Body Balance Yoga
Servicing areaPort Melbourne, Victoria
Our mission is to give students an opportunity to look within, refocus, realign and regain a sometimes lost sense of perspective. We are devoted to providing a soothing space for people to come and relax, and unwind, leaving behind the stresses of their day.
Body Balance Yoga Studio was recently opened to create a spiritually aware and socially active environment centreing around one of the most ancient practices available today, Yoga. In offering a range of Yoga, Meditation and Pilates classes, we aim to create a space to practise mindfully, with integrity and community spirit. The practice of Yoga invites us to pay attention to the dialogue between body and mind, thought and feeling, awareness and action. In a world that continues to draw us out of our bodies and toward the external, the practice of Yoga works to integrate and align the demands of daily life with a deeper understanding of who we really are.
At Body Balance Yoga, we believe that it is the connection to ourselves, to each other, and to our local and global communities that enables humanity to move towards the greater awareness that can inspire a spiritually-based social activism. In offering a space for daily Yoga with teachers from a variety of traditions, we strive to honour the roots and origins of the practice while at the same time building a meaningful framework for doing this practice today.
What is Yoga
Yoga as most people generally know is not merely a set of Asanas/Yoga postures and other Yogic exercises or techniques, it's a way of living and it encapsulates the whole human life. Yoga has its focus on maintaining a state of calmness in the inner as well as outer world. What's the need of maintaining inner calmness? The word is full of chaos; and we can see through the water when its still, in a similar way our perception of the world can not be proper until our mind is at peace or its calm.
The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word 'yuj', which means 'to join'. So the basic ideal of Yoga is joining or the union of atma or soul with parmatma or god. It is explained as the union of self with the higher self. Yoga forms the basis for this process as it cleanses the mind and body of an individual, which is a prerequisite for the same.
The stress and strain of odd working hours along with a sedentary life style can take its toll on our health and well being. Many diseases and injuries can progress silently without alarming one of any imminent risks. Life style related health problems like Obesity, Diabetes, Heart conditions, High Cholesterol, Backache, Cervical cancers, Osteoporosis, Thyroid related problems, High Blood Pressure and Kidney disease may have life – threatening consequences that can be avoided.
Various factors like sitting posture, multi tasking, long working hours on a computer, talking on the phone while typing, irregular eating habits, rigorous travel, night shifts and odd working hours etc can create a multitude of health hazards.
If we take the time to listen to our bodies, exercise regularly, eat healthily and rest/meditate when needed the body will follow in kind, supporting you to work, live and play at your optimum potential. Unlike other exercise routines Yoga is low impact, improves strength and flexibility, builds concentration, and reduces tension including mental and physical stress. Yoga also works to condition the body internally, massaging, stretching and stimulating our organs so as to remove any blockages and toxins that may cause or increase health and wellness issues (as above).
In addition, Yoga is known to eradicate fatigue, generate energy and promote happiness, all of which lead to increasing morale, work place productivity and enthusiasm for life in general........ perfect for the corporate/ work environment.
- Felicity - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Felicity has been a dedicated practitioner of Yoga for over 20 years, being first introduced to Siddha Yoga at the age of 13. She has been teaching Yoga for 10 years, having studied Iyengar Yoga at S.K.Y.S, including teacher training and completing an advanced Yoga Diploma at the Australian Yoga Academy. Felicity teaches Yoga classes throughout Melbourne, in studios, Gyms, schools and corporate settings, teaching people of all levels from beginners to advanced. She has also worked with people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Felicity believes in teaching Yoga from the heart, with integrity, humility and compassion. Her classes focus on nurturing each individual and creating a supportive and balanced space.
Hugh - Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Hugh has been a devoted and dedicated student of Yoga for over 9 years. He is influenced by the uplifting and transformative paths of Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa Flow and Anusara Yoga. He has co taught and assisted on Yoga retreats, locally and overseas. Hugh offers heart centred, Dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, which focus on recognising and honouring the unique beauty in all of us, enabling each student to radiate compassion and grace from the inside out. Hugh believes that underneath our personal stories of pain lies great courage, hope, wisdom and unconditional love.
Thaedra - Hatha Yoga
Thaedra first tried yoga in mid 1996 in the wake of a traumatic event. In awe of yoga’s healing power on the mind and body, Thaedra slowly developed a regular yoga practice and yoga became a passion. Thaedra considers yoga to be “the great equaliser” which keeps life in balance and at the perfect temperature. Thaedra’s teaching method is a flowing vinyasa style that draws on her experience in Hatha yoga in the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions as well as her background in classical dance. Thaedra takes a creative and intuitive approach to each class and aims to assist each individual to find their own practice.
Sia - Dru Yoga
Sia has been practicing yoga for 30 years. She has studied a variety of yoga traditions in both Australia and India. Sia is a graduate of Dru yoga teacher training and exudes the passion and commitment to share the Dru Yoga experience of grace and flow with the community. Providing the tools for health, vitality and self empowerment.
Clayton - Meditation
Clayton has been practicing meditation for more than 10 years and teaching for more than 5. His practice is based on the vipassana (insight) approach to meditation from the Thai forest tradition of Buddhisim. His teaching style is strongly influenced by the Thai forest masters, Ajahn Chan and Bhikkhu Buddhisim, as well as the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Chogyam Trungpa from the Tibetan Kagyu tradition.
Simon - Meditation
Simon became interested in meditation over 20 years ago. At the age of 19, after a short period of practise, he realised the many benefits of meditation and began a journey to discover more. He went to live in a Buddhist temple in a small village in the mountains of Japan for 3 months. Simon has since explored many different techniques and traditions of meditation, including long silent retreats. Simon has taught meditation for 10 years. He is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching Yoga in studios around Melbourne and also in Sydney, Bali , the US and France. Simon believes that meditation is important in our daily lives and should be accessible to everyone.
Anna - Mat Pilates
Anna Gained her certification through the renowned dance New Amsterdam Steele Pilates program in New York City, and brings a truly international flavour to her classes. She customizes each class, working from her clients current skills and abilities and pushing them to extend beyond their expectations to reach their own fitness goals. Anna has earned a reputation for offering energizing classes that send clients home with a sense of accomplishment, a full body workout, and an extra spring in their step.
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