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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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‘Arc of Ascent’ Kirtan Weekend with David Stringer 4-5 November 2017

Arc of Ascent Kirtan Weekend with David Stringer 4-5 November 2017

As part of his Australian tour, we are very excited to host renowned international artist Dave Stringer and band, touring with special guest Dearbhla Kelly. Join us for a packed, vibrant weekend of Kirtan music, asana and workshops. You can sign-up for all sessions at a discounted price or attend single sessions.

SESSION 1: Kirtan Concert with Dave Stringer. Saturday 4 Nov 7:30-9:30PM

SESSION 2: Yoga Class. Dynamic asana (yoga class) with Dearbhla Kelly, practised to live music with Dave Stringer & Band. Sunday 5 Nov 9:45-11:15AM

SESSION 3: Workshop. “Mantras and Molecules” with Dave Stringer & Dearbhla Kelly. Sunday 5 Nov 1-4PM

SESSION 4: Kirtan Concert with Dave Stringer – Radiance Sutra Jam. Sunday 5 Nov 6:30-8:30PM

When: Saturday 4-5 November 2017
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: Early bird of $165 for all four sessions (or $35 for either of the kirtan concerts or asana class and $60 for the workshop) until 30 September 2017. Full price of $190 (or $40 for either of the kirtan concerts or asana class and $70 for the workshop) from 1 October 2017.

Arc of Ascent Kirtan Weekend with David Stringer 4-5 November 2017

ABOUT DAVE STRINGER

Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer, composer and innovative modern Kirtan artist, profiled in publications all over the world. Stringer’s sound connects the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American Gospel and the ringing harmonies of Appalachia.

Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s focus shifted significantly after video editing work brought him to an ashram in India in 1990. It has also been informed by a subsequent period of service teaching meditation to prison inmates, and expanded by his interest and research in neuroscience.

An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of the spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the venerable traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.

ABOUT DEARBHLA KELLY

Born and raised in Ireland, Dearbhla Kelly is a Los Angeles-based writer and yoga teacher. She began her academic training in Amsterdam and received degrees in philosophy in Dublin and Chicago. She is particularly skillful at marrying the more esoteric teachings of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life. Dearbhla teaches yoga, philosophy and neuroscience workshops in the USA, Europe and Australia.


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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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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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KNOFF Yoga Master Classes with James Bryan – 14 to 16 July 2017

KNOFF Yoga Master Classes with James Bryan - July 2017

We feel privileged to announce that James Bryan, co-founder of Knoff Yoga is coming to Canberra Yoga Space for a full weekend immersion workshop this July 2017.

Knoff Yoga is one of Australia’s leading yoga schools, and provides the highest quality training available in the world. With a combined 80 years of experience between Nicky Knoff and James Bryan, having both trained and certified in BOTH the Iyengar Yoga tradition and the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition (1st to 4th series) – this is the first training school internationally to thoroughly combine the benefits of both methods to bring about the full potential in both the practitioner and yoga teacher.

Introducing rigorous technique whilst potent in its fundamental emphasis for the individual to come home to one’s self and taking ownership over one’s own well-being and quality of life — Knoff Yoga continues to provide truly self-empowering and transformative experiences.

** Watch the Knoff Yoga YouTube video below to find out more about Knoff Yoga.

About James Bryan

James Bryan - Knoff YogaJames Bryan was born in Los Angeles (USA) and migrated to NZ in 1969. After studying with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India (1986) and gaining certification, James studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India (1989) and learned the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Out of these experiences and in partnership with Nicky Knoff, the Knoff Yoga System was birthed into existence.

Before yoga, sitting on his back-side in a life crushing office job, led to running marathons in late 70’s and early 80’s. The stretching in long-distance running piqued an interest in yoga.

Weekend Workshop Schedule

Practitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to attend these fun and educational master classes with a modern Western teacher who bridges correct anatomical alignment (injury free) with the energetic principles of Bandha, Drishti, Ujjayi Pranayama and Vinyasa.

These master classes will use the Knoff Foundation Asana syllabus with an emphasis on the Knoff Yoga Principles of Practice, which are universal in application and profound in effect.

When: Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July 2017
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: $275 for all four sessions or $75 per session

KNOFF Yoga Master Classes with James Bryan - 14-16 July 2017

SESSION 1: Friday 14 July: 5:30 – 8pm — Sun Salutations & Inverted Poses – HEATING

SESSION 2: Saturday 15 July: 10am – 12:30pm — Standing Poses, Forward Bends & Sitting Poses

SESSION 3: Saturday 15 July: 1:30 – 4pm — Arm Balances & Abdominal

SESSION 4: Sunday 16 July: 11:30am – 2pm — Twists, Backbends & Inversions – COOLING

This approach allows for sufficient time to investigate in-depth and answer questions as they arise in the moment. This approach is best appreciated from an overview, i.e. instead of just looking at the individual trees, step back mentally and appreciate the view of the whole forest. Watch the Knoff Yoga YouTube video below to find out more about Knoff Yoga.

All participants will receive extensive notes including:
* Knoff Yoga Overview
* Student Creed
* 5 Pillars of Practice
* 24 Principles of Practice
* Principles of Sequencing
* Foundation Asana syllabus (Full, Day 1 & Day 2)

Participants are encouraged to print and study these before the weekend, so as to gain a lot more out of the sessions.

KNOFF Yoga Master Classes with James Bryan - 14-16 July 2017


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Kids Yoga & Relaxation Courses with Suzanna Thell

yoga-gardenSuzanna Thell is running two yoga course for kids in Term 1 2016. Please note that these are not CYS courses (you will not find them on the CYS timetable), so please contact Suzanna directly on 0410 135 604 or suzanna@yogagarden.com.au for more information or to book.

Toddlers & Preschool Kids – Tuesdays 12:30-1:15
Share your love of yoga with your child/grandchild in a fun interactive class where you can stretch your bodies, as well as your imaginations!

Primary School Kids – Thursdays 4:00-5:00
Give your child a great foundation in life with the benefits of yoga:

  • concentration & mindful awareness
  • flexibility, balance & co-ordination
  • self confidence & resilience
  • relaxation & inner stillness
  • FUN and connection

Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
When: From the first week in February 2016
For more information: Visit www.yogagarden.com.au. To book contact Suznna Thell on 0410 135 604 or suzanna@yogagarden.com.au.


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CYS Holiday Schedule & Timetable

Below is the studio schedule for Christmas 2015 holidays:

  • Studio is CLOSED from Monday 21/12/15 to Sunday 10/1/16
  • Studio is OPEN on a REDUCED TIMETABLE from Monday 11/1/16 to Monday 25/1/16
  • Studio is CLOSED on Tuesday 26/1/16 for Australia Day
  • Studio is back to full schedule from Wednesday 27/1/16 – business as usual!
  • Term 1 courses start from Monday 1 February 2016 – click here to check out our courses.

Click on our online timetable to check our schedule and sign up for classes – KINDLY NOTE (!!!) our online timetable is always current, ie  You can scroll forward to the date you are interested in and sign-up to the relevant class. As it is a “live feed”, the timetable will show NO CLASSES during the dates the studio is CLOSED.

Here are the classes that are on during the reduced timetable in January.

Reduced-Timetable-Jan2016

 

Have a safe festive season!

Namaste


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