August 28, 2018

Yoga Collective Newsletter #2

I got such great feedback from last week’s newsletter, that I’ve decided to (hopefully) make this a regular thing.


  • Introducing our new yoga teachers
  • Cold & Flu tonic recipe
  • Get audio & ebooks for FREE
  • Timetable changes
  • Membership price increase
  • Thought for the Week


Introducing Our New Yoga Teachers

It’s been exciting to see Yoga Collective grow & evolve over the past year.

We now offer 11 yoga classes, with different styles. And, we’ll be adding more, in the next few months.

To help sustain the workload, I’m bringing in talented yoga teachers to teach some of the classes.

Stana Billot
Stana is a lovely and well trained yoga instructor. Her style of teaching is very similar to my own.

She will be teaching Thursday nights: 6:15pm Calm & 7:30pm Revitalise classes.

Abbe Holmes
Abbe and I did our teacher training together. She has a very similar philosophy to my own – gentle movements, where nothing is forced, teaching the body to self-heal.

Abbe will be teaching the Chair Yoga class, on Mondays, at 11am.

Julia Watkin
Julia is trained in Mindfulness, and is teaching Mindfulness & Yoga at Ngatitoa School.

She is very calm and patient, and a PERFECT kids yoga teacher!

Julia teaches Kids Yoga, every Tuesday at 3:30pm.

When you meet these lovely ladies, please give them a warm welcome 🙂


Cold & Flu Tonic Recipe

Last week, I felt the onset of a dreaded cold.

My throat was sore, voice ‘croaky’, along with other symptoms.

Knowing that I had to teach the next day, I seriously didn’t want to be laid low – especially after losing my voice for an entire week, this time last year!

So, I got the idea for the following recipe, from my Mother-in-law:

By the next day, my cold was almost completely gone.

And, although the garlic smell was pretty strong, it actually tasted quite pleasant.

So, if you feel a cold coming on, try drinking a small cup of this tonic, every couple of hours. Aim to get through the entire jug, by the end of your day.

Add the following to a jug:

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of honey (if you can get it, Manuka Honey is best)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp of freshly grated ginger
  • 3 or 4 cloves of diced garlic
  • 3 cups of boiling water

Finally, you can either:

  1. Stir until the honey dissolves, allowiing everything to steep. Then, pour the mixture through a strainer. Or,
  2. Process the mixture in a kitchen whizz, for a few seconds, to break up the bits of garlic and ginger.

Let me know how this works for you.


Listen to Awesome Audio Books (& Get eBooks) for FREE

If you’re anything like me, with lots going on in your life, it can be difficult to find enough time to read books.

But, since discovering audio books at the public library, I can listen to books whenever and wherever I am..

I listen to novels, do ongoing research for yoga & wellness, and even get stories for my kids to listen to as they doze off to sleep at night..

The best part is you can do this for FREE.



All you need is a local library card and a smart phone (or tablet), to play the audio books.

Here’s instructions for accessing your local library’s audio book collection, via an application called Libby.

I’m really grateful for this amazing service, and I hope you get good use from it too.


Yoga Class Timetable Changes

We recently added Chair Yoga, on Mondays, at 11am.

I’m also replacing Beginners Yoga, on Tuesdays at 6:15pm, with Chair Yoga.

Chair Yoga is not just for those with mobility issues, either – it’s also good for anyone who wants a gentle, yet effective workout, using the support of a chair.

Finally, I’m changing the name of Energise Yoga to Revitalise Yoga.

Note: ALL classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Here’s the latest timetable, effective from Monday next week:

yoga class timetable


Membership Price Increase (for New Members)

When I first introduced the membership, $87 was the introductory offer.

Now that we’ve added several more classes, it’s time to increase the price to $100 per month – which is still great, because you only need to come to a little over 5 classes each month, to get real value.

Note – those of you who are already members will stay on the current rate.

If you’re thinking about the membership, you have until next Monday, 3rd of September, to lock in the old price of $87, before if goes up.


Thought for the Week

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on”

– Havelock Ellis


Have an beautiful week ahead.


P.S. – Invite your friends for a Free Week of Yoga, and receive some cool rewards 


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