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

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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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Crystal Bowl Sound Therapy with Barbara Jackson

Crystal Bowl Sound Therapy with Barbara Jackson

Back by popular demand since our studio Grand Opening…  CYS welcomes back, Barbara Jackson this September.

Feeling stressed? Need to unwind?

We often need time out to relax and rejuvenate.

The crystal ‘singing’ bowls has a powerful, therapeutic effect, creating a balance on physical, emotional and energetic levels.

It is healing at a deep level creating a profound sense of deep relaxation and well-being. Lie down and surrender to the pure resonance of crystal sounds.

Come and join us for some good vibrations at Canberra Yoga Space

When:Saturday 13 September 2014 from 10.30am to 12:30pm.
Where: Level 1, 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: $35
What to bring: Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mats and some yoga blankets are provided. Bring a pillow and extra blanket for comfort.
 

Bookings are essential as places are limited.  BOOKINGS CLOSE FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER at 12:00 midnight.

Crystal Bowl Sound Therapy with Barbara Jackson


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A Special Meditation Event with Dada Gunamuktananda – Find the Bliss Within Yourself

A Special Meditation Event with Dada Gunamuktananda - Find the Bliss Within Yourself

Canberra Yoga Space is privileged to have special guest teacher, Dada Gunamuktananda for a FREE Meditation Event Saturday morning, 16 August 2014. From 10:30AM-12:00PM.

Dada Gunamuktananda trained in meditation, yoga, philosophy and natural health sciences in Australia, the Philippines and India. He has been a meditation teacher of Ananda Marga (www.anandamarga.org) since 1995 and has taught and lectured on meditation in New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East.

In this morning meditation session, “Find the Bliss Within Yourself“, Dada will take you through an introductory technique to find that bliss within. As well as relaxation and stress reduction techniques, which allowing vitality, confidence, mental clarity, improved concentration and memory, creativity, and love for life!

“Meditation is a simple, effective and easy to learn technique for finding peace and happiness within yourself.” – Dada Gunamuktananda

WHEN: Saturday 16 AUG 2014, 10:30am – 12:00noon.

WHERE: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 Suite 6/13 Botany Street, PHILLIP ACT 2606.

HOW MUCH: This is a free event. Donations are welcome. All proceeds go towards funding Dada’s continued work and Ananda Marga’s social service projects around the world.

WHAT TO BRING: Wear lose comfortable clothing. You are welcome to bring a firm cushion to sit on. Mats and blankets provided for at the studio, where necessary.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

A Special Meditation Event with Dada Gunamuktananda - Find the Bliss Within Yourself


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

Patty Kikos at Canberra Yoga Space 8 & 9 AUG  2104CHAKRA BALANCING AND GONG BATH HEALING WEEKEND WITH PATTY KIKOS – VIEW EVENT DETAILS.

— Q & As —

WHAT IS KUNDALINI YOGA?

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.

DO I NEED TO BE AN ADVANCED PRACTITIONER TO PARTICIPATE?

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.

WHAT IS SO HEALING ABOUT IT?

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.

WHAT IS A GONG HEALING LIKE?

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.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

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.

WHO IS PATTY KIKOS?

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.

HOW DO I ENROL? Click here.

 


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Gong Bath and Introduction to Kundalini Yoga with Patti Kikos | 8-9 August 2014

Chakra Balancing and Gong Bath Weekend with Patty Kikos: 8-9 August 2014 Come and join Sydney’s renowned Kundalini Yoga teacher, Patty Kikos as she shares the sacred teachings and benefits of this transformative style of yoga.

Comprised of three individual sessions over two days, you have the option to enjoy any or all of the following sessions.

1. Gong Bath Healing Session
Friday 8 August, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
2. Boost your Immunity and Cleanse your Glands
Saturday 9 August, 8am – 10am
3. Balance and Revitalise your Base Chakra
Saturday 9 August, 1pm – 3pm

Places are limited. Bookings close Thursday 7 August at 5pm. Read more details or make a booking.

Gong Bath and Introduction to Kundalini Yoga with Patti Kikos | 8-9 August 2014What is a Gong Bath Session? The gong is an instrument used widely in the east as a tool to facilitate deep healing. The gong is an instrument that is synonymous with the beat of our own heart.

In a gong bath meditation session, you will experience the interactive nature of the sound a gong produces. You will feel this in your body as you listen. The entire body vibrates, and whatever the relationship was between your body parts and the whole, it is transformed in a gong session. A good gong session will leave you feeling balanced and replenished.


