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Breathe easy…staff only yoga starts Thursday and it’s not too late to register!

Are you interested in yoga, but want a private space with other UC Staff?  Our UC Staff only yoga starts again on Thursday 28 Feb – register now and find breathing space again.

The lovely Mel Mortiaux will be teaching a variety of yoga styles (hatha/restorative/yin/gentle flow) – this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a range of styles, in the comfort of our new ZenZone.   

The class is limited to just 14 people, so you’ll get close attention and guidance to find the right posture for your body.

The course runs for 8 weeks, on Thursdays at 6.10pm.  It’s great value at just $60, and your family/friends/support person are welcome to join also for $90. 

And because it’s the same group each week, Mel will be able to shape the class around your needs and progress.

So, what are you waiting for?  Sign up at reception today, or give us a call on 369 2433.

For more information contact Danielle Mather or see our website (where you’ll find some other great health and fitness courses).

Spring Small Group Training at the UC RecCentre

Our popular Term 4  Small Group Training (SGT) courses are open for registration, just in time for Spring!
These courses are open to everyone (no membership required), so if you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation during your work week, we might have the perfect solution for you, just over the other side of University Drive!

What is Small Group Training? 

  • Short 6 week fitness courses, focusing on a specific fitness/mind body discipline. E.g. Boxing, Bootcamp, Yoga etc.
  • Our experienced instructors work with you, along with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
  • Workouts can be individualised to suit you and your experience, due to the small class size.
  • A great way to remain accountable and motivated to reach your health and fitness goals.

What’s on offer for Term 4?

To discover more, click on the courses above.
All sessions are held at the UC RecCentre and commence from week 2 of Term 4.

To sign up…
Just pop into see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433 and you can sign up over the phone.

Let us know if you have any questions!


Try Meditation through Yin Yoga

Most of us will sigh a breath of ‘I wish’ at the idea of taking time to relax and meditate. Life, especially at this time of the year, is hectic. But these are the times that we actually need to take time out.

Yin Yoga targets the deep connective tissues of the body, helping to regulate the flow of energy in the body. Relax into passive postures whilst unwinding from your day. The longer time spent in postures allows a deeper, meditative focus.

Expect to experience a calming of your mind and body, increased mobility in your joints, a deeper relaxation, lower stress levels, regulated energy and a better ability to sit for meditation.

During these classes, you will learn tips and techniques to de-stress and calm your mind, and renew your energy at any time of the day.

Prioritise yourself this term, and book in for the Recreation Centre’s Meditation through Yin Yoga small group training course. Running for six weeks, it’s the perfect way to reward yourself at the end of the week. You’ll notice positive changes in yourself – mentally, emotionally and physically.

Meditation through Yin YogaContact the Recreation Centre’s reception, or head to http://www.phed.canterbury.ac.nz/services/sml_grp_training/meditation.shtml for more information.

A stronger and healthier you by summer

We all get a little comfortable over winter; we’ve given into the cold weather, we aren’t exercising, we’ve eaten too much, and our moods and energy has slumped.

The idea of summer being ‘just around the corner’ now seems daunting – but it doesn’t have to be!

Not all of us love exercise, but I promise you there is a way of working out that will work for you. Not only will you keep coming back to it, it will boost your energy, improve your mood, and help you feel strong in your own skin.

This term, try something different – the University Recreation Center has some inspiration for you to work up a sweat this term with a six-week small group training programme.

There is no better way to work up a sweat and wake up for the day than boot camp. Join our trainers for a high intensity combination of bodyweight and functional exercises. Choose between 12 and 18 sessions over six weeks… you’ll be ready for summer by mid-October!

Boxing Fitness is specially designed to get your adrenaline pumping – within the six weeks, expect to see definition in your upper body and core, as well as cardio benefits (without running for hours on end!).

Suspension Training (or TRX training) uses suspended straps to use body weight to functionally train the body. Not only does it build muscle, it builds stability, balance and coordination… If it is good enough for the army, you know you’re in for a great workout!

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Not all exercise is running around. Strengthen your mind and body at the same time. Take your pick from Meditation through Yin Yoga, Staff Yoga and Yoga Play – Inversions. The Meditation through Yin Yoga will help you release the tension in your body, helping you to relax. The Staff Yoga is a Hatha style yoga designed specifically for University of Canterbury staff. For those wanting to tackle more challenging variations of yoga poses, have a go at the Yoga Play class. If you’ve always wanted to bust out a headstand – this is the one for you!

For more information, head to http://www.phed.canterbury.ac.nz, or call our reception team on 03 364 2433… We’ll see you there.

Staff only yoga and meditation courses

Come along to Staff Only Yoga.

Registrations are now open for the third round of Staff Yoga 2016.

These courses are dedicated to UC staff only, with a maximum of 20 people to allow for more personalised teaching and alignment adjustments in a nice, private space. The courses run in an eight week block and start during the week beginning Monday 11 July.  Courses will be led by either John Squire or Sabine Steinegg.

Option 1 – Tues 5:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 2 – Tues 6:30pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

Option 3 – Wed 1:00pm DW1 (Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale)

Meditation through Yin Yoga

Registrations also open for our meditation course. This course aims to teach you simple techniques to breathe, move and meditate to help lower stress levels and contribute to your overall health and well-being. Each practice will be taught using the Yin Yoga style, which is much slower and more mindful.  The course runs in a six week block from Sunday 17 July – Sunday 21 August and is lead by the lovely Sabine.

Option 1 – Sun 6:15pm KA04 (Kirkwood Village)

How to register

Both Staff Yoga and Meditation are open to all UC staff members, no membership required.

To register, either pop into the Rec Centre and sign up with one of our receptionists. Otherwise you can give us a call on ext 8434 and we can register you over the phone. Payment must be taken at the time of booking.

Feel free email any questions you might have through to: Danielle.Mather@canterbury.ac.nz

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.