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NEW Prana Kriya Class (Sat) – What is Prana Kriya? Why practise?

New Prana Kriya Yoga Classes with Emily Victoria

Here at CYS, we strive to offer you a choice of representative and authentic pathways through yoga. There is such a tendency in life towards homogeneity, to apply a one-size-fits-all model, but the reality is that whilst we share the same overall template, you as an individual are unique. Yoga is about self-awareness and quieting the mind enough to listen to your truth, and some styles of yoga may help you more than others.

With this in mind, I am pleased to introduce Prana Kriya Yoga to our timetable and welcome our first certified Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, Emily Victoria, to the studio.  In addition to Prana Kriya, Emily isxt a certified Vinyasa Hatha instructor who brings with her a wealth of experience. Read more about Emily, her Prana Kriya Yoga journey and how she can support you here.

Regular Saturday 5:30-6:30PM Prana Kriya Class – Starts Saturday 7 October

After a successful 3-Class Introductory Prana Kriya Practise last August, we are pleased to introduce Prana Kriya as a regular addition to our timetable. Explore this powerful practise – book online through our timetable today.

What is Prana Kriya?

Prana kriya yoga is an energetic yet accessible style of practise that increases vitality and health through a series of exercises (kriyas) which combines physical movement with breath work. You will find this style of practise strengthening and re-energizing the whole body and mind, whilst being calming, meditative and trance-like, reminiscent of ancient movement. It works on a physical and subtle body level, moving the energies in the body and re-vitalising them. It helps rejuvenate the brain and spinal centres, allowing transformation and freedom from limiting beliefs and old behavioural patterns.

“I still remember the first few Prana Kriya classes I attended. It was not like any form of yoga I had ever experienced before. It was energetic, lots of repeated body movements, lots of left and right brain coordination, lots of breath work (inner and outer retention) and some truly mesmerising movements which struck me somewhere deeply, somehow reminding me of ancient times, being connected to something universal. I left these classes feeling completely invigorated. Like I had shaken all the cob-webs from my mind and body loose. I walked away lighter and freer.”  – Emily Victoria

Prana Kriya can be very effective in helping you achieve your goals and aspirations – material, emotional and spiritual.  Learn more about Prana Kriya Yoga – book through our timetable today.

May you continue to be courageous and creative in your journey through yoga. I hope these different pathways allow you glimpses to all the different dimensions to your soul.


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KNOFF Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training from January 2018

Thank you to all who participated in the survey conducted to determine the best format to introduce Knoff Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training. The survey has now been concluded, and the staggered approach (Option B) has been identified as preferred by the majority. This is a great result, and it is the more conducive format that allows you to receive and integrate all the learning and personal transformation this intensive course offers.

We are hence, very pleased to announce that applications for enrolment are now open for the 200-Hour KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training at Canberra Yoga Space in Philip (Woden) commencing this January 2018. This is a non-residential teacher training.

This training has two components:

Component 1: Discovery Course Level 1 – 2-6 January 2018 (5 days, 8 hours per day).

Component 2: Foundation Course (delivered in three parts)

  • Foundation Part 1 – 15-21 January 2018 (7 days, 8 hours per day)
  • Foundation Part 2 – Easter Week, 26-30 March 2018 – Monday to Good Friday, (5 days, 8 hours per day)
  • Foundation Part 3 – Queen’s Birthday June long weekend, Friday 8 to Tuesday 12 June 2018 (5 days, total remaining hours, detailed itinerary to be provided with course documents. Note: Monday 11 June is a public holiday)

The training will be by Master Yoga Teacher, James E. Bryan (ERYT500), who is the Program Director at KNOFF Yoga in Cairns.

Course Pre-requisites

To join the Discovery Course, you are required to have attended regular yoga classes (any style of yoga) for a minimum of 12 months. You also need to submit your application here.

Who is eligible for this course

Provided the minimum 12 months of regular yoga practise are met, this course is appropriate not only for teachers wishing to further their education, or practitioners intending to be teachers. This course offers a potent platform for personal development and true transformation through the avenue of yoga – and hence, it is appropriate for anyone who wishes to explore their soul journey further, so as to evolve into the best and highest version of themselves, with our without any intention to teach in the future.

