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August 2019 Newsletter

Events at CYS

Can you believe we are almost through winter? As we all know, in Canberra winter actually lasts until mid October, but let’s forget about that. And apologies for this newsletter being so late.

We have just passed through a new moon phase and I hope this has brought you some calm and some smooth sailing. I was driving home that night as the sun was setting and as I looked into the sky I saw the crisp thin crescent glowing as it hung in the sky. I suddenly felt uplifted and light as the heaviness of my day drifted off my shoulders. Sometimes this brief glimpse of natures beauty, and the cycles of life can create this deep shift within us.

The last few weeks may have felt like a boiling pot. So much turbulence and a building or feeling of anticipation. A certain level of chaos, fluctuation and uncertainty. It is in these times when we can turn away from our practice feeling as if, we don’t have time, or we can not settle into the space. Its an all too present feeling and something I think we all may experience, not just now, but often.

These times are a great reminder that getting to the mat is even more important. The familiarity and solace our mat can provide, even if we are resistant, practice can be the very tonic we need to find peace in the chaos. Life is every turbulent, every changing and often challenging. With regular practice we can find our strength, our balance and a way to navigate our selves amongst the change, finding growth and wholeness.

I have just come back from 4 days of intense anatomy training, my brain filled with so much new information and a much clearer understanding of what I am seeing in everyone’s bodies as well as my own. It was my practice that helped keep me from overwhelm and allowed my brain the space to welcome the knowledge and concepts presented. What was reiterated throughout the training was the importance of the breath and how important it is to take time to breath down into the belly filling through the sides of your body. If your having trouble breathing give your ribs a little rub on either side, if you find a tight spot give it a little more of a rub. It wont fix things fully but it will help you to breath better.

Welcome New Teachers: Annika Dash and Rudhika Poria

I would like to welcome 2 wonderful new teachers to our teaching team. You may have already had the pleasure of having attended Meditation class with Annika and a gentle hatha class with Radhika. I have no doubt that both of these teachers will be valuable members of our team and I am super excited to welcome them both.

Annika has been teaching around Canberra for the last several years, She is not only Vinyasa hatha and Yin trained but has also well versed and trained in Mediation and Mindfulness. I have no doubt you will find your classes with Annika rewarding and uplifting.

Radhika joins us from India, but has been here in Canberra for the last 2.5 years. Radhika is an experienced Hatha Yoga – Sivananda Yoga teacher, she follows this lineage and its classical way of teaching to help people not just physically but also mentally and spiritually.

Her teaching comprises of Pranayama practices (breathing exercise) followed by Sun salutations and classical asanas that include a variety of sitting, standing and inverted postures.  I can’t wait to attend Radhika classes for yet another wonderful way of exploring Yoga.

Change of Teachers

We have a change in teacher for our Sunday 5:00 class. In support of the changes in teacher lives, Cass has decided to take a break from regular teaching and will be passing on her Sunday 5:00pm Harmony Yoga class.

This class will now be shared by Michelle, Sarah and Cass. We have not had a shared class arrangement at the studio before, but I have no doubt that we will all gain much from these 3 fantastic and thoughtful teachers. You may already have had class with these ladies over the past few months so this is another great opportunity to enjoy their teachings further.

Our Meditation class at 6:30 on Friday evening is now also part of the Beginners Course and it has been wonderful to see some of you there. Please feel free to join us and share in this wonderful practice. The meditation class is open to all students.

Don’t forget that the Thursday and Friday Lunchtime Beginners classes are also open to all students. Please note these classes are at beginner level, they are a fantastic way to refresh your fundamentals. We should always come to the mat with beginners mind and really feel those fundamentals each and every time we practice.

Events at CYS

We have some fantastic events coming up at CYS in September and October. When looking for event information please visit the website and click on the relevant banner image, or you can now click the events tab which has a calendar of upcoming events, or visit our Facebook events page.

Our website is currently being refreshed and redesigned so stay tuned, I’m excited!

SPRING CHALLENGE

We have Fiona’s Spring Challenge starting on the 23rd September, culminating in a Blindfold class on the 27th October. Join Fiona for at least 1 class a week for 5 weeks in her Knoff yoga class, moving through a layered sequence and then practicing this sequence blindfolded to heighten your senses and body awareness. This is a great way to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

The blindfold class will be roughly 2 hours and cost $40. Book you place here.

