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  2. "The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end… Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit." B.K.S. Iyengar.


    Our beautiful studio is fully equipped for yoga and offers a range of classes suitable for absolute beginners through to experienced practitioners. We teach traditional yoga in a safe, supportive and non-competitive environment with a strong emphasis on learning through practice.

    All our teachers are Iyengar certified and are highly experienced practitioners, who aim to encourage and nurture each student through their own yoga process. The practice of Iyengar yoga is renowned for its ability to aid recovery from injury, correct imbalances, improve and optimize overall function of the physical body.

    Yoga is a path of self transformation, available to all regardless of age, fitness or flexibility. New students are welcome. Just scroll down to our timetable page, choose a class time that suits, and begin…

  3. "Words cannot convey the value of yoga. It has to be experienced." B.K.S. Iyengar.

    Class levels

    Iyengar Yoga has a methodology which allows for a balanced, supportive, and safe progression of learning...

    Level 1

    All students new to Iyengar yoga.
    We start at the beginning. The preliminary postures, or asanas, are taught in a way that develops a foundational understanding of the method of Iyengar yoga and it’s use of props.

    Even if you have practiced other “styles” of yoga before, start at level 1 and we can place you from there. If it is your first class please arrive ten minutes early so the teacher can ask about any specific injuries or medical conditions you may have.

    Every student progresses at their own pace, depending on consistency, but on average you will spend up to a year as a Level 1 student.

    Level 2

    For more experienced students.

    In level 2 classes we start to work with more subtlety, precision, and longer timings within the postures. A wider range of asanas are introduced, including the inversions.

    Regular attendance ensures steady progress.

    Level 2/3

    For students who have an ongoing commitment to their practice and have already spent some time attending level 2 classes.

    Here we work to refine our skill in action, and develop greater depth of perception in the practice. Sirsasana and Sarvangasana should already be established (unless contraindicated).

    To get the most from these classes, regular attendance is expected.

    General (weekday classes)

    Suitable for all students.

    General classes are taught in the same progression as above, but all students are mixed in together. Beginners therefore also benefit from working in with, and observing more experienced students. New students will be given alternative postures when more experienced students are practicing inversions and other asanas not suitable for beginners.

    *Beginner Courses (BC)

    Regular 8 week courses
    Tuesday nights 8–9.15pm

    Start Dates
    26th January 2016
    8th March 2016
    19th April 2016

    This consecutive eight week course is ideal for new students and includes: six specific beginners classes followed by two Level 1 classes of your choice.

    Students start as beginners together and the course will develop confidence while starting a yoga practice.

    The beginner classes are progressive, and the course is designed to build a fundamental understanding of the method of Iyengar Yoga, and its use of props.

    Our courses are taught in a way that is encouraging for beginner students and will help you get started with a practice that can support you throughout your life.

    After the six beginner classes, students can then merge into any of the level 1 classes they choose, with two classes included in the course cost.

    Bookings essential. To pre-register, email tessa@wellingtonyoga.co.nz

    Runners and Cyclists Class (R&C)

    This class is specialised and specific for runners, cyclists and other sportspeople!

    Iyengar Yoga can be very useful in identifying and correcting faulty patterns of movement, which we all have and which with time can lead to strains and sprains. The class will focus on patterns particularly common among those who love running, cycling, climbing, hiking or playing sports. More than just increasing flexibility, this (often hard!) work can help to prevent injuries, improve speed and endurance and deepen awareness and sensitivity. Agata will teach this class.

    Suitable for beginners and those with some previous yoga experience.

    Restorative Class (R)

    BKS Iyengar originally developed not just the use of props in yoga, but he also developed restorative yoga as a practice in itself, which is now very popular and widely appreciated for its therapeutic benefits.

    The restorative classes are slower in pace with an emphasis on quietening physically, emotionally and mentally. These classes are especially helpful to relieve stress, tension, anxiety and to balance and soothe the central nervous system. Restorative practice is especially helpful to maintain a healthy immune system. Quite simply, restorative yoga makes you feel better!

    Restorative 1 (R1)

    The new, Restorative 1 class is a great way to ease your way into this practice if you are newer to the studio. Also suitable for complete beginners (you can start with this class).

    Restorative 2 (R2)

    The Restorative 2 class is suitable for students who have been attending the studio’s classes regularly for a year or so and already have some understanding of Iyengar Yoga and use of props.