Component 1: Discovery Course Component Description

The Discovery Course is the beginning level of the Knoff Yoga Teacher Training and consists of a one week (5-Day) intensive covering everything you need to get you up and running as a yoga teacher.

Following the guidelines of the International Yoga Alliance, you will study Asana, Pranayama & Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle, Anatomy and Teaching Methodology.

This Course is based on the unique Knoff Yoga Principles of:

  • Sequencing
  • Teaching
  • Adjusting
  • Observation
  • Demonstration
  • Practice

The Anatomy covers the basics of movement, muscles and bones and is taught with direct application to the yoga postures. The philosophy looks at: historical and theoretical principles of hatha yoga; the eight limbs of yoga; emphasis is on how theory of yoga translates to practice of life, with particular focus on yamas and niyamas; eastern and western philosophies underlying principles of yoga, and introduces Yoga Sutras Chanting.

You will receive more than enough information and knowledge to teach competently and successfully – as we do at the Knoff Yoga Headquarters in Cairns, Australia.

Students who do not wish to teach may also attend the course to intensively deepen their practice and grow their yoga knowledge.

You will receive a Teacher Training Handbook, Discovery Asana and Pranayama Manual and a Discovery Teaching Certificate (if you pass the course).

Component 2: Foundation Course Component Description

Foundation builds on the skills and knowledge gained in Level 1 with its own balanced and more challenging syllabus.

During this component which is spread over three parts, you will receive training in 45 asanas, 9 pranayamas, breath focused meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methodology. You will receive a Foundation Asana and Pranayama (Level 3) Manual and your Teaching Certificate (providing you graduate).

Both the Discovery and Foundation Courses are registered with Yoga Alliance – the international yoga teachers association. With these two certificates you can apply to Yoga Alliance for the 200-hour registration and use the letters RYT200 after your name.

Course Pre-requisite

Completion of Discovery (Level 1) Course.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the online application form here or click on one of the green buttons. James will assess your application for acceptance into the Teacher Training Course.

Step 2: You will receive a reply, generally within 24-48 hours on the status of your application. If your application is successful you will be directed to make payment of the non-refundable $500 deposit to secure your place.

Step 3: You will be sent a reminder notice prior to the early bird cut-off date – 31 October 2017. Payments made after the cut-off date are at full fee. All fees need to be paid 30 days prior to the start of the Course, by 3 December 2017.

KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour from January 2018

Course fee

A 10% early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of AUD $4499 is paid six weeks before the course – by 31 October 2017 (see refund policy below). Otherwise the Full Fee is AUD $4999

** The fee covers all tuition, Teacher Training Handbook, Discovery Asana and Pranayama Manual, Foundation Manual and your Teaching Certificates (for Discovery and Foundation).

Method of Payment

Once your application has been approved, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your place.

Any outstanding balance of the Course Fee is to be paid 30 days before the start of the training – by 3 December 2017.

For Internet banking, make payment to: Live Yoga Pty Ltd, BSB 112-879, Account Number
068436476 (with your Surname, followed by CYS200TT as ID).

Refund Policy

** Payment of the Early-Bird discounted Course Fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another Course providing it is attended within 12 months.

In all other cases:

  • A non-refundable deposit for the full course is required 30 days prior to start of the Course.
  • Up to 31 days prior to the start of the course – full refund of your payment less non-
    refundable deposit.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the course – no refund, but you may transfer your full payment (including deposit) to another Knoff Yoga Teacher Training course, providing it is attended within 12 months.
  • Once the course has started – no refund or credits on any payment, partial or full.
  • If the course does not proceed – 100% refund including deposit.

Note:

  • To obtain a refund, all course materials must be returned to Knoff Yoga.
  • If attending from interstate (or overseas), we advise you to obtain Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.


What is KNOFF Yoga?

Knoff Yoga combines the anatomical alignment and intelligence of Iyengar Yoga, with the energetic principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, resulting in the 5 Pillars of Practice.

Why KNOFF Yoga?

Knoff Yoga is a system-based program, which is logical, clear and easy to understand. Knoff Yoga takes an extremely complex subject and intelligently simplifies it. Knoff Yoga is grounded in tradition and incorporates western scientific principles. You learn how to teach from a solid base of knowledge, imparting confidence – all the work has been done, you simply follow the systems and guide your students.

