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Are you Mind-Full or Mindful?

What does it mean to be mindful?

What does it really mean to be a mindful person? Mindfulness, the practice of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, is both a daily habit and a lifelong process. It is most commonly practised and cultivated through yoga and meditation, although being mindful does not necessarily require a yoga or meditation practice. These two practises are supportive avenues to allow dedicated time to harness mindfulness in a hectic lifestyle.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally in the present moment. That sounds pretty simple. It is, however when we start paying attention to how much we really pay attention, half of the time our minds are all over the place and we have a very hard time sustaining attention to what is right in front of us. In our culture of over-stimulation, overwork, burnout, and exhaustion, where we are incessantly connected and distracted from most things that are truly important in our lives – how do we tap into our creativity, our wisdom, our capacity for wonder, our well-being and our ability to connect with what we really value for ourselves?

Mindfulness isn’t just something you practice during a 60-90 minute morning yoga or meditation session. It can be incorporated throughout your everyday life by simply paying a little more attention to your daily activities as you are performing them. Mindfulness starts to get really interesting when we can start to integrate it into everyday life.

Remember, mindfulness means to be present, in the moment. And if you can do it sitting on a chair, then you can do it while waiting for your coffee to be ready, while drinking a cup of tea, eating your food, holding the baby, working at the computer or having a chat with a friend? All of these are opportunities to apply mindfulness. To be aware.

There are some easy activities to do to support mindfulness —

1. Go for a quiet walk. Preferably off the main road. Breathe in, take in the environment directly in front of you, then breathe out releasing tension. Just note when the mind wanders off, then bring it back to gently observing the path in front of you.

2. Pay attention to your breathing. Catch yourself when you hold your breath (usually a sign of tension), then release the breath.

3. Pay attention to your breathing. Focus your attention on the breath. A simple mantra – “Breathe in, this is my in-breath. Breathe out, this is my out-breath.” When you do this, the mental chatter ceases, and you bring yourself to the present.

4. Have a healthy relationship with your mobile device. Set (and keep) specific parameters for usage. This might mean making a point never to start or end the day checking emails (and maybe even keeping one’s phone in a separate room while sleeping), or choosing to unplug on weekends, or choosing to unplug/ switch off the phone when you go on vacation.

More and more research legitimises and supports mindful practise as an extremely effective intervention for a wide range of physical and mental health problems. And as a direct way to manage stress.

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Monica Anderson teaching Vinyasa Hatha 7:30PM this evening…

Hi everyone, if you are looking for a well-rounded fluid moving class in the Vinyasa Hatha style – Monica Anderson is teaching Nadia’s 7:30-8:45PM classes tonight, as well as next Tuesday 12 October.

Work on your strength and flexibility, whilst moving with the breath.  Leave class feeling accomplished with a good physical practise, while feeling relaxed and refreshed.  Sign up through our timetable.

See you on the mat!  Namaste.



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Kenton Turner teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tonight

Hi everyone, if you enjoyed Kenton Turner‘s teaching on Sunday – you can join him this evening at 5:45PM-7:15PM.  Kenton is teaching an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Led Practise.

Kindly note, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a strong dynamic style of yoga, and hence is ideal for those with previous yoga experience and practitioners who are generally physically fit.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is one of the main traditional methods of yoga. It involves synchronising the movement of the body with a breathing technique known as Ujjayi Breath (breathing with sound) and the use of internal locks or Bandhas. This approach – the combination of the breathing, the use of internal locks (bandhas), as the practitioner moves dynamically through a series of postures (asana), activates internal heat which purifies the body’s internal organs & nervous system. The Sun Salutations or Sūryānamaskāra A and B start every practice and are followed by the fundamental āsanas after which the students starts the ‘series’ they are currently working on. This 1.5 hour class aims to cover the Primary Series.

Sign up through our timetable.


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Thank you for your support – Successful fundraising for The Cancer Support Group

We would like to thank all who came to our Spring Equinox Community Day. We raised a total of $250 dollars — now transferred and handed over to The Cancer Support Group — ACT Eden Monaro’s Own to benefit their cancer patient/s and families directly.

This local support group wish to thank you for your kindness and generosity.

On behalf of the teachers at CYS, thank you for coming together in community and supporting this cause.



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Studio Timetable Update – Canberra Long Weekends


Hi Everyone! With the two consecutive long weekends, kindly note that classes are on as per our timetable except for the following:

SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER – Restorative Class has been CANCELLED in lieu of COMMUNITY YOGA DAY

What classes are on over the next two long weekends?

Come to Pippa’s beautiful Saturday morning Vinyasa Classes (Yoga Synergy Style) at 8:30am.  Or if you’re an afternoon person, you enjoy the zen atmosphere and holistic bliss offered by Michelle Norris (a fluid moving Vinyasa Hatha class). Both classes are appropriate for beginners to yoga as well as more experienced practitioners.  Sign up through our timetable.

