Situated down in the trendy Wynyard Quarter in Aucklands Viaduct, Bikes and Bends owners Danica and Nick offer you a point of difference. Yoga Outdoors. Surrounded by the concrete jungle that is Auckland CBD, Bikes and Bends offers you a tranquil flow with the sun warming you up in the cool mornings or the beauty of a sunset over the stunning Auckland harbour.
Bikes and Bends is the brain child of a yogi and a bike enthusiast and the combo just works. Danica’s simple yoga suits all levels wether your just starting out your yoga journey or you’ve been practicing for years. The concept is easy, just you, a mat and a open mind. Danica leads a well tailored and thought out flow that focuses on a either different muscles of movement. Nick is right by Danica’s side and happy to talk you you about anything two wheel related and share some fascinating stories about life, bikes and yoga.
As their popularity has grown, Bikes and Bends have added additional teachers with different styles of teaching, which allows students to practice a wide range of styles. Bikes and Bends have teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation with special classes proceeds going towards the amazing clause. Along with MHFNZ they have collaborated with other great businesses around Auckland and have many more wonderful ideas in the pipelines.
Wether your new to your yoga journey or a seasoned yogi its worth checking them out. Bikes and Bends offer morning classes to set you up for your day and ready to tackle what lies ahead of you, lunchtime classes to get you out of the office for an hour and recoup or evening classes to let unwind from the days pressures. What better way to start or finish your day then yoga with this amazing group of people.
Get your mat and head on down to Wynyard Quarter. Keep an eye out the bikes parked at the top of the ramp of the ANZ Event Centre and you’re there. Take a friend or go alone and meet a variety of people from different walks of life. Danica’s and Nicks welcoming style of yoga and chilled attitudes make everyone feel welcome.
Price – $15 a class (passes available)
What to wear – light clothing you can move around in (wrap up warm for the winter)
What to bring – mat (can hire there at a small charge) water, open mind
Location – ANZ Event Centre Viewing Deck (Wynyard Quarter by the passenger bridge)
Times – Monday/Wednesday Evenings (6pm-7pm) Tuesday/Friday Mornings (7am-8m) Wednesday Lunchtime (12.30pm-1.15pm) Subject to weather conditions.
Check them out @ http://www.bikeandbends.com or instagram.com/yoga.delivery
After six months of practicing yoga it was time to move onto headstands. This was a poses that I wasn’t confident in doing for fear of falling over and hurting myself. I avoided getting both legs up (just raising one leg at a time and not kicking off and would rely on walls to catch myself and not being able to stay in the pose for long. So after a few months of practicing them I wasn’t progressing any further.
When on holiday last year in January I went down to he beach to try them free standing. After numerous attempts of kicking one leg up and then trying two legs I started to understand what parts of the body had to work with others. I fall numerous times but the sand seemed so feel safer than concrete.
I started to understand that’s it’s all about where you place your hands and head. The neck has to be supported as it is going to hold your entire body weight once you are up in the air. Placement of your foremans and hands is critical if you’re going to be resting all the weight on neck.
I had to remind myself that yoga isn’t about getting into the posture or how long you can stay in it or how good it looks; it’s about the process of getting into it. Understanding what muscles you are using and connecting the breathe, body and mind.
After many weeks trying them I started to get the hold on getting my legs up and staying up with the support of a wall behind me. When we attempted headstands in class I edged my feet and legs off the wall a little each time to try and balance. It’s progress over perfection that reminded me not to rush as I could end up hurting myself.
Fast forward a year down the track and am happy to say I can get into a headstand unsupported by a wall and hold the pose for a considerable amout of time. Always trying out different legs variations and kick offs to get legs up. This pose releases a lot of blood to the head and the “rush” from them is a great high. It’s pays when you come out of them tonrest in child’s poses to allow the blood to return to normal flow.
Headstands are fun and offer a different perspective of the world. We should spend more time upside down.
Key things to remember:
- Placement of foremans and hands
- Support neck and head
- Engage core muscles
- Try one leg at a time until confident.
- Use a wall for support when first starting out.
- You are bound to fall out at some point. Learn safe ways to come down
- Be aware of what’s around you.
- Return to child’s poses after to allow blood flow to return to normal.
- It’s not a race or getting into the pose the fastest. This can cause damage to your body.