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 22 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.

Restorative Yin

A gentle meditative class that offers an opportunity to slow the body and quieten the mind. The whole class is floor based postures, which are held for longer periods of time to stimulate and balance the energy in your body. These postures also work on the connective tissues of the body to help increase the circulations in your joints and improve flexibility.

Finish the class with a restorative pose whilst listening to singing bowls to help slow down your thoughts and brain waves by immersing yourself in the sounds, vibrations, and frequencies of the Crystal Quartz Alchemy Bowls.

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.

iRest Yoga Nidra

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


Fun classes where we explore the breath and movement together. This is ideal for all fitness levels and no experience is required.

In this practice we move the body through asana’s, incorporating sun salutations and flows to bring heat to the body, offering strength and flexibility. Props are sometimes used to help support alignment.

Sound Bath

A meditative practice with singing bowls, chimes and gongs. Sound bowls are believed to relieve stress, restore emotional balance, and help you sleep better among many other health benefits.

If you find meditation difficult, or are new to the practice, this is a helpful way to turn off your thoughts and slow down your brain waves by immersing yourself in the sounds, vibrations, and frequencies of the Crystal Quartz Alchemy Bowls.

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.

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 weekly at our centre in Remuera. We value diversity, inclusivity and accessibility. 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.

Online classes

Karla is currently offering online 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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