Yoga for Winter Wellness

Winter is upon us in full force; the sharp nip in the air and damp atmosphere can make it more tempting to snuggle by the fire (or in bed – early mornings can be a struggle!) with a warming beverage than to venture out for a yoga class. Like many things in life, however, self-care is not something that should remain hidden away over winter.

Those who drive a car will be all too familiar with the maintenance and services required, starting with the simple tasks that you do yourself, like refilling with petrol and checking tyre pressure. However, small details – like a rattling noise, unusual smell, or warning light that just won’t go away, no matter how hard you try to ignore it – require expert assistance from a mechanic. Out of necessity, we have the work done. You might be wondering what this discussion of car maintenance has to do with yoga. Other than being the means of getting you to and from class, it might not seem relevant! Yet, there are countless similarities between the human body and the modern car.

Everyday life is increasingly hectic, with many of us fitting more and more into each day. It is worthwhile considering that we may be more in tune with our electronic devices and cars than with our bodies. For a minute, think of your body as your car. Niggling aches, pains and stiffness, irritability, anxiety and insomnia are the human equivalents of the rattling noises and warning lights in your car when something is not right. For how long would you ignore these signs in your car, whilst the problem potentially worsens? A week? A month? A year? Most probably, you would deal with the problem as soon as time and money allowed. The same goes for your body; even small symptoms are your body telling you that it is time for a service.

Scheduling regular time out is essential for overall wellbeing. Take the time to “tune up’ your body as you would your car, keeping it running smoothly. After all, your body is the vehicle that enables you to show love for family and friends, dream, work for your goals, and achieve!

Yoga can help to alleviate physical symptoms; aches, pains and stiffness may be overcome by gentle stretching and movement. Even more importantly, the classes at Yoga Garage help you to connect with your body and your mind, enabling you to identify your body’s unique needs and capabilities.

So… brave the cold and come along to a class where you can practice in a heated space, overlooking the misty Adelaide hills. Afterwards, make the time for that warming drink and nourish your soul with time spent with friends or reading your favourite book. Like your car, your body will soon tell you what it needs, and you will hear it.


Join Karen Gunter for a 2-hour Yin Yoga Wellness Workshop to open your body, mind and heart so you can let the winter months fuel you with goodness.


Thursday 20th July, 6:30-8:30pm

Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair, South Australia





Yin Yoga for Winter Wellness

This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.

Join Karen Gunter for a 2 hour Yin Yoga workshop to open your body, mind and heart so you can let the Winter months fuel you with goodness.

We will work with the meridian lines of winter (Kidney and Urinary Bladder) to warm and balance your body so you can fully embrace and be healthy during the beautiful cooler months.

This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.

A beautiful connection for body, mind and heart.


When: Thursday 20th July 6.30pm

Where: Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive, Belair

Cost: $30

What to bring ?

You will need a mat, bolster, blanket and block for this practice.

Let us know if you would like to borrow props so we can put some aside for you!

If you would like to purchase a block, bolster or blanket, please email us at [email protected] and we can have them ready for you on the night!

Organic cotton bolster $75

Cork block $20

Organic cotton blanket $45

Earth Fusion Yoga Mat – Natural Jute & Rubber $75

Looking forward to sharing a beautiful evening of yin yoga with you


much metta,

Karen Gunter

principal yoga teacher


This slower, more rejuvenating practice connects in with our winter hibernating tendencies to restore our immune system.
Yin Yoga for Winter Wellness

