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Kids Yoga Holiday Classes July 2017

Kids Yoga Holiday Classes - Yoga for Children 7 and 14 July 2017

Becoming a child with children
sharing the wonder sharing imagination
being a child makes you complete.

Join us on a journey through the forest, to sea and beyond. What creatures will we discover? Who will you be? What magic can we share?

Our kids yoga holiday classes with Niki De Domenico, offer a safe, non-competitive space for children to have fun, foster self-awareness and creativity while calming the mind and moving the body in a healthy way.

Through games and songs, our classes move through warm-ups to various yoga poses before a moment of rest to explore a visualisation. After yoga we create art about our yoga experience, for example, if we meet a fairy in the forest we make a felt fairy to take home (to remember our journey!).


‘Yoga is a movement of peace. I like doing yoga and you can do any animal you like at the end.’ – Sol, age 5

‘My favourite is being a mermaid in the sea. You have to be quiet, and I feel my heart.’ – Eva, age 3

Classes

Ages 2 to 6
Friday 7 July, 10am-11am – BOOK HERE FOR 7 JULY

Friday 14 July, 10am-11am – BOOK HERE FOR 14 JULY

Cost: $20 per session, which includes all art materials.


FAQS

Can I attend with my child?

Parents are welcome to participate in the session. Parents are welcome to either sit at the back of the room if you feel like allowing your child space to explore on their own, or you can join in and participate. If you feel your child is comfortable and mature enough to be dropped off, that is fine as well. The child will probably need to be atleast 4 yeas of age if you are considering dropping him/her off. Please note, when picking up your child at the end of the session – kindly remain outside the room on arrival as the finishing practise may be quiet relaxation and keeping the space quiet supports your child to get the most out of the session.

My child has mobility restrictions or complex needs. Is this appropriate for him/ her?

Please advise us of your child’s full name and specific requirements (including any injuries, mobility or health issues) via our contact form.

What does my child need to bring?

We recommend comfortable clothing. Practise is done bare-foot. There is a small locker room towards the rear of the room where your child can store his/ her personal items. A bottle of water for after the session is recommended.

Are classes linked or progressive as a series?

You can drop in to any or all of the sessions appropriate for your child’s age. Each class has it’s own unique theme, each with a different art project and they don’t build on the last session.


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Next Restorative Yoga Course starts 24 May 2017

Mid-week Restorative Yoga CourseReconnect with the body’ natural reservoir to renew itself. This restorative yoga course allows you to experience the deeper and more fundamental aspects of mindfulness and yoga practise. Allowing you space to pause and pave an opportunity to come home to one’s self. Each session proposes a PAUSE in a predominantly routine-based over-stimulated reality. The opportunity to catch-up with yourself and restore your sense of self, balance and equilibrium to a more optimal level.

This practise is accessible to all levels of ability – Ideal for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Please let Monica know if you are pregnant, as modifications will need to be introduced for some poses.

While a Restorative Yoga practice is ideal for times when we feel depleted or recovering from illness, reserving one restorative practice a week is essential to re-establish self-awareness, and build up stores of energy in you that can prevent conditions of DEPLETION, and pave the way towards SUSTAINABLE HEALTH.

This practise introduces a responsive practise, incorporating elements of both Yang (a more active practise), and introducing your energy and body to a predominantly restorative practise (Yin). This allows you to experience a sense of balance – providing you tools you can use for yourself in order to be responsive to your ever changing needs – the opportunity to warm up, build internal heat, and clear energy pathways (Yang) when you feel dormant or deflated, complemented by the experience of a more receptive or restful practise that allows the body to gain energy (and tap into the body’s natural capacity to renew itself) without using energy (Yin).

The next 6-week restorative yoga course is open for enrolments and starts on Wednesday 24 May and runs till 28 June 2017.

PRICE: Early bird $99, full price $120
TIME: Wednesdays, 7:45-8:45pm
VENUE: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street in Phillip, Woden ACT 2607

**Places are limited to a maximum of 18 participants, so book your place now.

Restorative Yoga Canberra


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April Beginners Course closed, May course now open

Beginners Yoga Course for May now open

Our APRIL Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments.

We have opened the MAY Beginners Course which starts on Monday 22 May and runs until Sunday 2 July 2017.

Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99.

For more information check out our Beginners Yoga page here.


