Yoga embraced by more New Zealanders each year - Yogathon NZ 2020 surpasses all expectations..

(Teachers and Volunteers Yogathon NZ 2020)

The Yogathon team thanks all the participants, teachers and Yoga schools for participating in 2020 Yogathon NZ - Health for Humanity. The two weeks have shown us a tremendous response for yoga from all over New Zealand. It has been an amazing journey, which ended on Saturday 27th June. Hopefully the interest in yoga continues. 


For the first time, entire yoga sessions were hosted online in Te Reo Maori. The integration of the ancient philosophy of yoga with our local community in New Zealand is heart-warming. The Yogathon team thanks all the participants, teachers and Yoga schools for participating in 2020 Yogathon NZ - Health for Humanity. 


At the beginning of this two weeks, we set ourselves a challenge to see if we can do 108,000 sun salutations collectively - as one New Zealand. We have had 3-4 daily classes online and in person with the objective to try and bring yoga to everyone regardless of where we are and regardless of age and ability. 


This year we had more than 80 different sessions online and in-person. More than 60 Teachers from different styles and organisations offered sessions for people. As we mentioned last year, we will bring different components of Yoga to New Zealanders and This year we brought so many different components of yoga.  Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Art , Mantra, Bhakti, Meditation, Music, Talks from the teachers and experts and from all parts of New Zealand.    


Yogathon 2020, is also pleased to announce that New Zealanders have collectively done ~ 134,000+ sun salutations over the two weeks of the national challenge. This success belongs to every participant, every person in New Zealand who decided to try a sun salutation and submitted their number to contribute to the target that was set. 


Yogathon - Health for Humanity, is a division of Hindu Council of New Zealand. In its 9th year of operation, this is the consecutive second year the target has not only been reached, but exceeded. The organisers are positive of the future prospect the event holds. 


Yogathon - Health for Humanity was a two week event across New Zealand, encouraging all New Zealanders to learn, participate and incorporate yoga in their daily lives. Participants registered online, attended online and in-person sessions, individually or as groups, learned and practiced different components of Yoga, did Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) at their own pace and in their own time. They counted the number of times they did the cycle, a combination of 12 asanas and submitted their total count to the organising team. 


Yogathon will keep working towards the objective of making yoga more integrated in people’s lives. Our journey doesn’t stop here. Yogathon will keep bringing all elements of yoga. Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and others for the wellbeing of Kiwis. 


The Yogathon started on 13th June and finished on 27th June. This year more than 60 teachers offered sessions, more than 30 organisations supported and more than 20 volunteers from all corners of New Zealand made this event successful. We acknowledge participants, yoga schools, studios, gyms, school, community organisations, teachers and volunteers who made Yogathon 2020 a success. 


This achievement would not have been possible without the support of all participants. We are grateful and thankful to all the yoga teachers around all these cities for offering free yoga classes during the Yogathon weeks to support Yogathon and raise awareness of the importance of yoga to our health. The overwhelming support for this event makes us delighted that yoga is indeed mainstream in New Zealand. 


Schools, childcare centres, community organisations, youth groups, yoga schools, individuals, everyone collaborated with Yogathon offering yoga to young and old, regardless of ethnicity and background. Each of these helped immensely in ensuring accessibility to yoga was not limited due to ability. 


It is with pleasure we share with you that this year, we had participation from more cities than ever. With the participation from more than 80 towns and cities almost every corner of New Zealand participated in this year’s Yogathon. 


Like the previous year, Yogathon was organised to coincide with the International Day of Yoga. This made it much easier for everyone to participate, join in and talk about yoga in our lives. “ 


If yoga schools, organisations, community groups, teachers or volunteers want to be involved with this initiative, please get in touch with us. 

Watch this space for more events and next year's event information. 


