Yoga classes at Go Girl Timaru

Yoga classes at Go Girl Timaru

What Yoga is

Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.

As we emerge from the pandemic, now more than ever, people are turning to yoga to relieve stress, increase mobility, and better emotional control. The practice of yoga is escapism and a time to be kind to yourself and your body.

The beginning is never easy. For the first steps of your yoga journey, whether you’ve done yoga before or are completely new to the yoga life, yoga is a practice to be done on a regular basis.

Sure, there are many online classes and videos to view – but how do you know you are doing the yoga pose correctly? When you join our yoga class at Go Girl Timaru, your instructor will show you how to maneuver yourself into the pose alongside any breathing techniques to help you along the way.

Conveniently located in the heart of Timaru’s CBD, our studio is a warm and welcoming space for men and women to practice yoga. To find out more about your yoga instructor – please read on.

Hi! My name is Monique

Although I’ve been practicing yoga for many years, I only found the time in the last year to complete my Yoga teacher training, after the postponement of the first lock down. Testimony that yoga is for everybody, as I hadn’t long before that had a total right hip replacement. I believe that if it wasn’t for yoga my years of hard physical work on the farm would have taken a worse toll on my body, and it certainly aided in a fantastic recovery from my hip operation.

I teach Hatha Yoga. In Sanskrit Hatha means sun(ha) and moon(ta).

Hatha balances the energies and increases flexibility while also boosting strength. This is achieved by pairing physical postures with breathing techniques. Hatha can combine the different styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Power and Iyengar. Hatha is the happy medium infusing elements from various styles.

Yoga practice also goes beyond the external benefits. Various studies have found that a single yoga class a week lowered levels of perceived stress in the participants. Hatha yoga is also linked to improved self-esteem and quality of life.

I give lots of options within postures. Encouraging you to practice to the awareness of your own body. Yoga is not a competition.

I love teaching yoga and see the enjoyment it gives people. I hope you can join me.




Available Classes 

Tuesdays 9.30am & 5.30pm

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Term 3 Starting
Tuesday 26 July - 27 September (10 weeks)
(Men & Women Welcome)
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Iyengar Based Yoga

By Lizelle
(Qualified in South Africa 1999)

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​How Iyengar Yoga Benefits the Body

Iyengar yoga is based on principles of Ashtanga yoga, with an emphasis on improving stamina, flexibility, concentration, and balance. One of the principles is based on the asanas, which help the body improve strength and flexibility and combat physical malaise. Pranayama, emphasizes deep, slow breathing. Pratyahara and Dhyana, the other principles incorporated into Iyenga yoga, emphasize quieting the mind and achieving unity with the divine. Proper alignment of the asanas is extremely important for Iyengar yoga, and many of the poses used are found in other types of yoga. There is, however, no regular progression of the asanas. Each pose is followed by the “child’s pose,” a very relaxing, calming pose. Iyengar yoga makes use of various props so that everyone can perform the poses as competently as possible. Since the child’s pose is used between other poses, Iyengar yoga does not provide as strong a cardiovascular workout as other yoga forms. Nonetheless, it provides an excellent strength and flexibility workout.

Asanas in Iyengar based Yoga

Importance of Asanas in Iyengar based Yoga

Iyengar yoga is a particularly good form of yoga for beginners, because so much emphasis is placed on the best possible alignment of the body for all the asanas. Body alignment and symmetry are very important, as is intensity of execution of the asanas. The poses in Iyengar yoga are done with great attention to detail, and each yoga student tries to achieve the poses to the best of their ability. For those just learning the poses, Iyengar yoga makes use of props, like blankets, belts, and soft blocks. That way, if a student has not yet achieved the strength or flexibility necessary for an asana, the props can be used as learning aids. Props also allow the yoga student to hold positions for longer periods than might be possible without them. The asanas are categorized so that beginners can adapt them to their ability level while progressing to increasing levels of difficulty as their ability increases. Emphasis on correct body alignment allows the body to develop symmetrically while minimizing risk of pain or injury. Each student is encouraged to use props and work the asanas in whatever range of motion is safest and most effective for them.