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November 2019 Newsletter

New Moon New Bloom

It’s Our Birthday!!

November marks 12 months since I took over CYS. What an amazing year! I really cannot believe how quickly it has gone by, how much I have learnt, what I have achieved and what rich and wonderful relationships I have formed. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity and all the wonderful experiences I have had. We have such a wonderful community and space with which to explore our practice and all things Yoga and I thank you all so much for being a part of it. 

With all this in mind I think back to all the hard work that it has taken to get to this point. Amongst all of that my yoga practice and meditation has been so important in helping me stay grounded and connected to my purpose. It can be so hard in our busy lives to make the space to “Actively Relax”. To make time for self-care and connection. We often have activities that we do to relax and connect with others. Often these also give us external stimulation, a rise and fall of emotion and response, thus creating chemical change in the body. It’s not to say these activities don’t have their place, they do. They are joyful  and highly beneficial.

However, when we come to quite introspective practices like yoga and meditation we remove external stimulation, we allow the myriad of hormones and chemicals produced in the body responding to the outside world to settle. This allows for a decrease in these chemicals and an increase in the relaxation response chemicals throughout the body. Not only do we gain physical benefit on a biochemical level but we gain emotional and mental clarity and resilience. What a gift! What a Joy! In reality we are actively investing in our health and nourishing ourselves as a whole being. Better we learn this now and engage in these practices than wait till it’s too late. 

One of my older clients gave me a quote that I found so profound, so true and perspective altering:

“ To soon we grow old, to late we get smart”

Let’s not wait, let’s get smart, look inward and grow old with wisdom.

We are on the home stretch till the end of the year and there is a lot going on. Firstly I would like to say thank you to all the students and teachers for being so patient during October and the changes to the timetable. We hope that there was not too much disruption and I am truly grateful to you for your cooperation.

Our Yin workshops with Sarah Owen where amazing and the Thai Yoga Massage Training was incredible. We will be offering Thai Yoga massage at the studio next year, so stay tuned for that. TL and myself are also practicing the Pregnancy and side laying massage, so ladies let us know if you need it, no doubt you do! We are taking booking for pregnancy massage this year, so please feel free to email me for an appointment.  Elena , TL and myself all did the training so please let us know if you are keen for a massage. 

Long Live a Healthy Appetite

Sunday 10th November, 11:45am – 1:45pm. 

  • What’s your relationship with food like?
  • Do you eat to nourish your body or do you see some patterns with the way you eat that could do with a little understanding and adjustment?
  • Do you make a New Years resolution each year to alter how you are with food?

I know I do… If these questions made you think, then you might get some real benefit from this beautiful Yoga and food workshop.

This is not about diets, or chastising you with bad food choices, this is about allowing, understanding and learning how to nourish and trust in your body and relationship with food. If you have teenagers or family members struggling with food and self-image please bring them along, this is a great opportunity to give them the tools to navigate their relationship with food as it is developing.

Please email me to discuss family admission or click HERE to book your place.

Celebrate With Us

I would love it if you would join me in celebrating the year just gone and then new one coming on Sunday 24th November 11am – 3ish at Yarralumla Play Station, down on the grass by the water. This is just a simply get together for teachers and students to hang out and celebrate, so if you are free, please pop in or stay for a while. I will be providing some food and drinks but please feel free to bring a plate to share, vegetarian please.

Our studio is a combination of all our wonderful energies, the love we produce and the joy we generate.


Xmas Timetable

The Xmas timetable is shaping up. We are trying to put together a variety of classes for those of you who are still in town and wanting to practice.

This year there will be a Xmas timetable special offer of $75 unlimited classes between 27th December – 19th January. This pass is great for those attending the beginners course to keep up your practice over the break.

Normal classes will commence on the 20th January. For those of you on direct debit you can either continue on, using your designated class allowance, or pause you direct debit for the special if you feel you are going to attend more classes than normal. The $22, 14-day New student pass will also still be available. For those of you on 10 class pass, who are planning on attending lots, you may find the Unlimited deal worth purchasing and then resuming your class pass when normal classes begin again.

More details of the Xmas timetable soon. 

The studio will be closed from the 23rd – 26th December and again on New Years Day 1st January 2020.  