    The Sunday night Restorative session is the perfect way to rejuvenate at the end of your week.

    If you are unsure which class is right for you please contact Agata

    Workshops and Retreats

    In addition to the regular timetable we offer 3 hour "Yoga Sundays" with a specific focus, weekend workshops and retreats. Check the notices on our timetable page for details.

    2016 Bali flyers

    Bali Intensive 2016
    Bali Retreat 2016

    For enquiries please email or talk to Tessa.

  4. The Iyengar Yoga Certification and Assessment process as set out by B.K.S. Iyengar is world renowned for its thoroughness and rigour. The training process spans years, and once the candidate successfully passes assessment and becomes certified, they continue their training with senior teachers, and work to further develop their practice-based understanding and skill as teachers.


    Tessa Meek

    Tessa has been practising Iyengar yoga for 23 years. In 1998 she started teaching classes at the Aro Valley Community Hall and has been teaching ever since. At the start of 2007, Tessa opened the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Wellington.

    Tessa is an intuitive, empathetic and observant teacher. She is dedicated to teaching yoga in a way that enables students to understand for themselves, so that their practice will engage and support them mentally, emotionally and physically throughout their lives. In the class situation, Tessa teaches to the individual and encourages students to develop their depth of perception within the practice.

    Tessa has studied with Geeta Iyengar at conventions in Auckland (2003) and Australia (2010) and has also studied with the Iyengars at the RIMYI, India.

    Tessa has been studying under the guidance of her teacher, Peter Thomson, for 17 years, and is immensely grateful to Peter for the teachings and inspiration.

    Tessa teaches all the evening classes from Monday to Thursday (other than Wednesday night Level 1). Tessa also teaches the Thursday and Saturday morning classes, workshops and retreats.

    Jo Peden

    Jo started Iyengar yoga in 1996 and was quickly captivated by the practice of yoga, finding it both challenging and inspiring. She commenced teaching in 2001.

    Jo creates a warm, supportive environment for students. She is interested in how asana can be transformative not only on a physical level but also on an emotional and energetic level.

    Jo studies regularly with senior Iyengar yoga teachers including her teacher, Peter Thomson, and in July 2010 she visited Pune, India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

    Jo has degrees in Political Science and Sport Science, she has worked in recruitment advertising and in communications. She is married with three sons.

    Jo teaches the Tuesday and Sunday 10am classes, and the Thursday lunchtime class.

    Catherine Young

    Catherine has been devoted to the study and practice of yoga since first experiencing its great benefits whilst living in India during 1997-2000.

    She started teaching in the Sivananda tradition in 2001 and soon after began Vipassana meditation. With the subsequent sharpening of awareness, her passion intensified which led to an extensive exploration of many yoga styles and teachings throughout India, Europe and Australia.

    Catherine now teaches in the Iyengar tradition and has an Junior Intermediate Level 1 (certificate). She has also studied directly with the Iyengar Family in Pune, India.

    Catherine brings to her teaching a deep devotion to yoga and a sincere desire that her students also discover the same great benefits that she has received from yoga.

    Catherine has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney majoring in Physical Education and Mathematics. She is married with four adult children.

    Catherine teaches the Wednesday 10am class.

    Rosie Percival

    Rosie began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2005 as a way to maintain general health and learn to touch her toes. After traveling and experimenting with other styles of yoga, she was drawn back to the systematic and disciplined approach of Iyengar yoga. She quickly realised yoga is not about touching her toes but rather the cultivation of self-study and awareness through a regular yoga practice.

    Rosie trained with senior Iyengar yoga teachers Peter and Sue Scott while living in Melbourne, Australia and currently holds an Introductory Level 2 certificate. In 2012 she spent two months studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RMIYI) in Pune, India.

    Rosie has a Media Arts degree in film and is currently studying graphic design at Massey University. She is also co-founder and author of Martha Goes Green: A Vegetarian Cookbook.

    Rosie teaches the Monday morning 10am class and the Friday night 6pm class. Rosie also teaches the Beginner courses… see the notices box for details of upcoming courses.

    Jo Crilly

    Jo trained at Britain's first circus school in 1987. After damaging her back in a trapeze accident she was introduced to yoga at the Iyengar Institute in London and has been practicing since 1995.

