Hatha Yoga Sydney
It can often be daunting for a beginner to understand and decipher the myriad of different styles of yoga available in today’s market and which one would best suit their needs.
Hatha Yoga is a traditional and orthodox style of yoga consisting of different âsanas (postures) which, when linked together, create sequences of movements. Together with correct alignment, breath control and stillness of pose, yoga has the ability to slow down the fluctuations (thoughts) of the mind, bringing the body and mind into a more equanimous and balanced space, essential qualities in a hectic and harried world which often over-saturates our senses and clouds our mental clarity.
In the West, the word Yoga is synonymous with many things which rarely denote its true potential or significance, but relate more to a physical practice which can help us lose weight or keep our bodies toned, and whilst this may be true, it is interesting to note that it is just one very small aspect of the benefits both physical and mental that a regular yoga practice can bring. Some of the benefits that a regular yoga practice can produce include:
The opening of energy channels, chakras and psychic centres of the body, increased flexibility of the spine, muscles, tendons and ligaments, strengthening of the bones and stimulation of the circulatory and immune systems. It has a relaxing, revitalizing and balancing effect on the central nervous system. Along with proper breathing techniques or pranayama, asanas 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.
Born in New Zealand, Ondine graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in classical flute. She’s lived and worked around the world in locations such as India, the UK and Spain, but now calls Australia home.
While in Spain, she committed five years to full-time Yoga study under the guidance of Shrî Swami Shankaratilakânanda. Her training was orthodox and traditional in disciplines including Hatha Yoga, Vyayam Yoga, Vedic Dharma, Ayurveda, Meditation & Vedanta. Three years living in Rishikesh, in Northern India, gave Ondine experience in teaching classes while co-directing the establishment of a new Ashram and Monastery.
Ondine’s passion for Yoga and the Art of Living is unwavering and evidenced by the energy she brings in sharing the knowledge she so gratefully received. She’s also a highly experienced teacher having taught in many studios as well as facilitating retreats, workshops and conferences in Australia and internationally.
Hatha Yoga Sydney realises Ondine’s dream of sharing her knowledge with the yoga community of Sydney. She invites you to her studio to experience firsthand how she translates what’s timeless and traditional into practice for our contemporary lifestyle.
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