No Labour Day Weekend Classes

Just letting you know that there will be no yoga classes at the Yoga Centre on Labour Weekend. hope you have a wonderful few days of rest!


Dia de Muertos – Day of the Dead!

On All Souls Day – NOVEMBER 2nd –  we will be celebrating Day of the Dead from 6pm to 9pm, with food, fiesta and fireworks, bringing the party to the heart of Marton.

Day of the Dead

In Mexico, Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead), means that people honour their ancestors and departed people with food, flowers, candles and fiesta.

It is an awe-inspiring event!

The NZ Yoga Centre is planning to recreate this celebration with a vegetarian potluck gathering. People can bring a favorite vegetarian dish, as well as pictures of their dearly departed. And, to make a real fiesta, visitors can bring candles, flowers, fireworks and firewood, or give a koha ($5-$10) to the ‘Fiesta Fund’ (see below).

RSVP to Ali by the 26th October –

FB message NZ Yoga Centre or email


Either: bring the party – vege food, candles, flowers, fireworks

Or: give a ‘koha’ offering ($5-$10) to NZ Yoga Centre

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New Spring timetable changes

Daylight Savings changes this Sunday 30th September, so we are starting the Tuesday evening class a little later at 6pm, and making the Sunday 4pm class a private session time slot.

If you would like to book Sunday afternoon for a private class, or have a specialized yoga Xmas staff get-together or group session please email Ali at or call 06 327 4108.


Cool places to stay in Shanghai

We had a great meet up with Jann who runs a funky Airbnb in a treeline district of Shanghai. you can contact the proprietor – Jann –  directly for bookings don’t need to go with Airbnb if you don’t want.

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The shop address and aromatherapy workshop and Airbnb is:
No.3 212 wuyuan lu
phone number is+86 136-8163-9625
The link as follows:
Another cool place was the Yangtze Boutique Hotel

Slumming it in magical Shanghai

Photos and text by Ali


Unlike Singapore which can feel sterile, and Delhi which is utter chaos, Shanghai hums with peaceful harmony. Shanghainese people are polite and friendly. Parks are filled with trees and lotus ponds. Modern architecture complements local temples. Contemporary art galleries are brilliantly curated.  Shanghai is a dreamlike paradise flowing with a fresh new attitude.



Lotuses at Jing’an Park,  and Jing’an Temple – central Shanghai


Before the shops open, uninhibited citizens occupy urban spaces. They practice tai chi, chi gung, fan dancing, slow marching, badminton, and martial arts displays.



High and low culture acts like yin and yang, playfully pushing each other’s opposing buttons.



The old coexists alongside edgy innovation. New technology references hints of the past.

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Electronic billboards provide backdrop for temple gables


Civic spaces respectfully cater to the elderly



The metro system is cheap and easy to navigate, with stops signposted in both Mandarin and English.

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 This efficient public transport system allowed us to explore many parts of the city. The rest of the time we traveled on foot, covering much distance in a single day.


My personal aim for this research trip was to find nourishment and inspiration from contemporary art and the new trends in Shanghai.




IMG_1510.JPGI also wanted to make new contacts for future yoga-based group excursions from NZ.



Shanghai exceeded my expectations. Some of the new art was mind-blowing, mixing traditional and iconic images with cutting-edge digital technology.

IMG_1524.JPGThere was also plenty of interesting street art, installations, and boutique shopping spaces.


Numerous gardens complimented central business districts .




There was no shortage of tasty vegetarian food and great place to enjoy a quiet drink.



You could spend 6 months in Shanghai and a still not see everything the city has to offer. It is a city that I hope to return to as soon as I can.


Just in case anyone was interested in joining me on my next group excursion, we found a great inner city yoga space to run classes from. Put a visit to Shanghai on your bucket list ! You won’t be disappointed.




For more information email Ali at

Research trip


Hi, I’m away in Shanghai for a research trip between Wednesday 8th August and Friday 17th August. Because there is no Google or Facebook contact in mainland China i will not be able to be contactable . Yoga classes will resume on Monday 20th August. Hope to see you then!


Kind regards