The Circle at Shed 23

The Circle at Shed 23

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The story of my live streams and why they are finished...
I know for many of you they have been part of a lifeline in strange times, particularly lockdown, but a camera in a live class is different. Last week we had the foot fe**sh crew join us online. Obviously my sandy feet could make me some money if I wanted to join a different platform. But it was last night that I really saw why Sally the tripod needs a job change.

Our classes have always been personal. I love our stories and laughter, as well as the space for tears. Last night I went offline because a moment was needed by one of our crew, one without the world watching, and I knew I couldn't put Sally up again. Being able to pause and talk, to just be there with someone, is so precious.

I am also aware, and thanks to those who have drawn my attention to this, that I'm working for a platform, creating content that makes someone money who is so far from my own value system they might as well be another species- a mean, nihilistic species. I'm not comfortable with my job description here.

I'm working on a little platform that will carry meditations, little classes, and writing and I hope it's ready next week. It's free to our current crew with the simple option of contributing if you wish. Watch this space and my regular email for details.

To all those who've joined the live streams, sending you much love and looking forward to seeing you back soon, or over in my new little online space soon.
515 yoga...second to last live for now. Sally the tripod has a new job description
This is the last week of livestreaming classes, for now. For those who can't make in person sessions, check out this week's email for details of where and how to find some weekly yoga goodness from me. Until then, 515 Wednesday and Thursday will be live this week on Facebook🙏
This week at Shed 23 and a few incoming events.
Friday was a magical night, reminding me of all the reasons I do what I do. We're going to do it again in May, adding a warm cup of Cacao to our evening and building a wintery altar. It will be Friday the 13th too...$35 and bookings essential. 6.30 to 9pm with two journeys of sound and contemplation.

April 30th and May 1 are retreat days this month and there's a couple of options - the whole weekend from 930-4 each day, or each day there are a few mats reserved for those who can only do one day.
Saturday we start with a contemplation on resilience, exploring the idea in its positive and negatives to give us each something to work on over the course of the weekend.
We then yoga until lunch with a break while I put the kai together to rest...a hugely important theme of the weekend.
Saturday afternoon we explore resilience and rest, through journaling and meditation, discussion and practices for resilience.

Sunday we start with resilience again, looking at the way resilience is exemplified in nature. A meditation on the birth-life-death cycle and the seasons is part of this, then we yoga until lunch.
Sunday afternoon is about physical resilience and rest, strength and softness, and the way we can build these into our lives. We bring these practices out wider to community and building resilience as we face climate change.
Whole weekend $160
Day pass $80
Booking prepay essential, paying off welcome.

As for this week...Dan is massaging Tuesday and Thursday and I have some tarot/tea sessions available Wednesday. I'm stepping into some healing sessions again too, for those needing energetic support. Message me for details. Personal sound journeys are also available.

This week is email week so keep an eye out for a longer piece on karma, reaping what we sow, and the bs that has sprouted from these ideas.
This week at Shed 23...and a wee ramble.

An altar can take many forms. As a place to focus and tend, it draws us back to our centre. Friday night is an Earth journey meditation that begins with building an altar together, a representation of love to Mother Earth. No matter what path we walk, honouring the Earth and our role in caring for her is part of that path. What does that mean in a time of increasing crisis? The two meditations lead us to contemplate our connection, to our body as part of nature, intimately linked to the Earth, and to our care of self and Mother Earth together.
These meditation are also about deep rest. You may fall asleep. You may journey. You may simply listen to the sound bowls and drum, my voice guiding you on occasion.
I'm looking forward to hearing where the bowls take us, drawn themselves from deep within the Mother Earth.
If you are attending, gathering your gifts to the altar is your first tuning in process. Leaves, flowers, shells...what will the Earth provide you? Are you sliding in after a busy day with empty hands, borrowing a blanket? Rest, you're already part way to realizing something from the night. Arrive, centre, rest.
There are a couple of spaces left. 7-9pm. Doors open 6.45 to come and make a nest. $30 contribution.

All classes this week have room if you want to start/add some yoga. Tuesday and Thursday 515pm, and 630pm Wednesday will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

Dan has space for massages Tuesday and Thursday. I have space for tea/tarot on Friday this week. We're both $80 an hour.

