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Start Clear: New Year 2015

CYS Vision Board Workshop

Prepare for 2015 with a visioning workshop.

Join us for the CYS community’s very first day retreat!

A day of fun — to open up, embrace and empower your goals and possibilities for 2015. Enjoy breath work, mudra, and guided meditation for letting go, attuning to your inner Self, clearing your vision, expanding your creativity, and envisioning your year ahead. Create and interpret your vision board for 2015 and learn how to empower those deep inner aspirations.

Mouli MackenzieThis event is accessible to beginners/people who are new to yoga, through to experienced practitioners.

With Mouli Mackenzie
Mouli is one of Dru Yoga’s international tutors and teacher trainers. She teaches on the Dru Yoga Dru Dance and Dru Meditation teacher training courses, and Dru Retreats.

An award winning book designer, Mouli is also part of the Dru international publications team and heads the Dru graphics team in Australia.

A qualified therapist Mouli mentors people to help them overcome emotional blocks, and also runs relaxing weekend retreats on the south coast and annual visioning workshops.

WHEN: Saturday 24 January 2015, 9am – 3pm
WHERE: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1, 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
HOW MUCH: $115
WHAT TO BRING: Morning tea provided. Bring a plate of vegetarian food to share for lunch, scissors, and coloured magazines.

** Places are limited. Secure your place today. Registration is Now Open.

Enrol now - visioning workshop January 2015

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What is Ashtanga MYSORE? by Kat Sadler

Ashtanga MYSORE – Kat Sadler teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, a strong and dynamic style of yoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45PM. Tuesday is an Ashtanga Led Class. Thursday is an Ashtanga MYSORE class.

Paul Frechtling Ashtanga YogaMYSORE style is the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Rather than being led through the Ashtanga sequence as a class, each student moves through the series at their own pace with individual instruction and hands-on adjustment provided by the teacher. This type of environment supports each individual to work to his or her full capacity. It is the safest way to learn Ashtanga Yoga, with students repeating postures until they area comfortable enough to progress.

MYSORE classes are open to anyone, from beginners to advanced students and from young to old, regardless of fitness, strength or flexibility. Beginners start with a shorter practice but are provided more one-on-one assistance from the teacher. Experienced students work independently through the practice, becoming more attuned to his or her breath, whilst focusing the mind and cultivating calmness.

Benefits of a MYSORE class

1. It is open to anyone and everyone. You work at your own pace and can spend more time on the postures you find challenging.

2. You can show up anytime. No need to rush from work to class. You only need to arrive early enough to finish your practice before the end of the class.

3. Learn how to cultivate mindfulness by moving in time with your breath rather than the teacher’s count.

Paul Frechtling - Expert Ashtanga Yoga Teacher


1. What if I forget what to do next? Just ask the teacher!

2. Is it OK to sit in meditation before or after my practice?

3. How do I stop my mind from wandering? This is something that everyone struggles with. Focus your attention on your breath or drishti (gazing point) and if you find your mind wandering again, gently bring it back to your practice.

Check-out our timetable to view Kat Sadler’s classes.

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About “Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression”

yoga-relaxKylie Blacksell is commencing a new yoga class this 14 October 2014.

“Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression” is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.  And runs on Tuesday from 10-11AM.

This class introduces a 10-week program designed to safely and gently alleviate the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.

This class will stretch and relieve tense muscles, create calm, mindfulness, happiness and blissful release.

Relax, revitalise, rejuvenate, focus and energise in preparation for each coming week.

You will be introduced to breathing techniques, meditation, movement and deep relaxation designed to significantly lessen the effects of stress, anxiety and depression, and to significantly improve the sensation of calmness and happiness.

DRU Yoga is suitable for anyone of any age or fitness level. No previous experience required.

Read more about Kylie and how she can support you in your yoga practice.

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Welcome Kylie Blacksell

Kylie Blacksell - Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and DepressionThe CYS teacher community would like to welcome Kylie, who will be running the Tuesday 10-11AM yoga class previously offered by our dear colleague Lynnette Dickinson.

Kylie is introducing a focused supportive class – “Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression”.


Perspective in life or things you like outside of yoga

I’m a single mum with three children and a small business and I love what I do! J

I’m very passionate about health, wellbeing and happiness for all. I believe that this is a natural state of being that we are all capable of, and very much worthy of.

