Time to relax and get fit
Local residents can calm the mind and improve the body at a new pilates and yoga studio in Porirua.
The Abundance Studio, a subsidiary of Cityfitness, is a new concept for Wellington, with classes from a host of teachers every day.
Programme director Allyson Donnelly says the aim is to make yoga and pilates accessible, not only to existing gym members but also to newcomers who are not interested in the traditional workout.
‘‘The way to improve your body and mind is through movement and we want to make it accessible to everyone from beginners through to serious sports people.’’
The Abundance Studio has been purpose-built upstairs above the City- fitness gym in Porirua to create a dedicated space specifically for pilates and yoga, Ms Donnelly said.
‘‘We want to create a bit of a community up here.’’
The studio is running a timetable of more than 30 pilates and yoga classes each week, including:
Hot vinyasa yoga – a physical style of yoga done in temperatures between 32 degrees Celsius and 38C with a focus on strengthening the body.
Vinyasa yoga – a physical style of yoga done at room temperature.
Iyengar yoga – a more gentle style of yoga that focuses on alignment and holding poses to build strength.
Pilates mat – a challenging sequence of mind-body exercises based on the teachings of Joseph Pilates.
Pilates equipment – pilates exercises using specifically designed equipment.
There are plans to hold lifestyle workshops, such as breathing techniques and stress management, so clients can take the lessons learned at the studio into their everyday life.
‘‘There are so many benefits to this form of exercise; people stand taller and they sit better. You get so much stronger,’’ said Ms Donnelly.
Classes will cost $ 14 for studio members and $18 for non-members. Concession cards are available.
Cityfitness started in Porirua, and now has 13 gyms across New Zealand. A 14th gym is about to open in central Wellington – its second in the CBD.
In preparation, cityfitness ran intensive training courses during October for pilates and yoga instructors, with another training course planned for February.
Flexible: Top Australian Power Yoga instructor Duncan Peak and his assistant Elisha Young are keen to pass on their knowledge.