Take care out there, rest and rest some more.
This week...
There's room in all classes in person this week, please just drop a message ahead of time.
515 Tuesday and Thursday and 630 Wednesday will be live streamed (but not saved) on Facebook.

Tarot night is Wednesday from 810pm, exploring, laughing and drinking tea along the way.

Dan has space for massages Tuesday and Thursday.
I have space for tea cup sessions on Friday this week.
Our sessions are $80 an hour.

The bowls are becoming more of a feature and I'm loving playing them. For many people they help that transition to rest, and I think there's also something about sound that is being created live. I'm looking forward to creating two longer journeys on April 8th, each about 45 minutes long. It is a night celebrating the Earth and so we will start with building an altar, fruits and leaves and flowers we each bring to create a sacred space. This process is about presence: From gathering your offering before you arrive, to creating the altar itself.

A note on this because I've seen people rush in sideways, forgetting their offering, flustered by life. That's why I create these invitations to bring an offering - they can draw us straight to what needs tending in our lives before we've even properly arrived.

Tarot night
30 March
810-930pm
$20

Earth Meditation Journey
April 8
7-9pm
$30
Blessings Cat Pausé for your next journey. Thank you for the inspiration, and the activism you embodied.

'Welcome your belly into your practice'
'Make room for your b***s and belly'
'Find comfortable'

These aren't just lines
They are challenges
To be you on the mat, and to see your judgements of your own body, and others
They are about inclusion
And aroha
Embodiment
They come from hearing activists like Cat Pausé, and Jessamyn Stanley.

Cat Pausé: fat activist https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/201825944/cat-pause-fat-activist
Just two spaces left...
930-1pm tomorrow (Saturday)
Cacao is a beautiful journey on its own but add Yoga Nidra, singing bowls, Restorative yoga...you don't have to do anything afterwards, right?
Deliciousness incoming.
$45
The Over the tea cups email is out today with a tea pot length chat about leaving yoga - a bit more of a personal reflection on what has happened since I began to rest more. Check it out here and you're welcome to share, and subscribe if you haven't already.
https://mailchi.mp/8a5d77a672b0/over-the-tea-cups
There are a great many people feeling vulnerable today with the news that vaccine passports and some mandates are being dropped. While there is the understandable apprehension from those who are vulnerable if they contract Covid, there are also other groups feeling this vulnerability. I am one of them.

I feel vulnerable writing this message and as a business choosing to drop the vaccine passports. I know there will be those who think this is a bad idea. I never agreed with the passports and the mandates. It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with the public health ideas that sat behind them, I was afraid they would lead to exactly what happened on parliament’s lawn among other things. This wasn’t the way to get our vaccination rates up, and even if it worked, it worked at a massive cost that we will see for many years to come. That cost is the distrust and isolation that many people feel from the government, their scientists but also from society. Their society, where they live, work, shop, and belonged. As we open the doors again, it is with apprehension that many step out and with good reason. I have heard horrific things spoken of those who have chosen not to be vaccinated. Things that bear no resemblance to people I know who made a rational decision to wait and see what the longer term effects of the vaccination were, weighing this against their own and their families risks. They weren’t the tin foil hat crew, or the noose and sw****ka crew. Some went to Wellington, and some didn’t. Many have barely left their homes throughout the pandemic. They, like many people, have waded through the information from government and other sources, trying to piece together what is really going on. In some cases, the mandates pushed them down the so-called rabbit holes. We may take years to find them in the burrows, let alone persuade them to come back out. The damage is deep.

While it is easy to stutter and stammer as many have on Twitter today about the risk these people pose, I see so many vaccinated people who are utterly blasé about the risks they pose – no masks, boasting that it was just a cold when so-and-so had it, talking about the economy and at the same time hating on the government – we don’t tend to talk about them because it is easier to point the finger at the unvaccinated. Yes they pose a risk, but as a vaccinated person I pose a massive risk to them and to other vulnerable people because I am more likely to be asymptomatic – spreading covid because I don’t know that I have it. Let’s not forget that, and just how few people we are talking about.

