Yoga, Mindfulness & Eco Living
Hello, lovely :-) I'm Chika! The founder and owner of Wa Yoga.
I'm a Yoga Australia registered teacher and mum to a toddler. Are you a parent? Got a newborn or toddler? I'm here to help you become a happier & healthier version of you! I'm passionate about helping you embrace self-love and self-care by sharing the ancient wisdom of yoga and mindfulness.
Chika is a Yoga Australia registered adults’ & children’s yoga teacher and has been a student of yoga for almost 10 years.
She specialises in yin yoga, mindfulness and kids yoga and finds joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and assisting them with their journey to better health and wellbeing. She strongly believes in the mental, physical and emotional benefits yoga & mindfulness brings to ALL including babies, toddlers and young children. Since the foundation of Wa Yoga in 2014, she has focused on connecting with many little yogis and taught after school yoga at various school care providers on the Central Coast NSW. She has since relocated back to Northern Beaches NSW.
With the arrival of her daughter in 2016, her focus changed to connecting with other new mums through mums & bubs yoga. She emphasises the importance of self-care and daily practice in her classes and encourages students to connect with silence to explore inner wisdom and clarity.
She has studied with many respected yoga & meditation teachers including Christina Brown and Lorain Rushton, but has been influenced mainly by Sarah Owen and her teachers Sarah Powers and Alan Wallace.
Chika has made a positive impact in many people’s lives and she will continue to inspire & empower others to practice yoga & mindfulness daily on & off the mat.
About Wa Yoga
We are socially responsible and environmentally conscious business always thinking of ways to give back.
Our intention is to create a community of conscious-minded & kind people who care about others and our planet so that we can have a positive impact on others as well as our planet. We are passionate about helping you find inner peace & harmony by sharing the wisdom of yoga & mindfulness. Without inner peace, we will not be able to create harmonious relationships with others. When we are deeply in tune with our mind, body & heart, we have a capacity to be sensitive towards what happens around us. We care deeply about our planet and have a dream that our children will have a better future despite many challenges we are facing globally. We are committed to empowering you to make conscious, healthier and sustainable daily choices because we want to change the world for better.
As of 1st January 2018, we have shifted our business model in a way that always gives back to the community.
We donate a part of the earnings from classes, workshops and retreats to one of the local not-for-profit organisations to support the great work they do in our community. From January to June 2018 for example, we have been able to donate $276.76 to the Australian Seabird Rescue Central Coast (ASRCC), all thanks to your beautiful presence in our class!
What does Wa Yoga mean?
Wa is a Japanese word that has multiple meanings. One meaning represented by the character 和 means harmony. The simplicity of yoga & mindfulness practice we share brings mind, body & heart into harmony, and through that inner harmony, we are able to extend it to the outer world, creating harmonious relationships with others and the natural environment. Another meaning represented by the character 輪 means circle. As our logo, the seed of life symbol suggests, there is a lot of potential in many circles coming together to create something bigger and more meaningful. Another meaning represented by the character 話 means conversation. We love chatting and getting to know you! You are always welcome to stay back for a cuppa after the class and be a part of this lovely community :-)
Our commit to be eco-friendly
To show respect to the mother earth and live in harmony with nature, we endeavour to cause the least harm to our natural environment, fully embracing the yogic principle of ahimsa (known as non-violence or non-harming). We therefore, provide eco-friendly high quality products in our classes including biodegradable yoga mats, cork yoga blocks, organic cotton bolsters, blankets & belts. All our classes include lovely cup up organic & fair trade tea of your choice. We are committed to promoting products which are kind to us as well as the planet including organic and vegan items. We are also committed to reducing the amount of plastic waste by promoting products which are made of sustainable materials including bamboo & recycled material.