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Introducing Sue McShane and “YogaFit”

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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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Chakra Balancing and Gong Bath Weekend with Patty Kikos: 8-9 August 2014

Chakra Balancing and Gong Bath Weekend with Patty Kikos: 8-9 August

Come and join Sydney’s renowned Kundalini Yoga teacher, Patty Kikos as she shares the sacred teachings and benefits of this transformative style of yoga, through this August weekend workshop series.

Comprised of three individual sessions over two days (Friday evening and two sessions on Saturday), this special event will relax and rejuvenate you on all levels.

Gong Bath Healing Session Boost your Immunity and Cleanse your Glands Balance and Revitalise your Base Chakra
Gong Bath Healing Session & Intro to Kundalini Yoga
Fri 8th August 7:30pm-9:30pm
Boost your Immunity and Cleanse your Glands
Sat 9th August 8am-10am
Balance and Revitalise your Base Chakra
Sat 9th August 1pm-3pm

When: Friday 8 August to Saturday 9 August 2014
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip
Cost:
1 session – $35
Any 2 sessions – $65
All 3 sessions – $90

Enrol today. Place are limited. Bookings close Thursday 7 August at 5pm. Click on the ENROL button below to select which sessions you are attending.

Chakra Balancing and Gong Bath Weekend with Patty Kikos: 8-9 August

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:

 

I. GONG BATH MEDITATION SESSION + INTRO TO KUNDALINI YOGA.  Used widely in the east as a tool to facilitate deep healing, the gong is an instrument that is synonymous with the beat of our own heart.

In a gong bath meditation session, you will experience the interactive nature of the sound a gong produces. You will feel this in your body as you listen to the gong. The entire body vibrates, and whatever the relationship was between your body parts and the whole, it is transformed in a gong session.

Join Patty Kikos as she guides you through this gong bath meditation session, and shares the sacred teachings and benefits of the beautiful art of Kundalini yoga.

Well known for her detailed knowledge and lighthearted approach, Patty will guide you through transformative sequences that will leave you feeling balanced and replenished.

 

II. BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY + CLEANSE YOUR GLANDS. This workshop will help shift your perspective and strengthen your nervous system. Through the practice of a kundalini yoga sequence (kriya) designed to balance your energy and cleanse your lymph glands, you will be supported to renew your energy and spirit during the cold winter months.

 

III. THE BASE CHAKRA + THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SUCCESS. This workshop will work to cleanse, balance and revitalise your base energy centre. The base chakra is the source of one’s sense of safety, stability and security.  Through this workshop, you will gain an understanding of how the way you manage your stress can affect your health, family, home and your ability to create abundance. You will gain an understanding of the deficient and excessive characteristics that relate to your physical body, emotional well-being and mental clarity.

 

EACH WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE:

The practice is done at your own pace and is accessible for beginners to yoga through to advanced practitioners.

Kundalini yoga is a beautiful style of yoga that stimulates your glands & strengthens your nervous system. It’s designed to expand your awareness through:

  •        Postures that strengthen your body
  •        Sounds that elevate your consciousness
  •        Breath work that increases your stamina, and
  •        Meditation that clears the busy mind

ABOUT PATTY KIKOS. Patty Kikos is a respected Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and senior Kundalini yoga teacher, workshop facilitator and speaker, based in Sydney. She has merged yoga and Reiki (Chinese medicine) into chakra balance courses and workshops. Well-known for her transformative sessions, Patty is a soulful entrepreneur whose enthusiasm is refreshing, infectious and inspiring.


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Pear and Walnut Baked Oatmeal recipe by Emiko Davies

Pear and Walnut Baked Oatmeal recipe by Emiko DaviesBaked oatmeal has been a revelation in our household – healthy, sugar free and gluten free (if ensuring you are using guaranteed pure gluten free oats), this makes a virtually no-mess breakfast solution for the little one or an easy breakfast to go for those rushed mornings.

It’s even a great morning tea solution! Think of it as your favourite porridge, bircher-style muesli or “overnight oats” transformed into a delicious, pudding-like baked treat with a golden, slightly crisp top.

This is one of my favourite winter combinations but it’s such an adaptable recipe – substitute your favourite fruit, dried fruit or nuts; add a handful of chia seeds, some vanilla or anything else that takes your fancy.

Ingredients

250 grams rolled oats

250 ml water

butter or olive oil for greasing

40 grams currants

60 grams walnuts, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs, beaten

1 pear, peeled and grated

60 ml maple or agave syrup (optional)

250 ml milk or yoghurt

Soak the rolled oats in the water overnight (depending on how much water the oats soak up, you may need to add a little more, they should be covered).

