For the second Little Hutt enewsletter I’ve chosen the topic of wellness and asked some of the very best wellness gurus around the Hutt City to tell us a little about themselves, and their top three tips for living well every day.
Meet: Maria Gorham
Owner/director of Hot Yoga Wellington & Lower Hutt
What are your top three wellness tips?
- Breathe. Being mindful of the breath gives us space and time to simply notice, and simply be.
- Love your body! It is doing the best that it can, and it is yours, so offer it kindness and compassion.
- Begin to settle the busyness of the mind, so that we can all begin to become more conscious in our thoughts, in our habits, beliefs, attitudes, and reactions. Mind makes a great servant but a terrible master. The ability to notice the breath, come into the body, and settle the mind ignites an experience of something deeper, something at a soul or spiritual level, and if nothing else a sense of peace or calmness.
What do you do?
‘I feel lucky enough to own (along with my business partners) three studios in the Wellington and Lower Hutt region. Together, the studios’ host 60+ weekly classes guided by one of our 47 teachers. The teachers at our studios share my love of the practice and in my belief in its benefits– physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.’
Why did you choose to work in your field?
‘Haha, I say that it chose me! I have reinvented myself many times. I have always loved learning and growing. From my background in Learning and Development/HR consultant, part-time aerobics/spin instructor, I came to yoga at a time when I was feeling anxious and uncertain in my life. I was transformed inside and out. When I did my first Teacher Training in 2010, I knew I’d like to transition into owning a studio myself. That opportunity came about in 2012 when I bought the studio on Wakefield St. in Wellington. Since then, there has been so much happening, and WOW I would never
‘When I did my first Teacher Training in 2010, I knew I’d like to transition into owning a studio myself. That opportunity came about in 2012 when I bought the studio on Wakefield St. in Wellington. Since then, there has been so much happening, and WOW I would never envisage that it would have been such a ride. We have since opened two more studios, developed our own Teacher Training (200hrs) programme, and grown a beautiful community of yogis who inspire us, inspire me. The studios are kinda like the magical forest; it’s a place in which you come to your mat and sit with yourself, however, that looks.’Where did you grow up?
Where did you grow up?
How long have you lived in the Hutt City?
‘My parents immigrated to NZ, Wellington when I was 11 years old and bought in Wainuiomata. I went to St Patricks Primary and Sacred Heart College, Teachers Training college and Victoria University. Apart from 2 years in Auckland, I have always been in the Wellington/Lower Hutt region. I now live in Point Howard.’
Who’s your hero/oine? Why?
‘My grandparents, who loved me unconditionally and allowed me to believe in myself.’
What do you like to do for fun?
‘Yoga, doing it, teaching it, training others to teach it, learning from other teachers, walking by the sea, in the bush, music, time with my grandchildren, my family and friends. Travel.’