YOGA IN THE PARK

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

Bad­minton: dou­bles play for two hours, just $5. Book­ings not re­quired. 1pm-3pm ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day at the Auck­land Bad­minton Hall, 99 Gil­lies Ave. Play­group: for chil­dren with spe­cial needs and their par­ents. Ev­ery sec­ond Wed­nes­day at the Com­mu­nity of St Luke, 130 Re­muera Rd. Chil­dren aged 18 months to 5 years wel­come. Con­tact Mar­garet David­son nz­mar­garet@gmail.com for de­tails. Out­door ex­er­cise and gyms classes are great be­cause they not only pro­vide a full body work­out while soak­ing in the vi­ta­min D, but they also pro­vide the so­cial fun el­e­ment of work­ing out in a group set­ting.

And bet­ter yet, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. We’ve sniffed out the best free out­door ex­er­cise op­tions in Auck­land city, so all you have to do is turn up.

TRAMPING CLUBS

Tramping clubs hap­pen all over the city, from the Waitakere Ranges in the west to Ran­gi­toto Is­land in the har­bour. There is the Hi­lary Trail Run­ners group, the Auck­land Tramping Club and the Manukau Tramping Club just to name a few. Just search for your near­est tramping club on Face­book.

OUT­DOOR GYMS

Mon­day and Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, em­broi­dery Wed­nes­day morn­ing, un­tu­tored art Thurs­day and Fri­day morn­ings. New mem­bers wel­come. RSA rooms, 178 Kepa Rd. For more in­for­ma­tion call Anne on 524 9996. Com­mu­nity gar­den: meet gar­den­ers and make friends, trade knowl­edge and even share veg­gies and herbs from the gar­den. No cost. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day, 10.30am-12pm at 156 Kepa Rd. Just turn up or text/call 021 142 9847. Com­mu­nity play­group: a place where par­ents/care­givers and chil­dren un­der five-years-old can re­lax, dis­cover, learn and have fun. $2 per fam­ily. Will run ev­ery Tues­day morn­ing. 9.30am-11.30am, Pan­mure Com­mu­nity Hall, 7-13 Pilk­ing­ton Rd. Fut­sal: very so­cial mixed 5-a-side fut­sal soc­cer. Age 14 to 70. Be­gin­ners al­ways wel­come. Runs year round. Con­tact Mark on 0272171918. Pan­mure YMCA, La­goon Dr. Probus: a group of ac­tive re­tirees who meet in the Dunkirk Road club There are dozens of parks around Auck­land sport­ing cir­cuits of ex­er­cise equip­ment, which can be used solo or in a group. Lo­ca­tions in­clude Mis­sion Bay, Vic­to­ria Park in the city and Cornwall Park. While yoga is one of the more trendy and ex­pen­sive work­out trends, there are lots of ways to get in on the buzz with­out drain­ing your purse. Cloth­ing store Lu­l­ule­mon holds free classes in Taka­puna on Sun­days. Golden Yogi also has free com­mu­nity yoga classes ev­ery Sun­day from 8.30am.

BOOT­CAMP

Boot it fit­ness run free Satur­day morn­ing boot­camps in Mis­sion Bay and the Auck­land do­main. Just give them a call and get ready for the most in­tense work out of your life. rooms, 50 Dunkirk Rd. 10am, First Tues­day of the month. Come along and join meet­ings, friend­ship and out­ings. Vis­i­tors wel­come. Phone 575 7622. Sto­ry­time: join us for a spe­cial af­ter­hours sto­ry­time in the li­brary. Come dressed up as your favourite book char­ac­ter and en­joy a hot choco­late. RSVP in branch or phone 3741321. Oc­to­ber 13, 6pm-7pm, Par­nell Li­brary, 545 Par­nell Rd. Emer­gency: come along to this school hol­i­day event in as­so­ci­a­tion with St John, learn first aid skills and how to take ac­tion in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. Gold coin do­na­tion, call 3741321. Oc­to­ber 11, 2pm-3pm, Par­nell Li­brary, 545 Par­nell Rd. World records: join us for this school hol­i­days event as we try to break records with var­i­ous team chal­lenges. Great for chil­dren of all ages. Oc­to­ber 10, 2pm-3pm, Par­nell Li­brary. Karate: free two week trial. Mon­day to Fri­day, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 6.00pm to 9.00pm. www.karatere­muera.com or call 021 680107 for more in­for­ma­tion. Karate Re­muera, 6 Pa­pahia St. Women’s lun­cheon club: meets at Rose Park Ho­tel at 12pm on the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month. In­cludes guest speaker and lunch. Call 620 5059. Rose Park Ho­tel, Glad­stone Rd. Film club: meets monthly for tea and dis­cus­sion of movies you’ve re­cently seen. Meets third Thurs­day of ev­ery month 2.30pm-4pm at Par­nell Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 545 Par­nell Rd. Call 555 5161 for more in­for­ma­tion. Trick-or-treat: hosted by Re­muera Bap­tist Church, come along for loads of free en­ter­tain­ment suit­able for kids young and old, in­clud­ing a ma­gi­cian, bouncy cas­tles, sausage siz­zle, face-paint­ing and sen­sory trea­sure hunt. Oc­to­ber 31, 5.30pm7.30pm, 641 Re­muera Rd. Knit­ting club: Be­gin­ners and ex­perts wel­come. We meet ev­ery fort­night at 10am, work on in­di­vid­ual or shared projects. Ring Hi­lary on 095202532. Oc­to­ber 12, 10am-12pm, Re­muera Li­brary, 429 Re­muera Rd. His­tory group: need to im­prove your fam­ily his­tory skills? Come and hear Gay Wil­liams present a work­shop about the web­site Births, Deaths and Mar­riages. Call 095202532. Oc­to­ber 26, 12.30pm1.30pm, Re­muera Li­brary, 429 Re­muera Rd. Fes­ti­val of quilts: over 200 quilts made by Auck­land Quilt Guild mem­bers on dis­play in­clud­ing re­cy­cled, modern, and chal­lenge quilts, as well as items avail­able for pur­chase from 40 mer­chants. En­try $12. Novem­ber 3, 10am Novem­ber 5, 4pm, Auck­land Net­ball Cen­tre, 7 Al­li­son Fer­gu­son Drive Pi­lates: run by a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor in a pur­pose built stu­dio. Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings, 9:30am10:30am. Child friendly. Call or email 0274334137 for more in­for­ma­tion. As­pire Aer­o­bix Stu­dio, Unit 9, 88 El­iz­a­beth Knox Place.

Who needs a gym when you have the great out­doors.

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