The class descriptions for each yoga class are provided by the studio or instructor hosting the class. Many classes are suitable for multiple levels, so please check the individual class descriptions. If you have never practiced yoga before, please check the beginner descriptions.

Specialty Classes   All levels

Beginner    Beginner/Intermediate

Intermediate/Advanced


Specialty Classes

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Yoga for the whole family (kids, parents, friends, & family relatives) with Bibi
9–9.45am at Civic Square
This class welcomes children aged 4 to grownups (parents and family members come as a team). It’s what I’d call a family yoga class. In it we’ll do sun salutations, some poses and also play games. The class is energetic and a lot of fun. We’ll breathe and have a story to which we can relax at the end of the class. Bring comfy clothes and a mat if you have your own and a big smile. Namaste, Bibi
Note: This class will be held at Aro Valley Hall if Wellington weather does not cooperate!

Outdoor Yoga for Everyone! with Megan Sety
10-11.15am at Civic Square (or indoors at Aro Valley Community Hall)
Help us kick off Wellington Free Yoga day with a class for everyone and everybody. Held outside if the weather is good, the class will focus on playing with balance, challenging our strength and having fun. Yoga newbies are welcome to join – there will be options for all levels in this class. Megan teaches yoga in a way that encourages people to understand their body and find healthy ways to move that are right for you. Level: Open to all levels.
Note: This class will be held at Aro Valley Hall if Wellington weather does not cooperate!

Prenatal Yoga with Milo Haigh
10-11.15am at Carrara Park, Daniell & Regent St, Newtown
A gentle morning yoga session for women of all ages and stages of pregnancy. Come along and learn some tools to help you relax, focus and find comfort in pregnancy, labour and life.
Note: This class will be held at Newtown Hall, Daniell Street if Wellington weather does not cooperate!

Yoga for mature people with Anna Sandle
10.30-11.45am at Yoga Studio181: 3rd Floor, 181 Willis Street, Wellington
This class caters to mature people in average – good health who are interested in experiencing a gentle holistic practice of yoga. Movement in and out of basic yoga postures is co-ordinated with conscious breathing and culminates with a seated breathing exercise, which gives the practice a meditative quality. Attention will be given to the individual needs of the participants as required.

Kundalini Yoga en Español with Sat Kirtan K. (Dani Fuenzalida)
10-11.30am at Te Aro Ashtanga Yoga: Left Bank, Cuba St, Te Aro
Ejercicios preparatorios para los pulmones, el campo magnético y una meditación profunda. Kundalini Yoga es llamado el Yoga de la consciencia. A través de una serie de ejercicios (Kriya) que incluye asanas (posturas), pranayamas (control de la respiración), mudras (postura de manos), bhandas (cerraduras corporales) y mantras (sonido), se trabaja la energía a distintos niveles (físico, emocional y espiritual), para llegar a la meditación, parte esencial de la práctica de KY.

Kundalini Yoga with Mel Maddox
11.15am-12pm at Healium, Lvl 2, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Kundalini yoga explores through mantra (sounds spoken or chanted), mudra (hand gestures), and pranayama (breathing techniques) the movement of energy through the subtle body. Kundalini yoga increases energy flow and tones the lymphatic and nervous systems particularly. The class is accessible to anyone new to or experienced in yoga, as well as people with special needs such as people in wheel chairs and other mobility issues.

An Introduction to Pranayama with Rebecca Somerscales
12-1.30pm at Yoga Studio 181, 181 Willis street, Wellington
Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of yoga as outlined in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Simply put pranayama is the conscious regulation of the breath. There are many techniques ranging from the simple to complex. The first part of the workshop will explore Ujjayi, the breath used in asana practice, it will encompass directional breathing and focus on the movement of the breath. The second part of the session will explore pranayama techniques called sitali and anuloma ujjayi there will be a practice opportunity and reasons for putting them into a yoga practice.

iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation with Una Hubbard
12–1pm at Te Aro Astanga: Level 1, Left Bank Cuba Street, Wellington
An introduction to meditation through body sensing in a one-hour iRest yoga nidra session. For beginners to advanced practitioners. There may be some simple movement involved as well.

