Class Descriptions

We have the best variety of yoga classes in Auckland

 

 

Beginners Yoga

A beginner course is not just beneficial for complete novices, it can also be beneficial for someone wanting to get back into yoga after a prolonged absence or injury, and is also a great course to take if you want to learn to better your technique and alignment, enabling you to understand the mechanics of the pose to help you go deeper into it while protecting your body in the process.

 

Beginners Course

Beginners yoga course

Our 8 week beginner yoga course is one of the best in Auckland and consistently sells out. This course offers a glimpse into the 8 limbs of yoga as prescribed by the ancient sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. We will focus on correct alignment in a posture, how to breathe and move in and out of a pose safely and effectively, and then move into more flowing and challenging sequences like sun salutations, vinyasa style asana (flowing from one sequence to another), and also tackle the stronger warrior series. Each week we will add to your knowledge, build your skills, strength, flexibility, and balance, while providing you with a personal understanding of yoga as a philosophy, enabling you to walk into any yoga class and confidently and comfortably work with your body in a safe and productive manner.

Unlike the casual classes, the 8 week course is a 90 minute long session each week to ensure you get the most out of the course. 

The cost of the course is $150 for the full 8 weeks .

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited and often sell out rapidly.

Dates

Monday night 7.30pm - 9pm

Thursday night 7.15pm - 8.45pm


Students of the course are able to attend our other classes for just $9 while you are in the course. The Yin and Friday evening class would be the best to try while you are still getting a handle on things :)

Participants of the beginners course are also welcome to purchase the Fast Track pass upon completion of the course to keep you in the yoga zone and kick start your regular practice :)

Many of our beginners course students repeat the course a couple of times, some even come back 3 or 4 times and find it gives them a much better grasp on their asanas, as their bodies are stronger, more flexible, and far morefamiliar with the postures the second, third and fourth time around. :)


Testimonials 

"I have just completed the beginners yoga class and I am officially converted to a yoga lover! I cannot recommend this course enough, it is perfect for anyone even if you have been doing yoga before! I thoroughly enjoyed my class every Thursday evening, I went home feeling positive and extremely relaxed! Natasya is amazing, she explains everything really well, takes time to answer questions and correct your form. I will definitely be signing up to the next course." Caroline - Auckland

"My partner Vic and I just completed the beginners course with Natasya. It was so good we’re actually going to do it again. As first timers we enjoyed starting off slow and being shown all the correct poses. We never got the feeling of being lost in the class but rather definitely part of it." Mike - Auckland


 

Other Classes available at the Pantry

Chair Yoga

Monday 9.30am

Chair yoga for seniors

 

Chair yoga is suitable for everyone but especially beneficial the elderly, those who are physically less able, recuperating from injuries, or those wishing to move into full yoga asana practice, but wish to build strength and balance in their joints and muscles first before taking on a more strenuous workout. It is also a satisfyingly relaxing release of the joints and muscles for those who attend a normal yoga class.

A beautiful and gentle exercise with far reaching benefits for all that practice it.

This class is wonderful for releasing stress and tension as we always end our sessions with a long relaxation practice.

We are a Community Strength and Balance Approved Provider

There are stairs down to the room, so this is unsuitable for those in wheelchairs or people who find stairs hard to navigate.

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.

 

Stretch, Strengthen and Breathe

Monday 6pm 

stretch yoga

Our most popular class of the week. This class is suitable for all levels, and is all about lengthening out those limbs, releasing your tightness, building strength gradually, and utilising proper breath techniques (pranayama) to eliminate toxins from the body, leaving you with a toned relaxed body and a calm mind.

Shoulders, hips and everything in between will thank you for it!

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.


 

Strengthen and Lengthen

Tuesday 9.30am

morning yoga class

Strengthen and lengthen is exactly that, a delectable morning class that helps you work on your flexibility and build strength. This is a great class for people of all abilities, whether you suffer from tight hips and hamstrings, or sore backs and shoulders. This class will help you find some relief or just give you that lovely morning pick me up to set you up for a great week.

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.


 

Hour of Power

HIIT Class

Tuesday 6pm

HIIT yoga power yoga

This class is for the stronger, fitter practitioner, or those that are looking for that extra challenge, and a good ol' workout to break a sweat.

HIIT = High Intensity Interval training.

Each class will have 3 HIIT sequences, each sequence lasts 4 minutes but is broken into 8 segments of 20 seconds of full on movement and 10 seconds of rest. This gets the fast twitch muscles firing and burning to create a leaner stronger body, with rapid response reflexes. Generally we target the slow twitch muscles in yoga asana which helps build endurance, flexibility, and strength. A 20 minute HIIT workout is equivalent to a general 2 hour workout, plus your metabolism will be working for the next 48 hours and your body will be burning calories over that period too. BONUS! We will still warm up with some great vinyasa flows and finish up with a lovely warm down and relaxation.

No bookings necessary. But you do need to be familiar with the basic postures.