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New Iyengar Yoga 6-week Course starting 12 April

New Iyengar Yoga 6-week Course

We are excited to offer a new Iyengar Yoga 6-week course starting from Wednesday 12 April taught by our Iynegar yoga teacher, Jacqui Simmonds. Jacqui is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher.

To those unfamiliar with it, Iyengar is a form of Hatha Yoga named after and developed by B.K.S Iyengar – a yoga spiritualist and guru, considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga and the teachings of Patanjalis’ classical Yoga Sutra, Iyengar emphasises postural detail, precision and alignment.

Unlike other Hatha styles which take a more experiential approach to the asanas, encouraging you to follow the teacher and find your way into your comfortable seat, Iyengar by contrast is much more focused on getting the physical alignment right for your body — with any errors or misalignments actively corrected.

Another feature of Iyengar is that the poses are typically held for longer. Instead of moving swiftly from one to the next as you would in vinyasa, Iyengar requires you to maintain a pose long enough to understand and refine it. In addition, props such as belts, blocks and blankets are used to assist with enhancing alignment, customising to your anatomy, and minimising injury and strain.

This is style of yoga which can really assist your wider practice – it complements vinyasa hatha yoga.

When: Wednesday 12 April to 17 May 2017
Times: Wednesdays 7:45-9pm
Cost: $99 for 6 weeks

Iyengar Yoga 6-week Course Canberra

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NEW SUNDAY CLASS – Ashtanga Blend with Gail Robertson

Gail Robertson - Canberra Yoga Space

We are pleased to announce a wonderful new addition to our teachers – Gail Robertson.  Commencing this Sunday 26 February, Gail will be instructing an Ashtanga Blend Class from 5:15-6:30PM. Read more on what an Ashtanga Blend below. Sign up to this class through our timetable.

Gail Robertson is a very highly regarded senior teacher in the industry. Welcome Gail 🙂

Experienced Yoga Teacher Gail Robertson

Gail is a certified yoga instructor in Still Point and Ashtanga Yoga. She has been practising yoga in many ways for almost 30 years, and teaching for nearly two decades in Canada and Australia. The teachings of Sri Pattabhi Jois and teacher training with David Swenson in 2000 influenced her to practice and teach the traditional sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

Her Sivananda certified instructor, Glenn Mifsud of Still Point in Canada, also led her to complete her first teacher training in 1998. Gail also brings with her  extended experience with other dimensions to the yoga industry, including experience in television, running a studio, and holding yoga retreats.

Read more about how Gail can support you with your yoga journey here.

Kindly note that the Sunday restorative class is on a new adjusted earlier time-slot at 3:45-5pm from this weekend.

Enjoy this amazing new classes. Have a great practice, and enjoy the weekend ahead.

WHAT IS ASHTANGA BLEND?

Ashtanga Blend includes a shortened version of the Primary Series to allow a variety of postures to be experienced. As a gentle to moderate version of Ashtanga, it is suitable for all levels; from beginner to more experienced practitioners.

The classes include optional physical challenges offered throughout a dynamic flow leading towards a final guided meditation as part of a 10 minute savasana

The emphasis in this style of yoga is on building physical strength and flexibility, while developing concentration and focused breath awareness, to create a mental and physical release. Some yoga experience is recommended. Not appropriate for pregnant women.


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Feb Beginners Yoga Course is closed, April course is now open

Beginners Yoga Course for April now open

Our FEBRUARY Beginners Yoga Course is FULL and CLOSED to new enrolments.

We have opened the APRIL Beginners Course which starts on Monday 10 April and runs until Sunday 21 May 2017.

Our beginners course is 48 classes over 6 weeks. You can attend as many classes as you want for only $99.

For more information check out our Beginners Yoga page here.


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Happy Australia Day – we are OPEN!

Happy Australia Day - We are OPEN

Happy Australia Day on Thursday. CYS studio is open – business as usual. We look forward to seeing you on the mat. Click here to sign up through our timetable.

Thursday – we have our

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Naomi
  • 12-1pm Vinyasa Hatha with Simon
  • Beginners course (pre-enrolled only) at 6pm
  • 7:30 Yoga Synergy with Pippa

Friday – we have,

  • 6:15am dynamic Vinyasa Hatha with Liz
  • 10-11am Kids Yoga with Niki (Book here)
  • 12:15-1:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy
  • 5-6:15pm Vinyasa Hatha with Wendy

See you on the mat 🙂


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Yin Yoga Weekend – Yoga As Self Knowledge with Sarah Owen September 2017

Yin Yoga Weekend - Yoga As Self Knowledge with Sarah Owen - 29-30 September 2017

Join one of Australia’s leading Yin Yoga teachers, Sarah Owen for an insightful and rejuvenating Yin Yoga weekend. The Yin Yoga weekend comprises of 3 sessions over two days.

