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Thursday November 2, 2017

Greg gets around to provide low-cost yoga By Jamie Adams

A Seatoun yoga instructor is encouraging more people to take up the practice by making it easier for those in the suburbs to attend classes. Instead of them coming to him, Greg Colson goes to them by holding classes at a number of venues around Wellington. Greg has taught yoga at community classes in Wellington for seven years. His love of the ancient Indian practice began at age 27 when a friend suggested it as a way of alleviating his chronic back pain. “It did great things and I’ve loved yoga ever since,” Greg says. He is trained in Sivananda yoga which he studied while in India in 2000-01, along with Yin yoga which came from further training in Los Angeles in 2005. He was particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of yoga for treating musculo-skeletal misalignment and arthritis, as well as applying it for treating anxiety and depression. “I think the explosion of interest in yoga in is not only due to the physical benefits but the emotional and mental health benefits.” After selling his Lower Hutt electrical business, Greg moved to the UK to be a computer programmer in addition to teaching yoga there over a 10-year period. Since returning to Wellington in 2010 Greg has held classes at various

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Yoga instructor Greg Colson demonstrates a “bakasana” or “crow” poise as part of his routine. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

venues while “lapsing” back into his electrical career. He teaches in Seatoun at St George’s Church Hall every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm. He also teaches a class for Compass Health, at Seatoun Village Hall on Tuesday from 9.30 to 10.30am. But that’s not all he hosts Sunday classes at the Synergy pilates studio, above the Real Surf shop in Lyall Bay from 2.30 to 3.45pm and 4pm

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