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Yoga Garage Australia Adelaide

Inspiring connection to self and others…

Tune up your mind, body & soul.

In a quiet and peaceful studio located in leafy Belair, Karen Gunter teaches yoga classes with a personal touch. Classes are designed to build strength and increase flexibility, whilst calming the nervous system, and soothing and steadying the mind.

Join a class to build strength and increase your flexibility and wellbeing through mindful movement, becoming part of a community of like-minded souls. Feel nurtured and inspired by a practice with views over the treetops…

This is Yoga Garage.

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Karen Gunter is a yoga teacher, a local to Belair, and the soul of Yoga Garage.

She began practicing yoga in 1986 to help manage chronic knee pain and found that practice not only cured her of any pain, but also improved her overall physical and emotional health. Karen’s health goals are to continue a yoga practice which teaches her to be patient, understanding and accepting without judgement or expectation. Her personal yoga practice cultivates feelings of strength, light, and energy; these feelings are infused into her classes.

Believing that every student matters, Karen has helped students in the Yoga Garage community to work towards increased health and wellbeing of body and mind since the studio opened in 2009. Karen teaches Yin and Yang approaches in regular classes at Yoga Garage (Belair Community Centre).

In addition to her regular classes, she offers private classes for individuals and families in their homes, corporate workplace classes and runs weekend yoga retreats in luxurious locations around South Australia. She works with diverse groups, from assisting professional sportspeople to prevent injury and enhance their performance, to children from kindy to year 12 at Adelaide schools as well as weekly therapeutic yoga sessions for inpatients at Flinders Medical Centre. Karen believes that yoga is a gift for life – able to be practiced from 3 to 103!

“Yoga continues to be one of the many joys of my life and I feel privileged to be able to share my passion for yoga with others.”

As a local to the Adelaide Hills and small-business owner, Karen creates a supportive environment and sense of community.

“Our yoga community – students and teachers both locally and Australia wide, is a joy to be a part of.”

Her classes are infused with a personal touch, reflecting her commitment to teaching yoga that caters to the needs of the individual, respecting everyone’s uniqueness. With a background in nursing, Karen has a particular interest in the benefits of using yoga as therapy for those with depression and anxiety. She would love to provide yoga classes for teenagers at risk of mental health issues; by giving teenagers the “tools” to relax, de-stress, and feel good about themselves, yoga can be a means of embracing a more positive future.

Karen welcomes the opportunity to break down preconceived beliefs about yoga and finds that introducing someone to practice is a privilege and a joy. Karen looks forward to spreading her love of yoga to new practitioners of diverse ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.

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Yin-Yoga, Slow Down, Winter Yin, Relax & RestoreAt Yoga Garage, yoga is for EVERY BODY

This is because yoga is more than just the physical activity of assuming poses (asanas); it is a way of life. Its philosophies are vast and all encompassing, spreading over thousands of years into the past. Yoga is one of the six fundamental systems of ancient Indian thought known as darasana, meaning “to see” or “point of view.” Yoga embraces this thought because it functions as a mirror with which we can look inside ourselves, see and recognise our inner self more completely.

Over time, yoga has gained many definitions. On the most simple level, it is a way to tie together the strings of the mind by focussing your attention the activity in which you are engaged and linking the breath with movement. Your mind has something to concentrate on while the body flows from asana to asana, soothing, steadying and strengthening.

Yoga gives us an opportunity to tune in with ourselves and practice self care, so begin a journey by taking the time to spend on your practice. Yoga will, if you let it, show you the way to listen to your inner voice, giving you the tools to control your life and how you react to the challenges it presents.

Yin, Yoga, Yin Yoga, Adelaide Yoga Retreats, Yoga GarageI’ve tried yoga before, but never stuck with a class. Why should I try Yoga Garage?

There are many ways to practice yoga and each teacher is unique. So, if you have been to a class before and didn’t enjoy it, this does not mean that yoga is not for you.

Classes at Yoga Garage give you a pause from the busyness of daily life. You will have the chance to check in with your mind, body and breath. You might even find a strength and calm you didn’t know you had – you’ll never know unless you step on the mat and give it a go!

What can I expect in my first class?

You can expect to tune in with your body, mind and soul. This means that you will learn to breathe consciously in a smooth and even way that strengthens the lungs, calms the nervous system and steadies the mind. Classes at Yoga Garage build strength and increase flexibility through mindful movement. Over time, you will maintain or even increase your range of movement and comfort – physically and mentally.

Importantly, you will feel nurtured and become part of our supportive and inclusive yoga community.

Do I have to be flexible to do all of the poses?

NO! In fact, the opposite is true. Regardless of your level of flexibility, yoga will help you to increase your strength and range of movement. We are all unique, so start where you are and yoga will meet you there. Yoga does not judge or discriminate.

Do I need to book in?

No need to book in for classes (except Thursday Sunrise 6:00 am class). Please come along a few minutes early to your first class so we can meet and get settled ready for class.

What payment options do you offer?

You can pay for your casual class or multi class pass with cash, via EFTPOS or bank transfer.  