The Art of Rest

If you missed out on Myth, Meditation and Relaxation then do not despair, Katie is presenting another wonderful offering with The Art of Rest. This 2.5hour workshop is set be another magical experience of introspection and bliss. For more details and to book your place click this link. Katie’s workshops sell out very quickly so book you place early, it might just be the perfect Xmas gift for someone too.

Book your place here. 

Thank you again for such a wonderful year, for welcoming me into the role and for being a part of this amazing sanga.

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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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July 2019 Newsletter

So we made it half way through the year and what an incredible start to the year it has been. I like to use this time of year to look back on all I have achieved, what I have created, what I have maintained and what I have destroyed. All things in life go through this cycle and with winter being the dormant, gestational time of year, the time to look inward and lay foundations I can’t help but think what a great time to look back, reassess and then move forward with the value of hindsight and insight.

We can reflect and consolidate from this place and draw in the Shiva qualities of creation, maintenance and destruction. What did you create so far this year? Has it served your purpose or is it still unfolding? What are you maintaining or nurturing? Sometime we need to be in a holding pattern, looking after things before they bloom or show their full potential. What have you destroyed this year so far? Have you had to let something go or pull it to pieces. I like to think of this phase as clearing out the dead wood from the garden of the mind or from life itself in order to create space for new things to grow.

As we head into the cooler months, bunker down and consolidate you might ask yourselves these questions and reflect on the previous months and thus gain insight as to how you might move forward into the next half of the year. Thankfully we have the playground of our mat and a place to just move through the body and the breath to help us navigate these questions and so many more. To help us figure out the tough things life can throw at us with out necessarily thinking about them. This is one of the gifts of Yoga, it provides us with the ability to navigate life, its ups and downs, its exciting times, boring times, stressful times and everything in between. It can provide us with an anchor or foundation with which to create stability and consistency in our life no matter the turmoil, it helps us transform, reflect and trust in the flow and ever present quality of change.

CYS Events and Information

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes

Lotus Kids School Holiday Classes are here on Wednesday and Thursday mornings these school holidays, 11:00am – 12:00pm, both weeks of the holidays 10 & 11 July, 17 &18 July.

Classes are designed for kids aged 4-9 and will be an exploration of movement through yoga. We had a great time with the taster class earlier this term, the kids loved the wobble boards and working together. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the joys of yoga and its many benefits. Parents are welcome to stay and watch or perhaps take some time out for a coffee downstairs. Book your place as spots are limited.

The Magic of Mantra

This month we have a wonderful Playshop with Gail Robertson; The Magic of Mantra Sunday 21st July 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm. This Sunday workshop (playshop) will have you understand and explore mantra, music and the power of chanting. If you have never given chanting a go or are curious as to the benefits and different ways we can use chanting to create positive change in our life then you should definitely come along to Gail’s event. Gail has a wealth of knowledge with years of experience, I have no doubt we will have a great time. Book you place here 

Spring Challenge

We are having a Spring Challenge coming up culminating in a Blindfold Workshop. Join Fiona for at least 1 class a week for 5 weeks in her Knoff yoga class, moving through a layered sequence and the 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. Book you place here. There might even be a few prizes on offer….

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

Lunch Time Classes

Beginners Course is having a bit of a change. As you may know some classes in the Beginners course are very full and other have fewer students. In order to start integrating students into open classes and provide more open classes for students the Thursday 12:15 – 1:30pm lunchtime class and the Friday 12:00 – 1:15pm lunchtime beginners classes are now also available to Open students to attend. These class will still be taught at the beginner level and as part of the syllabus, but will provide a great opportunity for open students to brush up on some fundamentals or just enjoy an extra lunchtime class. Please note these are 75min classes. Open students can now book in via the website or Mindbody app as per other classes. Beginners can book in as per usual.

Our next round of the Beginners Course starts this Monday 8th July, there are still spots available, so if you know someone who is thinking about trying yoga this might be the perfect gift for them.

Guest Teachers

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

Starting with Sarah Owen and 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. Looking 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 of 2020 for Level 1 Yin Teacher Training. More details to follow in the coming months.

Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage by Dani is coming on the 10th – 13th October 2019. 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

Lastly 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).

