Yogahā is an interconnected and holistic approach to hauora (wellbeing) through the teaching of Yoga and Wellness practices. Yogahā classes and workshops integrate mind, body and spirit through breath and asana (postures). Classes promote a deep sense of relaxation and unity, with the aim of enhancing stillness and calm in the mind while building strength and body alignment. The meaning of the word yoga derives from Sanskrit and refers to unity. The word hā is Māori and refers to breath and essence. The intention of yogahā is to support the cultivation of wellness and unity in everyday life.
Yogahā offers regular weekly classes during school terms as well as wellness workshops. Yogahā offers weekly classes led by Jessica Hutchings.
Restorative and Yin Yoga: This is a slow paced and gentle class suitable for those wanting to experience the benefits of yoga in a non flow based class. Asana (poses) are seated and a range of props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets are used to allow the body recover and restore. Restorative and Yin yoga are perfect companions for calming the mind and the nervous system, focusing on breath and a turning inward to the self. This class is suitable for those recovering from injuries, health incidents, sleep issues, anxiety, low blood pressure and warding off depression. Classes are suitable for all ages, stages and abilities – nau mai haere mai.
Ashtanga yoga classes: These classes follows the half primary series Ashtanga yoga sequence with sun salutations, standing and seated postures. Ashtanga yoga is a yang practice. The aim is to provide you with a yoga practice you can do at home. All classes are guided and finish with the practice of pranayama (meditation and breathing). Classes are suitable for all levels from beginners to those with some yoga experience.
Bookings for all classes is essential, please use the contact from. Additional group and private classes can be arranged at times to suit – please contact Jessica.
Workshop Timetable – 9.15am Arrive and relax, 9.30am Meditation, 10am Break and Refreshments, 10.30 Restorative Yoga, 12.30 Lunch and Relaxation, 2pm Afternoon Wellness Session and Yoga, 4pm finish.
Autumn Grounding, Sunday 11 March 9.30-4pm – Liz will lead us on a wellness session with a focus on core stability, safe pelvic floor practices for life.
22 July 9.30-4pm – Renee will take us through a session on Homeopathy first aid for the home.
Spring Alive, 30 September 9.30 – 4pm – Jessica will lead us on a practical session taking in the māra, creating and sampling detoxifying juices and herbal teas.
Summer Light, Postponed
9.30 – 4pm – The Yogahā Collective will lead us through various practices to restore and rejuvenate the adrenal system to support life long wellbeing.
Investment $120 per workshop or $450 for all four workshops.
Studio: The yogahā studio is located at 80 Gilbert Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt. The studio is well heated and yoga mats, blocks and meditation cushions are provided.
Jessica Hutchings (Ngai Tahu)
I have been practicing ashtanga yoga for 15 years and have a devotional love for the practice. This love has unfolded the placing of yoga and wellness at the centre and in 2016 I opened the Yogahā studio on our organic farm in Kaitoke. My aspiration is to safely share the gift of ashtanga yoga and wellbeing with others in the local community. In 2016 I travelled to India to study yoga therapy and in 2017 I completed a 200 yoga teacher training with Nico Luce. Following this the Yogaha collective was formed to support women’s wellbeing within the communities that we live. In my teaching I am committed to working with students of all abilities to deepen their own sense of wellbeing, relaxation and unity through an enhanced understanding of how to move the body. Students are encouraged to work at their own level with a focus on softening mind and body allowing for an integration of the self. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. For more about me see: www.jessicahutchings.org.nz
Renée Perkins (Ngati Raukawa)
My love for yoga began when I was first pregnant 13 years ago. This led me on a path of becoming a homeopath, birth doula and yoga teacher. I’m a firm believer that a person’s biography becomes their biology, we each have a story worthy of expression, whether that is through the homeopathic conversation, breath-work or yoga asana (poses) the expression leads to wellness and healing. It’s a real privilege to support people on their wellness journey. It takes trust and vulnerability to grow and heal, I have a compassionate and open approach in my facilitation to support people on their journey. I teach vinyasa and restorative yoga in both corporate and community environments. I am a Registered Classical Homeopath (RCHom) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. For more information on Renée see: www.wellingtonhomeopath.co.nz
I believe Pilates and Yoga are the perfect partners and sources of balance, stability and ease for your body and mind. They have supported my journey to be free of chronic lower back pain after three taxing pregnancies/births. In my teaching of Yoga and Pilates my passions are for developing optimal body alignment and supporting women to build ample muscle power relative to their body weight after child birth and as they age. I focus on pelvic floor safety and lifelong core stability. I use my background in primary teaching and motherhood to tautoko (support) and awhi (cherish) my clients. I feel privileged to support women wherever they are in their life’s journey. I am REPs registered Pilates instructor and RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) and am currently studying Wellness Coaching. I teach at my own small home studio, Abundance and Tiaki. For more information on Liz see: fb.me/lizbirkettwellness and all_women_can_plank on Instagram
Yogahā studio: The yogahā studio can be available for meditation, yoga or other wellness activities. Please contact Jessica for further information.