We won’t forget though. Some of this is a particular protest movements fault for filming and streaming their own irrational bu****it to the world and making out that they spoke for all of the unvaccinated when they don’t. It’s easy to remember the former nurse talking about black blood than it is to relate to someone simply genuinely scared about what could be the long term impact of a vaccine. It might be the most tested ever due to how many of us now have it, but they’re right, we don’t know what that looks like ten years out. We are responding in different ways and it takes some careful thinking to be able to walk a middle path, a path that sees what other people see, people other than ourselves.

I will happily take down our QR code on Saturday morning.
I will happily wipe the board on April 5 that says you need a vaccination pass to enter.
I will continue to require everyone to wear a mask on the way to their yoga mat, and welcome those who want to leave it on throughout class.
I will continue to require you to bring your own yoga mat.
I will fiercely hug if they wish it (with my mask on), our crew that we welcome back and if I hear judgement on either side, I will ask people to leave.
It is time to heal.
This pandemic could be years away from being over.

It is time we actually created a team of 5 million and we can’t ask the government to do that. The wounds are too deep. We need to do it ourselves.

(A Bean Bear image because today some of us need a cuddle)

A yoga studio situated in Shed 23. We offer yoga, meditation, massage, healing and tarot. We welcome every body to yoga. The Circle is a boutique yoga studio that also offers courses in tarot, yoga, meditation mindfulness, earth practises and self care.

We have practitioners offering massage, healing, guidance through tarot cards and cups of tea. Nat used to run Zing Studio and started teaching yoga in 2006. She has read tarot cards since 1993 and her gift is in sorting out the current moment so you can move forward. She also offers healing. Known for being good when you need a kick in the butt, she can help plan and then help bust through the ba

Operating as usual

13/04/2022

The story of my live streams and why they are finished...
I know for many of you they have been part of a lifeline in strange times, particularly lockdown, but a camera in a live class is different. Last week we had the foot fetish crew join us online. Obviously my sandy feet could make me some money if I wanted to join a different platform. But it was last night that I really saw why Sally the tripod needs a job change.

Our classes have always been personal. I love our stories and laughter, as well as the space for tears. Last night I went offline because a moment was needed by one of our crew, one without the world watching, and I knew I couldn't put Sally up again. Being able to pause and talk, to just be there with someone, is so precious.

I am also aware, and thanks to those who have drawn my attention to this, that I'm working for a platform, creating content that makes someone money who is so far from my own value system they might as well be another species- a mean, nihilistic species. I'm not comfortable with my job description here.

I'm working on a little platform that will carry meditations, little classes, and writing and I hope it's ready next week. It's free to our current crew with the simple option of contributing if you wish. Watch this space and my regular email for details.

To all those who've joined the live streams, sending you much love and looking forward to seeing you back soon, or over in my new little online space soon.

13/04/2022

515 yoga...second to last live for now. Sally the tripod has a new job description

12/04/2022

This is the last week of livestreaming classes, for now. For those who can't make in person sessions, check out this week's email for details of where and how to find some weekly yoga goodness from me. Until then, 515 Wednesday and Thursday will be live this week on Facebook🙏

11/04/2022

This week at Shed 23 and a few incoming events.
Friday was a magical night, reminding me of all the reasons I do what I do. We're going to do it again in May, adding a warm cup of Cacao to our evening and building a wintery altar. It will be Friday the 13th too...$35 and bookings essential. 6.30 to 9pm with two journeys of sound and contemplation.

April 30th and May 1 are retreat days this month and there's a couple of options - the whole weekend from 930-4 each day, or each day there are a few mats reserved for those who can only do one day.
Saturday we start with a contemplation on resilience, exploring the idea in its positive and negatives to give us each something to work on over the course of the weekend.
We then yoga until lunch with a break while I put the kai together to rest...a hugely important theme of the weekend.
Saturday afternoon we explore resilience and rest, through journaling and meditation, discussion and practices for resilience.

Sunday we start with resilience again, looking at the way resilience is exemplified in nature. A meditation on the birth-life-death cycle and the seasons is part of this, then we yoga until lunch.
Sunday afternoon is about physical resilience and rest, strength and softness, and the way we can build these into our lives. We bring these practices out wider to community and building resilience as we face climate change.
Whole weekend $160
Day pass $80
Booking prepay essential, paying off welcome.

As for this week...Dan is massaging Tuesday and Thursday and I have some tarot/tea sessions available Wednesday. I'm stepping into some healing sessions again too, for those needing energetic support. Message me for details. Personal sound journeys are also available.