    Jo has been coming to Tessa's classes since she immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. She started teacher training with Rosie Holland and in 2011 passed her Introductory Level 1 assessment and is currently studying to sit Intro Level 2. Jo regularly fills in for other teachers when they are temporarily unable to take a class.

    Originally from Northern Ireland Jo promises to slow her fast paced native tongue to be understood during her instructions but will keep her Irish vowels intact to keep you listening and alert!

    Agata Orłowicz

    Agata was first introduced to yoga in 2000 at one of Poland’s oldest Iyengar yoga studios. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that she fully committed and started to practice daily. When she moved to Wellington in 2010 she started attending Tessa’s classes, which greatly helped her to take her practice to a new, deeper level.

    For Agata yoga is an essential part of life. She feels that practice sustains her on physical, mental, emotional and existential levels. Over the years, apart from being a remedy for any possible ailment, yoga has also become a journey for its own sake.

    Agata is currently in training towards introductory level teaching certificate with Peter Thomson. She sees teaching as a natural extension of her practice, and finds it to be a deeply fulfilling experience. She hopes her teaching will assist others on their own yoga path.

    When not on the mat Agata is most likely to be found reading, writing or discussing philosophy as she is about to submit her PhD thesis in this subject.

    Agata teaches the Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday night Cyclists and Runners class. She also teaches the Beginner Courses, the Wednesday night Level 1 class and the Restorative classes on Sunday night.

  5. “Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”
    B.K.S. Iyengar.

    B.K.S. Iyengar 14.Dec.1918 - 20.Aug.2014

    B.K.S Iyengar was an influential yoga master born in southern India in 1918, and is widely credited with bringing yoga to the west. From a young age he dedicated his life to the practice, and to sharing his wisdom and passion for the art, science and philosophy of yoga. The teachings of B.K.S Iyengar are deeply grounded in the ancient Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

    B.K.S Iyengar wrote many books on yoga including the modern classic, Light on Yoga, first published in 1966, and more recently the inspirational gift of a book, Light on Life.

    Up until only weeks before his passing, he still practised daily at his institute, RIMYI, in Pune, India, where he lived and worked with his son and daughter, Prashant and Geeta, who are also highly esteemed teachers and authors of yoga.

    Iyengar yoga (a term coined by his students) is a practical and holistic approach to the vast subject of yoga, made accessible to all, and is practised by millions of people worldwide. Iyengar Yoga is distinguished by its innovative use of props, its precision and detail to alignment within the asanas, and is renowned for its healing and therapeutic capabilities.

    To read more about the benefits of
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  6. “Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.” B.K.S. Iyengar.


    Casual class : $20.00

    No need to book, just turn up.

    10 class cards :

    If you attend two or more classes per week $160.00 (valid 5 weeks).

    If you attend one (or less) class per week $180.00 (valid 12 months).

    Lunchtime Classes :

    $16.00 casually or $140.00 for a ten class card (valid for 6 months).

    Beginners Courses :

    Cost $120.00 for 8 classes

    Bookings essential. To pre-register, email tessa@wellingtonyoga.co.nz

    Additional info :

    All prices include GST.
    Eftpos available (not credit).
    No refunds or transfers.

    Extensions of time on the cards are possible if you become sick or intend to be away over the duration of the card … Talk to Tessa.

    Things To Know :

    Please try to arrive and be ready by the class start time. Shoes off at the door and cell phones off for the duration of the class.

    It is better not to eat 2-3 hours before class. No water bottles … It is better to drink before and after practising, not during.

    Wear comfortable clothing, preferably that fits around the knees, or so the knees can be seen. This is so the teacher can check the alignment of the knee joint, especially if you have knee issues.

    Please refrain from wearing perfumes or strong deodorants.

    Remember, yoga is non-competitive … Do not be concerned with how others do, you are practising for your own yoga process.

  7. Contact

    The studio is in The Bakehouse, above Duke Carvell’s. Swan Lane is a walkway between Cuba St and Marion St Post Office. The entrance is on the side of the building, through the stainless steel door, upstairs and to the left.
    Iyengar Yoga Centre
    "The Bakehouse"
    6 Swan Lane
    Te Aro
    New Zealand
    Phone Tessa Meek: 04 3847364
    Email: tessa@wellingtonyoga.co.nz
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