Uprising Yoga

At Uprising Yoga Christchurch we have a range of classes to suit everyone. We are all about keeping it simple, relevant and relatable.

Find a class to suit you from one of our many options below.

Memberships and Prices

Hatha

Hatha focuses on balancing our physical, mental and emotional well-being. A more traditional way of practicing yoga. You are led through a well-rounded and breath-centred sequence at a comfortable and mindful pace. These classes always follow a flowing and consistent pattern: often beginning with sun salutations, followed by standing postures, onwards to some useful seated postures. We then reduce the pace and intensity with more passive positions and guided relaxation.

Flow

This is a flowing style of yoga where we connect to the breath and synchronise this with movement to foster a greater sense of focus and calm. The movement element of the class is warming, providing an opportunity to build a healthy balance of strength and mobility. The beauty of this style is the variety, as there is no set sequence – hence the breath, movements, pace and intensity will vary, helping you to grow and explore different elements of the practice.

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Beginners

Our weekly beginners class is a great way to kick off your yoga journey. Expect an encouraging and supportive class aimed to help you establish a firm grounding in yoga asana and awareness of your breath. Movements are slower paced so they are easier to learn and assimilate and you’ll be offered plenty of options to adapt the practice to suit your needs.

Yoga for Climbers

With some of our yoga teachers also being experienced climbers, we are pleased to be able to offer two weekly classes designed with the needs of climbers in mind. Utilising some simple yet powerful concepts, each session is a targeted exploration of an aspect that is of particular benefit to the climber. Whether it is seeking to find more muscular balance, to assist in recovery, or to improve functional mobility, this class will help improve your climbing.

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Yin Yang

In a Yin Yang class we’re blending two styles of yoga together. The yang influence is more dynamic and warming, and the yin more passive and cooling. Through this integrated approach we are helping to balance these two energies inside us. For the yang part of the class expect a sequence resembling the flow style, where you can find strength and vitality. For the yin part of the class you’ll experience restorative and more supported postures, held for longer periods of time to help bring a sense of clarity, ease and peace of mind.

Awaken

A wonderful class to start your day! We begin moving slowly and gently, exploring movement gradually through our whole body. This approach offers more opportunity to connect your mind, body, and breath, helping you to establish that steady foundation for the rest of the class and the rest of your day. The tempo then shifts as we move into sun salutations and standing postures to cultivate vital energy for our day. Class finishes with a wind down sequence to leave you ready to face the day from a calm and centred space within.

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Rest & Restore

Come and join us on a Friday evening to decompress from the week; to give yourself a chance to rest, recover and restore. Here we quietly guide you through practices that activate the inbuilt relaxation response. Practices such as gentle movement, breath practices, restorative postures, guided relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation. Giving you ample time to connect with the subtle qualities of the body, breath and mind.

Group Practise

Every Thursday and Saturday morning the Uprising studio is made available for anyone who wishes to self practise. We simply have a supervisor there to open and close up whilst you do your thing—whether that be asana, pranayama or meditation practices. A warm distraction free space for you to enjoy your personal practice.

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Ashtanga

An Ashtanga Vinyasa based class cultivating strength and ease in body, clarity in mind and fullness in breath. Each class will follow a consistent pattern: starting with some warming sun salutations and standing postures moving into some grounding seated postures and enlivening back bends then coming back to centre with a calming finishing sequence. Each week we’ll shine a light on a meditation or pranayama technique allowing you to dive a little deeper into these subtler practices of yoga, leaving you balanced and bright.

Yin

A perfectly relaxing way to wrap up your weekend, priming you for a deeply restorative sleep so you start Monday fresh and centred. Using props for full support we explore shapes either seated or lying on the floor with longer holds to give access to fascia~ the interconnective tissue that encases our muscles, ligaments and bones. This creates more space in the body and is beautifully correlated with deep focused breathwork to give more space in the mind.

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Pranayama

A guided class dedicated wholly to the inward-looking, energising and balancing breathing techniques of yoga.

Once you’ve gone through an initial familiarisation process, these seated breath-based practices can be a real joy.

A little guidance and encouragement usually makes all the difference with these practices—and this is what these sessions are all about; giving it a go with useful pointers provided along the way.

Come along and learn the basics so you too can add this beautiful and potent set of practices to your yoga tool box.

Satsang

Satsang is another way of saying, ‘let’s get together to talk about the good stuff of yoga’. You’ll sit together and chat about a broad range of yoga topics, big and small. Put forward questions or listen; ponder or share; it’s up to you.

To help us settle in, we’ll begin with chanting the Yoga Sutras, which takes about 20 minutes. For those who haven’t done something like that before, it can be quite tricky to repeat the Sanskrit syllables. However, it’s not about how well you can recite the sounds; it’s about the fullness of attention that is automatically cultivated as you do the exercise, as well as a honing of the senses.

Then comes a conversation. We might start with a particular area of interest or yogic idea, but where this leads depends very much on the particular interests and responses of the group. Typically, the conversation would have a philosophical leaning, but all topics are definitely welcome. Yoga can be a very interesting lens with which to view many things.

Full Moon Restorative

Your monthly chance to rest and restore, deeply.

This mini yoga retreat with Amaya is all about pushing pause at the time of the full moon (purnima); giving yourself permission to rest.

Through the nourishing practices of restorative yoga, breathwork, meditation and yoga nidra, we’ll invite in the healing relaxation response, allowing you to melt away any deeply held tensions. We’ll end with the chance to ease back into your Sunday and connect with others.

If you’d like to invite more ‘being’ into your world of ‘doing’, this one’s for you!

2022 Dates

Events

We run regular events & workshops that aim to deepen your knowledge and understanding of specific yoga topics.


A Day Away is an autumn retreat abundant with opportunities to pause, quieten down and connect deeply to your inner realms through the ancient practices of yoga. A time for you to receive.

This nourishing day-long retreat features particular focus on tuning into body, mind and breath. We will explore practices of expansive pranayama, chanting, mauna (silence), asana (postures), meditation, mudra, karma yoga and more.

An opportunity to clear vital space in your being to feel energetically uplifted for graceful transitions through seasonal changes and life’s challenges.

Come along and allow us to nurture you whilst sharing tools of how to further nurture yourself from a space of deep trust and compassion.

Governor’s Bay Community Centre. Sunday 1 May, 10:00am – 5.30pm. With Camila Nieuwlands & Helen Farr.

$155 Uprising Members.
$185 Non-members.

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Where are we coming from?

At Uprising Yoga we give great importance to finding an approach that reflects your uniqueness.

In other words, we prefer to offer a range of possible avenues for you to try, rather than one particular style or approach.

Our led classes encompass a range of styles, and we also offer space for self-practise or group-practise (together but without a teacher).

We encourage self-enquiry during your practise, so whatever the teacher is offering you are empowered to adapt to suit your needs each time you step on the mat.

We believe student and teacher are on a journey together, learning from one another to cultivate a shared learning experience and a real sense of community.

Please have a read of the Uprising Yoga Sankalpa and our Guiding Principles to get a better feel for where we are coming from.