Time to re­lax and get fit

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CLAIRE GI­B­LIN

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.

Visit abun­dance­mind­body.co.nz.

Flex­i­ble: Top Aus­tralian Power Yoga in­struc­tor Dun­can Peak and his as­sis­tant Elisha Young are keen to pass on their knowl­edge.

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