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Sivananda Serenade with Pippi & Gordon

  • Wellness Sanctuary 32A Main Street Napier, Hawke's Bay, 4110 New Zealand (map)

A 1.5 hr Sivananda Yoga Workshop with Pippi Jane, accompanied by acoustic live music from her partner, guitarist Gordon John.

Suitable for all levels.

Booking required:
Email Sarah: to register your name.
Cost: $25 per person
Pre paid to Wellness Sanctuary: 12-3144-0257538-00 to confirm your place.

Sivananda Yoga is a classical and ancient approach to the spiritual
yoga system. Untainted and kept in it’s true form, the traditional
approach to Sivananda is not manipulated or watered-down for the
modern world of Yoga.
Sivananda emphasises the five points of yoga with proper exercise
(asana), Proper Breathing (pranayama), Proper Relaxation(Savasana),Proper Diet and Positive Thinking (Vedanta) and Meditation (Dhyana) as well as incorporating mantra, sanskrit and scripture.
Identifying a group of twelve core postures that systematically balance the whole of the body and permeate the whole of the nervous system allowing prana to cultivate freely, emphasis is on mastering these fundamental asanas first, from which variations are then added to further deepen the practice.
Sivananda synthesizes the principals of the four paths of yoga (Karma, Bhakti, Raja and Jnana Yoga) and utilizes each as a well-rounded approach to a sustainable practice of yoga for everyday life off the mat.
Founded by Swami Sivananda; a medical doctor, yogi and man of
unrelenting selfless-service and adapted and taken to the West by
devoted student and yogi Swami Vishnudevananda to reach all people; the life-long mission being to ‘practice and teach the ancient knowledge of yoga for health peace, unity in diversity and self realization’.

The mantra of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta is ‘Serve. Love. Give. Purify. Meditate. Realize.’

Class structure:

1. Savasana, Sound, Mantra and Pranayama.
In this class we will start with simple and total surrender in savasana, arriving on your mat, into your body and setting up your sacred space for your practice and self-realization.
During this time soft chanting will be facilitated by Pippi in order for
students to deepen and connect to the powerful healing vibrations of
the sounds within the mantra. We will then move into our pranayama; cleansing the body and allowing our life-force energy to cultivate for a blissful and beneficial practice.
With our vibes high we now begin our warm up starting with Surya
Namaskar (Sun Salutations) and leg raises followed by relaxation.
Sivananda works with a set of twelve asanas throughout classes and the art of mastering these postures first before variations and adaptions are then introduced.
We will be focusing on 8 main postures during this class to
assist students to become akin to the asanas and allow for time hone in on the qualities of each. After many of the postures there is ample time spent in relaxation to fully absorb the many benefits to the physical, mental and astral bodies.

The class will wind down with a full savasana and additional mantra sound healing to leave students in a state of ease and nourished alignment.

Any and all questions are welcomed and this class is open and
accessible to all abilities. No prerequisites of yoga or Sivananda are
required, just curiosity and the willingness to seek and fully surrender.

Hari Om Tat Sat.

About PippI:
Pippi Jane is a Yoga Instructor, Actor, Writer, Singer and
Dancer who lives and breathes her craft.
Originally from the beautiful and remote Lake Okareka in the
Lake District of Rotorua she has a profound love of nature and
outdoor pursuits.
Pippi completed a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts –
Acting Major at Unitec New Zealand in 2009 and has been
working in the industry since.
During her training at drama school, yoga was a compulsory
part of the curriculum and where the innate passion spawned;
having healed a chronic injury through her practice and
developing a deep appreciation for the mental and spiritual gifts
of yoga on and off the mat.
For Pippi, yoga is more than just the asana.
It is the integration of non-reaction, the full yogic breath, being
mindful in the moment, cultivating compassion and the ability to
live in a state of ease and non-attachment even in times of
turmoil. The art of being a student and dwelling in a state of
authentic curiosity for a lifetime.
Through her yogic journey, Pippi’s spirit transformed from a
tumultuous place of comparison and shame to a safe-haven of
acceptance, gratitude and quiet strength and observation.
In 2013 Pippi travelled to India to live in Sivananda Kutir
Ashram in the foothills of the Himilayas and completed her
Yoga Teacher Training in the Sivananda lineage.
She teaches various styles of yoga from Vinyasa Flow to Yin
but ultimately adores the emphasis of relaxation, meditation,
mantra, proper breathing, and simple surrender that
Classical/Hatha yoga encompasses, allowing us to fully soak in
the benefits and reap the rewards of our practice in all aspects
of every-day life.