Meanwhile, lightly grease a casserole dish or baking pan with some butter or olive oil. Combine the soaked oats and their liquid with all the other ingredients and pour into the prepared dish, smoothing over the top.

Bake in a 180ºC oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the centre feels springy and it is golden brown on top. Let cool slightly in the pan before slicing into squares and serving. Eat warm or room temperature, served with some extra seasonal fruit and walnuts if you like.


Winter Warmer - Pumpkin and Tuscan kale soup by Emiko DaviesOur beautiful winter warmer featured recipe is courtesy of Emiko Davies. An avid Iyengar and Bikram yoga practitioner at various times in her life, Emiko is now based in Canberra after spending more than two-thirds of her life living abroad in China, the US and most recently Tuscany, where she spent seven years in Florence.
The food writer, photographer and illustrator now juggles being mamma to an active toddler and when not writing for various publications such as The Canberra Times and Wine Companion magazine, Emiko can be found working on her blog where she indulges her thing for good, wholesome, old fashioned cooking and regional Italian cuisine: www.emikodavies.com.


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A Progressive Approach to Backbends with Jen Brown

A Progressive Approach to Backbends with Jen Brown

In an ordinary day, it is very unlikely that you will do any backbends. No, in fact, it is more likely that you spend a majority of your day hunched forward at a desk, at your car, tending to someone, lifting and/or reaching for something. By introducing backbends into your daily routine, you will begin to notice significant changes in how you sit, stand and walk. And these changes may lead to more physiological effects such as improved circulation from changes in your breathing, muscular stability from changes in your posture, and overall well-being from reduced tension around the upper back, among other benefits.

In this workshop with Jen Brown, you will explore the variety of backbends that are available to you, both supported (with props) and unsupported (without props). Students of all levels will be able to benefit in this class as we focus on not simply creating a flexible spine, but on lengthening the spine and opening the front body from the ankles to the wrists. By using many of the techniques taught in the Iyengar method, you will learn how to make challenging backbends more accessible to you. The props are there to help you to achieve good alignment so that you can receive the benefits of the pose in a safe and progressive manner. You will see how modifications can be made as your flexibility improves over time, and how with dedicated practise, you can eventually eliminate the props altogether.

…props become a real Guru in the absence of the living Guru.” —BKS Iyengar

When: Saturday 26 July 2014, 1pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $35
Enrol: Place are limited to 15 participants.

A Progressive Approach to Backbends with Jen Brown


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Pumpkin and Tuscan Kale Soup Recipe by Emiko Davies

Winter Warmer - Pumpkin and Tuscan kale soup by Emiko DaviesOur beautiful winter warmer featured recipe is courtesy of Emiko Davies. An avid Iyengar and Bikram yoga practitioner at various times in her life, Emiko is now based in Canberra after spending more than two-thirds of her life living abroad in China, the US and most recently Tuscany, where she spent seven years in Florence. The food writer, photographer and illustrator now juggles being mamma to an active toddler and when not writing for various publications such as The Canberra Times and Wine Companion magazine, Emiko can be found working on her blog where she indulges her thing for good, wholesome, old fashioned cooking and regional Italian cuisine: www.emikodavies.com.

Pumpkin and Tuscan kale soup

Pumpkin and Tuscan Kale Soup Recipe by Emiko DaviesSoup is the warming, comfort meal I turn to most in the winter. It makes good use of hardy winter vegetables, so suitable for slow cooking, where they become sweet, tender and flavourful. This is a very simple vegetarian soup but one that is satisfying and nutrition-packed. Seek out proper Japanese pumpkin, which has a very deep, bright orange and naturally sweet flesh (that will become very soft and falling apart when cooked) with a dark green skin. Tuscan kale, or cavolo nero, with its bumpy, cypress-green leaves, is wonderfully forgiving in soups as it needs to be cooked for a long time to become tender. You can substitute silverbeet if you don’t have Tuscan kale but add it when the pumpkin is halfway through cooking. You could also serve this with some grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese if desired.

Ingredients

½ whole Japanese pumpkin

1 small bunch Tuscan kale

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 small brown onion, finely chopped

½ celery stick, finely chopped

½ carrot, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

salt and pepper

Chop the pumpkin into large chunks, removing and discarding the skin and seeds. Remove the central vein from the kale and then chop the leaves finely. Set aside.

Over low heat, gently saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Add the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.

Add the pumpkin and kale and enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil over medium heat, covered, then lower the heat to simmer until the pumpkin is soft and the kale is tender, about 20 minutes. With the back of a wooden spoon or, if needed, a potato masher, gently break up the pumpkin until it is creamy or slightly chunky, as you prefer.

Serve drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil and extra pepper.


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