Casual class

$20 student / pension $15

5 class pass

$90

10 class pass

$160

Class passes are valid for 6 months and can be used for any regular class on the schedule    

yoga class in downward dog, breathe in, breathe out, repeatAshtanga vinyasa flow

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic form of yoga which develops strength, concentration, and flexibility. With a focus on breath awareness, postures (asanas) flow smoothly from one to the next, building internal and external heat. By synchronising the breath with progressive poses, Ashtanga increases circulation, creates a light and strong body and calms the mind.

Ashtanga Primary Series

This class is an opportunity to challenge yourself, practicing full vinyasa and including arm balances The strongest class on our schedule, a regular practice is required before joining us for this one.

Yang

Yang Yoga takes the Vinyasa approach of linking together breath and movement; this connection is central to Karen’s practice and teaching. Its meditative quality calms and soothes the nervous system, whilst quietening and steadying the mind. A Yang practice helps to build strength, support joints and improve posture. It helps to create comfort and freedom when moving, sitting and laying.  

Yin

Yin Yoga is a deeply nourishing practice and the classes are slow, cool, and supported. The focus remains on creating positive change in the fascia, ligaments, and joints. By creating space and comfort in the body, Yin Yoga paves the way for better digestion and more restful sleep.    

Yoga Kids  

Teaching children to care for their bodies with awareness, giving them the tools they need to relax.  With their sense of wonder, desire for knowledge and great physical flexibility, young children are natural yogis. Yoga helps children of all ages develop a greater respect for themselves and others. Children learn; concentration, focus, self- awareness and self-control while also improving flexibility and motor skills. Relaxation and breath awareness techniques  help manage stress and anxiety. Yoga is non-competitive, during classes children are encouraged to honour their own uniqueness and not compare themselves to others.

Schedule

Thursday, Jun 20
  • 6:00 am to 7:00 am Yang (BOOKINGS ONLY)

  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am Yin

Friday, Jun 21
  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am Yoga at Yoga garage

  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am Yin / Yang

Saturday, Jun 22
  • 7:30 am to 9:00 am Ashtanga Primary Series

  • 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Yin / Yang

Monday, Jun 24
  • 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow

Tuesday, Jun 25
  • 6:00 am to 7:00 am Yang (BOOKINGS ONLY)

  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am Yin/Yang

  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Yang

  • 7:35 pm to 8:35 pm Yin

Testimonials

I love my classes at the Yoga Garage. Karen is a fabulous and caring teacher. If you are thinking about trying yoga then this is the place to do it or if you already practice yoga then this is the place to continue your practice   

Cathy Hartog

Doing yoga with Karen is like being wrapped in a warm hug for an hour or so on the mat. When I think of things I miss since leaving Adelaide Yoga Garage is very close to the top of the list. I highly recommend you treat yourself to Karen's beautiful energy.

Anne van der Giessen

Classes with Karen are incredible. Such a caring, kind soul with such a lovely vibe. Can't recommend enough. 🌿🌻🍄🙏

Shaylee King

First experience of Yoga Garage today - awesome. Thanks for the warm welcome

Roxanne Price

Hi my name is Rani. I am nearly nine and I have been doing yoga with Karen at Yoga Garage since I was three years old. She plays really cool percussion instruments like the cosmic tone, and singing bowls, which all help us to relax. She always makes up really good stories that include yoga poses and imagination. Karen is kind and caring and always gives a choice of whether to do something or not. Karen taught me a greeting which is Namaste. It means 'I like you and I like me just the way we are today" and this makes me feel peaceful. Karen always says that if we treat nature kindly nature will treat us kindly too. Karen is the best yoga teacher in the world 🙏❤️💥💫🌼🌿🐛🐌🐳😊😘👍🐞🐠🐍🍁🌲🌈

Rani (Ashley) Gregory

Karen's deep level of yoga knowledge and experience are matched perfectly with her humorous and buoyant outlook on life. No matter how difficult it is to get on to the mat, I always leave class very glad I made the effort, and feeling more peaceful, optimistic and un-knotted. She offers helpful suggestions to make practice fit individuals' different needs, and although she has been my teacher for quite a few years, I'm still constantly learning from her in ways that are kind to my body but still provide a workout, incorporating familiar poses with new challenges. There are many good yoga teachers, but only one Karen.

Briony Helen Hume

Karen has been so patient and just lovely! As a complete beginner with no coordination I can't believe how much I look forward to each weekly session. The energy is wonderful and I know many others have said it on here but Karen really is a beautiful soul. It's a chance to stretch and relax my body but also to clear my head and feel human again.

Leigh Cow
Manager

Karen is unquestionably the best yoga instructor I have ever had the privilege of learning from. Yoga Garage is an oasis of peace and harmony - everything you want in a yoga studio. Simply the best!

Sue-Ann Charlton
5/5

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Yoga Garage is located in the Belair Community Centre

Tune in, breathe in, breathe out, repeat.....

Karen Gunter 
Ph: 0403 198 964

1 Burnell Drive, Belair, SA 5052
Principal Yoga Teacher | Creator | Yoga Garage