 

Yin 

Tuesday 7.15pm

Yin yoga

"Yin yoga classes are slower paced with postures held for longer periods, 3 -5 minutes, and sometimes longer. This engenders a meditative quality with an emphasis on inwardness and expanding awareness of the body’s process and sensations. Students learn to become more present during practice, and they learn how to release muscular effort by relaxing and surrendering into the pull of gravity." - Paulie Zink- founder of Yin Yoga.

Yin Yoga works the fascia and targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, fascia,bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.

Don't be fooled by the apparent passivity of this practice, Yin is a challenging practice as you must learn the art of letting go and being still, watching your thoughts and allowing your body to release at its own time and pace.

Yin is NOT restorative yoga, if you are injured please allow your body time to heal before attempting any asana practice.

No experience necessary.

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.


 

Yoga Nidra

Wednesday 6pm

yoga nidra

Yoga Nidra is a technique adapted by Swami Satyananda from the traditional tantric practice of nyasa; it is scientifically proven to deepen relaxation, aid stress management and lower high blood pressure, to name just a few of its benefits. It can harmonize the deeper unconscious and awaken inner potential, but overall, it's a spectacular method to release yourself from your habitual patterns. It's suitable to all practitioners, without previous experience required. The practice is entirely performed while lying in a comfortable position.

"Yoga nidra (Sanskrit: योग निद्रा) or yogic sleep) is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light pratyahara with four of his or her senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called samadhi.

Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one's actual environment.

The practice of yoga relaxation[clarification needed] has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)." wikipedia

Everyone is welcome, no experience and no bookings necessary.


 

Hatha/Vinyasa FlowYoga

Thursday 6pm

A great class to build strength, work on alignment and tune into your bodies needs. You'll start off slowly building on each pose and then weaving the yoga poses into a satisfying sequence to give you ample opportunity to flow through the poses at pace and get a good cardio workout.

"Most forms of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga. Hatha simply refers to the practice of physical yoga postures, meaning your Ashtanga, vinyasa, Iyengar and Power Yoga classes are all Hatha Yoga. The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for meditation." Yoga Journal

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.

 

Morning Flow Class

Suitable for all levels

Friday 9.30am

flow yoga

This is a lovely easy stretch and flow class to get you moving, and gently ease the body into your Friday.

We start off with some breath centring then gradually work out the kinks with some satisfying yoga flow. Tash usually also incorporates some energy medicine into this class to tune you up and put a pep into your step. 

A short savasana at the end will ensure you are rested but not drowsy so you can get the most out of your day and be ready to have a fantastic weekend as well.

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.

 

Stretch and Release

Aka The Bliss Bomb

Great for beginners

Friday 6pm

easy yoga

Each class will start gently warming up the body and progress you through some simple and beneficial poses. We finish off the class with relaxation/meditation and pranayama (energy/breathing technique).

You will bring flexibility and release to the tight areas of the body, while also enjoying the restorative aspects of a gentle practice.

This class is perfect for the novice that wants to take time building strength and flexibility and work at a slower pace. Or the more experienced yogi that wants to build suppleness into those areas of tightness and tune out the week while pressing the reset button.

A lovely way to end the working week, de-stress, and set you up for a brilliant weekend.

Everyone of all levels welcome, no experience and no bookings necessary.


 

Meditation & Mindfullness

Saturday 9am

meditation and mindfulness

Meditation or chanting mantras in groups is a wonderful way to stay focused and in the moment, sharing the energy and vibration of mantra is a powerful way to connect to spirit and heal the body, you will end these sessions feeling uplifted and calm.

Mindfulness is the intentional accepting and non-judgemental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices, helping us become more present and more able to stay in the moment; which leads to a more fulfilling life experience.

All our classes emphasis mindfulness and incorporate mini meditations.

However you can join us on Saturday mornings at 9am for a 20 minute guided meditation class.

Everyone is welcome, no experience and no bookings necessary.


 

Peoples Choice

Saturday 9.30am

general yoga class

Open level class, suitable for those who are physically fit and have some prior knowledge and experience with yoga asana. This is a general class with a variety of postures including pranayama, relaxation and mantra. No two classes are exactly the same. Modifications are also incorporated to suit all levels of experience. Bring your issues :) anything you'd like to work on or work out and let Tash know so she can incorporate it onto the class plan.

Come early and enjoy the meditation before hand at 9am, a perfect way to kick off your weekend and ensure you get a prime space on the floor as this class is popular :)

Everyone is welcome, no bookings necessary.


 

Intermediate Level Yoga Course

Intermediate yoga class and course

Intermediate level class to take you to the next level, helping you work on your transitions, those harder more complex poses, while continuing to build strength and really nailing those rules of alignment, you will also get the opportunity to work on some more complex pranayama techniques, inversions and arm balances.

Booking required to secure your spot, sign up to our newsletter to get notified when the next course will be starting.


 

Special Series

A series of short courses designed to target specific body parts or actions. Run periodically from time to time. This series is designed to challenge the more advanced practitioner as well as allow us to target specific needs, such as hip openers and shoulder stretchers, balancing poses and inversions or learn specific routines to add to your home practice.