Please get on and like our Facebook and Instagram pages as these are a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening and get more information on all our events and the community of Canberra Yoga Space.

I look forward to seeing you on 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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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 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

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; 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.



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April 2019 Newsletter

When we look deeply with in, what do we see? Do we judge our actions and decisions? Do we speak poorly to our selves, or doubt, question and criticise? Why? What is it in us that makes it easier to listen to the negative and so hard to believe the positive, the goodness and the truth. We could blame society and conditioning. The media has us look to our physical imperfections as faults and flaws that need fixing. Every minute we are bombarded by stimulation and advertising telling us we are lesser because we don’t look like a certain way or we don’t have this or that and we will be happy if we do have it. Do we buy into the illusion that all these external things will bring us happiness and fulfilment in our lives?

The truth, and we all know it, is that we don’t need any of it. Our lives are more comfortable with certain things and living in the western world phones and cars, a home etc are needed. But the gross level of excess and constant desire is not and does not bring us a happiness and satisfaction that is lasting and sustainable. If we buy in, we just desire more and more, we look inwards and think less and less kindly towards ourselves and going so far as to say that we even feel bad about thinking kindly of ourselves or patting ourselves on the back for something.

We all know however that true lasting happiness comes from within.  That love for ourselves is the first place to start when we want to change our lives or situations. That kindness and helping others, even with a simple smile for a stranger can change everything in an instant. When we show true compassion towards ourselves, letting go of the past and living in the moment we can truly start to understand what it means to be whole and human. My question is, why do so many people struggle with this and how do we turn this around? How do we cease the negative self talk and increase the positive self esteem without pushing to a point of arrogance and self importance?

It all comes down to balance, humility and compassion. If we can work towards finding balance in all aspects of our live. Taking pleasure in the things that are good and looking to the things that perhaps cause us struggle with a sense of compassion and understanding for ourselves and those evolved. If we can control our desire and not let the senses run wild, then we can move through this life with a sense of equanimity and ease.

This fluctuation plays out every time we take to our mat. We move and breath, riding the waves of sensation and breath. Sometimes we struggle and push looking for that extra strength and depth not really being mindful of the breath. Or we give in and become lax and lazy, moving through our practice with little effort and an attitude of going through the motions, again not mindful of the breath. But if we approach and move through our practice with keen attention, letting go of ego and simply listening in to the needs of the body and allowing the breath to take us deeper or help us find the strength, then the magic of balance, humility and compassion arise. The magic of Yoga arrises.

If we can apply this same attention to our daily lives, leave the ego in bed and live in the moment with an intention of kindness in our heart then we can meet any situation from our true nature and with Namaste. It is these small kindnesses that are invoked that can change our lives in the present and thus the lives of the whole world moving into the future.

Easter and Anzac Day Timetable

We are finally in the month of Easter time, even though the supermarkets thought it was months ago and have been tempting us with chocolate and sweet bread. This year has given us quite a fortuitous timing that may give you an extra long break if you include the Anzac day public holiday as well. We have tried to maintain the schedule as normal but do have a few changes to teachers and a few cancelations of classes so please check the schedule carefully and book into your preferred classes so as to ensure you have a spot.


Friday 19thApril Good Friday

6:15 – 7:30am – Iyengar Yoga – Jacqui
12:00 – 1:15pm – Beginners Course – Jon
5:15 – 6:15pm – Yogalates – TL
6:30 – 7:45pm – Meditation – Cancelled.

Saturday 20thApril 

8:30 – 9:45am – Yoga Synergy – Hatha- Jon
1:00 – 2:00pm – Yin/Yang – Nadia
2:30 – 3:45pm Beginners Course – Jon
4:00 – 5:15pm – Dynamic Hatha – Jon
5:30 – 6:30pm – Yin – Sarah

Sunday 21stApril Easter Sunday

8:15 – 9:30am – Beginners – Bronwen
9:45 – 11:00am – Vinyasa Hatha – Fiona
3:00 – 4:15pm – Yin/Restorative – Cancelled
5:00 – 6:15pm – Harmony Hatha – Bronwen

Monday 22ndApril Easter Monday

6:15 – 7:30am – Beginners – TL
12:15 – 1:15pm – Weekend recovery – Bronwen
5:45 – 6:45pm – Vinyasa Hatha – Jon