Outdoor Vinyasa in Te Reo with Jase Te Patu
12.15-1.30pm at Civic Square
P.L.A.Y. Non Heated Vinyasa Level 1…. TE REO CLASS Establish the foundations for a safe, lifelong yoga practice. Slow enough to understand the basics of alignment and learn modifications, but still a strong class. You’ll also be introduced to some of Power Living’s core philosophical and traditional teachings. Ideal for beginners or those wanting to refine their practice. We use the experience of fire created within the body to burn through the hardened exterior layers of the self, casting aside doubt and desire, setting our being free.
Note: This class will be indoors at Power Living Wellington if the weather does not cooperate

Kundalini Yoga with Mel Maddox
1-2pm at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
Kundalini yoga explores through mantra (sounds spoken or chanted), mudra (hand gestures), and pranayama (breathing techniques) the movement of energy through the subtle body. Kundalini yoga increases energy flow and tones the lymphatic and nervous systems particularly. The class is accessible to anyone new to or experienced in yoga, as well as people with special needs such as people in wheel chairs and other mobility issues.

Yoga Rhapsody for people with disabilities with Jemma Jeffs and Paul Saker-Norrish
4.00-5.00pm at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Jemma and Paul of Yoga Rhapsody invite people of all ages with disabilities to this any level yoga class with live music. Jemma will guide you through a short meditation, breathing exercises, beginner yoga postures and movements, which can be accessed from a seated or standing position. Paul will accompany the class with acoustic guitar and vocals, playing a mixture of original material and singalong songs we all know. If you are interested in trying yoga, or chilling out to an hour of music this Labour Day, then come along to this yoga class at Thistle Hall where we especially welcome anyone with a disability.
Note: Thistle Hall has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet. All disabilities welcome – come along with an open mind and take what you wish from the experience, whether it be yoga, movement, live music, mindfulness or some rest and relaxation. Friends, family members and caregivers are also encouraged to come along and get involved!

Yoga en Español with Katia Guiloff
5.30-6.30pm at WFYD Studio – Aro Valley Community Hall
Yoga en Español is an opportunity to practice yoga in Spanish. An accessible class open to all levels of both yoga and Spanish.

New Zealand Yoga Study – presentation with  Ali Hale Tilley
5-5.45pm at Sadhana Yoga: 9 Park Road, Miramar
Ali Hale Tilley will present new findings from her ground-breaking research on the NZ Yoga Industry, which features Wellington Yoga studios, teachers, and students as case studies. Ali will outline which trends are currently on the rise, and where NZ yoga is heading in the future. She will also bust myths, dissolve stereotypes, and present fascinating outcomes from her Master’s study on Yoga in NZ. Ali says, “It will be sort of like a Ted Talk, but without the cameras.” This talk will appeal to anyone who is interested in the values, practices, and principles of the Wellington yoga scene.

Sunset Guided Heart Meditation with Radha Ive
8-8:45pm at Newtown Hall, Daniell St, Newtown
This Hridaya meditation class is connected with the self enquiry method, and the revelation of the Spiritual heart as a centre of our being. Based on the non-dual teachings found in many spiritual traditions, such as yoga, Sufism, Buddhism and more, in this guided meditation we’ll practice seated and with eyes closed, setting off on an inner journey to the very depth of our being.


Suitable for Any Level

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Traditional Mysore Style Early Morning Session with Mike Berghan
6.30 – 8am at Te Aro Astanga, Level 1 Left Bank Cuba Street, Wellington
This will be a traditionally taught “Mysore Style” Astanga Vinyasa Yoga class. Participants of all levels can START AT ANY TIME from 6.30 to 8 am and will be individually guided through an Astanga practice. Previous experience of Astanga yoga is NOT necessary. Each participant can expect to do between 60 and 90 minutes of practice including Savasana (resting). Once you have completed your practice you are free to leave. This class will be taught by experienced Astanga teacher Mike Berghan, and assistants from Te Aro Astanga Yoga.

