Class Descriptions

Bookings are essential as we only have limited spaces in our studios.

Learn aerial yoga asana

Learn variations of traditional grounded yoga asana. See how the hammock can be used as a support or to add an extra challenge to some of our favourite grounded poses.

Learn floating Pranayama

Discover the feeling of floating meditation and weightlessness. How to use the hammock in various ways at the start and end of a class.

Learn Aerial Yoga inversions

Inversions can become accessible to most people when using the hammock as a support, learn how to safely guide students through fun inversions. We will discuss common things to look out for, tips and how to spot and assist.

Add a bit of fun to our flow

Aerial Yoga can be extremely empowering and rewarding for both student and teacher alike. We will discover some fun transitional moves and progressions to work towards with your students and give you the tools to create fun and safe classes in your own unique style.

Meet the Team

Sarah’s Yoga practice began in 1999 in Brighton, England with classical yoga.
Her first teacher would often talk about her traditional yoga training in India at the Sivananda Ashram. Sarah visited the same Ashram where she stayed and lived whilst immersing herself fully into yoga, not only the physical asana but learnt the importance of meditation, chanting, chakras, yogic philosophy, pranayama and much more. Leaving in December 2006 as a qualified Sivananda yoga teacher.
Since then Sarah has taught in various places in Uk & NZ, including one of the first yoga centres in Queenstown at that time – Unity Yoga. She has taught public classes, private events and for the Christchurch hospital. Discovering and learning along the way other styles of yoga and opening her own boutique studio where she eventually settled in Sumner, Christchurch. It was there in 2016 that she tried a new style of yoga – Aerial yoga, and knew she wanted to bring this practise to her studio but to develop a style that was close to her yoga roots. Whilst in Bali where the style of Aerial Yoga is more inline with traditional yoga roots she completed a specific aerial yoga teacher training with Sky Yoga. It was here with Hels that the idea of Yoga Savitri Earth & Air Yoga was born where Sarah would infuse aerial yoga and her traditional yoga teachings together.

Hels yoga practice started when she met Sarah in Queenstown in 2008 and quickly learnt that it was so much more than making shapes on a mat. Although she didn’t at that time have a regular practice, yoga always came back into her life. Finding her love of being upside down whilst attending pole fitness classes in 2010 she again started attending Sarah’s yoga classes at the same studio. Hels love for being upside down and her (on and off!) yoga practice came together as one when in 2016 she discovered Aerial Yoga. From then on she continued her own practice and also wanting to learn more completed a 250 hour online aerial yoga teacher training with Aerial Yoga Academy, a 25 hour online aerial yoga teacher training with Rising Wings Yoga and joined Sarah in Bali for in person Aerial Yoga teacher training with Sky Yoga. As Sarah wanted to to infuse aerial yoga and her traditional yoga teachings together, Hels also completed an online 200 hour mat yoga teacher training in 2021 to upskill her knowledge in traditional yoga.

Earth Yoga: Alignment & Flow

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels
An instructive practice, demonstrating all postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. This class can be gentle and/ or strong. More advanced yogis can choose stronger versions of the postures and hold them for longer.

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Earth Yoga: Classic Yoga, Iyenger Based

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels
This is a gentle practice focusing on the alignment of your body and with the use of props and gentle adjustments we will work into classic Yoga Asanas and hold them, using the breath to steady your mind and body. In each class we will explore different breathing techniques and finish the lesson with a beautiful guided relaxation. A great class just taking time for yourself.

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Earth Yoga: Deep Relaxation Yoga

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels
This yoga class is as much for the mind as it is the body. A chance to really let go. We will use breathing techniques, adjustments and massage techniques to help you really relax deeply into gentle yoga poses. The end of the class you will go even deeper into relaxation with a yoga nidra. Be kind to yourself.

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Earth Yoga: Classic Yoga, Sivananda Based

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels
Discover classical yoga to promote physical, mental and spiritual health.
Sivananda Yoga is based on Sivananda’s teachings to synthesize the principles of the four classical paths of yoga along with the five points of yoga compiled by Swami Vishnu Devananda that can be easily incorporated into daily life which are-
Proper Exercise (āsana), Proper Breathing (prāṇāyāma), Proper Relaxation (śavāsana), Proper Diet and Positive Thinking (vedānta) and Meditation (dhyāna)
You will be guided through yogic breathing & through the basic session asana, accessible to beginner and the more experienced alike.

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Earth Yoga: Bootcamp

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels
Rise and shine with our early morning yoga bootcamp, get the body moving and the mind firing ready for the day ahead!

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Earth Yoga: Bendy Old Men

49 Arnold Street / Sumner

Suitable for all levels and MEN ONLY, you don’t have to be old or grumpy, we do take happy men too!

Great for any men needing to stretch out tight muscles, release tension in the body and mind, a good old stretcher and breather.

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Air Yoga: Introduction to Aerial Yoga 5 week Course

2 Humphreys Drive / Ferrymead

Suitable for absolute beginners & beginners wanting a refresh.
A great class for those new to aerial yoga, over the 5 weeks we focus on the correct grips, wraps and fabric placements and introduce and breakdown our Earth & Air Sun Salutations. You will discover the thrill of inversions whilst being fully supported in the fabric.
At the end of this course you will comfortably flow through our Sun Salutations, inversions & main aerial yoga asana.
Join a group of like minded people, meet new friends & experience the playful side of yoga!

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Air Yoga: Intro - Beginner, Level 1

2 Humphreys Drive / Ferrymead

Suitable for those who have attended our Introduction class, or a confident beginner who wants a challenge.
Each class begins with calming the mind. We will then bring heat into the body warming up with our Earth & Air Sun Salutations before we flow into classic aerial yoga asana and inversions in a new exciting way with the full support of the hammock. Aerial yoga classes explore the playful nature of aerial yoga and bring a sense of freedom and fun in a safe and supportive place. Each class will end with relaxation either floating in the hammock or grounded to the earth. You will leave feeling energised and at peace.

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Air Yoga: Beginner - Intermediate, Level 2

2 Humphreys Drive / Ferrymead

Suitable for those that have a regular aerial yoga practice, are confident with our sun salutations, aerial yoga inversions, have a good sense of comfort & safety in the hammocks.
Focusing on connecting movement and poses whilst gaining the strength and coordination.
A fun class exploring creative flows.

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Air Yoga: Strength & Conditioning

2 Humphreys Drive / Ferrymead

No previous aerial yoga experience needed.
Suitable for all levels,
A class to build strength in the body using a variety of conditioning exercises. A fusion of Aerial Yoga, Barre, Pilates & Strength training techniques. This class will get the heart pumping and the core firing. Perfect for anyone wanting to get strong & a great compliment to our other air & earth yoga classes.
You’ll leave feeling strong with a smile on your face!

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