 MYTHS MEDITATION & RELAXATION

Come along to our Myths, Meditation and Relaxation workshop on Sunday 20th October at 11.45am and join Katie for an afternoon of gentle restorative yoga and storytelling!  For 2.5 hours, you will be relaxing in gentle restorative floor based poses while Katie tells you the stories of some well known and lesser known Goddesses, before moving into a meditation for each of the Goddesses.   You will also reflect about what those stories mean for your yoga practice today. This will be magical way to spend some time.

Cost is $45. Book your place here.

YIN YOGA WORKSHOPS

Sarah Owen is coming in October with a series of 2 Yin Workshops on Sunday 6thOctober. These are replacing the Mindful Kids workshops which have been cancelled.

WELCOMING SPRING

The Welcoming Spring workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners. We will spend 2.5 hours exploring the application of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness as a way of nourishing and supporting the physical and energetic bodies, as well as the mind, during the season of Spring.

We will engage in a Yin Yoga sequence for balancing the Wood element during Spring (including focusing on the Liver and Gallbladder meridians). We will also explore ways of adapting and modifying the postures to account for skeletal variations and differences in body type as well as ways of supporting injuries while practicing.

Please bring a notebook and pen – this workshop is a mix of practice and theory to inspire your practice and refine your teaching skills. You will take home with you a seasonal handout with an adaptable/variable yin yoga sequence for Spring that you can use to help plan classes, as well as seasonal tips for embracing Spring in your yoga practice and daily life. Book your place here.

THE QUIET SESSION • Yin • Pranayama • Meditation •

Join Sarah Owen this Spring for The Quiet Session – a 2.5 hr workshop focusing on Yin Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation. Allow the ‘white noise’ of society to drop away as we practice a gentle Yin Yoga sequence for Spring (balancing Liver and Gall Bladder meridians – the Wood Element in Chinese Medicine), as well as exploring Pranayama for relaxation, and Meditation & Self-Inquiry for clarity and contentment. As the abundance of Spring abounds, revel in The Quiet.
“When we invite ourselves to become Quiet, we are actually inviting the quiet whispers of our own truths to be heard.” – Sarah Owen

This workshop is suitable for beginners, as well as more experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. All Welcome! Book your place here.

But wait there’s more!!!!

LEVEL 1 THAI YOGA MASSAGE

Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage by Dani is coming on the 10th– 13thOctober 2019. Dani is joining us from Queensland for this fabulous 4-day workshop which is suitable for anyone wanting to give the gift of compassionate touch. This is an amazing way of giving nurturing touch and massage in a way that is compassionate and caring, all done with cloths on. You do not need any prior training to attend, just a willingness to learn and an open heart to give joy and relaxation to others.

For more details, visit our FB event page Or click this link to book your place.

PRENATAL THAI YOGA MASSAGE

Dani will also be here for a very special small group Prenatal Thai yoga Massage training on the 14th– 15thOctober, open to those who have completed Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage or those already working with pregnant women. Spots are very limited so book in early to ensure you have your place. For more details, click here or visit our FB events page. There is a wonderful video on the FB event page with Dani explaining all about her training and this fantastic course. I highly recommend it to anyone working in the care industry or with an interest into moving into this field. You will not regret it.

Early bird closes soon so book your spot today.

For more details on both of these events check out the posters in the studio or our FB events page.

A little house keeping

You may have noticed that there is now a small water dispenser in the locker room and some cups. If you use a cup can you please wash it in the kitchen down the hall and replace it in the studio. We do not have a cleaning service that will do this for you and would appreciate your assistance in keeping things in order for us all to use.

We have some wonderful books in our library so please do borrow them and make use of them. Please ensure that you write down you name and the book in the notebook provided so we can keep track of them and please return them in good time or before taking another one.

As always please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything you need and I look forward to seeing you in the mat.

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June 2019 Newsletter

The temperature has dropped and perhaps so has the enthusiasm to practice. In these cooler month, especially in Canberra, it can be hard to find the motivation to venture out, but this is a prime to build heat and strength in your practice. You might find trying a stronger practice helps to build that inner fire, or perhaps slowing right down and tuning in deeply with a more restorative practice is the key. Whatever you body is telling you, listen deeply and respond.

