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 program.

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, a principal teacher of the contemporary yoga restorative program, has taught restorative for 16 years throughout Auckland, 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.

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

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Trauma Sensitive Yoga incorporates gentle, mindful movement that is aimed at supporting students to develop an increase in awareness of the sensations occurring in their body. Variations and numerous choices are offered by the teacher, emphasising that there is no right or wrong way to move the body. A safe space where students feel able to make choices that honour what their body wants to do, and perhaps even befriend their body is of focal importance. This 8-week course can be self-funded or funded under ACC ISSC (sensitive claims) if students have an approved claim.

For more information about this class please contact:

Sandra Palmer Integrative Therapy and The Resting Place
Registered Psychologist/Yoga Teacher
021 0271 0129

Wellness Program

The Contemporary Yoga Centre runs free wellness classes for people living with chronic illness and long term health conditions. The practice will 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

Shadow Yoga

Shadow Yoga is a school of Yoga founded by Shandor Remete. This is an energetic and progressive style of Yoga rooted in ancient Hatha Yoga practices, The dynamic forms of this Yoga system bring about profound changes in flexibility and firmness and cultivate awareness of the rhythmic flow of the Life Force. This system of Yoga utilizes several Prelude forms, rhythmic breathing, Bandhas (energy locks) and the system of Marma (vital acupressure points) to free the body of physical, energetic and mental obstacles. One learns to ignite Agni (the inner fire) for healing, meditation and self awareness. Shadow Yoga is a comprehensive and sustainable practice appropriate for all levels of practitioner as it teaches us how to honour the natural rhythms of our bodies.

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.

Friday Night Yoga Gatherings

Karla Brodie – restorative

Restorative yoga is a deeply nourishing approach to yoga practice that supports easeful breathing, good digestion and a settled nervous system. This practice is a powerful antidote to high levels of stress, anxiety and fatigue, also it can support a really good nights sleep.

Emma – restorative

Enjoy a night with this deeply restful practice that restores your sense of equilibrium as you transition into your weekend.

Sandra Palmer – yin – restorative – nidra

This class provides time, space, and the support of props and gentle movement to ease into supported yin and restorative postures, ensuring integration of the body in all shapes. The class completes with a healing yoga nidra.

Karin Michelle Sang – Yin

Yin yoga is a meditative and profoundly relaxing practice, nourishing the deeper tissues of our body while relieving tension, stress and relaxing the nervous system. The stillness of the passive poses enhances the flow of energy through the body to create a profound sense of calmness, focus and equanimity.

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For more details and a list of the dates, download the flyer

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Friday night booking and payment information:

$30 casual
$125 5-class Friday concession card



Bookings for all classes initially are recommended, and essential for term courses.

For enquiries:

Or Call Karla Brodie 021 964252


5 week courses, $110
4 week course, $88
10 week course Tuesday 7.30pm, $200

One class $25
5 week concessions $110
10 class concessions $200

Youth yoga:
5 week courses $90
2×5 week course $170
One class, $20

Private lessons:
$95-$110 (depending on the individual teacher and experience)

cash directly to the teacher or automatic payment to Contemporary Yoga 06-0185-0507923-25

Please note, course fees can be adjusted for any away dates communicated prior to a course commencing. Any missed classes during a course are not transferable or refunded. Payment for courses prior to the start date secures your place. Concession cards have a four month expiry date from purchase. Thank you.

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