Why choose KNOFF Yoga?

  • You study under the guidance of a Master Teacher with over 45 years experience.
  • All classes are dedicated to Teacher Training – not public classes.
  • Courses are designed so you are certificated and may teach straight away using the comprehensive course content.
  • Courses are based on modern learning methodology.
  • Each level prepares you for the next with logical progression.
  • Principle-based so that you are not rote learning or following a script. The principles free you to teach from your own unique understanding.

The KNOFF Yoga Systems mean:

  • You teach with substance and guide with confidence.
  • You do not have to reinvent the wheel for every class.
  • You do not have to be a super yogi – just share and care.

KNOFF Yoga Discovery Course Overview


KNOFF Yoga Foundation Course Overview


KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour from January 2018

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Yin Yoga Weekend – Early bird discount finishes tomorrow 31 August

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

Sarah Owen’s Yin Yoga Weekend is fast approaching and we have a few places left. If you are interested to attend, the early bird price of $120 finishes tomorrow night – Thursday 31 August.

Click here to find out more or enrol.

The weekend comprises of the following three sessions.

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: Early bird of $120 until 31 August 2017, $140 from 1 September 2017 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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August 2017 – “The Lion’s Gateway”

August 2017 the Lions Gateway

How are you going? There has been a multitude of energetic shifts on many levels these past weeks, which has meant intense or challenging times for many, as everything seems up for review. Don’t be surprised if something, or everything in your life seems to be in flux now. You are not alone. It does mean that things can be intense and/ or overwhelming.

If you are expanding your awareness to include broader dimensions, every year on 8 August, there is a cosmic energetic alignment that takes place called “the Lions Gateway”. The Lions Gate is when Earth aligns with the Galactic Center, (27 degrees Sagittarius) and the star Sirius, opening a cosmic portal between the physical and spiritual realms.

Increased waves of light and codes of awakened consciousness are streaming onto the planet now, through the Sun and directly from Spirit. This increased light, and accelerated ascension energy is causing huge life altering changes to unfold in one way or another for just about everyone now.

Whatever you are undertaking to learn, master or do differently right now, will leave an imprint that will set the tone for this 9-year creation cycle that started this year. Make each choice a conscious choice. Make it count for your self.

Big things like relationships, career changes, life purpose, health, home, travel, soul work, letting go of material things (and a few other themes too) are highlighted now.

Everything is up for review, and the big question being put forward is, “Does it serve your authentic truth? Does it support you to evolve into the best and highest version of your true self?”

Ultimately, these changes we are each going through serve to align us more fully with our authentic self. And if you’ve been exploring or practising yoga or other avenues on personal development for a while now, you will have an understanding of how this work (on aligning with your true authentic self) has a direct bearing on your HEALTH and well-being. The bigger the gap, the more you split your self energetically, and the more tension there is within and without, the body suffers more stress. So it’s something fundamental well worth paying attention to.

It is important to be gentle with your self during this time of transition, as I’m sure you already know that change isn’t always easy. It can be daunting not knowing what is going on or what is going to happen, and what is next for you, specially when things seem to be crumbling and falling apart on both an individual and collective scale.

Your steady meditative practise will be supportive of you during this time. And our collective body of work at CYS always seeks to support your transition and personal development in this regard.

Feel free to reach out, and stay connected.

In wellness

Monica – Founder/ Director, Canberra Yoga Space

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KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 2018 Survey

KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 2018 Survey

This 5-minute survey is vital for you to read and complete if –

  • You are interested in attending the KNOFF Yoga 200-hour teacher training this Jan 2018, or
  • You have been looking for a high-standard yoga teacher training to attend in the near future, or
  • You are keen to explore yoga more in depth, attending primarily for personal development not so much for teaching certification

As you may already be aware, in discussions with James Bryan and Nicky Knoff (KNOFF Yoga), we are bringing KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training to Canberra Yoga Space this January 2018. We feel very privileged and honoured to be able to offer this premium-grade teacher training to Canberra, and we are now on the final stages of refining the best format to roll-out this world-class training to you.

This survey is to find out which format works best for you, as we will be going for the option that works best for the majority.