Yin Yoga with Lizzie Dixon
9.30-11am at Power Living Wellington, Level.2, 15 Johnston Street, Wellington CBD
P.L.A.Y.YIN…. Find balance. This subtle practice aims to still both the mind and body, offering an opportunity for meditation as well as physical relaxation. Working towards depth from a place of surrender, P.L.A.Y. Yin targets the body’s energetic system and fascial tissue. We use the experience of fire created within the body to burn through the hardened exterior layers of the self, casting aside doubt and desire, setting our being free.

Power Yoga with Josh Concannon
2-3.30pm at Carrara Park, Daniell & Regent St, Newtown
Attend a class for all abilities and levels of experience. With focus on subtle alignment changes, and movement with the breath,  this class encourages mental, physical and spiritual awareness. There might even be some bear walking or laughter yoga as well!
Note: This class will be held at Newtown Hall, Daniell Street if Wellington weather does not cooperate!

Ganesha’s Slow Flow Yoga with Helen Williams
2.30pm-3.30pm at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, Te Aro
Join Helen to participate in an all levels, slow flow yoga practice while learning about the story of Ganesha. Learn how the mythology of this revered elephant deity can help us to navigate through challenges and obstacles that we meet on and off the mat.

Yin Yoga with Amanda Sive
3.30-5pm at WFYD Studio, Aro Valley Community Hall
Yin yoga is deep and divine inner practice of long held seated postures that looks to release tension in the connective tissues of the body, to balance the energetic system, increase flexibility and allow us to look deep within. Yin calls on one to observe, allow and surrender to the sensations and emotions that are released from deep inside the body by staying connected to a deep breath, a steady mind and a courageous heart. By cultivating a deep meditative state, one can rest in their oneness and light. Yin is suitable for all levels and a beautiful compliment to all styles of yoga.

Heated Vinyasa Level 2 with Justine Hamill
5.30-6.45pm at Power Living Wellington, Level.2, 15 Johnston Street, Wellington CBD
P.L.A.Y Heated Vinyasa Level 2…. Turn up the heat. This yoga class is the original P.L.A.Y. Vinyasa practice – heated to 32 degrees. Expect it to be sweaty, dynamic and intensely satisfying. This powerful practice is the place to step up and transform both mind and body. We use the experience of fire created within the body to burn through the hardened exterior layers of the self, casting aside doubt and desire, setting our being free.

Yin Yoga with Milo Haigh
7-8pm at Newtown Hall, Daniell St, Newtown
As the day winds down this all level yin session focuses on the more yielding side of our practice, bringing deep opening and lengthening of the body while stilling the mind and restoring energy through slow and gentle postures.


Beginners Classes

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Labour Day Lighten up and Get Loose! with Odette Rowe & Colleen Carver
9-10.30am at Gain Momentum, 61 Holloway St, Carterton
A light hearted and gentle class for complete beginners, targeting the common tight spots around the shoulders and lower back. Learn to breathe fully while moving slowly with Colleen. Then experience a deep relaxation and brief meditation with Odette. Mats and blankets are provided by the studio so just turn up in comfortable clothing and sample what yoga has to offer.

Community Yoga with Ming Janssen
9.15-10.30am at Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Rd, Brooklyn
My yoga classes are a combination of stretches, flowing movements with breath and strength development. Yoga is a beautiful instrument to bring our awareness back into our body through breath and movement. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, as there are limited numbers at VBC.

Mixed Yoga with Chevanne Rodwell
10.30-11.15pm at Yoga Time, 60 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt
Yoga means union and Yoga Time brings different styles together in this mixed yoga class. Try a relaxed mixed yoga class with different styles of yoga blended just right to soothe the mind while strengthening and stretching the body. We start lying down, encouraging the mind to relax, then build from breathing & small movements to stronger Hatha yoga from India. This includes modified sun salutes followed by flowing Calligraphy yoga which blends yoga with Tai Chi from China. Before our short meditation we salute the four winds, better known as mihi ki nga hau e wha. This cultivates greatfulness with movements from our own Aotearoa. Our final meditation gives us time to consolidate our experiences before we lie down again in savasana, restoring body & mind. This is a teaser. We take our time and it is suitable for beginners. It is important to take modifications as described, to get the fullness of the experience. Work to calm the mind, stretch & strengthen your body as it is. Remember just being in class is a big deal for some of us. It’s a little bit different, and if that sounds like you then come along and expect to feel better.