I spend all of my spare time and energy working on improving health, happiness and wellbeing for myself, and for my children, and sharing my knowledge and skills with the world through my business “Human Happiness” –

When I’m not teaching yoga or “saving the world”J, I enjoy music (singing in particular), dance, yoga, videography, photography, Reiki, going for walks, hanging out with my children, jogging, workouts, and giving massages.

More than anything else, I enjoy helping others overcome their obstacles and realize their dreams! This gives me the greatest pleasure of all!

Training and major influences

I completed the 3 year Diploma in DRU Yoga Teacher Training in 2014, which has significantly transformed me emotionally, physical and spiritually.

I completed more than 250 hours of world-class training in Personal Development, Leadership and Communication over 12 months at Landmark in Sydney in 2011. This transformed how I saw myself and my relationships.

I have, and continue to embark on, extensive research on personal development, mind-body-soul connections, aromatherapy, light therapy, Angel therapy, sound therapy, nutrition, cravings, the Law of Attraction, Neuro Science, Psychology, Health and Fitness, Ayurveda, Forgiveness, Compassion, Grief, Loss, Reiki, Massage and Chakras.

I particularly follow the publications of Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Louise Hay, Dan Millman and Neale Donald Walsch.

This research has helped me shape my business “Human Happiness”.

My business “Human Happiness” empowers humans to be happy, through Yoga, Reiki, Healing Therapy and Personal Development.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people to empower them to reach their full potential.

Kylie Blacksell - Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Teaching style

I make yoga fun, inspiring, revitalising, meaningful and purposeful!

I am able to read the “mood” of the group and adjust my lesson accordingly. I use fun and inspiring music, and share the benefits of each posture/ sequence to give it more meaning and purpose to the student. I am thorough with my instructions and with safety and comfort considerations, and explain things clearly so that anyone can pick it up easily no matter their experience with yoga in the past.

I create very nurturing, calming, re-energising and satisfying classes. My deep relaxations at the end of the class always leave students feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, energised and centred.

Most recent inspiring experience

I was going through a bit of a difficult time a few weeks ago (I had a very major deadline with a book that I’m writing). I was feeling very stressed, anxious and un-grounded.

My 13 year old daughter, Elizabeth, came to me one morning with a single piece of white A4 paper with lots of pretty coloured words and love hearts all over it.

She had written me a letter, saying that she had sensed my frustration, and that she wanted to offer me some advice.

She listed the things that I could try.

Her first dot point was “Do more Yoga”.

I cried tears of joy, pride and love.

So very inspiring.

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Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Workshop Series Oct-Nov 2014

Ashtanga Beginners Workshop Series



Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Workshop Series is series of 4 workshops with Kat Sadler to familiarise you with Ashtanga Yoga, and provide you confidence practising this style of yoga.

It will introduce you to the sequence, breath work and safe postural alignment in majority of the poses in the Primary Series. To gain the maximum benefit in practising Ashtanga Yoga, it is beneficial to work on the foundation and safe execution of each pose, understand vinyasa (breath synchronised with body movement), cultivate techniques in activating the bandhas, and understand the process towards cultivating a meditative practice. These elements will be covered over the course of the four Saturday workshops.

When: 4 consecutive Saturdays starting on 18 October 1:30-3:30pm, 25 October 1:30-3:30pm, 1 November 1:30-3:30pm and 8 November 1:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: $150 for the four session (8 hours)

Ashtanga Beginners Workshop Series

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Sue McShane – Yoga Lunchtime Revolution AMBASSADOR

Yoga Lunchtime Revolution - Sue McShane with her family at Colour Run 2013I love life. Which is not to say life doesn’t get me down or annoy me at times, but for the most part I love life. And I love exercise. It keeps me balanced, perhaps that’s why so late in my life I’ve changed careers to become a PT and yoga instructor? Yoga, running (not fast, more like a hobble and a limp!), and my beloved standup paddle boarding are my favourites. They are my time, just for me, to keep me grounded to keep me present, to allow me to be more for others.

I love my family and we try to hang out together and do things together. The kids are teenagers, so this is no small feat! The colour run last year was an awesome thing to do together. We all loved it, what an amazing experience, I’d recommend it to anyone. And stand up paddle-boarding well that is the bomb! Not so much in winter, but summer, oh man I love it. Such a great form of exercise too, working our muscle slings, legs and arms, and of course balance. Don’t know that I’d be quite as balanced on my board without yoga! And the thought of falling in Lake Burley Griffin… YUK!

My other passion is traveling, with family or friends, I don’t mind which, just let me travel! Preferably somewhere warm, but New York in the winter is pretty awesome even with the cold.

