Pause Yoga

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Our Crew

Cathy Gamba

Cathy is a mother of two young girls and a student in Psychology. She worked in marketing and communications for about 15 years in NZ, Japan, Switzerland and France before opening Pause Yoga in Days Bay in 2014. She describes herself as a fidgety and slightly hyperactive individual with a huge appetite for life and adventure. Trail-running was her hobby for about 10 years and in 2009, she had surgery on her back to fix several prolapsed discs. She started yoga in 2004 and trained to become a yoga teacher in 2013. There are two main areas of focus in her teaching: these are anatomy and mindfulness. Her teaching style is athletic, therapeutic, secular and modern.  Cathy is on her way towards becoming a psychologist, she is currently studying at Victoria University in Wellington and is about to enter her Honours year. She has deep roots in the practice of mindfulness and is acutely aware of the connection between physical health and mental health. She has recently enrolled in a two-year course offered by the University of Berkeley and the Greater Good Science Centre to qualify as a certified mindfulness teacher in 2023, the course is led by Jack Kronfield and Tara Brach with valuable guest speakers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Eckart Tolle. Cathy's classes have a focus on pre-emptive mobility therapy and mindfulness. She likes to deliver secular, playful, structured and athletic classes to her students with the aim to 1. get students better educated on their body’s anatomy and range of motion 2. get students to develop more body awareness through mindfulness practices 3. Get students to use strength training and stretching so as to develop more muscle pliability and therefore prevent injuries. Cathy has been training with Tiffany Cruikshank and the Yoga Medicine team since 2013 and has now more than 500 hours of teacher training under her belt.

"I don't define myself as a spiritual person, I don't identify with any kind of religious groups and I don't "om" either. What I'm interested in when I teach yoga is to be as inclusive as possible - whichever background you may have - and to give you a good grasp of what I think yoga can contribute to - on a physical and mental level. I am very interested in mindfulness and awareness and I will also often use breathing exercises (pranayama) during class to increase awareness. Mindfulness and presence are two constant recurrent themes in most of my classes, and often I will start and/or finish class with a meditation. I teach mainly Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. Students describe my classes as physically confronting and mentally engaging. I always give options and will also encourage you to try different things.  Since 2013, I have developed a real interest in how yoga works to enhance the mechanics of the body, especially combining Yoga to an active lifestyle in order to improve either your performance or well-being or both. I am currently working towards completing an Honours' degree at Victoria University and I am planning of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future."

Pause Yoga

Our Style

We’re here to make your yoga experience modern, athletic and therapeutic

Award-winning yoga studio focused on mindfulness and therapeutic movement. Physically and mentally engaging yoga practice. Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Hatha flow and Yin yoga. Strong focus on anatomy, mindfulness and awareness.

Vinyasa Flow

These classes focus on matching the pace of your breath with the movement of your body. We usually start in meditation, child's pose or we work on some type of pranayama (breathing exercise). Once the mind is a bit more settled, we start moving. The first half of the class is about flow where we move in unison with the breath, e.g. when we inhale we are in a particular pose and when we exhale we move to a different pose. The pace matches the breath. We usually include sun salutation A and a variation of sun salutation B, depending on the focus of the class. Then we hold poses for a bit longer: about 3 to 5 breaths in standing, seated or supine poses. The final part of the class is usually done in a supine or seated position with long-held stretches. All Vinyasa classes end with a savasana - complete relaxation - followed sometimes by a meditation depending on your teacher. Most vinyasa flow classes are 75 minutes long except the Wednesday evening one which is 60 minutes long.

Yin

Yin classes are specifically designed to open and stretch the whole body. This class suits those new to yoga, pregnant woman or those wishing to indulge in longer deeper stretches. This class will restore, repair and rebalance you while toning and conditioning the body and calming the mind. This practice is very challenging as it is a lot more introspective. We hold poses for anytime between 3 and 5 minutes which can seem an eternity. Most of us are ready for the next pose after thirty seconds...Mind training, awareness and meditation are a big part of our yin practice. All our yin classes are an hour long.

 

Hatha

In a hatha class, we use a lot of repetitions and add on to each pose to work towards a final peak pose. The pace is slower than vinyasa flow. If you are new to yoga or would like to get back into yoga, it is a good class to get started with. These classes are physically challenging but because the focus is not so much on breath to movement, it is open to all levels. All our hatha classes are an hour long. 

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Classes & Booking

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News & Offers

Update during COVID-19 lockdown      

Arohanui to you all ❤️

 

We are here to serve the community during the lockdown by providing free online yoga classes, virtual stress management and mindfulness support. We are committed to support and help YOU during these challenging and very strange times. To access our free classes, just go to our facebook page to watch our live-streams. We will keep the classes up on our wall for the duration of the lockdown so you can watch them in your own time. 

 

We are also very proud and honoured to announce that we have been featured as one of the 2020 best yoga studios in Wellington by top reviews. Thanks guys for all your support! Click on the link below to access the article and discover other studios in Wellington.

 

Top review website: 2020 best yoga studios in Wellington

 


We are also stoked to have won the "best yoga studio in Wellington" 2020 award offered by the prestigious Travel and Hospitality Awards. Thank you so much for even considering us in this category. 

 

 

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Contact

Pause Yoga Studio

28 Moana Road
Days Bay
5013 Eastbourne

021410890
www.facebook.com/pauseyogadaysbay

pauseyogadaysbay@gmail.com