This week I have been thinking about self care and what that looks like. No doubt our yoga practice is up there in our practice of self care, but what else do you do? I like to bring this idea of self care into all I do. I try to eat in a way that is nourishing and caring for my body. I struggle with this so much of the time and eat what my cravings tell me I want, and am more and more stopping in that moment to reflect on the need for such food vices, are they nourishing and serving me well, or do they keep me trapped in a cycle of self sabotage.

I’ve brought detoxifying practices into my day with skin brushing and am currently doing a 4 month Ayurvedic detox, that has been challenging on so many levels, but rewarding as well. I have the gym and my meditation practice, but most importantly thinking and behaving in a way that reflects self care. Honouring my passions and my true nature in the way I live in each moment, giving my self the same kindness and compassion I show others. In doing this I diminish the negative self talk, the feelings of self loathing and unworthiness allowing me to unashamedly love myself and all I have to offer and knowing that we all have wonderful gifts to share that honour ourselves and each other. It starts with caring for ourselves in all the different ways we might do that and listening to what we truly desire for ourselves in this lifetime.

Its been a busy time for CYS and this month we have many offerings for you to help nourish your body and soul. Following are all the events and information you will need to help you slide through June with ease and harmony.

Wednesday Night Workshops

This month CYS is building the heat with some fantastic events, we have just finished the third session of Elena’s Posture series. This was a wonderful event and I know all who attended will be feeling the benefits of Elena’s deep and wonderful knowledge. If you missed out, have no fear, on her return from her time away, Elena will be doing more workshops to have you all feeling stronger, taller and more knowledgeable about your body.

Our next Wednesday Night Workshop is hot on its heals:

Introduction to Kirtan Skills

Wednesday 12thJune at 7:45 – 9:45pm. This special event is just $20 so book your place today.

A note from Gregory:

KirtanaRama are offering a special 2 hour “Introduction To Kirtan Skills” Workshop.
This event will include: a talk on kirtan – its origins and use in Bhakti Yoga; vocal warm-up exercises; rhythm coaching; the energetics and dynamics of kirtan; and an option for each participant to lead part of a kirtan. Plus, lots of blissful music to bask in and uplift.

In a nutshell, Kirtan is people coming together, sitting in a circle and singing ‘call and response style’ in Sanskrit. The kirtanist leads the song while the other participants respond by repeating the words and the melody. To help with the Sanskrit, printed lyrics are displayed for easy reference.

At KirtanaRama events, the role of the kirtanist is usually passed from one band member to the next – everyone gets to contribute equally. Unlike a lot of Western music where there’s a clear distinction between the performers and the audience, kirtan is completely interactive. All people present, including the kirtanists and the responders, are invited to contribute with their physical presence, their voice, and simple hand percussion instruments. Spontaneous dancing is also encouraged and supported.

With it’s roots in Indian spiritualism, Kirtan was developed as a way to take spiritual practice out of the temples and make it accessible to the masses, through music and song. It’s a non-denominational spiritual practice with an expressive element; a way to sing from the heart and let it be heard, in a safe and supportive environment.  The uplifting and transformative nature of Kirtan, and its inclusive and engaging presentation, mean anyone can take part and benefit from the experience.

The band: KirtanaRama grew out of Canberra’s vibrant and diverse Community Kirtan scene. The members, who all met at regular local Kirtan gatherings, combine their talents in an initiative to introduce Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga to the wider Canberra community. KirtanaRama consists of three core members: Indra, Sajhu and Gregory and welcomes various local kirtanists to accompany at their events. This time our sound will be greatly enhanced by Cassie and Nitya on guitar, vocals, bansuri flute and various other traditional instruments.

We wholeheartedly welcome you to take part in this special opportunity, to learn about the elements of kirtan and to broaden your own understanding of this time-proven method of spiritual development. Book in here

Engineering Trikonasana with Jon Smillie

Join Jon Smillie on the 26th of June for Engineering Trikonasana. If you have ever been to one of Jon’s classes, you will know that his precision and attention to detail help you achieve strong and beautiful alignment. Book in here.

