Yoga Classes 

Yoga classes are offered at the Centre, taught by our Centre Manager Hanya Gallagher, a trained yoga teacher. Classes run during the school terms and all are welcome (no experience in yoga or in meditation needed). Please register here for yoga classes: Registration

Integrated Yoga Class 

Day: 2020 timetable to be advised late January

The exercises will be aimed at improving awareness, agility and strength of mind and body. Emphasis is on alignment, breath work, and mindful exercise drawing on yoga and other body-mind based exercise practices. The exercises allow for modifications so they are accessible for beginners to advanced practitioners.

Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga Class

Day: 2020 timetable to be advised late January

The class is suitable for those who live with chronic pain and stress, and would like healthy ways of managing it. Yoga is great way to gain a more agile body and mind. Restorative yoga will focus on slowly and safely loosening joints ready to gain the full benefits of yoga nidra. 

Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known is one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests, lying on the floor in a comfortable position, this systematic meditation leaves you with a sense of wholeness. Yoga nidra is a practice that everyone, from children to the elderly, can do. It's easy to follow at any age. All that your body needs to do is lie down on the floor.

As you lie down all you have to do is follow the voice that is guiding you. It's likely that you will remember certain parts of the meditation and not others. Every time you come to the practice you encounter a new experience—none of which is wrong. Best if you can stay conscious but falling asleep is okay too, as you will still receive benefits while the unconscious mind is absorbing the practice.

Yoga nidra is always guided, so there is no intense thinking or wondering why you are staring at a blank wall. Yoga nidra promotes deep rest and relaxation. The stages of body scan and breath awareness alone can be practiced to calm the nervous system, leading to less stress and better health.

Some people cherish the profound relaxation that this practice instills, while other practitioners use the non-judgmental and secure atmosphere that yoga nidra provides as a window into themselves. Yoga nidra offers a space to explore what you need in the moment, as well as an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions. During yoga nidra you are able to experience an emotion and come “face to face” with what you want to overcome, without “diving into it” completely—meaning without feeling the emotion so completely that you become overwhelmed. Over time you continue to experience the emotion and associated feelings, moving deeper into the practice.Yoga nidra can serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress.
Yoga nidra is an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being. Practiced with consistency and awareness, you may likely discover that you can find a good amount of peace in a short period of time.  

Location: Auckland Zen Centre, 50 Princes St, Onehunga

Cost: Both classes are offered for free but donations are much appreciated to support the Centre -- suggested donation is around $5-$10 per class

About the  Instructor

Hanya Gallagher lives in Auckland and is a Zen Priest with the Auckland Zen Centre.

Hanya has been a yoga practitioner for the last 30 years and completed her Yoga teacher training in 2018. Hanya's background includes many years in martial arts-both hard and soft styles-plus working in several fitness centres around the country.  She has trained in tai chi in Yang and Sun systems to a teaching level.
She is also a Pilates instructor, starting her Pilates career in Christchurch where she trained in Group Pilates with the Australasian Pilates Institute under Allan Menezes. After doing further training with Polestar Pilates in Auckland, specializing in rehabilitation and one-on-one studio work, she set up her own company in South Canterbury called Active Wise where she had a studio and taught for 8 years. In addition to training in Pilates, tai chi and yoga, she has a degree in Physical Education specializing in Kinesiology. In 2013 Hanya completed a post-graduate diploma in Health Science which included pain management.

Hanya's yoga classes for the Auckland Zen Centre incorporates not only her background in the field of body practice but also her meditation practice. The class will help support people who currently meditate as well as those who wish to gain more awareness around movement and its effect on their mind. 

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