Reflections of a Yogi

Yin-Yoga, Slow Down, Winter Yin, Relax & Restore
  • The sky is clear and the air has the freshness of a perfect autumn morning as I walk to
    the Belair community centre for Easter Slow Down with Karen from Yoga Garage. I
    feel slightly apprehensive because my experience of yoga, thus far, has been somewhat
    mixed. I have always hoped to feel the connection of mind, body and spirit that many
    people describe as a benefit of yoga; however, I have not yet found the type of practice
    that meets both my physical and spiritual needs.
    A handwritten sign at the door welcomes all yogis and bids us to “come in and breathe,
    let busyness melt away and SLOW DOWN.” It’s a timely reminder that I am here to
    relax, restore and rejuvenate mind and body. I am further reassured by Karen’s warm
    smile. Her simultaneous passion for and approach to yoga make me feel instantly that
    this is where I am meant to be right now.
    We start by gently stretching each joint. My mind is busily collecting information about
    my surroundings. It takes in: the brightness and airiness of the space; the soft music
    playing in the background; the chirping of the lorikeets and the hum of the traffic; the
    scent of essential oils mingling in the air. As is usual for me, my imagination flies at top
    speed; it lights on small details for a moment before blending them to create various
    narratives. Yet, my thoughts gradually slow as I enter and hold each pose. Karen
    describes how thoughts, like the foods we eat, are nourishment for the body. Yoga, too,
    is a form of nourishment and this Yin practice aims to strengthen the lungs and digestive
    system for the coming season.
    I breathe, feeling tension where I did not know it was held. While the sun streaming
    through the windows casts an ethereal light across the room, it lacks the warmth it
    promises and goose bumps rise on my skin. Unfortunately, I have already used my
    blanket as additional padding beneath what I soon realised was a pathetically thin mat
    bought with aesthetic more than pragmatism. Karen seems to sense my discomfort and I
    feel her gently drape a blanket over me – the beauty of Yin yoga being that its long-held
    poses may be held beneath a blanket and with the body supported by various props.
    The session lasts for two hours; yet, I lose all sense of time passing and we transition
    into the final pose: savasana. Lying on my back with my legs supported by a bolster and
    the comforting weight of the blanket over my body, this is seemingly the easiest and
    most relaxed pose. However, I am acutely aware of pain in my lower back, the bright
    light and my mind returning to busyness. Again, Karen intuitively provides exactly what I
    need: an eye mask, with a woody, sweet scent. I let myself relax into the moment.
    By namaste, I feel a curious combination of rejuvenation and fatigue. This may be
    because yoga encompasses physical and spiritual work; although, further practice is
    required for me to test this hypothesis. Regardless, I feel calm and settled, nourished
    and supported. This could be the beginning of something beautiful.
    Genevieve Seys
    Genevieve is a resident of Belair who has recently discovered the healing potential of yoga.
    When she is off the mat, she is a freelance editor who helps business professionals to deliver
    their content with style and precision.
    Find her on Facebook or contact:
  • Yin-Yoga, Easter Slow Down, Autumn Yin, Relections of a Yogi
    Reflections of a yogi:
    My Yin Yoga Experience

Therapeutic Soundbath at YOGA GARAGE

Simply lay back, breathe and relax, allowing a release and renewal of your being
Let your mind & body unwind & come into harmony

Let your mind & body unwind and come into harmony with the vibration and sounds of Crystal bowls, Himalayan bowls, Gong, Cosmic Tones and gentle percussion
No effort is required as a divine sound scape is created to hold space……simply lay back, breathe and relax, allowing a release and renewal of your being

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Contact: Karen Gunter
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0403 198964
Children are welcome who are familiar with being still, quiet, and respectful of the space. (Recommended age over 12 years)
We love children but please if they are going to distract others, leave them with a loved one! Thank you!

Please bring yoga mats, cushions & blankets for your comfort, and some drinking water. For the comfort of all please refrain from using perfumes or oils before attending.

When: Saturday 4th March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Nunyara Chapel, 5 Burnell Drive Belair (just below Yoga Garage)
Cost: $30

About our presenters:
Michelle Byrne is a performing musician and chantress, and a qualified Sound Therapist through the British Academy of Sound Therapy. She also holds a Diploma of Music after having studied at TAFE and Adelaide Conservatorium of Music. Michelle is joined by her husband James Byrne, musician and musical instrument maker- he is the creator of Cosmic Tone Instruments. Together they have performed Shanti Sound Therapeutic Soundbaths since 2012, and they have been performing in their musical duo Imijri together since 2008.


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