A note from Jon:

Amongst his many pivotal contributions to Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar is often remembered for his emphasis on physical alignment in Asana (the Yoga postures). He taught that application of awareness brings improved alignment; but equally, as alignment in Asana improves, we develop a deeper capacity for awareness.

In this workshop, we will break down familiar Asana, including Trikonasana (triangle pose), and look at techniques we can use to refine alignment in these poses. Just as an engineer builds a stable, enduring, and beautiful, bridge using a few key principles; we can “engineer” Asana that are balanced, aligned, and also beautiful. In doing so we may enhance the external presentation of our Asana; but the real potential is in stimulating our internal awareness of the experience of Asana. This sensitivity to our experience improves our connection to, and involvement in, all aspects of our existence beyond our practice of Yoga. Book your spot here.

Please note the Wednesday Night Workshop link provided is general and for payment purposes. For more details on the events specifically please check out our Canberra Yoga Space Facebook event page.

Class Change

We have had a small schedule change to our Monday and Tuesday evening classes.

  • Monday 5:45pm class will now be taught by Gregory and be based on Yoga for the Seasons.
  • Tuesday 7:30pm class will now be taught by Nadia and will be a gentle to moderate Hatha class.

These changes have been made to support the needs of our wonderful teachers and I hope they give you the opportunity to grow in your practice. Many Thanks to Elena for all your amazing efforts in teaching the Tuesday evening class, you will no doubt be missed.

Beginners Price Rise

The new pricing schedule has been rolled out and our website has been updated.

The Beginners Course has also seen a slight increase which will take effect for the next course, which commences the 8th of July 2019. The new early bird rate is $119 with the full price being $159. The July course is now open for enrolment. Book you place here.

This 6-week course is a wonderful entry point and way to build foundational skills for your yoga practice. If you have participated in a few rounds of the beginners course I encourage you to try some open classes and deepen your practice to all the other wonderful ways we can experience yoga.

Guest Teacher Events.

We have some fabulous guest teachers coming to visit CYS in the coming months.

Sarah Owen will present Mellow Kids – Mindfulness Teaching for Working with Kids on the 5th and 6th October 2019. This is a wonderful weekend workshop ideal for anyone working with or caring for children. you will looks deeply at nature and mindfulness practices to help nurture and encourage children to feel grounded, connected and mellowed out. Click for more details and to book your place.

Sarah will also be back in January, 2020 for Level 1 Yin Teacher Training. More details to follow in the coming months.

Between the 10th – 13th October 2019, Dani will be teaching Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage. Dani is joining us from Queensland for this fabulous 4-day workshop, which is suitable for anyone wanting to give the gift of touch. This is an amazing way of giving nurturing touch and massage in a way that is compassionate and caring, all done with cloths on. You do not need any prior training to attend, just a willingness to learn and an open heart to give joy and relaxation to others. For more details, visit our FB event page.

Dani will also be here for a very special small group Prenatal Thai yoga Massage training on the 14th – 15th October, open to those who have completed Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage or those already working with pregnant women. Spots are very limited so book in early to ensure you have your place. For more details visit our FB event page.

Please note there will be some modifications to our regular class timetable during these events, but I will give you plenty of notice so you can still get your practice in.

Weekend Door Access

Please note that the Altree Court entrance to the building (on the Duratone side) is only open during the week. This entrance is locked on the weekends so please enter the building via the Divine Court side (near the Laundromat).

The CYS Teachers

Lastly, we had a great time at our teachers photo shoot last weekend. I hope you enjoy the shots featured in the newsletter, on our social media feeds and throughout our website as it evolves.

Are you a social butterfly? Please like and share our Facebook and Instagram pages. These are a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening, get more information about our events and classes and let others know about our great Canberra Yoga Space community.

I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

 

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Wednesday Workshop: Introduction To Kirtan Skills with KirtanaRama

WHEN: Wed 12 June – 7:45 to 9:45pm – COST: $20.00

Kirtan is people coming together, sitting in a circle and singing ‘call and response style’ in Sanskrit. The kirtanist leads the song while the other participants respond by repeating the words and the melody. To help with the Sanskrit, printed lyrics are displayed for easy reference.

