Beginners yoga course (29 Sep, 3 & 7 Oct)

Join Shirley from Yoga With Me, and Kim from Empower Yoga for a 3-part beginners yoga course, covering the most common yoga poses and sequences you need to know to gain confidence and establish a regular yoga practice – whether that’s at home or at a studio. The course will be fun, interactive, friendly, encouraging, supportive, safe and suitable for anyone who wants to get into yoga.

Tuesday 29 September, 7pm – 9pm
Saturday 3 October, 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 7 October, 7pm – 9pm

Cost: $99 each. Register with a friend and pay only $89 each.

You’ll also get a yoga mat, a sun salutation guide, a bottle of water, and a discount voucher to purchase a month unlimited yoga at Empower for 50% off ($82.50, usually $165).

Limited numbers.
To book email:
Please include your name, email address, cell phone number and how you heard about the course.
Payment in full prior to 28 September 2015 required to secure your spot.

Beginners Yoga course



Class schedule – September 2015

Wednesday 2 September, 5.45pm (PV/balance/yin flow, 90 mins), Wellington Yoga Centre

Wednesday 9 September, 6pm (Hot Sampler 75 mins), Hot Yoga Wellington Wakefield St studio

Tuesday 15 September, 6.15pm (Hot Sampler 75 mins), Hot Yoga Wellington Featherston St studio

Friday 18 September, 7.15am (Yin/Power mix, 45 mins), Empower Yoga, 107 Customhouse Quay

Sunday 27 September, 10am (Hot Sampler 75 mins), Hot Yoga Wellington Wakefield St studio



Dairy free breakfast smoothie

Dairy-free breakfast smoothieThis is my go-to breakfast smoothie, and its filing enough to sustain me through to morning tea and sometimes to lunch.



1 C almond milk*

1/2C coconut yoghurt*

1/2C frozen berries or 2T of acai powder

1 small banana

1 serve protein powder (I use one scoop of Amazonia RAW cacao and coconut flavoured probiotic protein powder)

2T chia seeds

1t of Vital Greens powder

handful of ice

* You can use normal cows milk and Greek Yoghurt if you are OK with dairy.  i find the flavour is much creamier and filling when i use almond milk and coconut yoghurt.


Waz it all up in a high-powered blender. Make it look pretty in your glass with a sprinkling of chia seeds, shredded coconut, and freeze dried berries.


Probiotic Kraut Pesto

Probiotic Sauerkraut Pesto

This pesto is super easy to make and is a hit with kids because the colour is just so awesome. Plus you are getting a bunch of good bacteria for optimal gut health from the fermented veges.

2 cups fresh herbs. (I like using basil)
1/2C Be Nourished Helena Bay Sauerkraut
1/2C olive oil
1/4C nuts (cashews or pine nuts are great)
Salt to taste 

Waz up in a food processor or high powered blender.

I use a Omniblend NZ V. 

What to eat after yoga practice

I try not to eat within two hours of going to yoga, so when I’ve finish a yoga practice I’m usually pretty hungry – but I never feel like anything heavy or gluggy. I’m usually thirsty as, and craving something fresh and green.


Along with a massive bottle of cold water, my favourite post-yoga snacks and meals are:

  • A protein packed salad. Lots of greenery, maybe some seeds or nuts, and a lean protein like poached chicken. In Wellington, I love seize cafe’s whole food bowls.
  • Green juice or smoothie. It’s so easy to get some veges into your diet by whizzing them up into a smoothie or juice. If I’m at home I’ll chuck some spinach, kale, avo, coconut water, chia seeds and banana in my Omniblend NZ If I’m out and about I’ll go to Tank Juice Bar for a Lean + Green juice, or the Tropical Warrior Smoothie (without frozen yoghurt to reduce the sugar).  I also love cold-pressed Green Glow juice by The Wellness Hub.



  • Tom & Luke Trinity Bars. These protein treats are freaken amazing, and so handy to have
  • on hand in your handbag or fridge to nibble on after yoga practice. Go the full size bars if you are really hungry, or just the bite size one to tide you over.
  • HEAPS of coloured veges. When I’ve finished an intensive workshop I always feel like a huge bowl of hot veges. In Wellington, Chowis always open, and I’ve been known to go there and just order miso soup, a bowl of seasonal veges, and a plate of Asian greens! (Rosebud cocktail optional!).
  • If I’ve practiced at home, I might brew up a post-savasana herbal tea.  My favourite at the moment is Rock Ohm by Libertine Blends.



What do you like to eat after your workouts?


Shirley x

Wisdom Symposium, presented by The Fantail Network

Auckland, 22 August 2015

The Fantail Network‘s Wisdom Symposium is a unique event designed to inspire women through the key themes of WISDOM, NOURISHMENT and KNOWLEDGE. The format includes key note speakers, wisdom storytellers, nourishment sessions focusing on body and mind, a design thinking workshop with tools to apply to everyday work and play, and a panel focusing on leadership and diversity.

Shirley is leading an afternoon Stretch Session for Wisdom Symposium attendees.


Class schedule August 2015

Wednesday 12 August, 5.45pm (general 90 mins), Wellington Yoga Centre

Monday 17 August, 5.45pm (beginner 90 mins), Wellington Yoga Centre

Wednesday 19 August, 5.45pm (general 90 mins), Wellington Yoga Centre

Wednesday 26 August, 5.45pm (general 90 mins), Wellington Yoga Centre