New Advanced Yoga Class


Namaste fellow Yogis and Yoginis,

Yoga in Shanghai

I am now teaching an advanced yoga class at The Hot Yoga Nelson Studio, every second saturday.  This saturday, the 18th of March will be the first on this schedule.

The following dates are when the advanced yoga class will be on;

April 1st, 15th, 29th.

May 13th, 27th.

June 10th, 24th.

July 8th, 22nd.

August 5th, 19th.

Sept 2nd, 16th, 30th.


I have already taught this class for the past two Saturdays with a great response so I am very excited about working with you all and enjoying the challenges of taking your practice to new levels.

The question I am asked most about this advanced yoga class is “How advanced is it and can I do it?”  My answer is, that you need to have a reasonably strong  practice and feel comfortable trying new things such as bird poses, inversions, backbends etc.  I am more than happy for every student to work at their own advanced level, but if you don’t feel comfortable with the above and being challenged on different levels, then this class may not be suitable for you.

What to expect in this advanced yoga class:

We will be starting every class with at least 5 minutes of mindfulness, focusing our attention on one point (the breath) along with various pranayama techniques.  We will then begin to move into the exploration of Asana, whether it be developing a stronger flow practice or breaking down more of the advanced Asanas ie; learning the correct techniques to move safely in and out of them.

I look forward to seeing you in class :).


About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher. The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus. In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga. Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling. I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama. The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely. I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy. The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration. As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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