WINTER - SPRING 2013 YOGA PROGRAM: Mindfulness in Motion
A path uniting body, heart and mind in power and peace.
Guiding you to go within ... TO BE MINDFUL, breath by breath, PATIENTLY, mastering body & mind ... DEEPENING ACEPTANCE, letting go force ... FOSTERING grace & balance, posture & poise ... TO STRETCH, gently unravelling tension ... TO STRENGTHEN, building endurance ... REST, relaxing revitalising ... enhancing RESILIENCE.
Who Can Come To a Yoga Class?
Classes are open to anyone. Classes are designed so you can practice gently or strongly, responsive to your ability, your needs and how you are feeling at all times. Some classes are more suited to beginners and it can be best to begin with these classes to enter into the practice with ease.
Come along and bring an openness, a playfulness and compassion for yourself and your body. I hope you'll enjoy this approach to yoga. With patience, the practice deepens awareness and aliveness, strength and stamina, clarity and calmness.
What Happens During a Class?
All classes include a combination of:
- Asanas - physical postures for the body
- Pranayama - breathing practices for calming the mind
- Meditation - deepening heart minded wisdom and compassion
- Relaxation - deep rest for the body
- Yoga for daily life - a dash of yoga philosophy
** Morning riverside yoga classes (outdoor shaded deck) resume in Spring.**
Monday: 5.45pm(Hatha General - 1.5hrs)
Tuesday: 11.00am (Basics - 1hr)
Wednesday: 6.30am (Vinyasa For all - 1hr. Spring - Outdoors)
Wednesday: (Private Sessions)
Thursday: 5.45pm (Hatha For all - 1.5hrs)
Friday: 4.00pm (Restorative, relax, realign, renew - 1hr)
Saturday: Winter 9am, Spring 8am (Vinyasa For all - 1hr. Outdoors)
Monthly Workshops (see further below)
YOGA BASICS:This class is for you if you are new to yoga, coming back to yoga or recovering from illness. These classes are introduce you to various foundational elements of yoga and you are guided to practice with respect for your body, avoiding force, pacing yourself.
HATHA YOGA: Classes are a little stronger and perhaps a little more challenging, yet also rewarding. If you are new to Yoga and for convenience you can not make it to a beginner's class, please pace yourself in the General classes.
VINYASA YOGA: A flowing practice, somewhat like a dance. The practice energises the body, releases tension and calms the mind. A great way to start the day.
RESTORATIVE: End the working week enjoying an easeful floor practice ... stretching, unwinding and unravelling tension ... relaxing, rebalancing, realigning, releasing, rejuvenating the body, heart and mind for the weekend ahead.
PRIVATE: Small Group / Individual: Sessions are available for those with difficulties or injuries or those who would like individualized care. (See below for further details.)
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS: Come and enjoy one of the regular specialty workshops on yoga on Yoga Basics for Beginners, Pranayama & Meditation, Back Matters, Sleep Matters, Women's Matters and much more. (See further below for more details.)
*** SPECIALS ***
Come with a colleague / friend - 1st class: 2 passes to any class $20.
Discover the spirit of yoga to take with you wherever you go.
Term Enrolment - Includes a yoga gift.
Discover the spirit of yoga to take back to your workplace.
*** CLASS FEES ***
Yoga: Basics, Vinyasa & Restorative Classes: 1 hr
10 classes - $130 (Includes a yoga gift)
5 classes - $70
casual class - $15
2nd class/wk - $10
Hatha: General & Open: 1.5 hrs
10 classes $175 (Includes a yoga gift)
5 classes - $90
casual class - $20
2nd class/wk - $15
Indoor: Main Hall, Masonic Temple, 57 Wood St (cnr Wood St & 9th Ln)
Outdoor: Shaded, riverside deck, rear Bluewater Lagoon, Nelson St end
To bring: Yoga mat, towel, water, comfortable clothes for ease. In winter - warmer clothes, socks and warm cover.
Recommendation: Avoid eating 2 hours before a class and ensure you are hydrated. If you must eat, only have a very light snack.
"I appreciate the unique style of yoga class you share with us. I love the words you use during the session because they get me thinking outside the square. They make me more aware of where my mind is and where it might take me if I'm not being aware. I feel so good when my body has released trapped energy blockages I've been holding in place for years with all my might! It's such a pleasure to do yoga with you."
- Petra, artist
"My body has strengthened, I'm more flexible and so much calmer."
- Karen, mother
"After the first class, my back began to feel better and I'd spent a fortune over time on different treatments for my back. It's probably because I'm now doing something about the problem myself."
- Anon, tradesman
"It's the only time in the week I really have to myself, for myself and it's so important."
- Debbie, business & family
"I really look forward to yoga on Saturday after a busy week and I prefer the outdoor classes because the setting here in nature is lovely."
- Wendy, commerce
2013 YOGA WORKSHOPS
Enhancing cost effective, self care strategies. Each workshop combines information and discussion and provides you with a specifically designed series of yoga postures, a range of self care tools as well as related information for your personal reference.
