Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness.
Yoga shows the way.
(Swami Vishnu Devananda)
Hello, my name is Antje and I am happy to share yoga with you by running -
I started studying yoga a few years ago while living in India and as yoga is not just an exercise regime but a philosophy and way of life, many positive changes have happened for me since. Yoga is a journey - constant learning and opening up. Enjoying the enormous benefits of regular practice myself I deeply enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with the community, sometimes just planting a seed, sometimes witnessing ongoing, amazing progress.
I completed my Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Kutir Netala, Himalayas in 2014 and have been teaching since while also working as trainer and more recently in ageing support. Running classes in my local community, gyms, health clubs, a martial arts academy, a cricket club, primary and high schools as well as companies I have taught over 650 sessions of yoga and / or meditation.
During the last few months I have been focusing on the work in my community and also started to develop the HAPPY programme which aims to make yoga accessible for the senior generation.
Anandini is my spiritual name - She, who enjoys happiness :)
Formal qualifications regarding yoga:
Classes and workshops with Anandini Yoga will incorporate the five basic points of Sivananda yoga -
The regular community classes, see below, are adapted from the
standard Sivananda open class. The basic structure is Relaxation -
Breathing exercises - Warm up (Sun salutation) - Poses and strengthening exercises - Deep relaxation.
The focus is on mastering 12 basic poses. These provide more benefits than just stretching. They open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centers of the body while increasing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems. Along with the appropriate breathing, these poses also calm the mind and reduce stress. With regular practice one can ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
The open classes are designed to be enjoyed by beginners offering guidance and assistance as well as challenge experienced yoga practicioners by introducing more advanced variations to basic poses.
The regular practice of yoga can be particularly beneficial when approaching or living through your senior years. The HAPPY (Healthy Ageing Practicing Peaceful Yoga) programme consists of classes that are designed to address the challenges you face during this time. Participants will be guided according to their abilities and needs, traditional poses modified accordingly. Mats, chairs, cushions and other props will be used.
The main objectives of HAPPY are to
Classes are currently being arranged in retirement villages around Kingsley and neighbouring suburbs but can also be held at community centres.
Meditation is an ancient practice originating thousands of years ago. There are many approaches in trying to achieve the meditative state and many different goals that have been pursued by the use of meditation. Most approaches include techniques for relaxing the body and calming the mind releasing stress and tension. The numerous physiological and psychological benefits of regular meditation practice have been proven in countless scientific studies.
Holistic meditation builds on concentrative as well as mindfulness methods and is a non-striving, easy to learn technique that suits beginners as well as experienced meditators.
Mindfulness itself can be described as a special mental state but also as an attitude to go about ordinary things in daily life. This approach of awareness and acceptance can bring about greater balance and happiness, a reduction in stress as well as general health benefits.
Anandini Yoga offers workshops, 8 week and 5 week courses in Holistic Meditation and Mindfulness. Workshops aim to give an introduction into mindfulness and some practical applications. The course will aim to go deeper into the subjects and aims to achieve the following outcomes -
The first part of the classes is held in a workshop format, encouraging participants to share and discuss concepts as well as experiences. During the second part we enter a guided group meditation session.
Continuous support is provided throughout the course, weekly emails summarise topics discussed.