The deadline for completing this survey is next Sunday 27 August 2017.

Why this survey?

For those who attended the three-day KNOFF Yoga Master Classes with James Bryan last 14-16 July 2017, you had an experience not only of the extensive knowledge, but also of how demanding the weekend immersion can be on both one’s energy and physical body. The weekend was an empowering and brilliant experience which has barely scratched the surface, and the 200-hour KNOFF Teacher Training will be delivering more!

It is crucial for us to consider the best time-frame and format to deliver this 200-hour teacher training, so as to allow you to receive the most benefit from the course in a manner that is feasible and digestible.

For instance, if you are looking to be able to teach yoga in the quickest time possible and get the certification under your belt, you may prefer Option 1 – four weeks in January 2018. This option is very compact and intense. However, we understand that this period in January may be the only time you can take off work and other commitments, and dedicate time to finish and complete the entire course in one go. Just know that this option may be more demanding on the entire body; and offers less time in between segments to allow you to absorb and assimilate information gradually.

If you are in no rush to complete a teacher training course within a specific period of time, or if you will have trouble getting four solid weeks off work (away from kids or work commitments) in Jan 2018, then Option 2 may be more suitable for you. This still blocks off a big chunk of time in January — two weeks in January, one week in April, and the last week in June 2018.

Please let us know which option works best for you by completing the contact form below. The deadline for survey submissions is next Sunday 27 August 2017.

Two Survey Options

OPTION 1 – KNOFF Teacher Training offered in one chunk

This option is a 1 month intensive – four weeks, 8 hours per day in January 2018
Discovery Segment – 2-6 January 2018 (5 days, 8 hours per day)
Foundation Segment – 15 January – 3 February 2018 (16 days, 8 hours per day PLUS 2 x 2 day breaks included)

PLEASE NOTE: Sarah Owen’s Yin Yoga 50-Hour Teacher Training falls between the Discovery segment and the Foundation segment, it runs from 8-13 January. Sarah’s Yin Yoga teacher training is complementary, and I (Monica) would personally recommend doing both.

OPTION 2 – (KNOFF Teacher Training offered in three segments)

This option is staggered – 2 weeks in January, 1 week in April, and 1 week in June 2018.
Segment 1 – Discovery Segment (2-6 January 2018 – 5 days, 8 hours per day)
Segment 2 – Foundation Part 1 – (15-21 January 2018 – 7 days, 8 hours per day)
Segment 3 – Foundation Part 2 – Monday to Good Friday (26-30 March 2018 – 5 days, 8 hours per day)
Segment 4 – Foundation Part 3 – Queens Birthday June long weekend, Friday to Tuesday. Monday 11 June is a public holiday (8-12 June 2018 – 5 days) broken up as follows:

  • Friday 8 June – 7:30-11:45am + 1:30-5:45pm (8.5 hours)
  • Saturday 9 June – 12pm-3pm (3 hours)
  • Sunday 10 June – 12pm-5pm (5 hours)
  • Monday 11 June – 7:30am-12pm + 1:00-5:30pm (9 hours)
  • Tuesday 12 June – 7:30am-11:30am + 1:30-4pm (6.5 hours)

PLEASE NOTE: Sarah Owen’s Yin Yoga 50-Hour Teacher Training falls between the Discovery segment and the Foundation segment, it runs from 8-13 January. Sarah’s Yin Yoga teacher training is complementary, and I (Monica) would personally recommend doing both.

SURVEY

Important to note about Yoga Teacher Training:

Most people may think that teacher training courses are only for those who wish to teach yoga. When in fact, it is not. The potential for personal growth and transformation a course such as this (KNOFF Teacher Training) offers, is relevant to anyone interested in evolving into the best and highest version of themselves, whether or not you intend to use the experience to teach thereafter. If you are a practitioner of yoga, and you wish to further explore your journey not only in asana, but more importantly in spirituality, consciousness and self-mastery – this course is a highly potent experience, which is relevant to you.

For teachers – if you are a yoga teacher certified in your 200-hour TT, that last course you did was the beginning of the journey ahead of you. You will find that advanced experienced teachers have done at least 2-3 teacher training courses, after their first teacher training.  Sadly, the industry is plagued with a predominance of sub-standard teacher-training and the watering down of centuries-old techniques that make-up the foundations of true yoga practise.

