Nov
15
to Dec 21

Fat Yoga 6 Week Course

Fat yoga is about creating a non judgmental, open minded & body positive space for everyone. 
We believe in making yoga accessible so our yoga classes are suitable for all bodies & fitness levels. Beginners are extremely welcome!
We believe that by giving visibility to the word fat, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive. Fat is just a descriptive word and everyone has their own relationship with the word. We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful, strong and flexible.

About the course
This 6 week course is for students of all levels - beginners are extremely welcome. You will explore the fundamentals of yoga & meditation in a relaxed, non judgemental environment where you'll be encourgaed to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Kristina Cavit who believes that yoga is  for everybody and is passionate about making yoga accessible for everyone. She loves teaching beginners & creating a safe, welcoming fun space. Kristina focuses on how yoga poses feel, rather than how they look.
This class will help you develop physical and mental strength, flexibility & vitality. Each class will include mindfulness meditation to develop calm & focus. 

$90
Central Auckland location TBC
Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com


“I am sick and tired of the word "fat" being used as an insult..Because it is the responsibility of the oppressed to reclaim the language of their oppressors. Because I don’t want to fear a word. Because I am "fat" and I am proud....I know it can be intimidating to try out a yoga class if you’re a novice and ESPECIALLY if you’re a curvy novice...I feel like yoga is body positive because it’s saying you don’t need to be concerned about what other people think of you." 
- Jessamyn Stanley, Yoga Teacher

"When we reclaim the words that have been used to bring us down we take their power away. Some people are fat, some people are thin, some people are chubby, some people are muscular, and all people are worthy of self love and respect, no matter how their outer shells look.” - Megan Crabbe

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Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Fat yoga & Mindfulness Workshop

In this two hour workshop we will explore yin yang yoga (dynamic and relaxing yoga) and mindfulness meditation, to leave us feeling relaxed and inspired for the holiday season. 

We will explore the foundations of yin yoga and how it is accessible for all bodies - beginners are extremely welcome. Yin yoga is a slow, relaxing style of yoga where poses are held for a longer time to activate the connective tissues for healthy joints. The class will start and end with a guided mindfulness meditation from Kristina Cavit to help us to de stress, calm and relax. Kristina will also talk about her experience with mindfulness, the benefits practice & how to bring mindfulness into even the busiest of days.This is a body positive, safe, non judgemental space. All shapes, sizes & fitness levels are welcome.

 

The workshop will be at the beautiful yoga ground studio on Surrey Crescent. We'll end the workshop with bliss balls and kombucha. Mats, props and blankets provided.

$75 - This is a fundraiser workshop and proceeds benefit our work with marignalised youth

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE

Or download the mindbody app & search The Kindness Institute.

Student & unwaged: $65 (email thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com )

What is Fat Yoga?

Fat Yoga is about creating a non judgmental, open minded and body positive space for
everyone.We believe that by giving visibility to the word ‘fat’, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive.
We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful,
strong and flexible. 
“Inspired by the Fat activism movement, we wanted to create a place where people could
come together feel safe and look after themselves,” adds co-founder Sarah-Jane Duff. “As a fatty, I know my body moves and makes shapes differently, so I set out to make my own
class, a class that catered to me, my body with other bodies like mine next to me.”

 

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Jan
18
to Jan 19

Mindfulness & Yoga School Holiday Program

Ages 5-11

9am - 3pm, Location TBC

The Kindness Institute specialises in mindfulness education & we've seen great benefits for students learning, listening, confidence, improving sleep, focus and anxiety. Our program is  based on world leading programs, including the Holistic Life Foundation supported by Harvard and Jon Hopkins Medical School. 

In this course, we explore mindfulness meditation in a hands-on way through fun games & activities, art & crafts, play & yoga. Children will learn about focus, calmness, gratitude, self love & stress management.