Saturday 31 August: Yoga Basics 4 Beginners
Saturday 7 September: Meditation & Pranayama
Saturday 5 October: Menstrual Matters
Saturday 9 November: Back Matters
YOGA BASICS 4 BEGINNERS: 1-3pm Saturday 31 August
This introduction to yoga is open to everyone interested in learning the fundamentals of yoga. You will learn how to move your body, activate muscle groups and establish well aligned posture. This restorative practice introduces you to basic yoga breathing and yoga postures at the floor and standing, twists which help realign the spine. There will be an opportunity to learn something of specific benefit to you as well as some basic tips for a healthy lifestyle and how to maintain a healthy, calm mind. The session closes with guided meditation and relaxation.
MEDITATION & PRANAYAMA: 1-3pm Saturday 7 September
This introduction to meditation and yoga breathing will provide you with foundations for a personal practice. You will learn about yoga breathing and why it's considered beneficial as well as experience this for yourself. You will also be introduced to Mindfulness ... the quality of attention we bring to yoga and to all our inner life experiences. This is a quality of open, interested awareness, without judgement. There will be guided several guided breath practices and guided meditation.
MENSTRUAL MATTERS: 1-3pm Saturday 5 October
Enjoy a positive model of mensus and at the same time learn effective self care tools to tend discomfort and pain, mood & other symptoms and foster greater ease through this time. Optional take home essential oil Mensus Matters blend.
BACK MATTERS: 1-3pm Saturday 9 November
If you suffer from stiffness, discomfort or pain in you back this guide to back care will empower you with effective skills. Learn to release tension, realign the spine, cultivate flexibility and strength, posture and poise. The session also includes acupressure, body work & lifestyle tips to further tend your back. Enjoy the ease and freedom that comes with a strong, supple spine.
SLEEP MATTERS: 1-3pm Saturday 2014
A good night's sleep is crucial to our sense of wellbeing. Yoga offers many tools to aid getting a good night’s sleep. Learn a variety of strategies to calm the mind, relax and refresh the body as well as a range of life style tips to foster sleep.
Enrolment: Phone or email Judith or call into the yoga studio for an enrolment form
Workshops:All programs are $50.
PRIVATE: Individual, Group or Workplace
Optional: Masonic Temple, 57 Wood St or your location
Individual 1hr $75 incl notes; Group by arrangement.
Private sessions are tailored to suit you if you:
"A path uniting body, heart and mind in power and peace."
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP:
- Have a specific health challenge & need a remedial program to join classes.
- Prefer to practice alone and want a program to work with at home
- Have a small group of people who want to explore experiencing yoga
- Have a small group wanting to practise regularly together
Mindfulness, A Path to Emotional Resilience
Cultivating presence, awareness deepens and the heart awakens.
Your emotional resilience can be sorely challenged depending on the nature and number of stressors you are dealing with at any time. If you find it difficult to navigate life's challenges you may benefit from furthering your inner life skills to cultivate emotional resilience.
Why Try This Program?
This program supports and guides you to learn fundamental clear steps in the practice of mindfulnes. Mindfulness is a purposeful quality of relaxed attention on your experience, moment to moment without judgement. You will be cultivating a state of impartial, open, deeply interested attentiveness to your experience as it is, in the moment ... enabling you to let go focusing in unhelpful ways on the past, the future, desires, fears and expectations, returning to focus on being with 'what is' in the present. This does not mean you stop reflecting and learning from the past or stop planning for the future, rather it enables an increasingly rich "present moment" awareness of your life.
What Will You Learn?
You will learn how to cultivate a deep attention, deepening awareness of how your mind is perceiving, thinking creating, generating feelings and responses to your day to day experience alongside attending to your values. With practice, you are increasingly able to remain calm and less identified with perceptions, opinions, expectations, likes and dislikes and less reactive.
You are also able to choose to be less identified with unhelpful patterns of thinking and you will be freer to respond to your values, to life, with greater wisdom and compassion.
Regular practice helps us to wake up from automatic and habitual ways of thinking, reactivity as well as unconscious fears. It is an effective way to get in touch with your wisdom and vitality for life and become present to the richness of each moment you are alive.
Past participants have reported as their practice develops and strengthens it helps them.
"manage pain and stress, develop personal insight, be less reactive, enjoy greater choice, approach their life with increasing joy and satisfaction."
2013 MINDFULNESS PROGRAMS
Mindfulness, A path to emotional resilience. Next Program Starts Tuesday 15 October
This 8 session program offers you inner life skills for going within, becoming 'present', enabling you to deepen self awareness. You will learn how to be with pain, with fear and other strong emotions which can be barriers to being 'present'. Deepening awareness of thoughts, you will cultivate consciousness, uncover insight, explore you values, find meaning, cultivating loving kindness, strengthening your skills and confidence for living. Enjoy coming together in a small group.
Suite 1A, Masonic Temple, 57 Wood St
6-8pm Tuesdays commencing 4 times / year on
30 April; 30 July; 15 October
Weekend program to be advised.
Mindfulness 8 Wk Program:
$275 incl workbook. Payment options.
WEEKLY MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SESSIONS
Enjoy coming together with others for practice and discussion.
Meditation Session Information
Masonic Hall, 57 Wood St
7-8pm 1st Wednesday of the Month. Option to stay for a chat and cup of tea to follow.
By donation for charity - Ozcare Men's Hostel & Rehab Service.
"Empowerment through mindfulness, insight and education."
For more information about the best services for your needs or to arrange an appointment - just give us a call!