Class descriptions - Contemporary Yoga

Class descriptions

Contemporary Yoga

‘Contemporary Yoga’ is a merging of Eastern and Western thought, knowledge and practice. Integrated yoga practice supports living life with deeper insight, sensitivity, self knowing, and resilience. Form is infused by the integration of developmental and functional movement patterns which encourage freedom and grace in movement, posture and breath. Contemporary Yoga in New Zealand is being developed by Karla Brodie and Neal Ghoshal who facilitate a unique and in-depth yoga teacher training programme.

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga is a powerful practice to deeply rest and restore the mind and body. Classical yoga postures are practiced completely supported by blankets and bolsters. This practice is a positive antidote to high levels of stress and fatigue. Karla, the principal teacher of the Contemporary Yoga Restorative programme, has taught restorative for over 20 years throughout Auckland and New Zealand. She co-faciliates restorative yoga retreats and teacher trainings. She is one of New Zealand’s most experienced teachers of this very nourishing approach to yoga practice. Contemporary Yoga now have a skilled team of teachers offering weekly classes at the Centre.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a meditative and profoundly relaxing practice, nourishing the deeper tissues of our body, regaining ease and mobility in our joints, relieving tension and pain while calming the nervous system. The simple passive seated and lying poses are held without muscle activation with the support of blankets, bolsters and blocks for 3 – 5 minutes. We stimulate and enhance the flow of energy through the body to create a profound sense of calmness, focus and equanimity.

Youth Yoga

Youth yoga is a great way to explore and get to know the ever-changing physical body, learn how to use breath to stay calm in stressful and challenging situations, and learn to be more mindful with ease – all skills that will enhance the journey from teenager to adulthood. Body / mind / breath integration is key to making the journey an enjoyable one. Classes run as term courses. Learn more about Youth Yoga

iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is a secular form of mindfulness meditation. Combined with neuroscience, psychology and ancient yogic teaching.

Wellness Programme

The Contemporary Yoga Centre runs free wellness classes for people living with chronic illness and long term health conditions. The classes combine slow movement, supported by the breath, with luxurious restorative yoga.

Each class will conclude with refreshments and a chance to meet others in the group.

Participants are welcome to bring along a family member or support person.

For bookings and enquiries please contact Emma: 021 843 266

Learn more about our Wellness program

Wellbeing classes and the Wellbeing Collective

In 2020 friends at Contemporary Yoga created the Wellbeing Collective, as an extension and umbrella for our Wellness Programme. The initial phase is to support existing Wellness classes offered at no charge for members of the community living with cancer or chronic illness. These classes are held bi-weekly at our centre in Remuera. We value diversity, inclusivity and accessibility, which guides us to offer a new class taught in Chinese with Nanxi. As we grow the programme we intend to provide specific Wellbeing and Wellness trainings, offering scholarships for these and other trainings including ongoing mentoring and support. Within our mission is is to provide employment opportunities within the wellbeing and mental health sector.

Ultimately we are creating a diverse team of skilled, heart centred and professional teachers, educators, councellors, and therapists to provide accessible ongoing and sustainable care of our community throughout Auckland and New Zealand.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the original and well-proven mindfulness programme founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. It has helped many thousands of people develop their emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing. The course is 8 x 2.5 hour group evening sessions, and a restorative all-day retreat, and includes home practices. It comprises mindfulness practices, learning, and exercises.

Key learnings are the principles and practices of focus, attention, self-regulation, coping with life’s challenges, and learning how to transform unhelpful habits. Research has shown measurable changes in brain regions, immune response, concentration, coping with pain and distress and many other lasting benefits. This programme has an updated curriculum and the teaching meets globally-recognized rigorous standards.

For more information about this course please see

Read: What is it like to do a mindfulness course

Contact Eve Rudkin
021 255 1485

Free info evenings each term.
Term 3 Course dates TBC

Online classes

Karla is offering online classes via zoom from time to time throughout the year. These classes are held on Wednesday evening. Movement – 7-7.45pm (NZ), a combination of Yoga and somatics, this is a nourishing practice to support the nervous system and circulation. Restorative Yoga 8-9pm (NZ), a deeply restful practice for the nervous system.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both of the classes.


Teacher Training

Contemporary Yoga offers comprehensive teacher training programs throughout the year. The programs include in-depth anatomy and physiology, philosophy of yoga, yoga therapeutics, somatics, ethics, and a developmental and functional approach to experientially understanding yoga practice. For more details see our training site.

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