Thursday 25thANZAC Day

6:00 – 7:15am – Knoff Yoga – Cancelled
9:30 – 10:30am – Yoga Flow – Cancelled
12:15 – 1:30 – Beginners – Gregory
4:45 – 5:45pm – Dynamic Hatha – Gail
6:00 – 7:15pm – Beginners – Pippa
7:30 – 8:45pm – Yoga Synergy – Pippa


Iyenagar Weekend Workshop with Jacqui Simmonds

April 27thand 28this the Iyengar Weekend Workshop with Jacqui Simmonds. This workshop will be focusing on standing poses and forward bends. This weekend intensive offers the opportunity to experience different ways of doing familiar asana so as to deepen our understanding and experience of asana and sequencing.

The workshop is suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate level students. Be prepared to work with props and each other as we observe what asanas look like on different bodies and take what we learn through observation into our own practice.

This will be a fantastic workshop so book you place today.

Please note this workshop is not part of the normal timetable so direct debit credits do not apply.

Welcome Sarah Richardson

I would like to introduce and welcome our newest teacher to the CYS team; Sarah Richardson. Sarah has joined the team to share her love of yoga with kids and will be teaching Lotus Kids on a Wednesday afternoon, for kids K-Yr6. Click here for more detail. She has recently trained with Yoga Trinity Training here in Canberra and is a qualified Yin teacher through Sarah Owen, as well as training and experience with teaching kids yoga. Not to mention she is a fully qualified Primary school teacher with 3 beautiful kids of her own. I have no doubt that Sarah will be a valuable asset to our CYS teaching team and we will all learn a lot form her.

Wednesday Night Workshops

Elena’s Wednesday Night Workshop was a wonderful success. We all left feeling wonderful and I hope those of you who came are still feeling great. If you would like to register for the following 2 sessions, spots are limited, so sign up now. The next session is based on the Vital Psoas Muscle on the 1stMay, followed by The Vital Glutes on the 5thJune. We will check in on our progress and learn more about how we can understand and nurture our bodies specific needs. Sign up here.

I am pleased to announce that Kat Sadler will be running another Ashtanga Workshop during a Wednesday Night Workshop on the 8thMay at 7:45 – 9:45pm.

Come and explore the more advanced postures from the second half of the Ashtanga Primary Series. We will be looking in-depth at the asanas from bhujipidasana onwards, including the correct vinyasa as well as alternatives.

The workshop is ideally suited to those who have already practiced Ashtanga but is still open to anyone willing to learn. Ashtanga is a strong style of practice so be prepared to works hard and reap the rewards. Book you please here.

You can also book into all  workshops and classes by visiting our website and clicking on the appropriate moving banners across the top of the screen.

Finally I would like to wish you all a very happy and health Easter break, eat your eggs mindfully and enjoy them that much more.



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March 2019 Newsletter

March Highlights include…

Summer is on the way out, the weather has not quite started to get cooler but we have arrived at Autumn. This is a time of decay, of letting go, of relinquishing burdens and accepting the impermanence of things. A time for shedding, releasing and allowing the decay and the cycle of change. It is a time to find balance between light and dark, not shying away from the darkness but rather embracing the notion that there is both light and dark in all things. While these ideas may be daunting they are a necessary processes of the cycles we go through continually and its in this shading that we can allow for space and change. Each thought has a process of arriving, blooming, unfolding and disappearing again. As to the seasons and the nature of all that is, there is continual change and nothing is permanent.

Within our practice it is a time for releasing expectation, for sheading ideas and concepts of how it should be or am I able. It is a time to explore the depths of what we can do and build strong foundations. Settling into the rhythm of practice to sustain us through the colder months so we may bloom again in Spring and Summer, stronger and more established in ourselves, with a deeper understanding of our true nature. We can embrace the rhythm of letting go, of surrender and transformations. As the trees shed their leaves, we might shed the layers of conditioning and attachment to see more deeply into the dark depths of consciousness allowing us to wake up to the light of impermanence.

Allow yourself to let go with compassion and know that there is strength in surrender. Where there is resistance there is persistence, so by letting go of resistance, we strengthen the will and allow transformation. This is not a passive, apathetic notion, but a conscious choice of allowing and surrender, releasing attachment and being brave enough to grow.