 The cost is $90 per day & all proceeds go to our work with vulnerable youth. Your child may participate in one or both days (course content differs each day).

 Limited spaces available

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE

 Student testimonials:

 "When I was taking these classes this was the only time where I've felt truly relaxed and I never worried about anything other than what we we're doing."

 “Yoga stretches my bones and moves clean blood all around my body. It gets rid of my stress and I feel freedom afterwards. I have learnt to send love to my aunty instead of getting angry. I know it would help if all kids and everyone did more yoga and mindfulness.”

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Jan
23
to Feb 15

Mindfulness & Stress Management Course

This 4 week course helps you learn what it means to be hooked to negative behaviors, and how to live in a way that reduces stress & anxiety. The course explores how to find more joy, calm & ease in our day to day lives. Join Mindfulness Coach & Educator, Kristina Cavit, as she supports you to develop tools to let go of stressful thinking & negative patterns. 

In this course we will explore:
- The Work of Byron Katie
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Stress reduction techniques
- How to identify what's causing you to suffer
- How to bring practical mindfulness & stress reduction techniques into even the busiest of lives

Limited spaces available. 
$200 for entire course. Proceeds benefit our work with vulnerable youth.

Bookings: Click here

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Jan
25
to Feb 15

Fat Yoga - West Auckland 4 Week Course

We're SO excited to bring Fat Yoga to the west side!

Fat yoga is about creating a non judgmental, open minded & body positive space for everyone. 
We believe in making yoga accessible so our yoga classes are suitable for all bodies & fitness levels. Beginners are extremely welcome!
We believe that by giving visibility to the word fat, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive. Fat is just a descriptive word and everyone has their own relationship with the word. We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful, strong and flexible.

About the course
This 4 week course is for students of all levels - beginners are extremely welcome. You will explore the fundamentals of yoga & meditation in a relaxed, non judgemental environment where you'll be encourgaed to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Kristina Cavit who believes that yoga is  for everybody and is passionate about making yoga accessible for everyone. She loves teaching beginners & creating a safe, welcoming fun space. Kristina focuses on how yoga poses feel, rather than how they look.
This class will help you develop physical and mental strength, flexibility & vitality. Each class will include mindfulness meditation to develop calm & focus. 

$60
West Auckland location TBC
Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com


“I am sick and tired of the word "fat" being used as an insult..Because it is the responsibility of the oppressed to reclaim the language of their oppressors. Because I don’t want to fear a word. Because I am "fat" and I am proud....I know it can be intimidating to try out a yoga class if you’re a novice and ESPECIALLY if you’re a curvy novice...I feel like yoga is body positive because it’s saying you don’t need to be concerned about what other people think of you." 
- Jessamyn Stanley, Yoga Teacher

"When we reclaim the words that have been used to bring us down we take their power away. Some people are fat, some people are thin, some people are chubby, some people are muscular, and all people are worthy of self love and respect, no matter how their outer shells look.” - Megan Crabbe

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Jan
27
to Jan 28

Mindfulness & Massage Retreat Day

We're so excited to run this New Year mini retreat in collaboration with our amazing massage therapist! This mini retreat will support you to identify and let go of stressful thoughts using mindfulness & the Work of Byron Katie. Your private session will then be followed by a relaxing Swedish massage.

Our mini retreat day includes:

- 1.5 hour private mindfulness and stress reduction session with mindfulness coach, Kristina Cavit

- a 1 hour Swedish massage with a qualified massage therapist

Only 8 spaces are available. The 2.5 hour mini retreat takes place in Kingsland. Contact us for a gift voucher if you would like to gift this mini retreat day.

$230 (Regular price: $300) This is a fundraiser event & proceeds go to our work with marginalised youth.

Bookings, email: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

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Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Wanderlust 108 - Kristina Cavit guest speaker & guided meditation

About Wanderlust 108
Anchored in large public parks,  the Wanderlust 108 events align with Wanderlust’s core mission, to Find Your True North – to cultivate your best self. Combining three mindful activities, Wanderlust 108 combines three mindful activities – running, yoga, and meditation – all led by the world’s top teachers.

