Social yoga

Gathering friends together for yoga is a wonderful way to connect for a social occasion. Organise a class for a wellness weekend, birthday, hens party, or a warm-down after a fitness event. It’s the kind of pampering that your mind and body will love you for!

Wonder Yoga has had the pleasure of being involved with Kristy from Yoga & Social for two wonderful pop-up events. One was against the backdrop of crashing waves at Waipu Cove. Another session was in a tranquil clearing at Brick & Vines cafe, Morris & James Pottery Matakana. Take a look at the stunning photos below. (Photo cred Amber Wijnstok)

Classes can be tailored to all ages, gender and fitness levels, including alternative options for pregnancy, so they are accessible to everyone. Indoor or outdoor, whatever the space, let’s get together for a fun and nourishing session! Contact me so we can make a plan for your next social yoga event!

More benefits of social yoga

Yoga creates a strong connection between mind and body, so having a healthy body can improve your mood. It also helps people to relax and increases endorphin levels. When people are anxious, they try to avoid the things that trigger that anxiety. Inversely, that can make the anxiety worse. Yoga can help to break that cycle.

A study in 2014 reports that exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can positively impact people with social anxiety disorders. The study found that exercise and relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the environment in a less threatening, less negative way. For people with mood and anxiety disorders, this is an important breakthrough.

“We wanted to examine whether people would perceive their environment as less threatening after engaging in physical exercise or after doing a relaxation technique that is similar to the breathing exercises in yoga (called progressive muscle relaxation),” Mr. Heenan explains. “We found that people who either walked or jogged on a treadmill for 10 minutes perceived these ambiguous figures as facing towards them (the observer) less often than those who simply stood on the treadmill. The same was true when people performed progressive muscle relaxation.”

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