Pivara Yoga

Above is Zing Yoga Studio – where I spend a lot of hours every week getting my sanity back  and where I’ll be teaching my first yoga classes.

Pivara is a sanskrit word meaning both ‘an abundance of’ and ‘stout and strong’.

Monday 12 March, 6.30pm, Zing Studio, Palmerston North sees the launch of Pivara Yoga and the start of my yoga teaching. Pivara classes are aimed at ‘plus-sized’ beginners. There will be adjustments to postures to help bigger bodies or injured bodies benefit. Size shouldn’t matter in yoga. Yoga is for every body!

So far I have four people signed up for class, and that feels perfect to start off with – baby steps!

I’m going to cap my classes at eight people, because I want to give a lot of help with alignment and posture. Classes will run during school terms only, at this stage.

I am soooooo scared. Terrified. However, I also know this is something I really, really want to do. If I can share the benefits of yoga with women who thought it wasn’t for them, or who were too scared to go to a conventional yoga class because of their size – well, that will make me very happy indeed.

Wish me luck!


8 thoughts on “Pivara Yoga

  1. Hey Helen, just caught up with your blog after a long absence (after catching up with you in person briefly). Best wishes for this. It sounds amazing.


  2. Luck, luck, luck. What a wonderful idea for a class. I love yoga but don’t like classes because it’s often difficult keeping up being a chubby bubby. I have been loving your posts about being more connected and mindful. Good on you.


  3. Yay you Helen! All the very best with your classes, I’m sure they will go very well and be wonderful. In my yoga experience, everyone has things they can’t do, and things they can do, and it’s great when those things are accommodated. I know I appreciate it when my teacher shows me how to get the same or similar stretch, but in a way that’s possible for me. You’ll be empowering lots of people.


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