What is Yoga?

The word yoga comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It is a derivation of the word yuj, which means yoking, as in a team of oxen. In contemporary practice, this is often interpreted as meaning union. Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is not a dogma or a religion. It is the journey of connection.

Yoga offers the art of right living through a system of eight steps or limbs involving:
1. Yama : Universal morality
2. Niyama : Personal observances
3. Asanas : Body postures
4. Pranayama : Breathing exercises, and control of prana
5. Pratyahara : Control of the senses
6. Dharana : Concentration and cultivating inner perceptual awareness
7. Dhyana : Devotion, Meditation on the Divine
8. Samadhi : Union with the Divine

At Tauranga Yoga Centre, the focus of most classes is on teaching students asana (posture) and in more advanced classes some  pranayama (breathing exercises).

The Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Patañjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions. Together with his commentaries they formed the Pātañjali yoga śutras. What Patanjali describes are the fundamental ethical precepts called yamas, and the niyamas. These can also be looked at as universal morality and personal observances.

  • Yamas and niyamas are the suggestions given on how we should deal with people around us and our attitude toward ourselves.
  • The attitude we have toward things and people outside ourselves is yama, how we relate to ourselves inwardly is niyama.
  • Both are mostly concerned with how we use our energy in relationship to others and to ourselves.
  • Both on and off your Yoga mat, the metaphorical ladder of Yoga offers the opportunity for jivanmukti, liberation in life. BKS Iyengar says – “Yoga releases the creative potential of life… it does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”


What do I wear?
Wear loose comfortable clothing you can move in without restriction; most people wear track pants, shorts and a t-shirt.

What do I need to bring?
A Yoga mat and other yoga props if you wish to use your own. TYC has all other props available for students to use.
A warm piece of clothing to put on for the relaxation at the end of the Yoga class.

Which class is best if I am new to Yoga?
Most of the Beginner classes are appropriate for those new to yoga. However, if you are pregnant or have any pre-existing medical conditions or any questions at all please call us on 022 350 3891 or email info@taurangayoga.org.nz to discuss your individual needs/queries.

Do I have to book to attend a Yoga class?
No, you can just turn up! Check our TIMETABLE https://taurangayoga.org.nz/calendar/ and decide which class you would like to attend. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before start time to allow enough time to organise payment of your class or term fee with your Yoga Teacher, and to settle yourself on your mat before the class begins.

What does my term fee cover?
Once you register via the website and pay your 12-week term fee you become a TYC member and can attend as many classes (day or night) as you wish during that term-(to be safe-choose level appropriate classes). please read TYC etiquette Yoga Etiquette TYC Yoga Etiquette TYC 2022

How long should I continue attending Beginner classes? When can I begin Intermediate classes?
You are welcome to try an Intermediate class after approx. 6mths to 1 year in beginners. This gives you time to become familiar with as many asanas (postures) as possible. in a safe manner.

Is the centre open on Public Holidays?
There may be some classes on Public Holidays but generally the centre is closed on Public Holidays and for a period over the Xmas New Year break -mid December to mid-January.