YOGA PROGRAM, Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life (below)
MINDFULNESS PROGRAM: a path to emotional resilience (further below)
WINTER 2014 YOGA PROGRAM
A path uniting body, heart and mind in strength 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 with 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's strength & flexibility
- Pranayama - breathing practices for calming the mind
- Meditation - deepen awareness, wisdom and compassion
- Relaxation - deep rest for the body
- Yoga for daily life - a dash of yoga philosophy
Health care - seasonal self care health tips
WEEKLY YOGA CLASSES
** 14 July - 21 September **
Monday: 10.00am(Beg/Gentle - 60 min Outdoor)
Monday: 5.45pm(Hatha Flow - 80 min)
Tuesday: 11.00am (Foundation - 60 min)
Wednesday: 3.00pm (Back Care - 60 min)
Thursday: 5.45pm (Hatha Basics - 80min)
Friday: 4.00pm (Relax, Realign, Restore - 60 min)
Saturday: 8am (Easy Vinyasa - 60min Outdoors)
Monthly Workshops (see further below)
ABOUT YOGA CLASSES
BASICS: This class is for you if you're new to yoga, returning to yoga or recovering from illness. Classes introduce you to various foundation elements of yoga. You are guided to practice with respect for your body, avoiding force, pacing yourself. Revolving 5 session program.
HATHA: You are guided in a mindful practice attentive to yoga's essentials with options to deepen your practice. You are guided to practice with respect for your body, avoiding force, pacing yourself. Suitable for those with experience. Beginners welcome, please pace yourself.
HATHA FLOW: A flowing practice, somewhat like a dance. The practice gently energises the body, releases tension, calms the mind. A great way to end a day. The class is a little stronger. If you are beginning, please pace yourself.
HATHA BASICS: New to yoga or returning? Classes provide a sound foundation in yoga's essentials. You will feel more supple, strong and relaxed. You are guided to practice with respect for your body, avoiding force, pacing yourself.
BACK MATTERS: If you suffer with stiffness, discomfort or pain this guide to back care will empower you with effective skills to release tension, realign the spine, cultivate flexibility and strength, posture and poise.
RESTORE, RELAX: End the work week enjoying an easeful floor practice - resting, unwinding, releasing, ... relaxing, rebalancing, realigning, rejuvenating the body, heart and mind for the weekend.
EASY VINYASA: A morning practice responsive to how you are on the day. Aimed to relax, release, realign and renew. A great way to start the day and refresh for the weekend.
PRIVATE: Small Group / Individual: Sessions are available for those with difficulties or those who need or would like individualized care.
WORKSHOPS: Come and enjoy one of the regular specialty workshops on Yoga Basics for Beginners, Pranayama & Meditation, Back Matters, Sleep Matters, Women's Matters and much more. (Details below.)
WINTER SPECIAL : YOGA CLASS PASSES
New to Yoga Works : 1 week unlimited pass - $20.
Daytime Classes: 60min
10 classes - $140; 5 classes - $75; Casual - $15
Evening Classes: 80min
10 classes - $160; 5 classes - $85; Casual - $18
Two classes / wk - $120; Unlimited - $150
Indoor: Main Hall, Masonic Centre, 57 Wood St (beside cinema carpark)
Outdoor: Shaded, riverside deck, rear Bluewater Lagoon, Nelson St end
WHAT TO BRING
Yoga mat, large towel, water, comfortable clothes for ease. In winter - warmer clothes, socks and warm cover.
Avoid eating 2 hours before a class and ensure you are hydrated.
If you must eat, only have a very light snack.
* Please arrive 5 mins early. If late, you are still welcome, please enter quietly.
* If it's your first class, please arrive 15 minutes early.
* Please remove and leave your shoes in the foyer.
* Please turn your mobile phone off or to 'silent'.
* Please sign in for every class.
"Thank you for the wonderful yoga experience in Mackay. Your classes were a sanctuary, joy and inspiration."
- Jessica. Mother & partner.
"Life is full. This is my time. I can walk in tired, leave relaxed and energised."
- T. Mother, partner, employee.
"After the first class, my back began to feel better. I'd spent a fortune on different treatments. I'm now doing something about the problem myself."
- Anon, Tradesman
"Friday's restorative class is an hour of bliss. After a work week I truly relax."
- Debbie, business owner.
"My body has strengthened, I'm more flexible and so much calmer."
- Karen, mother
"It's the only time in the week I really have to myself and it's so important."
- Deb, business & family
"I like the outdoor class Saturday on the riverside deck, the nature setting is lovely."
- Debra, Professional
"I use what I learn in classes in everyday life. It helps me stay calm and not react. I look at difficulties differently. I'm happier."
- J, Professional.
"I appreciate the unique style of yoga class you share. I love the words you use during session, they get me thinking outside the square. They make me more aware of where my mind is, where it might take me if I'm not aware. I feel so good when my body has released trapped energy blockages I've held in place for years with all my might! It's such a pleasure to do yoga with you."
- Petra, artist
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.
YOGA BASICS 4 BEGINNERS: 1-3pm Sat 19 July
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, yoga postures at the floor and standing as well as 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 Sat 16 August
This introduction to meditation and yoga breathing provides you with foundations for a personal practice. You will learn about yoga breathing, its benefits and 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. The session includes several guided breath practices and guided meditation.
YOGA & MEDITATION TO TEND STRESS: 1-3pm Sat 20 Sept
This session guides you to explore your personal awareness of stress and to identify effective personal strategies to tend stress. You will learn to recognise your early warning signs of stress, basic self care strategies to suit your needs and experience for yourself yoga's various tools to calm the mind and body, as you tend the arenas of your life. You will also be introduced to Mindfulness tools to manage stress.
BACK MATTERS: 1-3pm Saturday 18 Oct
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.
Enroling:Phone or email Judith or call into the studio for an enrolment form.
Winter Offer: Workshops (incl notes) - $50. 2 Workshops - $80.
PRIVATE: Individual, Group or Workplace
Individual 1hr $75 incl notes; Group by arrangement.
Private sessions are tailored to suit you if you:
"A path uniting body, heart & mind in serenity & strength."
- 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
Cultivating presence, awareness deepens and the heart awakens.
Our emotional resilience can be sorely challenged depending on the nature and number of stressors we 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.
INTRODUCTION: MINDFULNESS, A PATH TO EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
Why Try This Program?
This 8 session 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.
This 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 5 times / year on
Next programs start 5 August; 7 October
2-4pm Sat program for your group
$295 incl workbook. Payment options.
The program was very useful to help me re-evaluate my thinking and perceptions. It has given me tools to continue with into the future. A heartfelt thank you." "
"Mindfulness has saved me. It was the best part of my recovery from addiction. I'm now working and life is on track. I continue the practice."
Others report: "As my practice develops and strengthens I experience deepen awareness, increasing personal insight, am less reactive, manage pain and stress, let go to more acceptance, have greater compassion for myself and others as well as feel generally more peaceful and happier."
MINDFULNESS PRACTICE SESSIONS
Enjoy coming together with others for practice and discussion.
Masonic Hall, 57 Wood St
7-8pm 1st Wednesday of the Month.
9-10am 3rd Sunday of the Month
Donations assist Ozcare's Homeless Men's Hostel & Rehab Centre.
"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!