This week is email week so keep an eye out for a longer piece on karma, reaping what we sow, and the bs that has sprouted from these ideas.

03/04/2022

This week at Shed 23...and a wee ramble.

An altar can take many forms. As a place to focus and tend, it draws us back to our centre. Friday night is an Earth journey meditation that begins with building an altar together, a representation of love to Mother Earth. No matter what path we walk, honouring the Earth and our role in caring for her is part of that path. What does that mean in a time of increasing crisis? The two meditations lead us to contemplate our connection, to our body as part of nature, intimately linked to the Earth, and to our care of self and Mother Earth together.
These meditation are also about deep rest. You may fall asleep. You may journey. You may simply listen to the sound bowls and drum, my voice guiding you on occasion.
I'm looking forward to hearing where the bowls take us, drawn themselves from deep within the Mother Earth.
If you are attending, gathering your gifts to the altar is your first tuning in process. Leaves, flowers, shells...what will the Earth provide you? Are you sliding in after a busy day with empty hands, borrowing a blanket? Rest, you're already part way to realizing something from the night. Arrive, centre, rest.
There are a couple of spaces left. 7-9pm. Doors open 6.45 to come and make a nest. $30 contribution.

All classes this week have room if you want to start/add some yoga. Tuesday and Thursday 515pm, and 630pm Wednesday will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

Dan has space for massages Tuesday and Thursday. I have space for tea/tarot on Friday this week. We're both $80 an hour.

Take care out there, rest and rest some more.

27/03/2022

This week...
There's room in all classes in person this week, please just drop a message ahead of time.
515 Tuesday and Thursday and 630 Wednesday will be live streamed (but not saved) on Facebook.

Tarot night is Wednesday from 810pm, exploring, laughing and drinking tea along the way.

Dan has space for massages Tuesday and Thursday.
I have space for tea cup sessions on Friday this week.
Our sessions are $80 an hour.

The bowls are becoming more of a feature and I'm loving playing them. For many people they help that transition to rest, and I think there's also something about sound that is being created live. I'm looking forward to creating two longer journeys on April 8th, each about 45 minutes long. It is a night celebrating the Earth and so we will start with building an altar, fruits and leaves and flowers we each bring to create a sacred space. This process is about presence: From gathering your offering before you arrive, to creating the altar itself.

A note on this because I've seen people rush in sideways, forgetting their offering, flustered by life. That's why I create these invitations to bring an offering - they can draw us straight to what needs tending in our lives before we've even properly arrived.

Tarot night
30 March
810-930pm
$20

Earth Meditation Journey
April 8
7-9pm
$30

Cat Pausé: fat activist 26/03/2022

Cat Pausé: fat activist

Blessings Cat Pausé for your next journey. Thank you for the inspiration, and the activism you embodied.

'Welcome your belly into your practice'
'Make room for your boobs and belly'
'Find comfortable'

These aren't just lines
They are challenges
To be you on the mat, and to see your judgements of your own body, and others
They are about inclusion
And aroha
Embodiment
They come from hearing activists like Cat Pausé, and Jessamyn Stanley.

Cat Pausé: fat activist https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/201825944/cat-pause-fat-activist

Cat Pausé: fat activist Fat people face ridicule and discrimination every day but this prejudice is based on an overly simplistic understanding of health, fat activist and academic Cat Pausé says.

25/03/2022

Just two spaces left...
930-1pm tomorrow (Saturday)
Cacao is a beautiful journey on its own but add Yoga Nidra, singing bowls, Restorative yoga...you don't have to do anything afterwards, right?
Deliciousness incoming.
$45

23/03/2022

The Over the tea cups email is out today with a tea pot length chat about leaving yoga - a bit more of a personal reflection on what has happened since I began to rest more. Check it out here and you're welcome to share, and subscribe if you haven't already.
https://mailchi.mp/8a5d77a672b0/over-the-tea-cups

23/03/2022

There are a great many people feeling vulnerable today with the news that vaccine passports and some mandates are being dropped. While there is the understandable apprehension from those who are vulnerable if they contract Covid, there are also other groups feeling this vulnerability. I am one of them.