Power Yoga with Josh Concannon
12.15-1pm at Healium,  Level 2, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington
A flowing sequence of postures and breathwork to develop physical and mental integrity and agility. We focus on proper alignment for your body, providing detailed instruction and hands-on assist. Suitable for all-levels.

Neck and Shoulder Special with Oli Wiles
1-2pm at Health Fit Collective: 1-8 Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington
The focus of the class will be freeing your neck and shoulders and then applying that freedom to basic yoga poses.

Yin Yoga with Michelle
1.15-2pm at Healium, Level 2, 276 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Using props and a gentle sequence of yoga postures, this class is designed to release tension and develop deep relaxation.

Yoga Nidra with Kamla
2-2.45pm at Yoga in Daily Life, 23 Jessie Street, Te Aro
Also called “The deep sleep of the Yogi”. Yoga Nidra is an efficient method for stress relief and has an immense rejuvenating effect. You will lie on your back in relaxation posture and will be guided through the practise. At the beginning and the end of the Yoga Nidra you will formulate a resolve, which will be supported towards fulfilment from your subsonsciousness. Once introduced to Yoga Nidra it can develope to one of your favourite practises.

Gentle Yoga with David
5.45-7.15pm at Yoga in Daily Life, 23 Jessie Street, Te Aro
A gentle class for when you are recovering from illness or injury, are feeling elderly or infirm, or if you just prefer a slower, more cautious pace.


Beginner/Intermediate Classes

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Progressive Yin/Flow with Shari Joy Smith, Mark Hall
8am-12pm at Hot Yoga for You Masterton, 445 Queen Street, Kuripuni Village
A progressive yoga class that you can join in on at any time. Starting from 8am in the morning with slow, opening moves and breath awareness to awaken the mind, body, breath. From there, we will move into slow vinyasa yoga with modifications building on this to a stronger flow. Then slowing it down to YIN, resting, meditative, and then rising up again to flow…..with a YIN style finish and full rest. This progressive free Yoga is about where you can take yourself for as long as you can. With a finish time of 12pm, but feel free to join us at any point within the four hours.

Being Yoga with Emma Gatsby
9.30 – 11am at The Temple of Love: 63 Walter Road, Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt
Emma provides an introduction to the Practice of Classic Hatha & Raja Yoga in a non-judgemental, explorative and mindful way. Inspired classes which include Yoga Asana (postures) Pranayama (vitality expansion) and Dharana (concentration) In this continual Beginners Yoga adventure (we will always approach practice with beginners mind) we will attempt to realign ourselves with the present moment and dissolve some of our conditioning through a gentle, powerful and trauma sensetive Hatha Yoga.

Bikram’s Beginning Yoga with Anika Speedy
9.30-11am at Yoga for the People Wellington, Level 2, 133 Tory Street
The original healing hot yoga. Bikram’s beginning yoga series is 26 core postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a heated room to systematically stretch, tone and realign your body and mind.

Beginner/Intermediate Yoga with Cathryn Doornekamp
10-11am at Lotus Yoga Centre, 91 Ruapehu Street, Paraparaumu
Newcomers are warmly invited to attend a hatha yoga class, suitable for all ages and levels of experience. The class will include flexibilities, breathing, stretching and strengthening poses followed by relaxation. The Lotus Yoga Centre offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in peaceful surroundings. Set in ten acres of bush, organic gardens and lawns, the Centre is a beautiful retreat from stressful, everyday life.