Session 1: Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Friday 29 September 6:30-8:30pm
Improve your flexibility, open your heart centre and feel your positive energy rise. We will practice conscious breathing, Yin Yoga postures, mindfulness meditation (anapanasati), and deep conscious relaxation (guided Yoga Nidra). By the end of the workshop you will feel deeply nourished, restored and inspired.

Yin Yoga is a restorative style of yoga that uses passive, long-held poses to keep the energetic body active and the immune system strong. This results in vibrant health and resilient energy levels, while the Yin Yoga sequence does not deplete the body of energy at all. Perfect for all levels of yoga practitioner – everyone welcome!

Session 2: Yoga as Self Knowledge, Saturday 30 September 10:15am-12:45pm
Come home to yourself during this 2.5 hour Hatha Yoga workshop including Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. Hatha Yoga uses the mindful integration of physical movements with conscious breath and clear intention. Through regular daily practice, the body becomes strong, the heart more balanced, and the mind more focussed with steady, calm intention.

For thousands of years, Hatha Yoga has been used as a method to develop clarity of attention and to transcend self-imposed limitations in the body and mind. It achieves this by cultivating attention and directing energy through the practices of asana (physical poses), pranayama (breath cultivation), and meditation (cultivation of attention). The term “Hatha” refers to the bringing together, or the integration of, different polarities of being (much like the balancing of yin and yang). This will be an informative and transformative workshop suitable for all levels.

Session 3: Yin Yoga for Cultivating Peace of Mind, Saturday 30 September 1:30-4pm
This deeply introspective yin yoga workshop will include practices to compassionately awaken the body, heart and mind. These simple practices can be repeated at home regularly, creating your own personal sadhana or meditation practice, thereby deepening your capacity to draw upon compassionate acceptance for peace of mind.

In various facets of our lives we are striving for more; seeking improvements or progression along the path. Sometimes the most insightful gift we can give ourselves is the opportunity to relax the fixation to improve, analyse, or explain our circumstances; instead drawing deeply inwards into investigate bare, radical acceptance. Compassionate acceptance is the key to cultivating peace of mind.

“Rather than being dis-heartened by the uncertainty of life, what if we accepted it and relaxed into it? What if we said, ‘Yes, this is the way it is; this is what it means to be human’, and decided to sit down and enjoy the ride?” – Pema Chodron

When: Friday 29 September to Saturday 30 September 2017
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: $140 for all three sessions

Yin Yoga Weekend - Yoga As Self Knowledge with Sarah Owen - 29-30 September 2017

Testimonials

“Sarah is a wonderful teacher, who offers insights and practical knowledge. She is very caring and inclusive in her teachings and encourages you to ask questions, share experiences and bring your whole self to the lessons. I loved every moment of our classes and have integrated my learnings from Sarah and this teacher training into my way of life. Thank you Sarah.” SM

“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah for your experience and wisdom.” NM

About Sarah Owen

One of the leading Yin Yoga teachers in Australia, Sarah Owen was one of the first teachers to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience. She is the only Insight Yoga teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute (USA). She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (founder and author of Insight Yoga) for almost a decade and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia.

Sarah teaches regular workshops and classes at various Sydney yoga studios, as well as offering Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainings each year for yoga teachers and interested students. Her popular teacher training courses are highly-acclaimed due to her depth of knowledge, her experienced understanding of the material, and her personable delivery of the course with more than a decade of teaching experience.

Yin Yoga Weekend - Yoga As Self Knowledge with Sarah Owen - 29-30 September 2017


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50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2018

Immerse yourself deeply in the practice of Yin Yoga during this 50 hour yin yoga and mindfulness teacher training (non-residential) with Sarah Owen. Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses to nourish and stimulate the deeper energetic channels in the body, providing support for the immune system. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect container to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.