This event will include:

  • a talk on kirtan – its origins and use in Bhakti Yoga;
  • vocal warm-up exercises;
  • rhythm coaching;
  • the energetics and dynamics of kirtan;
  • and an option for each participant to lead part of a kirtan.
  • Plus, lots of blissful music to bask in and uplift.

BOOK KIRTAN SKILLS WORKSHOP

At KirtanaRama events, the role of the kirtanist is usually passed from one band member to the next – everyone gets to contribute equally. Unlike a lot of Western music where there’s a clear distinction between the performers and the audience, kirtan is completely interactive. All people present, including the kirtanists and the responders, are invited to contribute with their physical presence, their voice, and simple hand percussion instruments. Spontaneous dancing is also encouraged and supported.

With it’s roots in Indian spiritualism, Kirtan was developed as a way to take spiritual practice out of the temples and make it accessible to the masses, through music and song. It’s a non-denominational spiritual practice with an expressive element; a way to sing from the heart and let it be heard, in a safe and supportive environment.

The uplifting and transformative nature of Kirtan, and its inclusive and engaging presentation, mean anyone can take part and benefit from the experience. 

About KirtanaRama

KirtanaRama grew out of Canberra’s vibrant and diverse Community Kirtan scene. The members, who all met at regular local Kirtan gatherings, combined their talents in an initiative to introduce Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga to the wider Canberra community. KirtanaRama consists of three core members: Indra, Sajhu and Gregory and they welcome local kirtanists to accompany them at their events. At this event KirtanaRama’s sound will be greatly enhanced by Cassie and Nitya on guitar, vocals, bansuri flute and various other traditional instruments.

We wholeheartedly welcome you to take part in this special opportunity, to learn about the elements of kirtan and to broaden your own understanding of this time-proven method of spiritual development.

 

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May 2019 Newsletter

Surrender, defined by Webster; the action of yielding one’s person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another.
When we practice we look to the qualities of surrender all the time. Surrender to the breath, Surrender to the body. Yoga teachers us to surrender but definitely not to surrender to someone else. It teaches us that yielding to our self, surrendering attachment, grasping and expectation can help us move away from material and social desires and agitations and towards peace, tranquillity and equanimity.

Letting go is a quality we can enhance, releasing ourselves from the impact and fluctuations of others, allowing us to flow with the rhythms of life and be less swayed by the disruptions and negativity we may face. We need not surrender apathetically, giving over with defeat and resignation, but we can actively choose to let go of the grasping that makes us feel powerless and find strength in simply being aware of what is in any given moment.

On the mat we may move through our practice with a need to push or struggle to achieve a shape and loose sight of the mindfulness of our practice. Or we my not try at all passively surrendering to the qualities of laxity and inactivity. The practice is in finding the equanimity. The heat and striving when its needed to help burn off the laxity and the active surrender and letting go of the struggle when we feel a sense of pushing or disharmony. All we need do to help find the surrender is simply find the right shape for that moment, feeling both strong and at ease and listen to the breath, be aware and observe. In this space we may feel the true qualities of surrender. When we take this off the mat and apply it to our daily life we can find strength in surrender, in not sweating the small stuff and learning from the big stuff.

Katheryn Sadler Ashtanga Wednesday Night Workshop

Kat’s Ashtanga Workshop is this Wednesday Evening on the 8th May, 7:46 – 9:45pm. There are still a few spots available so book in to explore the second half of the primary series. Workshops are a wonderful place to be able to ask questions, explore the asana in more detail, play with ways to get in and out of the shapes and are all in all a great place to connect not only with yourself but with your fellow students. To reserve your spot book in here.

Lotus Kids Yoga

Unfortunately we where unable to go ahead with the scheduled Lotus Kids Yoga term based class this term. We will, however have a taster class on Sunday 26th May from 11:30am – 12:30pm and again later in the term. We are playing around with how best to structure this class so if you are interested in introducing your kids to yoga please let me know by emailing enquiries@canberrayogaspace.com.au with an expression of interest. This information will help us with how best to structure the timetabling and support families.

