Wonder Yoga with Alissa

Creative and functional movement

Wonder Yoga with Alissa has a focus on functional flow for workplace yoga classes and social gatherings. In this fast-paced world of stress and distractions coupled with sedentary lifestyles, Alissa encourages people to find ease in their body with intuitive movements and internal awareness.

After a full-time career in graphic design, she can understand the effects a sedentary desk job has on the physical body and mind state. Having now found harmony between both jobs, she is sharing her knowledge and experience with the corporate world and those who are in need of better balance in their lives. Wonder Yoga classes are tailored around the needs of the participants. Sessions include contemporary flow yoga, postures that challenge but are accessible to all, and conclude with mindful meditation.

Teaching from the heart, her goal is to share the enjoyment and passion that she feels in yoga. She wants to support people to love their body and appreciate all it is capable of. Alissa enjoys teaching to all levels of fitness, age and flexibility, and receives great satisfaction from seeing each person’s progress and achievements. She is fascinated by the synchronicity of breath and movement, and hopes you will be inspired too!

As well as teaching mobile yoga classes with Wonder Yoga, Alissa is a Les Mills BODYBALANCE® group fitness instructor in Auckland. Additionally, she has taught children at Yogi Kids – working with children is extremely fulfilling, and a lot of fun!

Follow Alissa’s yoga journey on the blog, and check out her online yoga resources.

Certifications

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Contemporary Yoga (2016)
  • Certified Les Mills BODYBALANCE® Group fitness instructor (2014)
  • Registered Exercise Professional – Group Exercise (Pre-choreographed)
  • Certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher (2015)

“After all these years, I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings

Yoga in a corporate environment

Workplace yoga is becoming a lot more popular in businesses – big and small. Organisations are giving more attention to the physical and mental wellbeing of staff and managers. Some are even implementing wellness programmes.

After a full-time career in graphic design, Alissa understands the effects a sedentary desk job can have on the physical body and mind state. She has now found better harmony in her work through practising yoga and meditation. With her experience in the corporate world, she wants to aid those who are seeking balance in their lives. Corporate yoga classes are tailored around the needs of the participants to suit all levels. This includes contemporary flow yoga, postures that challenge but are accessible, and conclude with a short mindful meditation.

Sessions are typically held in a lunch break, nearby the office, or in a private space onsite if available. When held in an outdoor setting, parks with shady trees are ideal, with the benefits of connecting with nature to refresh and invigorate the senses. Once a suitable timeslot has been arranged, classes are booked in blocks to encourage consistent attendance. This cultivates overall progress and a sense of accomplishment.

Workplace yoga classes are a great way to break up the workday.

It’s the antidote to both sedentary work and occupational overuse. Participants have claimed to be a lot more productive and less stressed when returning to work. It’s also a good way to bond with colleagues in a relaxed and supportive environment.

A small amount of focused attention each week – or even better, daily – helps to build mental and emotional resilience. Don’t we all want a good relationship with the people that we spend most of our waking hours with?!

Social yoga

Gathering friends together for yoga is a wonderful way to connect for a social occasion. Organise a class for a wellness weekend, birthday, hens party, or a warm-down after a fitness event. It’s the kind of pampering that your mind and body will love you for!

Wonder Yoga has had the pleasure of being involved with Kristy from Yoga & Social for two wonderful pop-up events. One was against the backdrop of crashing waves at Waipu Cove. Another session was in a tranquil clearing at Brick & Vines cafe, Morris & James Pottery Matakana. Take a look at the stunning photos below. (Photo cred Amber Wijnstok)

Yoga classes can be tailored to all ages, gender and fitness levels, including alternative options for pregnancy, so they are accessible to everyone. Indoor or outdoor, whatever the space, get together for a fun and nourishing session!

More benefits of social yoga

Yoga creates a strong connection between mind and body, so having a healthy body can improve your mood. It also helps people to relax and increases endorphin levels. When people are anxious, they try to avoid the things that trigger that anxiety. Inversely, that can make the anxiety worse. Yoga can help to break that cycle.

A study in 2014 reports that exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can positively impact people with social anxiety disorders. The study found that exercise and relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the environment in a less threatening, less negative way. For people with mood and anxiety disorders, this is an important breakthrough.

“We wanted to examine whether people would perceive their environment as less threatening after engaging in physical exercise or after doing a relaxation technique that is similar to the breathing exercises in yoga (called progressive muscle relaxation),” Mr. Heenan explains. “We found that people who either walked or jogged on a treadmill for 10 minutes perceived these ambiguous figures as facing towards them (the observer) less often than those who simply stood on the treadmill. The same was true when people performed progressive muscle relaxation.”

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