During this 50-hour training designed for Yoga Teachers, Sarah Owen will give you the tools to take your practice to a deeper level. You will come away with a clear understanding of safety and anatomical issues pertaining to the Yin Yoga practice, as well as having the ability to creatively sequence yin yoga classes for all levels of students. This training is also designed to deepen your own personal practice of yoga and meditation by incorporating elements of meditation and self-inquiry into your daily yoga practice. The most effective yoga teaching comes from your own personal immersion and deepened personal experience of these ancient methods and teachings.

Deepen your knowledge of the more inward-drawn yoga practices (including pranayama and meditation) and immerse yourself in a personal discovery of the more quiet inner realms. Mindfulness meditation will be explored as an ‘inner method’ during the Yin Yoga poses as well as a seated meditation practice (including the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness).

When: Monday 8 January to Saturday 13 January 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: Early bird of $1,300 until 31 October 2017, full price of $1450 from 1 November 2017. A payment plan option is available which allows you to pay in instalments.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2018

The 50 hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training Course Curriculum will include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology specific to Yin Yoga
  • Modifications and Safety in Yin Yoga, including the use of props
  • Anatomy of the Subtle Body (meridians and chakras)
  • Mindfulness in Yin Yoga (including two specific methods of meditation – Shamatha and Vipassana)
  • Applications of mindfulness in daily life
  • Sequencing in Yin Yoga (including seasonal sequences)
  • Organs and Meridian Health (using yin yoga to affect specific organs)
  • Yin and Yang Theory (basic Taoist theory and the principles of yin and yang – how they are applied to yoga)
  • Yin Yoga and Meditation as referenced in the ancient scriptures (Hatha Yoga Pradipika/Yoga Sutras, Satipattana Sutta, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) for health, relaxation and awaking the energy body
  • Meditation and journaling to deepen the yoga experience

* Whilst this training is designed specifically for qualified Yoga Teachers wishing to teach Yin Yoga classes, this training is also open to dedicated practitioners of yoga, with the intention to use the knowledge to deepen one’s own understanding and practice. To be a certified teacher of Yin Yoga, you must have successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification previously.

Testimonials

“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah for your experience and wisdom.” NM

“Sarah is a wonderful teacher, who offers insights and practical knowledge. She is very caring and inclusive in her teachings and encourages you to ask questions, share experiences and bring your whole self to the lessons. I loved every moment of our classes and have integrated my learnings from Sarah and this teacher training into my way of life. Thank you Sarah.” SM

“The Yin Yoga Teacher training with Sarah Owen has transformed the way I teach both Yin and my regular Hatha classes. I feel as though my practice and the way I teach now contains a richer mix of the eight limbs of Yoga. What I enjoyed most from the training was the teachings of the ‘inner methods’ of Yoga. Sarah provided us with a diverse variety of pranayama, concentration, and meditation techniques that can be used once you have set students up in the pose. These practices help to take the students beyond the physical body, so that they can experience the greater benefits – the system of self-transformation – that is Yoga.” AK

About Sarah Owen

One of the leading Yin Yoga teachers in Australia, Sarah Owen was one of the first teachers to introduce Yin Yoga to the Australian audience. She is the only Insight Yoga teacher in Australia, endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute (USA). She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (founder and author of Insight Yoga) for almost a decade and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia.

Sarah teaches regular workshops and classes at various Sydney yoga studios, as well as offering Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Trainings each year for yoga teachers and interested students. Her popular teacher training courses are highly-acclaimed due to her depth of knowledge, her experienced understanding of the material, and her personable delivery of the course with more than a decade of teaching experience.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2018


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Unlimited Yoga Classes over the holidays

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the Xmas holidays

Come and try unlimited yoga classes over the upcoming Xmas holiday period. The pass will run from Monday 19 December to Sunday 15 January, and allows you to attend as many classes as you like over this period. It only costs $69 for over 30 classes. Click here to sign-up.

Unlimited Yoga Pass over the holidays

If you are a beginner or have completed our beginners course, this pass is suitable for you. What you are getting is access to over 30 classes prepared for an advanced beginner student. It also included two different styles of yoga for you to experience – restorative Yoga with Niki De Domenico, and Yoga Synergy with Pippa Matthews.

Please note: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is the strongest of all the yoga styles. You are welcome to attend this class, and your unlimited pass will allow it, but be aware that it is strong practise suitable for individuals who are physically fit and with previous yoga experience. If you do attend – remember to practice at your own pace.

Once you have enrolled, you can book your classes through our online timetable.


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