Small Price Rise

As you know all things change and prices rise. Canberra Yoga Space has not had a price rise since the opening of the studio and our prices are very reasonable. In order to continue providing you with excellent teachers and a beautiful space our prices too need to increase. Please see below a breakdown of the price rises that are relevant to your method of payment. Please note: existing direct debit contracts will not be effected. The price rise will come into place when contracts roll over or if you switch between number of classes a week, as this requires a cancellation of one contract and a new contract becoming established. The Direct Debit increase is $2 per week across all contract options.
The price rise will roll out by the end of the month so if you where considering going onto a direct debit schedule you might want to sign up now to lock in the original price for the next 12 months.

Price Rise Chart

ITEMORIGINAL PRICENEW PRICE
Casual Class and 14-day New Student Pass $20.00$22.00
Direct Debit
1 class per week$13.00$15.00
2 class per week$20.00$22.00
3 class per week$26.0028.00
4+ class per week$30.00$32.00
10 Class Pass$165.00$175.00
Prenatal Course$165.00$175.00
Postnatal Course$165.00$175.00

Communicating with the Studio

Lastly if you need to contact the studio via email, please use; enquiries@canberrayogaspace.com.au rather than the email form on the website. Please note that every time you use that portal when you are an existing student a new profile is created for you and may compromise your login. So feel free to contact me via the above email for any enquiries, suspensions or requests. If you need to call please use the land line 6198 3395.

Please note: the mobile phone is not the best way to communicate with me, it gets checked daily but is not monitored all day.

May marks my 6 months anniversary of owning Canberra Yoga Space and I have surely learnt a huge amount, on so many levels. I have had to grow into many new roles and meet many challenges, but I have enjoyed every moment. I hope the transition has been smooth for both students and teachers, that you are happy with the feel, flow and rhythm of the studio under my management. I have made more changes than I anticipated I would this quickly, introducing a few new classes and workshops, with overall success. I look forward to the next 6 months and sharing that with you all.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter break and are settling well into this cooler weather.

Wishing you all the best both on and off the mat.

Namaste

Eli

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KNOFF ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (YOGA THERAPY) Course 2019

KNOFF Yoga Holistic Healing Course 2019

We are very pleased to announce that KNOFF YOGA will be running their ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (Yoga Therapy) Training at Canberra Yoga Space in 8-12 July 2019.

Yoga for holistic healing is the all inclusive approach to physical and mental well-being that treats acute or chronic ailments, injuries or mis-alignments by bringing the whole body into symmetry and balance through yoga –

  • Postures
  • Breath Work
  • Meditation

KNOFF YOGA runs Yoga Holistic Healing A and B. The course in July 2019 is ‘Yoga Holistic Healing A – Anatomy’ which focuses on the body’s healing systems that are an interconnected whole and approaches physical and mental well-being to work with acute or chronic injuries or misalignments by bringing the whole body into symmetry and balance through yoga.

‘Yoga Holistic Healing B – physiology’ is the second stage option to progress to, here we look at the physiology or processes of the body, e.g digestion, excretion, blood and lymph circulation.

The Yoga Holistic Healing Teacher Training A will run from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July 2019 from 8:40am to 5:15pm. This is a non-residential teacher training.

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

Approach

Yoga techniques are adapted to meet the needs and capabilities of the student in personalised one-on-one programs that are designed specifically for each situation and should be practiced at home after the class.

Yoga holistic healing is distinct from other forms of conventional therapy in that it works to alleviate localised symptoms as well as addressing the causal and peripheral imbalances that would otherwise allow the problems to re-occur.

Yoga holistic healing recognises that the body and mind are interconnected through the agency of the breath and that there is a direct connection between mental and physical states and the condition of the breath. Long slow, steady yoga breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a feeling of peace and calm and allows the body to heal.

A KNOFF YOGA teacher treats you with care and consideration and only starts working with you after reading your health questionnaire and listening to everything you have to say.

The goal of yoga holistic healing is for the student to take control of his or her health, not only to cure a short-term discomfort, but also to stay healthy.

Course Pre-requisites

To join the Yoga Holistic Healing Course A (YOGA THERAPY), you are required to have Level 1 – Discovery and Level 3 – Foundation certification, or an equivalent 200-hour certification. You can submit your application HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Your application for enrolment will be reviewed by James Bryan from KNOFF YOGA.

