Yoga Every Damn Day


At YYN we don’t often know peoples stories, about what brings them to the mat. Oftentimes we don’t ask. But every now and then someones story makes itself known to us. Christabels is  one of them … we invited her to write her story each week, and to offer you an invitation to journey with her as she explores, discovers, leans into and deepens even more into meeting who she is, just as she is, through her yoga practice.

For you, companioning Christabel each Friday through her journey towards insight and mindfulness is a rare privilege, for us as teachers guiding yours & her practice on the mat, it is an honour …

Hello – I’m Christabel, and hip openers make me want to cry.

I am a 24 year old doctor originally from Wellington. I moved to the Hawke’s Bay at the end of 2013 for work, and it took around a year for me to really settle here and be happy to call it home.

I came to YinYoga Napier out of a prolonged curiosity as to what my body and mind would be like after committing to exploring mindfulness via yoga on as regular a basis as possible for a three month period. There’s nothing like parting with a few hundred dollars and having an excuse to buy Lululemon to motivate me to come, but the reason I keep coming back to Yin runs deeper than that.

I suppose it’s more the holistic decision that “I am worth the effort” that makes me want to know how deep I can go and how much I can get out of it.

I have spent years fighting against my body in various guises, and conversely attempting to strengthen it through negativity. It remains a prolonged and difficult decision to maintain a positive attitude towards myself.

Having yoga as a priority means I am constantly reminded of (though not always comfortable with) the fact that I am all I have, and that is more than enough.

Carol has asked me to share my experiences in blog form – so, work permitting, I’m here to post on a weekly basis my various musings from what arises in my practice from the week. Given that in the five weeks I have attended so far I feel I’ve covered the entire emotional spectrum in that lovely sunshine-speckled room, I’m sure I will have plenty to write about.



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