HAMSA YOGA: Our INTENT

Start close in, don’t take the second step
or the third, start with the first thing
close in, the step you don’t want to take.
— David Whyte

Yoga is not just a workout. It's a work in. Hamsa Yoga invites you to slow down and soften, so you can tune in with more awareness to the truly amazing body-mind in which you dwell. Through simple and powerful tools of mindful movement, meditation and breath practices, we train you to lean in and pay attention to the subtle, complex and fascinating ecosystem of the body, the environment and space around you, and to each other. We teach you to reconnect. When you are consciously connected, you can resource yourself better, your life is so much richer. We call this being in FLOW.

Yin Yoga

In Yin Yoga we explore the geography of the subtle body: joint spaces, connective tissue, meridian lines, chakras, autonomic systems and organic body.  There is no muscular effort required here, however some of your muscles may get a gentle wake up along the way.  Much of this practice is seated, on the floor, with props and the wall for support.

With meditative guidance and poetic imagery Katy weaves yogic philosophy and somatic psychology into the embodied experience - immersing you in a holistic journey which will bring you home to your best self. Each class is lovingly designed to unwind your body and mind from the stresses of daily life, and bring more of the amazing blueprint of you into your conscious field.

"Citta Vritti Nirodaha"  Yoga is calming the fluctuations of the mind, bringing the unconscious into the conscious. Patanjali's Yoga Sutra II

Yin Yoga gives you the space to slow down, and to stay open to the experiences in your unique body, cultivating a greater awareness and acceptance, rather than rushing onto the next pose or thing. By giving yourself this attention and spaciousness, you bring about a greater clarity, a sense of harmony and peacefulness, allowing you to experience greater ease, balance, and calm.

A potently mindful practice to bring balance into your day, and space and mobility into your body.  Yin is a fantastic practice to balance with your regular yoga flow or other physical activities, and it is suitable for all abilities. 

NEW* vibrant you: FASCIA FLOW YOGA

A fascial flow class in which we'll awaken and enliven fascia, joint space, skin, nervous system, senses, energy body. Gentle and accessible, find freedom in fascia with movement to compliment the stillness of our Yin sessions. Inspired by classic yoga, Qi Gong, myofascial release and other somatic practices. This will help with stress, mood, brain function, sleep patterns, psychological wellbeing, attention, happiness, mobility, vitality and vigour. Come and experience the most vibrant you today!

NEW* VINYASA FLOW YOGA

My staple practice for many years, from London to Bali to New Zealand, I'm ready to offer my own unique style of vinyasa flow here in Mangawhai. This is an active yoga class with *optional vinyasa between sequences. We move mindfully from posture to posture, a flowing sequence with the breath. There is some weight bearing in downward dog, balance, breath, strength, flexibility, mobility, overall toning. Generally suitable for more mobile practitioners, ask me if you are unsure if this is for you. Some experience recommended.

Embodied Flow Yoga ™

All of my classes are informed by my trainings in Embodied Flow Yoga ™. EFY is the science and art of flow: integrating embodied anatomy with alignment-based Hatha yoga, informed by the philosophy of non-dual Tantra, to move us into the ever-expanding awareness of our consciousness. The Embodied Flow practice invites mindful awareness, breath and fluid movement, even in stillness. We move through a gradually building set of postures. We allow the body to open gracefully, attentively, consciously. Sometimes we move slowly through a sequence, sometimes not, depending on our intention. Each class has a different focus or theme, working skilfully with the philosophy, science and creative exploration of Embodied Flow Yoga.

Restorative yoga

Restorative Yoga is also a slow, deeply nourishing and relaxing practice.  We offer you just a few simple poses, supported with props and space, to let the body unfold and unwind - the perfect antidote to stress, exhaustion, or anxiety that's accumulated in our daily lives. Less is definitely more. Taking time out to really listen to and honour what our bodies need most is a truly revelatory gift.  Katy's soothing voice will guide you into spacious, calm, rejuvenating bliss. Suitable for all abilities.

FLEXIBILITY AND YOU

It's a common misconception, but you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. It's often the flexible-bodied people who are more prone to injury. We do encourage you to cultivate a certain flexibility of mind space though. You don’t have to look a certain way either.  Yoga is for everybody who has a body. Every body can practice yoga.  As long as you can breathe, you can do yoga.  We each have to start with the body-mind that we have in this very moment.  Over time, with dedicated practice, a good teacher and a whole lot of curiosity, you will gradually begin to untie the knots that restrict you.  More often than not, those knots are mental, emotional, energetic; limitations that are residues of our conditioning, belief system or upbringing.  

Start somewhere. Start close in. The only thing you have to lose is a whole lot of limitations.