Calligraphy Yoga: Flow for Spine and Energy with Katya Mourits
10.30 – 11.45am at Health Fit Collective: 1-8 Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington
Calligraphy Yoga is a unique system bringing together the power of Eastern and Western movement approaches. This dynamic practice focuses on three dimensional functional movements not offered by any other system. These movements bring tremendous relief from back, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, effectively mobilise the whole body all while developing functional core strength and deep movement awareness. This practice promotes better blood circulation, better digestion and better oxygen delivery to the brain, muscles, ligaments and internal organs. You will walk out feeling a sense of deep relaxation, clarity in the mind and freedom in the body.

Hatha Flow with Lissa Chong
11.30am-12.30pm at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A chance to stretch and strengthen your body. The class will begin with some gentle movement to warm up and then move into a standing sequence exploring the relationship between strength and flexibility. We’ll finish with some seated postures and savasana.

Hatha Yoga + Pranayama with Natasha Reznichenko
12-1.15pm at Aro Valley Community Hall
Try a traditional Hatha Yoga class, healing and rejuvenating! Class will comprise of 60 min of dynamic and held yoga postures (asanas) suitable for total beginners and experienced yogis directed to improve joints mobility, toning muscular and other organ systems, balancing the body and mind performance, finishing with soothing guided relaxation. During the last 15 min of the class I will guide you through breathing techniques (pranayamas), ancient healing practices to increase your energy, boost immune system and calm the mind. It is not matter whatsoever what your level of fitness or flexibility is! I hope to inspire everyone with this life-changing practice! Aum.

Meditative Hatha with Robbie Neilson
12-1.30pm at Carrara Park, Newtown
Opening with a short talk on the Chakra System as a map of a spiritual journey and a tool for developing awareness of the subtle energies, the class will move into Hathaway and awareness exercises and close with a short meditation.
Note: This class will be held at Newtown Hall, Daniell Street if Wellington weather does not cooperate!

Yin Yang with Lana Bright
4-5pm at Hot Yoga Featherston, Level 2, 139 Featherston St, Wellington CBD
A combination of floor postures that stretch connective tissues and create flowing postures and balancing postures.
Note: This class was previously listed as being at 12pm at Hot Yoga Wakefield. Class location and time has changed.

Hatha Yoga + Pranayama with Natasha Reznichenko
4-5pm at Beginner Yogi,  6/149 Karori Road, Karori
Have a taste of Hatha Yoga class, healing and rejuvenating! Class will comprise of 45 min of traditional dynamic and held yoga postures (asanas) suitable for total beginners and experienced yogis directed to improve joints mobility, toning muscular and other organ systems, balancing the body and mind performance, finishing with soothing guided relaxation. During the last 10-15 min of the class I will guide you through two breathing techniques (pranayamas), ancient healing practices to increase your energy, boost immune system and calm the mind. It is not matter whatsoever what your level of fitness or flexibility is! I hope to inspire everyone with this life-changing practice! Aum.

Yin Yoga with Katie Sumstine
4-5pm at 4Inspired Movement Studio, 287 Jackson Street, Petone

Bikram’s Beginning Yoga with Anika Speedy
4-5.30pm at Yoga for the People Wellington, Level 2, 133 Tory Street
The original healing hot yoga. Bikram’s beginning yoga series is 26 core postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a heated room to systematically stretch, tone and realign your body and mind.

Yoga Rhapsody with Jemma Jeffs and Paul Saker-Norrish
5.30-6.30pm at Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street, Te Aro
A gentle flow class in a variety of styles, incorporating Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin, accompanied by live acoustic guitar and vocals. The class will be appropriate for all levels, as Jemma will guide the participants through a series of beginner postures, but will also provide cues to go deeper for those with a bit of experience.

Get into the Flow with Muni with Muni Cari
6-7.15pm Bhakti Lounge, Level 1 175 Vivian Street, Te Aro
Simple postures, flowing together to make you strong and flexible. Come along, have some yoga fun, work up a sweat and enjoy a fabulous dinner.