Welcome back to Gail Roberston

 Gail has returned to teaching at CYS and we are excited to have her back. She is a very highly regarded teacher with years of experience. She is a qualified instructor in Ashtanga and Still Point and has over 2 decades of teaching experience. Her classes are dynamic, exciting and will surely challenge.

You can join Gail on Thursday afternoon at 4:45 – 5:45pm. Book in here.

Class Teacher Changes

Wednesday Class at 5:00 – 6:00pm will now be taught by Elena, which is exciting news if you love Elena’s class or have not had a chance to try it, you now have another chance to practice with her. Book in here.

You may have noticed that these classes where previously taught by Cass who is moving on from these classes to pursue other ventures. We wish Cass all the very best on all she does in the future and know that she will shine brightly.

For those of you who love Cass’ class, have no fear, she will still be teaching her Sunday afternoon Harmony Yoga class at 5:00- 6:15pm. Book in here.

March is Mens Month

 Don’t forget that March is Mens month. You are welcome to bring a male friend to one free open class during the month of March. They are then welcome to purchase the $20 New Student Pass, should they want to try out a few more classes. This is a fabulous opportunity to be able to share Yoga with your family and friends.


Wednesday Night Workshop

Yoga for The Modern Man with Gregory Barnes is on the 20th March 7:45 – 9:45pm. This workshop is designed to improve strength and flexibility, decrease stress and create connection.  You can book in here.

We also have Elena’s Posture Correction Wednesday Night Workshop Series coming up on the 3rdApril, 1stMay, and 5thJune, definitely worth coming along if you are concerned with your posture and want to know more about how you can improve it. My teacher Heather Agnew always said “work in the posture you want to have” and this course can help you get there. You can book in here.

Iyengar Weekend Workshop

I am pleased to announce Jacqui will be conducting an Iyengar Weekend Workshop on the 27th and 28th April. The workshops will be focusing on standing poses and forward bends, this weekend intensive offers the opportunity to experience different ways of doing familiar asana so as to deepen our understanding and experience of asana and sequencing.

The workshop is suitable for experienced beginners and intermediate level students. Be prepared to work with props and each other as we observe what asanas look like on different bodies and take what we learn through observation into our own practice. You can book in here.

Its another jam packed month at CYS and I hope you are all enjoying your practice and feeling the numerous benefits a regular practice has to offer.

Wishing you all the very best.


Eli 🙂

Eliane Haski

Director/ Teacher/ Custodian

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February 2019 Newsletter

– New Classes
– March is Men’s Month.
– Wednesday Night Workshops.

February is upon us and its been a very busy start to the year. That feeling that the holidays are very much over sets in and we get stuck into the many tasks of life. Often we can begin the year with great enthusiasm, dive into our work, hobbies and family life, but it can very quickly feel like we are being swamped by the speed of life and magnitude of goals we have set. We can be overwhelmed by the many directions we are seemingly being pulled in, giving time to things we feel obliged to undertake and neglecting those things most important to us.

This ever present predicament provides us with great opportunity for growth. Do we allow ourselves to stay chasing our tails or do we stop, breath and listen to our inner voice.
Can we say no? Can we slow down and know that all will come good if we take our time and prioritise that which is most important to us.

If we listen deeply and allow our practices to open our minds and hearts, not just our physical bodies then the answers and the paths will show themselves. If we can be kind to ourselves as well as others, interact with compassion and understanding for our sameness, rather than our differences, then perhaps we can have greater control of what feels out of control. Or better yet, let go of the need to control at all and just allow the unfolding with our best efforts, love and compassion to guide us.

All in good time and plenty of time for us all.

New Classes

In the spirit of giving my all, biting off more than I can chew and starting the year with enthusiasm we now have 4 new open classes on our timetable.

Jacqui is teaching an Iyengar class on Tuesday morning 7:30 – 8:45am. Some of you have already been attending, which is wonderful to see. Book in here

We have a dedicated Yin class with Lorelle starting this Saturday afternoon at 5:30 – 6:30pm.

