Acro yoga takes flight in New Zealand

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You might not have heard of acro yoga yet, but it won’t be long un­til it takes off in New Zealand, es­pe­cially if Ni­cole Moyes – the owner/op­er­a­tor of Raw Yoga in Mil­ford has her way!

The open­ing of this fan­tas­tic new yoga stu­dio in Kitch­ener Rd was the re­al­i­sa­tion of a long held dream for Ni­cole, who first be­gan prac­tic­ing yoga in her early 20s and be­gan to no­tice the ‘‘trans­for­ma­tive magic’’ it had.

In 2012 she spent a year train­ing as a yoga teacher at the New Zealand School of Yoga and it was soon after that she fell in love with acro yoga – which com­bines yoga pos­tures, ac­ro­bat­ics and the heal­ing art of thai mas­sage.

Ni­cole com­pleted her acro yoga teacher train­ing this year in San Diego and she along with Carolyn Rus­sell, who runs Raw Yoga’s mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion work­shops, are the only two teach­ers in New Zealand to have been trained by the co­founders of acro yoga.

With the open­ing of her stu­dio six weeks ago, Ni­cole and the Raw Yoga team are ex­cited to be able to in­tro­duce oth­ers to the magic that is acro yoga.

While it may look a lit­tle daunt­ing, Ni­cole says it’s suit­able for ev­ery­one – from com­plete novices who have never set foot in a stu­dio be­fore, to some­one with 20 years of yoga prac­tice un­der their belt.

Dur­ing a class you’ll learn all the nec­es­sary build­ing blocks to lit­er­ally take what­ever phys­i­cal skills you have to new heights and don’t worry if you don’t have a part­ner to bring with you – you’ll find some­one to ‘fly’ with when you ar­rive.

‘‘Many peo­ple see acro yoga and think that they could never do it, but it’s when you chal­lenge your­self and push your­self out of your com­fort zone that the big­gest trans­for­ma­tions can hap­pen.’’

Want to dis­cover all that Raw Yoga has to of­fer?

Then make sure you take ad­van­tage of its Christ­mas spe­cial which en­ables you to en­joy five classes for just $50.

In ad­di­tion to acro yoga, Raw Yoga of­fers power vinyasa, strength and yin yoga classes.

Pas­sion­ate yo­gis: Carolyn Rus­sell and Ni­cole Moyes of Raw Yoga. Get fly­ing: Acro yoga com­bines yoga pos­tures, ac­ro­bat­ics and the heal­ing art of thai mas­sage.

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