Your count to help us reach 108,000 Sun Salutations


Namaste / Kia Ora,


Dear Participant,


Thank you all for participating in 2020 Yogathon NZ - Health for Humanity. Last two weeks have shown us a tremendous response for yoga from all over New Zealand. It has been an amazing journey, which is coming to an end on Saturday 27th June. Hopefully the interest in yoga continues. 


At the beginning of this two weeks, we set ourselves a challenge to see if we can do 108,000 sun salutations collectively - as one New Zealand. We have had 3-4 daily classes online and in person with the objective to try and bring yoga to everyone regardless of where we are and regardless of age and ability. 


It is time to check-in and see how we have done as a country.  


Please send us your total count of Sun Salutations by Monday 29th June. 


What is one round of Sun Salutation?

  • Yogathon considers 12 steps as one round of Surya Namaskar(Sun Salutation).

  • Some of you do 24 steps in one round. Right leg first and then the whole round with left leg. If you are practicing this way, we will consider it as two rounds. Please double your count if you do 24 steps in one round. 

  • Some of you do 10 steps as one round and that's also acceptable as one round. 

You can submit your total count with one of the options below.

  1. https://forms.gle/v4KLQEkveSGRaHf78

  2. At our website https://www.yogathon.org.nz/p/submit-our-count.html

  3. Or email us at yogathon.nz@gmail.com 

  4. Or send a text with your name at 0223419447 


Every Sun Salutation counts. Thank you very much for contributing to us achieving our goal. 

108,000 Sun Salutations Collectively!


Please watch the space, we will be sharing our total count by Friday 3rd July. 


Best Regards,

 

Yogathon Team


Free ONLINE classes every day, Yoga, Meditation, Mantra, Music and much more.

Session Time


Saturday 13th


07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Yoga with Myff

11.00 AM to 12.00 PM

Sun Salutation with Meghana 

05.00 PM to 06.00 PM

Yoga with Ajay



Sunday 14th

08.30 AM to 09.30 AM

Sun Salutation with Sannyasi Pragyadharaa

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Yoga for Elders with Mangala

03.45 PM to 04.45PM

Yogathon with HSS





Monday 15th

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Manipura Hatha Tantra Flow with Yonatan

9.30 AM to 11.00 AM

Yoga with Cornelia (In Person)

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Meditation by Giulia

03.00 PM to 04.00PM

Karolina Nilsson Yoga

05.30 PM to 07.00PM

Yoga class for Beginners by Yoga in Daily Life Kapiti



Tuesday 16th

07.00 AM to 08.30 AM

Kundalini Yoga With Elena

12.00 AM to 12.30 PM

Return to Silence meditation with Pablo

06.00 PM to 07.00 PM

Slow Flow Vinyasa with Mikayla





Wednesday 17th

07.00 AM to 08.30 AM

Total Mind Body Session with Mamta Bhikha

09.30 AM to 11.00 AM

Nithya Dhyan Meditation with Ma Kaladevi

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Art Yoga by Giulia and Dinny

03.30 PM to 04.30 PM

Hatha Yoga with Mangala (Cancelled)

05.30 PM to 06.30 PM

Core Strength session with Ajay

07.00 PM to 07.30 PM

Mantra Meditation - Gayatri with Ceremony 


Thursday 18th

07.00 AM to 08.15 AM

Morning Flow with Sofi 

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Gentle Hatha Flow with Ocean Inward

5.30 PM to 6.30 PM

Hatha Flow with Jagriti 



Friday 19th

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Sun Salutation with Ajay

09.00 AM to 10.00PM

Gentle Vinyasa with Kawatiri Yoga

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Guided Meditation by Giulia

04.30 PM to 05.00 PM

Mantra Singing with Dr Ranjana

05.30 PM to 06.30 PM

Yoga for Mind Body and Soul with Abhishek from Nara Health

07.00 PM to 10.00 PM

Kirtan (Mantra Chanting) by Helen 

Free Dance by Helen and Sofi






Saturday 20th

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Yoga with Myff (In-person at Kawai Purapura 14 Mills Lane, Albany