"My son and I really enjoy Chika’s yoga classes! It’s rare to find a class where your child can stay with you throughout, and can join in or do their own thing nearby. By the end of the class I feel less tense and more relaxed and happy that I’ve been able to fit in some ‘me’ time without needing a babysitter. Chika’s gentle and caring nature sets the perfect tone for a lovely yoga class, she really cares about her mums & bubs community & always adjusts the poses to suit what I need that day. Thank you Chika!" from Leanne
Choose from 2 different locations on the Northern Beaches
Wednesdays afternoons in Dee Why
Friday afternoons in Mona Vale
Mums & Bubs
Hello! Are you a mum? Me too! I'm glad you are interested in connecting with us through yoga & mindfulness :-)
We offer regular classes & events to connect you with other mums on the Northern Beaches NSW to support each other's journey as a parent! Come and join our lovely village -like community - everyone is welcome!
We are Kids Yoga Specialist
At Wa Yoga, we specialise in Yoga for Children. It’s never too early to explore the mental, physical and emotional benefits yoga brings to all of us! Chika is a Yoga Australia registered Children’s Yoga Teacher who trained extensively with children’s yoga expert, Loraine Rushton. Chika has knowledge and experience required for delivering age-appropriate yoga classes for the children as young as 3 year olds. She is also experienced in teaching little babies and toddlers as her own daughter (now 2 years old) always loved doing yoga with her since the day she was born. There is a growing community of mums, bubs & toddlers who come and support each other's journey, here on the Northern Beaches NSW so come & join us if you are a new mum!
Mums & Bubs, Mums & Toddlers
Currently we offer ongoing afternoon classes on Wednesdays in Dee Why and Fridays in Mona Vale during school terms. The classes are designed more for mums and we provide child-friendly environment. (no creche nor child-minding service offered) Older siblings are welcome too in the class and there is no extra charge. (There is no age limit, babies, crawlers, toddlers and pre-schoolers are all welcome) For full details, please go to bookings page.
Kids yoga classes are totally different from adult yoga classes and require different kinds of skills to engage children of different age groups effectively. Our classes are not only fun and creative but also educational and appropriate for each age group. We focus on the development of healthy young minds, bodies & hearts through movements, breathing, stories, singing, games, meditation and relaxation. We know how to capture kids’ hearts and the children will leave the class feeling calmer and happier. Chika has taught hundreds of children and has worked with multiple daycare centres and after school care providers.
Chika also enjoys facilitating family yoga classes and providing bonding experience for families through yoga & mindfulness. Send us an email to enquire when the next workshop is if you have primary school children. If you have younger children, they are welcome to come to our weekly classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Home Visits for Privates
Chika loves working with your health & wellness goals and is passionate about connecting you on a deeper level through private classes. This option is especially great for new mums who are severely sleep deprived and don't feel fit enough to drive to a group class. She is available on Norther Beaches NSW (please go to bookings page for our service areas) but can also travel to other areas (extra travelling charge applies)
Please feel free to get in touch for a quote. We'd love to discuss how we can assist you & your children.
"Chika is such a beautiful teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. As soon as I walked into my first class, I instantly felt at peace with her soft, welcoming energy. Every class is super inclusive and tailored to everyone’s individual needs, with Chika suggesting different ways we can do each pose so that it works for us. When my sleeping little one awoke during a class, Chika continued teaching while rocking her back to sleep in her pram so I could keep focusing on my yoga. I feel really uplifted after had classes, and it’s also a lovely place to connect with other like-minded mums. 10/10 would highly recommend!"
"I really look forward to going to Chika's Mum's & Bub's yoga class every week. I love the way Chika gives you an opportunity to focus on a particular area of concern, whether it be shoulders, neck, lower back etc. Chika has a wonderful calm way about her & I think the Bub's definitely pick up on that. I feel fantastic when I come out of the class, Chika is making such a wonderful difference to our lives through yoga. I highly recommend her classes to everyone, she is one of the best Yoga teaches I have come across."
Join us for yoga & mindfulness classes on the Northern Beaches NSW. Currently offering group classes on Wednesdays in Dee Why and on Fridays in Mona Vale. Private sessions also available in the comfort of your own home on the Northern Beaches. Tell us the number of participants and which suburb the class needs to be held using the below contact form and we will get back to you with a quote.