Iyengar yoga,
Human anatomy and physiology
Classes, courses, retreats and private sessions
Iyengar yoga sessions
General & Experienced+ Iyengar classes
At Wellness Movement (http://wellnessmovement.nz/).
General level classes: Tuesdays 9:30–11am and Wednesdays 10:30–12, casuals and drop-ins welcome. Last class 19 Dec 2018; classes resume 8 Jan 2019.
Experienced+ level classes (from 9 Jan 2019): Wednesdays 5:30–7pm. Contact me to check suitability and space.
Daytime Beginners+ Iyengar yoga course
At 3–4:30pm on Thursdays at Wellness Movement (http://wellnessmovement.nz/). Next course 17 January to 28 March 2019 (11 weeks). Pregnant women welcome. Contact me for more information and to reserve your place.
Residential retreat 14–16 June 2019
Fully equipped, warm yoga studio; fresh local food, organically grown; cozy shared accommodation; starting Friday at 5pm, finishing early Sunday afternoon. Places are limited, so contact me early to book.
Private yoga sessions
Receive one-on-one, personal attention, learn how to practice effectively and mindfully, and deepen your yoga. Also ideal for people with recent injuries or ongoing limitations. Or organise a small group and contact me to book your session.
Anatomy and physiology
for health professionals and trainees
Using high-quality medical model and real materials, we study the theory, and then bring the knowledge to the yoga mat, to build a foundation on which to base a yoga, massage or other body-work teaching and practice. 36 hours.

Next course (2019) in Nelson is spread over 3 weekends:
23 & 24 March
25 & 26 May
27 & 28 July.

Contact me for details.

About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
About me
I've been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since the 1990s, and hold a Junior Intermediate Level 2 certificate. Recently, I completed a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapy course, and have studied at RIMYI in Pune, India.

My yoga is nourished by workshops, retreats and classes run by senior Iyengar Yoga teachers – Geeta Iyengar, Pixie Lilas, Glenn Ceresoli, Gulnaaz Dashti and our NZ teachers.

My expertise in human anatomy and physiology traces to years of teaching nursing students, as well as graduates, at polytechnics. I hold a Certificate in Adult Teaching, as well as a BSc and a PhD in biology.

The human mind and body fascinate me, and I'm grateful to be able to share the learning journey.
Iyengar Yoga
Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar was born in Bellur, India in 1918. A student of Krishnamacharya, he went on to develop a style of hatha yoga that emphasises precision and alignment. Simple props are used to maximise the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible and extra extension to more advanced students. Instructions adhere to a world-wide standard, and teachers undergo rigorous assessment to earn their qualifications.

As more and more people adopted Iyengar yoga, BKS wrote numerous books to record the evolving teachings, beginning with the classic Light on Yoga.
Iyengar Yoga is now the most practiced form of yoga in the world.

See our NZ community's website for more about Iyengar yoga: http://iyengar-yoga.org.nz/.
Why learn Iyengar Yoga?
[In one study comparing brand-new yogis and seasoned walkers after 3 months], beginning [Iyengar] yogis experienced major rises in [GABA], … a neurotransmitter that tends to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety, along with improved moods and lessened anxiety …
better than the [effects observed in] the walkers.
Yoga Alliance endorses a category of training that requires … about 3 months … [but Iyengar] requires candidates for teacher training to have studied the style for a minimum of 3 years, and then trains them for a minimum of 2 years and administers [Introductory teacher] examinations … It is the Iyengar people who have redesigned some of yoga's most dangerous poses. Teacher training puts much emphasis on how to lessen the risks.
The Science of Yoga: the risks and rewards, by William J Broad

[one of] the most suitable options for people with orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems… [The outcomes of] clinical trials … showed that a well-designed yoga program not only decreased the perceived intensity of back pain, but also improved people's ability to accomplish their daily tasks.
… to become an Iyengar instructor [requires] lengthy teacher-training programs… about 5 years before aspiring Iyengar teachers [are] allowed to call themselves instructors …[and] reaching junior instructor level [can] take a decade of work and testing.
Crooked: Outwitting the back pain industry and getting on the road
to recovery
, by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin


Ramin [author of Crooked, above], who suffered from chronic lower-back pain for years, credits her recovery to a series of "back whisperers". They include personal trainers, Iyengar yoga teachers … Iyengar yoga is 'a purely orthopaedic style of yoga'.
—There's good news for sufferers of chronic lower-back pain, by Ruth Nichol in The Listener.
See https://www.noted.co.nz


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Prices
Classes at Wellness Movement
General level: 9:30–11am Tues & 10:30–12 Wed.
Experienced-Plus: 5:30–7pm Wed (starts 9 Jan 2019)
$17 casual
$140 for a 10-class card
$80 for a 5-class card
(all cards valid
3 months)

Beginners-Plus course at Wellness Movement
11-week course, 3–4:30pm. Starts
17 January 2019.
$132 for the course
Private or
small-group sessions
Contact me to book your session.
$75 per hour
Anatomy and physiology course
Next course in Nelson, over 3 weekends in March, May and July 2019.
Costs to be confirmed
Contact me
Get in touch with your questions about Iyengar yoga sessions or courses on the human body.
+64 (0)27 688 4775
seahallas@gmail.com
Nelson, in the top of New Zealand's South Island
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