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New Course: Meditation & Yoga for Oncology (Cancer)

Yoga and Meditation for OncologyCoping with a life threatening illness can be a time to assess and decide how we wish to continue. Rather than what to ‘do’, our priorities can shift to how to ‘be’…how to find peace in the here and now. With compassion and understanding we discover how each day has the potential to be filled with peace. From the perspective of activating our heart power, Dru Yoga and Meditation helps us access ways to rebalance the physical, emotional and mental aspects of being human. Gradually we rebuild resilience and navigate our way back into the dance of life.

In this course you will learn sequences to help free areas of tension, or blockages of energy, within the spine. When we move and breathe correctly, natural wave-like movements created from the base to the top of the spine bring life and vitality to who we are. We will also explore meditation and relaxation techniques to help you come back to a place of feeling more balanced.

Yoga Teacher - Shirley CampbellEach course is tailored to the varying needs of participants. Depending on your energy levels of the day there are options for modifying movements , sitting and horizontal positions. Read more about the course or book your place HERE.

This course is led by renowned teacher, Shirley Campbell. Shirley is a Dru Yoga Teacher Trainer (Yoga and Meditation), and a qualified Oncology Massage therapist. Her formal training as a therapist in this specialised area allows awareness and expertise to modify and adjust treatments for people with a history or diagnosis of cancer. Read more about how Shirley Campbell can assist you.

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Reduced timetable 5-18 January

Hello yogis! Wishing you a happy new year. Welcome 2015.

Here is our reduced timetable for the next couple of weeks (5-18 January) before we resume business as per usual with our full timetable on 19 January.

We invite you to reconnect and revitalise over the next two weeks.  See you on the mat.

CYS Team

5-18 January 2015 - Canberra Yoga Space Reduced Timetable

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Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler

Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler 31 Jan to 28 Feb 2015

This is a series of 4 workshops. This course will cover important fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga primary series (Yoga Chikitsa). Building on from the first course which covered the standing postures, this course will move through the first half of the seated sequence, focussing on forward bends, hip openers and twists, and introduce the finishing sequence, which includes a variety of inversions. Students will also be introduced to some basic pranayama techniques and learn how to move through the sequence in time with the traditional Sanskrit count.

At the end of the course, students will feel confident taking a half primary class or practising in a Mysore setting. As you will be learning a sequence of yoga postures, it is important that you attend each class in order.

When: Saturdays 31 January 1:30-3:30pm, 7 February 1:30-3:30pm, 14 February 1:30-3:30pm, 28 February 1:30-3:30pm. Note: No workshop on Saturday 21 February 2015
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost:$150 for the four session (8 hours).

Places are limited so enrol today!

Ashtanga Beginners Level 2 Workshop Series with Kat Sadler 31 Jan to 28 Feb 2015

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Christmas 2014 Studio Schedule

Merry Christmas from Canberra Yoga Space

Christmas Shutdown Period
Canberra Yoga Space will be closed from Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.

January 2015 Reduced Timetable
We will be on a reduced timetable from Monday 5 January to Sunday 18 January. Click here to view our reduced timetable for this period.

Normal Timetable (Full Schedule)
Business as per usual resumes Monday 19 January.

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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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Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Paul Frechtling 10-12 April 2015

Ashtanga Yoga Workshop with Paul Frechtling 10-12 April 2015

Come and join one of Australia’s Senior Ashtanga Teachers, Paul Frechtling, in this Ashtanga Yoga weekend intensive. Comprised of four individual sessions over three days, this is a level and quality of training you would not want to miss. Take your Ashtanga practice to the next level.

When: Friday 10 April 7-9pm, Saturday 11 April 6:15-8:15am, Saturday 11 April 1-4pm, Sunday 12 April 6:30-8:30am
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: 1 session $35 (reduced from $45).
Any 2 sessions $70 (reduced from $80).
Any 3 sessions $95 (reduced from $105).
All 4 sessions $120 (reduced from $130).
Enrol: Place are limited. To select which sessions you are attending, either click on the enrol button below or on SIGN-UP button at the bottom of the page.

Ashtanga Yoga Weekend at Canberra Yoga Space with Paul Frechtling April 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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New Timetable from Sunday 12 October

New Timetable from Sunday 12 OctoberWe are excited to announce our new timetable for class and courses effective from Sunday 12 October.

Click here to download our new timetable as a printable PDF file.

As always, we recommend that you check our online timetable for any changes before attending a class.

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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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