Wanderlust 108  aims to foster both individual wellness and positive social change by building a large community around mindfulness, including both yoga and meditation. Mindfulness practice has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and bias, promote a positive body image and improve cognition, but meditation and yoga are seen by many as intimidating or too difficult. Wanderlust 108 shows that practice in a community setting is accessible, affordable and inclusive – and fun. We are helping to build a global mindful movement, one that will have positive effects on society long after the event is over.

  • WHAT TO EXPECT: Inspiring teachers, uplifting activities, tasty treats, and plenty of high fives.  

  • JOIN THE MINDFUL MOVEMENT: Change starts from within. Come together to build a movement around mindfulness and compassion.  

  • AN EVENT FOR EVERYBODY:  New to yoga or meditation? No problem. We’ll help you uncurl that mat and find a comfy sitting pose. Just dust off your sneakers and come on down.

BRING YOUR BESTIES:  You can register with your fellow seekers as group of four or more.

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Nov
7
to Nov 22

Fat Yoga 3 Week Course - Tuesday Mornings

This is our first daytime class! So excited to have a class for our fat yogis who can't make the evening classes.

Fat yoga is about creating a non judgmental, open minded & body positive space for everyone. 
We believe in making yoga accessible so our yoga classes are suitable for all bodies & fitness levels. Beginners are extremely welcome!
We believe that by giving visibility to the word fat, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive. Fat is just a descriptive word and everyone has their own relationship with the word. We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful, strong and flexible.

About the course
This 3 week course is for students of all levels - beginners are extremely welcome. You will explore the fundamentals of yoga & meditation in a relaxed, non judgemental environment where you'll be encourgaed to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Kristina Cavit who believes that yoga is  for everybody and is passionate about making yoga accessible for everyone. She loves teaching beginners & creating a safe, welcoming fun space. Kristina focuses on how yoga poses feel, rather than how they look.
This class will help you develop physical and mental strength, flexibility & vitality. Each class will include mindfulness meditation to develop calm & focus. 

$50
Ferndale House, 832 New North Rd
Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

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Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Coil Pot & Mindfulness Workshop with Kristina Cavit

The ceramic workshop will be lead by Holly Houston, a practicing ceramic artist. She will start with some demonstrations on different techniques and then we will all get stuck in on our own work. 
Each participant will be provided with materials to make their own coil pot vase or planter, which will then be glazed, fired and posted out 2-3 weeks after the workshop.

The workshop will also include a calming mindfulness meditation to release stress and increase self kindness from Kristina.

We will also have a delicious cake and tea generously provided by Little & Friday for afternoon tea.

Limited spaces available. $170
All profits from this workshop will be donated to The Kindness Institute to help fund the incredible work they do in supporting and mentoring marginalised youth. 

BOOKINGS: Click here

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Oct
15
2:45 PM14:45

Kristina Cavit guest speaker at LiveWell Festival

The Live Well Festival is all about healthy lifestyles, fitness, nutrition, wellbeing & happiness. Back for 2017, immerse yourself in a huge array of festival features including the Hits Fitness Studio, Kids Zone,  Kiwiherb Chill Out Zone, Food Market, 60+ Exhibitors, free massage and meditation sessions. Hear from NZ’s leading health and wellbeing experts.

Mindfulness for The Stress-Free, Happier You - Power Stage

Kristina Cavit has spent the past 8 years in Aotearoa and abroad, working with youth living in poverty and dealing with stress and trauma. What she has learnt is that no matter where a person is from, their likelihood of thriving depends on their ability to manage their mind & emotions.

After Kristina experienced Mindfulness, Yoga and The Work of Byron Katie as profoundly effective in overcoming challenges in her own life, she founded The Kindness Institute, a not-for-profit organisation hellbent on creating a world where everyone has the tools to manage stress and live meaningful lives.

