a team making the class happen together.

Get in touch:

If you’ve got any questions at all about Yoga Sangha classes, please email us at yogasanghanz@gmail.com or leave a comment on this page. You can also sign up to get news about changes to Yoga Sangha classes or workshops by using the sign-up form at the bottom of this page.

Namaste,

Marianne

*We’ve been running pay-what-you-can classes since February 2009, and recently ran a series of articles on The Yoga Lunchbox website exploring how it had worked, and what we’d learned from the process. You can read those articles here:
How much is a yoga class worth to you?
How much is a yoga class worth to you? Part II





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