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Breathe, Ground and Restore


  • abundance mind body 2 Walton Leigh Avenue Porirua, Wellington, 5022 New Zealand (map)

In a nutshell

Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th of May 2020

Abundance Mind Body Studio Porirua

Final times to be set but expect an am and pm discussion and practice on both days

Invest: individual workshops $68, full series $220

Opening our Side Body

Saturday 16th May 2020

2.5 hours

Side bending postures in our asana practice can be beneficial as they open up the diaphragm, hips and shoulders. By lengthening the rib cage, side bending can increase our energy level and allow us to feel invigorated and light.

Practice will explore lateral bending postures which will prepare us for the pranayama practice in the afternoon. All levels welcome, this will be a slow and deep practice with the use of props and the wall helping you to open up on every level!

Pranayama - the inner layer

Saturday pm 2.5 hours

Pranayama is an ancient practice that means to gather and collect prana, which is our vital life force that penetrates and supports everything around us and inside of us. In pranayama, we use our breath to collect and direct this vital energy into our being.

If the amount of prana is higher outside the body, we can feel sick, stuck, restless, confused or dense. These feelings within can lead to lack of drive, motivation, or even depression.

A peaceful, healthy person keeps more prana within the body. When more prana is inside the body, we feel more vitality, lightness, and positive energy.

As yogis, we learn to manage our prana and be more efficient with our energy.

There will be a discussion on:

  • what pranayama is and how it can help manage your two most vital forms of energy the inhale and exhale, the prana and the Apana.

  • muscles that help assist pranayama

  • how to prepare for this practice

  • different setups for pranayama

  • pranayama techniques

Getting Grounded, Calm, and Still - Inversions.

Sunday am 2.5 hours

Inversions are an essential part of our practice creating profound shifts within our nervous system and brain, which prepare us for meditation. Headstand and shoulder stand are referred to as the king and queen of all yoga asana and are included in most classical practices.

Headstand is referred to as the king of all poses developing masculine qualities of will power, steadiness and clarity of the brain.

Shoulder stand develops the feminine qualities of patience and emotional stability. When performed together, these opposite effects create a strong sense of balance preparing you to move into the higher limbs of Ashtanga Yoga – Pranayama & Meditation. In this workshop, we will break the crucial parts down of learning to hold headstand and shoulder stand safely and protecting the neck.

We will also explore variations and modifications of these poses helping us prepare for the restorative practice that follows.

The Yoga of Self Care - Restoratives

Sunday pm 2.5 hours

The world today can be stressful and for many of us it is a practice to slow down and relax. Because of this, stress accumulates with our body and our systems begin to break down causing injury, anxiety, and disease. Simple modalities such as restorative yoga, breath awareness, and meditation can help alleviate stress and create a more peaceful, balanced environment.

Cultivating a restorative practice can help you live in the world today with lower stress and more ease.

This workshop will be a combination of discussion and practice.

We will explore the many healing benefits of restorative yoga, followed by a restorative and meditation practice.

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About Joan

Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style seamlessly supports her students as they emerge from their practice with the rich and bright energy that yoga has to offer. Joan’s teachings come from an organic and intuitive place, as she draws upon the combined studies of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga as well as Ayurveda and meditation. An authentic modern-day yogi, Joan's love and devotion show up in her practice and throughout her teaching, you will leave her class feeling transformed and deeply aligned.

Joan spent fifteen years as a distinguished YogaWorks Senior Teacher before bringing her expertise to Wanderlust as the Director of Teacher Trainings in 2016. Now, with over twenty years’ experience leading retreats, trainings, and international workshops, Joan continues to travel the globe leading her own signature trainings. In addition, Joan partners with yoga schools in various corners of the world on their teacher training programs. A leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan’s open-hearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.

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