On Lunchtime Revolution…

Americans have embraced yoga, and there are yoga studios everywhere in New York, in fact all over the USA and Canada. People yoga in their lunch breaks, before work, after work, during work. They have embraced the benefits and make time for it. So the question is, why haven’t we in Australia? Do we see yoga as something only hippies do, or do we not see ourselves as a priority?

Yoga is great for you in so many ways. The physicality of it through the poses allows us to strengthen our muscles without impact on our joints, which often times can help rehabilitate, it gives us more flexibility and increases our cardiovascular capacity (who knew you didn’t have to huff and puff through a run or a high impact aerobics class to do this).

But it’s more than just the physical and I’m not going all hippie on you. It is about taking the time in your practice just for you. To stop, to surrender, to let go of everything in the outside world and just be for that hour. We can all benefit from that surely? Especially during our lunchtime. Take a break, just for you and return to work or the kids refreshed, or rush somewhere to buy lunch or pay bills, or scoff lunch at our desk? Not really a choice is it?

See you on the mat!

Sue McShane

View Sue’s class schedule here.

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Yoga Lunchtime Revolution – Starts MONDAY 1 SEPT

Yoga Lunchtime Revolution - Start MONDAY 1 SEPT

SPRING has arrived!  Let us help you come out of winter hibernation and shake off the bugs.  Give your system a fresh surge of energy.

Do you eat lunch at your desk?

Do you think you could use this time a lot better for yourself?

Do you want to energise, de-stress and feel good?

We challenge you to get out of the office, and treat yourself to an hour of 100% quality time.
If you are working in the Phillip or Woden area, grab YOGA for LUNCH at our studio. Sign up to classes through our timetable.

The challenge starts Monday 1 September, and ends Friday 26 September 2014.

Running for FOUR weeks, here’s how it works:

1. The student who attends the most number of lunchtime classes by Friday 26 September wins a 1-Month UNLIMITED Class Pass.

2. Log your name each time you attend class on the LUNCHTIME REVOLUTION LOGBOOK at the studio.

3. Just turn up – no need to pre-register.

The winner will be announced in our newsletter on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

Our Lunchtime Revolution Ambassadors are ready and waiting to support you.

Don’t procrastinate any longer.  Yoga offers long-term benefits for your body, mind and soul.  Spring yourself into gear this Monday!


The Team at Canberra Yoga Space

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Book Reading ‘A Journey to Peace through YOGA’ and Yoga Therapy Workshop with Lynnette Dickinson


We are excited to have two consecutive  Saturday afternoon events this August with Lynnette Dickinson.

SATURDAY 30 August. YOGA THERAPY WORKSHOP – Would you like to learn the latest developments in the application of Yoga therapy in the west and be inspired by the power of yoga therapy and where you can take your practice?

In this workshop Lynnette will review the main themes presented in the plenary sessions at 2014 Symposium of Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), and selected concurrent sessions. Lynnette will also guide you through some practices taught during SYTAR.

Yoga Therapy is becoming a major treatment tool for post traumatic stress disorder, heart disease, cancer treatment, insomnia, in school programs, eating disorders, chronic pain and rehabilitation programs, and is being used in major institutions (including the US military, police forces and major research hospitals), across the Unites States and the UK.

As well as discussing the cutting edge of yoga therapy research, Lynnette will also address other issues addressed at the conference, including what is a yoga therapist, the difference between healing and cure, yoga therapy as a whole lifestyle treatment and welcoming the full catastrophe of life – avoiding the spiritual bypass.

This is a must attend for anyone currently practising as a yoga therapist, interested in using yoga as a therapy or considering using yoga therapy in your institution or organisation, whatever your reasons for coming your ideas of what is possible in the world of yoga therapy will be expanded.

When: Saturday 30 August 2014, 1pm to 3pm.
Where: Level 1, 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: $35.

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.

Yoga Therapy Workshop with Lynnette Dickenson

SATURDAY 23 August (Free Admission). BOOK READING “A Journey to Peace through Yoga” is a powerful account of a woman’s journey through chaos, chronic illness into recovery and healing.

A three year old girl dreamt of growing up to be a yogi… many years later, in a wheelchair and suffering multiple sclerosis (MS), the woman fulfils the little girl’s dream and walks again. This is a true story of Lynnette’s journey through Multiple Sclerosis, using the power of her mind and the tools of yoga and meditation to manage the symptoms and associated stress of MS.