***All payments/ enrolment tuition is to be made to Canberra Yoga Space – see details below.

Course Description

In Yoga Holistic Healing A, you will learn how to work with people suffering mainly from structural mis-alignments and problems, e.g. back pain, bad posture, herniated discs, knee pain, neck pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, scoliosis, weak joints, etc.

There will be yoga holistic healing classes with volunteer students from the public, so you get to experience working with real people. Learn how to put the theory into practice safely and confidently.

In the morning Asana, Pranayama and Meditations sessions, Teacher Trainees will practice actual yoga holistic healing programs in order to feel and understand their application. In the afternoon Teaching Methodology sessions Teacher Trainees assist, provide props, and take photos and notes, while Nicky (or James) teaches. You will get feed-back direct from the volunteer students on how they feel after doing the specially designed programs. We invite people with a range of health issues. Students are welcome to return for future courses to learn more and keep-up with the latest information.

The theory and preparation will cover some of the more typical physical mis-alignments and look at how yoga techniques can bring about an improvement. In addition we will look at the ‘bigger picture’ of how we are more than just a body, and how healing occurs on many different levels.

You will receive a Yoga Holistic Healing Manual and a Yoga Holistic Healing Certificate (if you pass the 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 $200 deposit to secure your place. Please MAKE ALL PAYMENTS TO Canberra Yoga Space – bank details are below.

Step 3: You will be sent a reminder notice prior to the early bird cut-off date – 26 April 2019. Payments made after the cut-off date are at full fee.

KNOFF Yoga Teacher Training 200-Hour from January 2019

Yoga Holistic Healing Teacher Training Course fee

Early bird discounted price of $1,169 is offered if the full discounted fee is paid by 26 April 2019. Otherwise the Full Fee is AUD $1,299.

Method of Payment

Once your application has been approved, a non-refundable deposit of $200 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 8 June 2019.

For Internet banking, make payment to:

Name: Live Yoga Life Pty Ltd
BSB: 112-879
Account number: 068436476
Reference: Your Surname, followed by CYSHH19 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 34 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.

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KNOFF ‘Yoga for Holistic Healing A’ (YOGA THERAPY) Course 2018

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Mindfulness training for working with Children with Sarah Owen 6-7 October 2018

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen 6-7 October 2018

Join one of Australia’s leading Yin Yoga teachers, Sarah Owen for an insightful 2-day course for parents, teachers and carers: Mellow Kids – Natural Mindfulness for Children.

Children are naturally very mindful and have an in-built curiosity and interest in learning about the natural world. In this 12-hour course you will learn a variety of tools for using natural mindfulness with children to help them feel more grounded, connected, and mellowed out. This course is suitable for primary school teachers, kids’ yoga teachers, home educators, parents and carers – anyone who is interested in sharing the benefits of natural mindfulness with children aged 2-12 years old.

Mellow Kids uses a minimalist, nature-based approach to mindfulness, embracing children’s natural inquisitiveness and curiosity. The activities presented in this course may assist children to strengthen connection with each other and the Earth, as well as developing compassion and cooperation.

This course will include:

  • Utilising the breath as a tool for focus and relaxation
  • Body-based mindful movement exercises (yoga shapes an sequences)
  • Listening activities to develop focus and calm, including story-telling
  • Hands-on creative activities using natural materials.
  • Take your unique creation home with you!
  • A comprehensive course manual with activity descriptions for future reference Practices for parents and educators to stay cool, calm and collected

When: Saturday 6 October 2018, 10am–4.45pm & Sunday 7 October 2018, 9:45am–3:30pm
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606
Cost: Early bird of $325 until 31 August 2018. $375 from 1 September 2018.

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen October 2018

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

Sarah Owen is a yoga teacher and qualified primary school teacher with over 15 years’ experience working with children, including teaching yoga and mindfulness in schools. Sarah continues to develop natural play-based curricula and teaching programs to educate her young son from home. She is the creator of Mellow Kids: Natural Mindfulness for Children. The Mellow Kids program utilises a minimalist and naturalist approach that embraces children’s creativity and uses natural materials for printing, sculpture and simple hands-on play, as well as creatively engaging with the breath, the body and the Earth.

Mellow Kids - Natural Mindfulness for Children with Sarah Owen October 2018

Please note that all payments are non-refundable. You must let us know at least 48 hours before any workshop or event takes place if you will not be able to attend and want to keep payment as credit at the studio. Credit notes can be used for future workshops, courses or classes.