If you feel you need further training, and you wish to learn from advanced yoga practitioner-teachers who have not only mastered their own craft, but have also trained extensively with the yoga masters in India now deceased (B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri Pattabhi Jois,  and Desikachar), this is your opportunity to get that one solid course under your belt.

Thank you for your input. We value your time, and ensuring this course works as best for you and your requirements as much as possible.

Namaste
Monica Anderson
Founder-Director, Canberra Yoga Space

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Kids Yoga Holiday Classes Term 3 2017

Kids Yoga Holiday Classes - Yoga for Children

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 29 September, 10am-11am – BOOK HERE FOR 29 SEPTEMBER

Friday 6 October, 10am-11am – BOOK HERE FOR 6 OCTOBER

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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Knoff Yoga Teacher Training at CYS

We had an amazing time with James Bryan from Knoff Yoga last weekend (14-16 July). It was a privilege to explore yoga poses and spirituality with someone who has mastered their craft and studied alongside two of the yoga masters, Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. lyengar. I found the experience challenging, creative, fun and truly inspiring. Read what some of the other participants had to say —

“Thank you so much for inviting James to Canberra! I really enjoyed the weekend, I found it interesting, challenging and fun! I’d be keen for more workshops with Knoff yoga and I hope James (and Nicky) would come back to your lovely studio.” – Elaine

“I would like to say thank you for organising a workshop with James. It was very beneficial for me. I learned some new poses and I felt great after our practise. I pay a lot of attention to the physical practise because of my issues. I was surprised with myself during yoga class with James, how strong and flexible I became just doing my routine. Most importantly, I had no pain. ” – Elena

“Just wanted to send a personal note to thank you for inviting James Bryan to the studio for the masterclass this past weekend. My partner and I got so much out of it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember your initial email (about the workshop) which mentioned the huge opportunity this presented, in particular, learning from someone who’s actually studied and learnt from the yoga masters. Since then, it’s stuck with me and at the same time, it has planted a seed within me to consider this opportunity and whether or not I might become a yoga teacher. To be honest, I never really thought I would be a teacher. But more and more, it’s something that has started to excite me and would love to share with and help others.” – Fiona

“Firstly I wanted to say thank you so much for inviting James to the studio, he was a fantastic and inspiring teacher and I can’t wait to see him here again.” – Claire

KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training at CYS

We are very pleased to announce that CYS will be offering Knoff Yoga Teacher Training (James Bryan/Nicky Knoff) in early 2018. This is the 200-Hour Teacher Training Course, which will cover both the Discovery Course, and the Foundation Course. This is premium quality teacher training, second to none in the world. An intensive and transformative experience, this course requires 8 hours a day in the total period of a month — and hence, we are currently mapping out the best format and length of time to introduce this course. We will be consulting you (the student community) shortly – as we wish to make this amazing training available and feasible for as many people as possible. So stay tuned.

Important to note:

Most people may think that teacher training courses are only for those who wish to teach yoga. When in fact, it is not. The potential for personal growth and transformation a course such as this (Knoff Teacher Training) offers, is relevant to anyone interested in evolving into the best and highest version of themselves, whether or not you intend to use the experience to teach thereafter. If you are a practitioner of yoga, and you wish to further explore your journey not only in asana, but more importantly in spirituality, consciousness and self-mastery – this course is a highly potent experience, which is relevant to you.

For teachers – if you are a yoga teacher certified in your 200-hour TT, that last course you did was the beginning of the journey ahead of you. You will find that advanced experienced teachers have done at least 2-3 teacher training courses, after their first teacher training.  Sadly, the industry is plagued with a predominance of sub-standard teacher-training. If you feel you need further training, and you wish to learn from advanced yoga practitioner-teachers who have not only mastered their own craft, but have also trained extensively with the yoga masters in India (now deceased), this is your opportunity to get that one solid course under your belt.

What you need to do

If you are interested in this course, send us an email expressing your interest. Depending on our survey, the whole of part of the course will be delivered commencing January 2018.  Stay posted for updates via our newsletter.

A glimpse into Knoff Teacher Training


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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 27 September 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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