I feel vulnerable writing this message and as a business choosing to drop the vaccine passports. I know there will be those who think this is a bad idea. I never agreed with the passports and the mandates. It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with the public health ideas that sat behind them, I was afraid they would lead to exactly what happened on parliament’s lawn among other things. This wasn’t the way to get our vaccination rates up, and even if it worked, it worked at a massive cost that we will see for many years to come. That cost is the distrust and isolation that many people feel from the government, their scientists but also from society. Their society, where they live, work, shop, and belonged. As we open the doors again, it is with apprehension that many step out and with good reason. I have heard horrific things spoken of those who have chosen not to be vaccinated. Things that bear no resemblance to people I know who made a rational decision to wait and see what the longer term effects of the vaccination were, weighing this against their own and their families risks. They weren’t the tin foil hat crew, or the noose and swastika crew. Some went to Wellington, and some didn’t. Many have barely left their homes throughout the pandemic. They, like many people, have waded through the information from government and other sources, trying to piece together what is really going on. In some cases, the mandates pushed them down the so-called rabbit holes. We may take years to find them in the burrows, let alone persuade them to come back out. The damage is deep.

While it is easy to stutter and stammer as many have on Twitter today about the risk these people pose, I see so many vaccinated people who are utterly blasé about the risks they pose – no masks, boasting that it was just a cold when so-and-so had it, talking about the economy and at the same time hating on the government – we don’t tend to talk about them because it is easier to point the finger at the unvaccinated. Yes they pose a risk, but as a vaccinated person I pose a massive risk to them and to other vulnerable people because I am more likely to be asymptomatic – spreading covid because I don’t know that I have it. Let’s not forget that, and just how few people we are talking about.

We won’t forget though. Some of this is a particular protest movements fault for filming and streaming their own irrational bullsh*t to the world and making out that they spoke for all of the unvaccinated when they don’t. It’s easy to remember the former nurse talking about black blood than it is to relate to someone simply genuinely scared about what could be the long term impact of a vaccine. It might be the most tested ever due to how many of us now have it, but they’re right, we don’t know what that looks like ten years out. We are responding in different ways and it takes some careful thinking to be able to walk a middle path, a path that sees what other people see, people other than ourselves.

I will happily take down our QR code on Saturday morning.
I will happily wipe the board on April 5 that says you need a vaccination pass to enter.
I will continue to require everyone to wear a mask on the way to their yoga mat, and welcome those who want to leave it on throughout class.
I will continue to require you to bring your own yoga mat.
I will fiercely hug if they wish it (with my mask on), our crew that we welcome back and if I hear judgement on either side, I will ask people to leave.
It is time to heal.
This pandemic could be years away from being over.

It is time we actually created a team of 5 million and we can’t ask the government to do that. The wounds are too deep. We need to do it ourselves.

(A Bean Bear image because today some of us need a cuddle)

Our Story

The Circle is a boutique yoga studio in the heart of George Street that offers classes, courses and workshops in yoga, meditation, sacred earth practises and tarot. There is a theme of welcoming every body onto the mat (gap between the words intentional). Both Dan and I have become increasingly concerned about the way that yoga and yoga bodies are represented both on and off the mat and we want to constantly make sure that we are welcoming you and your experience to The Circle, not our expectation and ideas. You might notice a difference in the way we talk about your body, your choices in class and even yoga itself. Yoga really is for every body.

I’m Nat, and I used to run Zing Studio and have taught yoga since 2005. It’s my writing you see on The Circle page. I have also read tarot cards since 1993, staying away from fortune telling and working instead with the cards as insights into where life is right now. Known for being good when you need a kick in the butt, I can help plan and then help bust through the barriers to that plan. For those interested in learning more about the cards and themselves, I offer an online, interactive tarot course.

Dan has worked alongside me since 2007, teaching yoga and retreats. He is a massage therapist, gifted at getting into those aches and pains and for those who prefer the gentler touch, he is also a healer.

We team up for satsang online which is a chance to talk about life events, world events, all through a yoga filter. This can go in all sorts of directions, circling back to the yoga teachings with a very diverse view of what they are and how we might experience them.

Our up to date timetable is up the front of the page and many of our classes now livestream on Facebook. There is quite a library so have a play.

Booking for our in person classes is essential as many classes will be full so email [email protected] or text Nat on 027 6282 547

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