At this reading Lynnette will share her story with humour and honesty, illustrated by selected readings from her book.

Lynnette will also guide you through some of the practices included in ‘A Journey to Peace through Yoga’, that have been crucial in her ongoing healing journey, including her best held secret in therapy.

You will laugh, you will cry, you will be inspired, this reading is for anyone suffering a chronic illness and their carers, therapists from all disciplines, yoga teachers and anyone who wants to be inspired to live life as it is in this moment.

When: Saturday 23 August 2014, 1pm to 3pm.
Where: Level 1, 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION. Entry by gold coin donation with proceeds going to DRU Yoga Not-for-Profit.

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.

Book reading of A Journey to Peace through Yoga by Lynnette Dickenson

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Q & A with Patty Kikos – Weekend Event 8-9 AUG 2014


— Q & As —


Kundalini yoga is a beautiful practice that includes postures that are designed to stimulate glandular functioning and build nerve strength; mantras (or sounds) that elevate your consciousness, breath work that increases your stamina; and meditation methods that clear the clutter in your busy mind.


Not at all. Kundalini yoga is open to ALL levels as it is characterised by the unique manner of moving at your own pace and with your eyes closed in order to maintain an internal focus.


The repetition of a targeted movement based on your body’s meridians actually strengthens your nervous & glandular systems making you less prone to illness. A drishti (or a focus) is integral in each Kundalini Yoga class as it balances the hemispheres of the brain creating harmony within your central nervous system.


The gong is an ancient healing instrument that is traditionally used at the end of a kundalini yoga class. It resonates with the beat of your heart so is very soothing , allowing your body and energetic systems to regenerate.


Just like any yoga class, wear comfortable clothing for the three sessions. For Friday evening’s Gong Bath Healing session, you will be lying down for the gong – set yourself up comfortably lying down on your yoga mat. Pad your yoga mat with a blanket. Have a pillow underneath your head. Rug up, and have a blanket to cover yourself. An eye-pillow will also allow you to relax deeply. Yoga mats and props are provided for at the studio. PLEASE BRING, a pillow/s and blanket/s you wish to use.


Patty Kikos is a respected celebrant, vinyasa & kundalini yoga teacher, workshop facilitator and speaker. Her qualifications as a professional counselor, reiki master & kinesiologist add another dimension to her popular chakra balance courses and workshops. Well known for her transformative sessions, Patty is a soulful entrepreneur whose enthusiasm is refreshing, infectious and inspiring.  Listen to Patty Kikos through our mother company, liveyogalife.comCLICK HERE.

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Introducing Sue McShane and “YogaFit”


We welcome Sue McShane, a certified YogaFit instructor, who will be introducing this new contemporary “yoga style” at CYS.

YogaFit (“Yoga for the Fitness Industry”™) is not one of the traditional styles of yoga.  It is a contemporary approach to yoga developed in 1994 by Beth Shaw. After practicing yoga since 1989 and taking several certifications, Beth began teaching at fitness clubs in Los Angeles. She soon discovered that while traditional certifications taught a lot about the history and philosophy of yoga, they did not address the challenges of teaching yoga in a health club: bright lights, cold rooms, bodies of all types and flexibility levels. She created her own style that combined fitness moves such as push-ups, sit-ups and squats with traditional yoga postures linked together in a flowing format. To make practice more a more “user-friendly” style, she decided not to use Sanskrit names of postures in instruction, and avoided the AUM and chanting which is sometimes associated with traditional yoga practices.  Read more about YogaFit.

YogaFit has the intention of making the benefits of yoga accessible, and hence the reason we are introducing it at CYS.  YogaFit classes are adaptable to bodies of all types and flexibility levels. Combining fitness moves such as push-ups, sit-ups and squats with traditional yoga postures linked together in a flowing format.  Still recognising and incorporating the traditional yoga philosophy, YogaFit classes help you stay present in your life, both by ensuring your mind is calm and still, and the internal talk stills for a while, as well as giving you a physical release through poses that have options for everyone.

Whilst this style of yoga doesn’t use the Sanskrit names for the poses, by using the English translations, such as Downward facing dog and Cobra, the essence of yoga is not lost. At the core of yoga is spirituality, gained through self-awareness, self-discovery and self-realisation, all of which are core ingredients of any YogaFit class.

Sue commences teaching YOGAFIT style classes next THURSDAY 31 July 6:15-7:15AM, and FRIDAY 1 August, 12PM-1PM (noon). View our timetable.


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