07.30 AM to 09.00 AM

Yoga with Swami Karma Karuna

09.00 AM to 10.30 AM

Nithya Kriya for Healing & Immunity

11.00 AM to 12.00 PM

Sun Salutation with Meghana 

03.30 PM to 05.00 PM

Tantric Hatha with Amy Bassett

05.30 PM to 06.30 PM

Hatha Flow with Jagriti 











Sunday 21st International Day of Yoga

6.30 AM Ganesh mantra and Gayatri Mantra by Pathman Iyer

7.00 AM 108 Surya Namaskar - Multilingual with Multiple Teachers

9.00 AM Transformational Yoga® With Utkarsh

10.00 AM Datta Kriya Yoga with Nagraj Amble

10.30 AM Indian High Commission Yoga Day Celebration

11.00 AM Health for Humanity Dr Pooja

12.00 PM Chair Yoga by Art Of Living

12.30 PM Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance) workshop by Athulya Mohan

1.00 PM Yoga session in Te Reo Maori

2.00 PM Havan (Fire Ceremony) and Chanting organised by

Sannyasi Pragyadhara and Sacred Earth Retreat

3.30 PM Art Yoga workshop (Ideal for Kids and Family) with Giulia and Dinny

4.30 PM Talk: The Healing Hands - Mudras for Healthby Dr Ramesh Sharma

4.50 PM Talk: Effects of Yoga on Health and Disease by Dr Rajendra Prasad

5.10 PM A talk with Swami Vidyanand founder of World Yoga Federation

5:30 PM Yin Yoga Hannah from Kawatiri Yoga

6:30 PM Meditation by Art Of Living

7:00 PM Music by Ceremony Serena Woods



Monday 22nd

9.30 AM to 11.00 AM

Yoga with Cornelia (In Person)

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Meditation by Giulia

05.30 PM to 07.00PM

Beginner Yoga series in HIndi with Anamika


Tuesday 23rd

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Hatha Vinyasa with Mikayla

06.00 PM to 07.00 PM

Slow Flow Vinyasa with Mikayla




 Wednesday 24th

07.00 AM to 08.30 AM

Start the day strong with Wendy Vermeulen

11.00 AM to 12.30PM

Yoga Class in Mandarin with Crystal

05.30 PM to 06.30 PM

Art Yoga by Giulia and Dinny

07.00 PM to 07.30 PM

Mantra Meditation - Gayatri with Ceremony 


Thursday 25th

07.00 AM to 08.15 AM

Yoga with Erin Fairley

12.15 PM to 01.15 PM

Total Mind Body Session with Mamta Bhikha

5.30 PM to 6.30 PM

Minds over Mats Yoga with Ange





Friday 26th

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Yoga with Ajay (Online and In-person at Kawai Purapura 14 Mills Lane, Albany)

09.00 AM to 10.00PM

Gentle Vinyasa with Kawatiri Yoga

11.00 AM to 12.00PM

Guided Meditation by Giulia

12.00PM to 01.00 PM

Gentle Hatha Flow with Ocean Inward








Saturday 27th

07.00 AM to 08.00 AM

Yoga with Myff (Online and In-person at Kawai Purapura 14 Mills Lane, Albany)

09.00 AM to 10.30 AM

Yoga for Children from Nithyananda Gurukul

11.00 AM to 12.00 PM

Hatha Yoga with Meghana 

12.00 PM to 01.30 PM

Indian Classical Dance workshop for beginners with Athulya Mohan

12.30 PM to 01.30 PM

Yoga Psychology with Catia Batalha

04.00 PM to 05.00 PM

Yoga Sadhana with Swami Mahesh Yogi in Hindi

5.30 PM to 6.30 PM

Transformational Yoga with Ranjileen

07.00 PM to 08.00 PM

Kirtan with Indu and Arjuna


To Find the class detail please check our facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/YogathonNZ/events/