This Sunday, 27 September we have our SPRING EQUINOX YOGA COMMUNITY DAY from 1:30-3:30PM.  Sign up here.

The studio is open as per usual from Tuesday 29 September to Saturday 4 October.
Business as usual from Tuesday 6 October.

See you on the mat, and wishing you an enjoy long weekend!


The Team @ Canberra Yoga Space

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Early bird for Simon Borg-Olivier’s Yoga Weekend finishes this Friday 28 August

Yoga Synergy with Simon Borg-Olivier

We are excited to have Simon Borg-Olivier visit our studio on the weekend of 23-25 October 2015.

If you are keen to attend what will be an amazing weekend of yoga, the early bird special of $250 – instead of $295 – finishes on this Friday 28 August.

Also there are only a handful of spots remaining, so book today!

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NEW Saturday afternoon Vinyasa Hatha Class starts this weekend 8 August

NEW Saturday afternoon Vinyasa Hatha Class start this weekend 8 August

In response to your feedback, we are pleased to announce a new addition to our weekend timetable.

Commencing this Saturday 8 August, Michelle Norris will be teaching a one-hour Vinyasa Hatha class from 2:45-3:45pm.

Sign-up through our timetable here.

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About First International Day of Yoga – 21 June 2015

About First International Day of Yoga - 21 June 2015On December 11 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 each year to be the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga, a 6,000+ year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India (Bharat), aims to transform the body and the mind.

The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by the 15th and current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

In suggesting June 21, which is the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere (Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere), as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the shortest (longest) day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere (Northern Hemisphere) and has special significance in many parts of the world.

Celebrate the 1st International Day of Yoga at Canberra Yoga Space

To celebrate, this momumentus day, we invite you to come and join us for a FREE community day of yoga and kirtan. What’s on —

    * [1:30-3:30PM] A free yoga class with two parts – an hour of vinyasa hatha followed by (flowing straight into) an hour of restorative yoga. Our studio does have limited space – hence, bookings are essential – RESERVE YOUR PLACE HERE.

    * [4:00-5:30PM] Kirtan music led by Mouli MacKenzie and lovely Dru Yoga teachers/musicians. Music through kirtan is a wonderful way to connect and get-together (satsang). A good opportunity for some bhakti and nada yoga.

About the Winter SolsticeABOUT WINTER SOLSTICE

The equinox (March 20/21, September 20/21 every year – Spring and Autumn) and solstice (June 20/21, December 20/21 every year – Summer and Winter) are naturally occurring seasonal cycles whose energies you can tune into as you deepen your spiritual consciousness. It’s about connecting your soul in sacred ceremony with Mother Nature, the cosmos and the greater universe as you go through your own life transitions.

Winter solstice is the darkest day of the year. We have the least amount of light because the sun is at its lowest point over the Equator.

This is a time of physical and spiritual hibernation. This means contemplation, reflection, quietude and ‘going within’.

You are beckoned to reflect and go within. It is a time of deep  inner quietude and pause. At this time you can think about your life and do some planning, as this is the stage before creation and birthing.

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Welcome Kenton Turner – Thursday 6:15am and Friday noon classes

Kenton Turner - Vinyasa Hatha Teacher - Canberra Yoga Space

Canberra Yoga Space welcomes Kenton Turner.

If you are looking for a dynamic flowing Vinyasa Hatha yoga class, with a good balance of mindfulness, challenge, relaxation and fun – join Kenton Turner for early morning 6:15am Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:15-1:15pmBook through our timetable today.

“My style of teaching is considerate and inclusive of peoples different levels of energy and fitness. I provide options for progressive movement through each asana (pose). I ensure all participants are practicing at a level they feel safe, secure and accomplished in. I encourage people to progress when I can see they are ready.” – Kenton Turner

Read more about Kenton and how he can assist you in your health and fitness goals here.

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THURSDAY 7:30PM – Inversions Class with Monica Anderson

Halasana - Inversions Class with Monica Anderson

(Tomorrow) THURS 30 April 7:30PM – INVERSIONS CLASS with Monica Anderson

If you interested in a gradual introduction to inversions, or if you are interested to explore or refine your safe transition, execution and transition in and out of inversions – join us in this 75-minute class tomorrow evening (7:30-8:45PM).

The first 30 minutes of class will be utilised to warm up the body in preparation for the gradual progression into several variations of these inversions. Inversions to be explored are – handstand, shoulder stand, head stand and wheel pose.

You will not be expected to come into the full free-standing version of the pose unless(1) the instructor finds that you are ready to do so, and (2) you feel ready to do so.

Please note, there will be several variations (levels) to each pose – each variation will (1) establish the stability and confidence in your foundation, and (2) give you clear gradual feedback as to which variation your body is ready for. Practice at your own pace and level of comfort. Your instructor, Monica Anderson, will guide you through each variation.

This class gives you the opportunity to refine and explore these poses outside of what is usually limited time at your usual yoga class.

This class will still be a well-rounded practise — the guided practise will allow you to warm up and cool down at the beginning and end of class.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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