 This is another great weekend opportunity to slow things right down and cleanse through the practice of Yin, balance Meridians, provide overall health for your joints, increase flexibility and quiet the mind. Yin is an especially good practice for those lacking joint mobility and range of motion The long holds relax connective tissue and release joint tension.
Book in here

Fiona has a Knoff Yoga class on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 – 5:45pm.

The Knoff approach provides students with a good foundation for learning all aspects of yoga. Since practicing Knoff, Fiona feels physically and mentally stronger and more energised – “Who doesn’t want that? I can definitely see and feel the difference in my practice as it provides me with the tools to work intelligently with my body”.
Students will hopefully experience the same thing. The classes are designed to:
•ensure a balanced practice with useful tips for students to deepen their practice,
•allow time for students to explore poses and how it feels when movement is synchronised with their breath.
Knoff is highly productive mindful practice which is beneficial for students who want to be strong, flexible and energised. Book in here

Last but not least welcoming our new teacher Jill Farrelly to the CYS team for Classical Yoga on Wednesday morning 7:45 – 9:00am.

Jill has been practicing yoga for 24 years and teaching on a part-time basis for around 13 years. She has a diploma of Yoga Teaching from the IYTA and is currently studying with Mark Gibson towards Iyengar certification. She has been fortunate to work with inspiring teachers in Australia and overseas. Jill regularly attends workshops and intensives in Australia and attends the Ramamani Memorial Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune every two years.

Jill’s Classical Yoga draws on ancient texts including the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, written some time before 400 BC. Classical yoga draws on the yoga philosophy, as well as giving practical guidance with balanced classes across a 4 week cycle.  With the regular practice of Yoga, students can increase strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Book in here

Our open timetable is jam packed with opportunity to explore your practice, your body and your mind. Beginners are encouraged to try these classes, move into open classes and experience all the studio has to offer. Our Direct debit system makes classes extremely affordable. Investing in your yoga practice is an investment in your health and wellbeing for life.

March Is Men’s Month

CYS is dedicated to nurturing ones soul and providing a space for everyone to explore their physical practice and connect more deeply to their inner nature. With this spirit in mind we are hosting March Is Men’s Month.
Its not hard to notice that our classes are filled mostly by women but men can greatly benefit from these practices as well. We invite you to bring your partner or a male friend to class for free during the month of March. They can try the class out and see how they feel.

All our teachers are well equipped to look after the needs of total beginners within every open class, so there is no need for novice students to feel apprehensive or otherwise intimidated by something new. Should they enjoy the experience they are welcome to purchase the $20 New Student Pass or perhaps consider the Beginners Course.
It’s a great opportunity to share and enjoy Yoga together, to connect, revitalise, learn some things new and move.

Our very first Wednesday Night Workshop will be held on the 20th March with a workshop for men hosted by Gregory Barnes.

Yoga for the Modern Man; a workshop full of activities with direct application to living as a man in the modern world.

Students will benefit from increased strength, flexibility and range of motion, decrease stress and foster connection. This will be a wonderful opportunity our CYS men to get together and connect.

Book in here Be sure select the date of the workshop you wish to attend.

Wednesday Night Workshops

I am very excited to announce another new addition to our timetable with Wednesday Night Workshops. They will be a series of different workshops, led by our wonderful teachers and guest teachers. We will not be holding them every Wednesday night, but will be advertising them as they are happening. Topics will range through all things Yoga; Asana, Posture and Alignment, Philosophy and Yoga Teachings, Pranayama, Meditation, Kirtan and so much more. If you would like to deepen your practice, expand your knowledge of all that yoga has to offer or simple spend time with likeminded people, then these workshops will be a great resource for you. As mentioned above we are setting the ball rolling with Gregory’s Yoga for the Modern Man. Followed by a 3-part series with Elena on Posture; Correction, Pain Reduction and Weightless. These 3 sessions will be held on The first Wednesday of April, May and June.
All Wednesday Night Workshops will be held at 7:45 – 9:45pm and Cost $40, they are not included in the direct debit system. Our teachers work very hard to prepare and deliver every class, workshops take twice as much of their energy and then some. I have no doubt that these workshops will enrich all our lives, expand our understanding and help create a stronger CYS community.

If you have a reflect or would like to share your thoughts/journey in our newsletter please email me at

Wishing you all the very best.

Eli 🙂

Eli Haski
Director/ Teacher/ Custodian

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