 Kristina & her team deliver stress reduction, Mindfulness & Yoga-based programs for individuals, schools, youth who’ve been kicked out of school and women in prison.

“We teach our kids all sorts of subjects in school but what about teaching them how to love themselves & build strong mental health?” says Kristina.

 As a coach & educator, Kristina is passionate about supporting people to make positive change. She has trained with world leading organisations including Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness, The Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore, supported by Harvard and John Hopkins Medical School, and The Institute of The Work of Byron Katie.

 Kristina is also the founder of NPH New Zealand, which supports orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and has been nominated for Young New Zealander of the Year.

Buy tickets here

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May
8
to Jul 5

Mindfulness 9 Week course at Grey Lynn Primary

In this fun 9 week course, we explore mindfulness meditation & yoga in a hands-on way through group & partner activities, art & crafts, play, breathing & yoga asana.
Children will learn tools to develop calm, compassion, confidence focus and gratitude.
All year levels are welcome & no previous experience is necessary. Please wear comfy clothes for yoga.

This course takes places at Grey Lynn Primary school - you will be notified of which room. We take a very small number of students so please book in asap to secure your space.

Mondays 3.15 - 3.45pm (starting week 2 of term 2) $180, Grey Lynn Primary

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE

Student testimonials:

“It helps get things off my mind when I am stressed. My challenge is my emotions and this program has helped me deal with them. It helps me think twice before I make decisions. I want to keep doing this and help other kids to learn yoga & mindfulness.”
— Yvonne

“This course has helped me become more mindful, relaxed and to be myself. I used the breathing techniques and noticed I play better on the rugby field. It could help a lot of people with their stress and their problems. ”
— Shane

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May
3
to Jul 19

Fat Yoga Casual Classes

Fat yoga is about creating a non judgmental, open minded & body positive space for everyone. 
We believe in making yoga accessible so our yoga classes are suitable for all bodies & fitness levels. Beginners are extremely welcome!
We believe that by giving visibility to the word fat, we can take back the power on a word that can be so destructive. Fat is just a descriptive word and everyone has their own relationship with the word. We want to contribute to changing the definition of what society has deemed beautiful, strong and flexible.

About the class
This weekly class is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Kristina Cavit who is passionate about making yoga accessible for everyone. She loves teaching beginners & creating a safe, welcoming fun space. Kristina focuses on how yoga poses feel, rather than how they look.
This class will help you develop physical and mental strength, flexibility & vitality. Each class will include mindfulness meditation to develop calm & focus. 

$15 per class
Ponsonby Community Center
Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com


“I am sick and tired of the word "fat" being used as an insult..Because it is the responsibility of the oppressed to reclaim the language of their oppressors. Because I don’t want to fear a word. Because I am "fat" and I am proud....I know it can be intimidating to try out a yoga class if you’re a novice and ESPECIALLY if you’re a curvy novice...I feel like yoga is body positive because it’s saying you don’t need to be concerned about what other people think of you." 
- Jessamyn Stanley, Yoga Teacher

"When we reclaim the words that have been used to bring us down we take their power away. Some people are fat, some people are thin, some people are chubby, some people are muscular, and all people are worthy of self love and respect, no matter how their outer shells look.” - Megan Crabbe

Thanks to Lost&Led Astray for this image & support with Fat Yoga NZ 

Thanks to Lost&Led Astray for this image & support with Fat Yoga NZ 

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Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Women's Collective Guest Speaker - Kristina Cavit

 

Kristina Cavit is a guest speaker at  The Women's Collective  event where she will speak on her personal experience with mindfulness, how to manage stress & overcome what's holding us back. Kristina will guide the audience through a meditation practice & leave you with a practical toolkit for the year ahead. 

This event is free & has limited availability.

For bookings, see The Women's Collective

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