The Yoga Tree
11 May 2016, 11:17AM
A boutique Balinese style Yoga studio comes to Takapuna.
The Yoga Tree, located on Tennyson Avenue off Lake Road, has been a longtime part of the community in Takapuna but there’s been some big changes recently at this boutique Balinese style studio. New owner Amanda Morrall offers a peak of what’s inside.
One can never be sure but some things in life just feel fated. The Yoga Tree is one of them.
Within my first week of moving to Auckland, I ended up at The Yoga Tree looking for my yoga fix.
While working full-time as a personal finance journalist, a career I was excelling at; weekly columns, television and radio appearances, even publishing a book Money Matters; Get your Life and $ Sorted in 2014, I taught yoga part-time on the Shore. The deeper my passion for yoga became, the greater dissatisfaction I felt professionally. My heart longed for something else - I took a massive leap of faith and I quit my day job — for yoga!
While friends, family and peers thought I’d lost my mind, I’d found my heart.
It was almost three years after my initial visit to The Yoga Tree when I approached the owner and asked her if she wanted to sell. Synchronicity. She’d been thinking that very thing. In December 2014, I got my studio. Giving the studio a much needed facelift, I restored the hardwood floors, walls were revived and the cavernous blank ceiling was made beautiful with layers of chiffon, hews of turmeric, burnt orange, burgundy, and gold resembling the colours of Buddhist monks robes. The finishing touches included some favourite pieces of artwork from Bali and Burma, the combined effect was magical.
When you set foot in the studio, it’s like stepping into a temple; serene, inspiring and spiritual. It was exactly the look, and feel I’d hope for.
True to its name, The Yoga Tree, has many limbs. We offer classes for mums and bubs, pregnancy yoga, courses for beginner’s, pilates, and restorative options including yoga nidra, a guided meditation of sorts. Our teachers don’t just teach poses, we share our knowledge of how to use yoga in daily life, to better handle the ups and down.
It’s only been six month since I acquired The Yoga Tree but it’s blossoming already.
“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”
The Yoga Tree, Cnr Lake Road and Tennyson Ave, Takapuna 027 506 6550