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What is Iyengar Yoga? How can you access the benefits?

Iyengar Yoga 6-Week Course

In the first quarter of 2017, we were delighted to welcomed a new teacher to the studio – Jacqui Simmonds. Jacqui is a Certified Level 1 and 2 Iyengar yoga instructor – a style of yoga which I love, and one which can really assist your wider practice.

Here at CYS, we are predominantly vinyasa (flow) focused. I have been looking for a permanent lyengar teacher to join us for quite a while now, as I know from personal experience how beneficial this style of yoga can be. And now, thanks to Jacqui, we are able to offer Iyengar as part of our weekly timetable.

What is Iyengar yoga?

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.

My experience with Iyengar

In my first five years of being introduced to and training regularly in yoga, I practiced five days a week. Monday and Wednesday was dynamic Vinyasa Hatha, Tuesday and Thursday was Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, and Friday was Iyengar yoga.

I loved the vibrant flow of Vinyasa Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but what really solidified the stability in my practice, refined my alignment and opened my body to its full extension was Iyengar. It also prepared and gave me the strength and confidence to move into inversions such as head stands, fore-arm balance, and shoulder stands. I didn’t feel rushed, and my body felt prepared getting into the pose.

Overall what I discovered was that when practiced together, vinyasa and Iyengar can be extremely complementary. After doing an Iyengar class, you will feel the new magnified capacity in your physical body at your next Vinyasa class.

Vinyasa happens at a certain pace and is great for meditative practice, but there is very little time for refining alignment. Iyengar, by contrast, gives you time to work on your poses, and therefore enables you to progress faster in vinyasa.

Weekly Iyengar classes

If you’re keen to explore the wonderful balance and support offered by Iyengar and to experience for yourself how it can complement vinyasa and other styles of practice, I encourage you to branch out and practise with Jacqui through these two avenues:

DROP-IN IYENGAR CLASS – Fridays 6:15-7:30AM – open to all. Sign up through the timetable here.

COURSE – Iyengar Yoga 6-Week Course; starts Wednesday 5 July from 7:45-9PM. Click here to read more and ENROL. Places limited.

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Iyengar Yoga 6-week Course starting 5 July 2017

Iyengar Yoga Course 5 July 2017

We have opened up enrolments to our next Iyengar Yoga 6-week course starting from Wednesday 5 July 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.

Course details

When: Wednesday 5 July to 9 August 2017
Times: Wednesdays 7:45-9pm
Cost: $99 for 6 weeks

Iyengar Yoga Course 5 July 2017

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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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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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Catch Dynamic Classes with Liz Laroche this week!

Dynamic Yoga with Liz Laroche

Don’t miss Liz Laroche’s debut classes this week at CYS!

If you enjoy a dynamic flowing vinyasa, book in  now

Liz teaches Wednesdays after work hours 5-6PM –  starting tomorrow, 12 October.

And Friday mornings 6:15-7:15AM – starting this Friday 14 October

Places limited, sign up through out timetable.

Read more about how Liz can help you here

Liz Laroche comes to us originally from Tucson, AZ but has lived and practised yoga from San Francisco, CA to Adelaide, South Australia to Montgomery, AL and now happily resides in Canberra.

Liz loves the energy created by synchronisation of the body and mind and truly enjoys sharing the many benefits of yoga with others. She is also a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and that everyone can access the physical and transformative health benefits yoga has to offer.

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Kids Yoga Holiday Classes – January 2017

Kids Yoga Holiday Classes - Yoga for Children January 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 3 to 6
Fridays 6, 13, 20 & 27 January 2017 10:00am-11:00am

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


☆ Click here to Enrol – 6 January 2017

☆ Click here to Enrol – 13 January 2017

☆ Click here to Enrol – 20 January 2017

☆ Click here to Enrol – 27 January 2017


FAQS

Can I attend with my child?

Parents are welcome to participate in the session for 3-6 year olds. 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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Congratulations Eli Haski – ACT Nomination for Fitness Australia

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Congratulations to our very dedicated teacher, Eli Haski, for winning the ACT nomination for the Fitness Australia Active Communities Award, based on her mental health class.

Eli runs our Prenatal and Postnatal (Mums-N-Bubs) 10-Week Courses at CYS. If you haven’t experienced Eli’s yoga classes, you can drop into her Wednesday 12:30-1:30PM (Gentle-to-Moderate) class, appropriate for all levels of abilities – sign up through our timetable.

To read more about Eli’s nomination, go ACT Active Communities Award – Eli Haski.

We applaud you, Eli for putting all your heart into your work. We love your work. Just keep going! Best wishes, Namaste.

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Kids Yoga Holiday Classes – September & October 2016

Kids Yoga Holiday Classes - Yoga for Children September & October 2016

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 3 to 10
Wednesday 5 October 10:15am-11:15am

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


Click here to Enrol for 5 OCTOBER


FAQS

Can I attend with my child?

Parents are welcome to participate in the session for 3-5 year olds. For the sessions for older age groups, parents are welcome to sit at the back of the room or drop off their child. 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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Kids Yoga Holiday Classes – July 2016

Kids Yoga Holiday Classes - Yoga for Children July 2016

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


We are running for the following kids yoga holiday classes at the studio on Tue & Wed 5-6 July, and Tue & Wed 12-13 July.

3-5 year olds – 9:00am to 9:45am
5-8 year olds – 10:00am to 10:50am
8-11 year olds – 11:00am to 12noon

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

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FAQS:

Can I attend with my child?

Parents are welcome to participate in the session for 3-5 year olds. For the sessions for older age groups, parents are welcome to sit at the back of the room or drop off their child. 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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CLICK HERE TO ☆ ENROL FOR 5 AND 6 JULY

CLICK HERE TO☆ ENROL FOR 12 AND 13 JULY

*** Bookings are essential as places are limited.


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