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.
Tuesdays 9.30am & 5.30pm