Beginner/Intermediate Yoga with Cathryn Doornekamp
6-7pm at Lotus Yoga Centre, 91 Ruapehu Street, Paraparaumu
Newcomers are warmly invited to attend a hatha yoga class, suitable for all ages and levels of experience. The class will include flexibilities, breathing, stretching and strengthening poses followed by relaxation. The Lotus Yoga Centre offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in peaceful surroundings. Set in ten acres of bush, organic gardens and lawns, the Centre is a beautiful retreat from stressful, everyday life.

Pathway to Yoga with Zuri Brudenell
7.30-8.30pm Z Health Studio, 31 Ihakara Street, Paraparaumu
A class that aims to rejuvenate the body and free the mind from tension and fatigue. It is viewed as an introduction to the more traditional Yoga forms and as the name suggests, will provide you with a pathway into the world of Yoga through the use of the physical postures. Suitable for all levels.


Intermediate & Advanced Classes

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Gentle Flow from the Yoga Lounge with Erika Josa
8.45-9.30am at Te Aro Astanga Studio, Level 1 Left Bank Cuba St, Te Aro
Gentle flow is a very slow pace vinyasa style class. Moving slowly with the breath, taking the time to pause between each Asanas. Working our up to some standing postures and back to the floor to finish in a very relaxed way. Level: intermediate.

Vinyasa Flow with Cathy
9.30 – 10.45am at Pause Yoga, 28 Moana Road, Days Bay, Eastbourne
These classes focus on matching the pace of your breath with the movement of your body. We usually start in meditation, child’s pose or we work on some type of pranayama (breathing exercise). Once the mind is a bit more settled, we start moving. The first half of the class is about flow where we move in unison with the breath, e.g. when we inhale we are in a particular pose and when we exhale we move to a different pose. The pace matches the breath. We usually include sun salutation A and a variation of sun salutation B, depending on the focus of the class. Then we hold poses for a bit longer: about 3 to 5 breaths in standing, seated or supine poses. The final part of the class is usually done in a supine or seated position with long-held stretches. All Vinyasa classes end with a savasana – complete relaxation – followed sometimes by a meditation depending on your teacher. *Due to the location of this studio, this class requires a booking. This class is now FULL

General Yoga with Philip Savage
10-11.30am at YogaSpace 2nd flr 33-35 Ghuznee St, Wellington
A general Iyengar yoga class. Level: intermediate.

Playful Vinyasa with Samantha Rozitis
11am-12.15pm at Hot Yoga Featherston, Level 2, 139 Featherston Street
Leave your doubts at the door because this class is going to be all about courage! Come play on your mat with Samantha Rozitis and we move through a playful and challenging vinyasa practice that will ask you to take a leap of faith. The room will be heated so expect to sparkle! Level: intermediate/advanced.

Power Flow Yoga with Elina
2-3pm at Aro Valley Community Hall
Flow with Elina for an invigorating and powerful session, with a series of postures sequenced to synchronised movement with breath to build strength, increase flexibility whilst focusing the mind. Suitable for all levels, modifications will be provided – come along with an open mind and heart (and a friend – double the fun)!

Yang/Yin Yoga Class with Sophia Pech
2-3.15pm at Tiaki Studio, 32 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Join us for an intermediate-level vinyasa practice. We’ll start with a yang flow and finish with some luscious yin!

Smart Flow Vinyasa with Katya Mourits
4-5.15pm at Te Aro Astanga Studio, Level 1 Left Bank Cuba Street, Wellington
An inspiring vinyasa flow accompanied by beautiful music focused on diversifying the movement, effective alignment and sequencing. You will be guided through a powerful practice involving smart variations of the common poses to reverse limiting movement patterns, release tension, find greater strength and freedom of movement. If desired, you will also be offered gentle but effective adjustments to explore different aspects of the poses. Level: intermediate.

Advanced Vinyasa with Sarrah Jayne
5-6.30pm at Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St, Newtown
This is a class for the yogi who has been practicing for a while and wants a challenge. We will start with pranayama, move into sun salutes as a warm up, and then experiment with advanced poses and inversions. Finishing with savasana. Level: intermediate/advanced.

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