Oct
3
to Nov 7

Fat Yoga Ponsonby (Wed 3rd Oct - Wed 7th Nov)

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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 judgmental environment where you'll be encouraged to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Laura Mckenzie 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. 

6 Week Course: $90 or $17 per session
Ponsonby Community House

20, Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

Book Here

For more info please email fatyoganz@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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Nov
3
to Nov 4

The Kindness Institute Youth Program Teacher Training Program

This teacher PD program is for those working with youth aged 13-18 years old. The program is open to all teachers, youth workers and those working in youth mental health who are currently working with youth. You must be already working as a teacher or with youth full time to attend this program.

The training will run over the weekend of November 3-4th 2018 in Auckland.

Email us to join the waiting list: thekindnessinstitute@gmail.com

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Aug
29
to Oct 3

Fat Yoga Ponsonby (Wednesday 29 Aug - Wednesday 3 Oct)

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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 judgmental environment where you'll be encouraged to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Laura Mckenzie 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. 

6 Week Course: $90 or $17 per session
Ponsonby Community House

20, Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

Book Here

For more info please email fatyoganz@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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Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Fat Yoga - Bring a Friend Night Wed 22nd Aug

Fat yoga is about creating a non judgemental, 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 is a one off class so you and your friend can give Fat Yoga a go, beginners are extremely welcome. Maybe you are a Fat Yogi already and you can to introduce a loved one to this amazing class. 

You will explore the fundamentals of yoga & meditation in a relaxed, non judgemental environment where you'll be encouraged to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Laura Mckenzie 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. This class will include mindfulness meditation to develop calm & focus. 

You and a friend for $20
Ponsonby Community Centre
20 Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby

Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: fatyoganz@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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Jul
11
to Aug 15

Fat Yoga Ponsonby - 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 judgmental environment where you'll be encouraged to go at your own pace. The course is taught by Yoga & Mindfulness teacher Laura Mckenzie 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. 

Casual bookings $17
Ponsonby Community Centre
20 Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby

Proceeds fund our work with marginalised communities.

BOOKINGS: CLICK HERE
More info: fatyoganz@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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Kids yoga course (5-10 year olds)
May
7
to Jul 2

Kids yoga course (5-10 year olds)

Eight-week Kids Yoga Course

Starts Monday 7th May, 3.30 - 4.15pm

We're so excited to offer our second public yoga kids course in partnership with Yoga Ground! Yoga is a fantastic practice for children and young people.  Our Kids after school courses offer a playful, non-competitive environment, which fosters creativity, self-awareness and a team approach to Yoga. 

In this course (open to all youth aged 6-10), we explore yoga and 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 weekly classes will be child friendly, play based and incorporate individual kids interests.  The sessions will include practice of asana (postures), age appropriate breathing practices, yoga inspired games and partner/group yoga as well as relaxation/ meditation practices. Kids will be encouraged to integrate these into home and school life. 

Therese Walley from The Kindness Institute will be teaching the classes.  Therese volunteers on their kids Mindfulness and Yoga programmes.  Proceeds from this course, after expenses, go to helping The Kindness Institute.

The course cost is $140 for the 8 weeks.

  (no class on Monday 4 June due to Queens birthday

3.30-4.15 every Monday at Yoga Ground studio, 56 Surrey Crescent Grey Lynn

Bookings: see here

Bookings take you to the Yoga Ground website

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Apr
28
6:30 PM18:30

Atawhai event

The Kindness Institute dreams of a world where everyone has the tools they need to manage stress and transform their own lives.

This April we are running ATAWHAI - an intensive program that works with marginalised youth to transform their mental health through mindfulness, stress management and leadership capabilities.

Through a week of workshops, youth mentors guide our rangatahi (aged 15-18) in discovering yoga & meditation, the healing power of creativity and nature to develop positive mental health.

At the end of the workshop week, rangatahi share what they have learned in a transformational event that involves rangatahi teaching yoga, mindfulness & wellbeing tools as well as sharing their creative arts.

As a social enterprise and registered charity, all ticket sales go directly towards helping us continue our work to support marginalised youth.

Get your tickets here

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Apr
11
to May 16

Casual Fat Yoga 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 class is for students of all levels - beginners are extremely welcome. You will explore the fundamentals of yoga & meditation in a relaxed, non judgmental environment where you'll be encouraged to go at your own pace. The class 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. 

$17 Casual Class
Ponsonby Community Centre
20 Ponsonby Terrace, Ponsonby, Auckland

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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Planetary Charity Breath of Bliss Ceremony
Jan
20
3:30 PM15:30

Planetary Charity Breath of Bliss Ceremony

Join us for this PLANETARY SYNCHRONISED event, to RAISE THE FREQUENCY of our planet at TRUE food and yoga hosted by Shannon Rose

As part of the Planetary Breath of Bliss Project this ceremony will be representing the New Zealand region with multiple synchronised ceremonies in Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, Australia, South America and more happening on the same day, with the same theme creating a powerful transmission of love. 

The ceremony is 2 hours including intention setting, movement, deep sharing and a full hour circular, connected breathwork journey. The result? Powerful, mind-altering experiences of deep presence, heart-opening and connection.

This will be a quarterly global event and for this round each ceremony will be coming together with the intention of ONENESS, breathing to amplify unity, togetherness and compassion within ourselves and on planet earth. 

By coming together as a community we will not only be creating a positive transmission for the planet but also contributing donations to our local charity The Kindness Institute who are helping marginalised communities, schools and youth improve mental health and leadership capabilities through mindfulness, wellness education and yoga. Such amazing and valued work needed in our community today. 

Pre purchase tickets here or $20 cash on thedoor:https://byshannonrose.com/product/planetary-charity-breath-of-bliss-ceremony-20-january/


Big thank you for True Food and Yoga for hosting us in their stunning space overlooking the sparkling waters of Okahu Bay. 

Please join us and spread the word for this beautiful celebration we will create. 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do some much.” 

 

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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.

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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

To be updated, join or mailing list on the home page.

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