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50-hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen Jan 2019

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

Immerse yourself deeply in the practice of Yin Yoga during this 50 hour yin yoga and mindfulness teacher training (non-residential) with Sarah Owen. Yin Yoga uses restorative, floor-based poses to nourish and stimulate the deeper energetic channels in the body, providing support for the immune system. Yin Yoga also provides the perfect container to develop deeper levels of self-inquiry and to cultivate the capacity for meditative self-awareness.

During this 50-hour training designed for Yoga Teachers, Sarah Owen will give you the tools to take your practice to a deeper level. You will come away with a clear understanding of safety and anatomical issues pertaining to the Yin Yoga practice, as well as having the ability to creatively sequence yin yoga classes for all levels of students. This training is also designed to deepen your own personal practice of yoga and meditation by incorporating elements of meditation and self-inquiry into your daily yoga practice. The most effective yoga teaching comes from your own personal immersion and deepened personal experience of these ancient methods and teachings.

Deepen your knowledge of the more inward-drawn yoga practices (including pranayama and meditation) and immerse yourself in a personal discovery of the more quiet inner realms. Mindfulness meditation will be explored as an ‘inner method’ during the Yin Yoga poses as well as a seated meditation practice (including the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness).

When: Sunday 6 January to Friday 11 January 2019 from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Where: Canberra Yoga Space, Level 1 / 13 Botany Street, Phillip ACT 2606.
Cost: Early bird of $1300 for full payments before 14 December 2018. Payment of $1450 from 15 December 2018. A payment plan option is available – you can select this option during online sign-up.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

The 50 hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training Course Curriculum will include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology specific to Yin Yoga
  • Modifications and Safety in Yin Yoga, including the use of props
  • Anatomy of the Subtle Body (meridians and chakras)
  • Mindfulness in Yin Yoga (including two specific methods of meditation – Shamatha and Vipassana)
  • Applications of mindfulness in daily life
  • Sequencing in Yin Yoga (including seasonal sequences)
  • Organs and Meridian Health (using yin yoga to affect specific organs)
  • Yin and Yang Theory (basic Taoist theory and the principles of yin and yang – how they are applied to yoga)
  • Yin Yoga and Meditation as referenced in the ancient scriptures (Hatha Yoga Pradipika/Yoga Sutras, Satipattana Sutta, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita)
  • Pranayama (breathing techniques) for health, relaxation and awaking the energy body
  • Meditation and journaling to deepen the yoga experience

* Whilst this training is designed specifically for qualified Yoga Teachers wishing to teach Yin Yoga classes, this training is also open to dedicated practitioners of yoga, with the intention to use the knowledge to deepen one’s own understanding and practice. To be a certified teacher of Yin Yoga, you must have successfully completed a 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification previously.

Testimonials

“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

“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 Yin Yoga Teacher training with Sarah Owen has transformed the way I teach both Yin and my regular Hatha classes. I feel as though my practice and the way I teach now contains a richer mix of the eight limbs of Yoga. What I enjoyed most from the training was the teachings of the ‘inner methods’ of Yoga. Sarah provided us with a diverse variety of pranayama, concentration, and meditation techniques that can be used once you have set students up in the pose. These practices help to take the students beyond the physical body, so that they can experience the greater benefits – the system of self-transformation – that is Yoga.” AK

About Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen is the leading Yin Yoga teacher in Australia. Sarah 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.

50 Hour Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training with Sarah Owen - January 2019

Please note that all payments are non-refundable. You must let us know at least 48 hours before any workshop or event takes place if you will not be able to attend and want to keep payment as credit at the studio. Credit notes can be used for future workshops, courses or classes.


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Studio Christmas Party Wednesday 13 December 5:30pm to 7pm

We would like to invite you to join us for some festive chai and light nibbles on Wednesday 13 December from 5:30-7pm at Bharat International (Indian Restaurant), which is across the street from the studio underneath Elite Physique.

Bharat International is a new family-owned restaurant which has lots of yummy authentic Indian food. They serve very generous portions and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cost is $5 which includes free chai and light nibbles.

You are also welcome to order dinner when you get there.

Sign-up here.

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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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